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February 2018

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Save the Date for the 2018 Annual Conference 
August 8-10, 2018, Raleigh, NC

Keynote Presenters Announced!

Please be sure to mark your calendars for the next conference specific to board of health members and health department leaders. NALBOH will host the next Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 8-10, 2018. Make plans now to join us for what we know will be another great conference dedicated to improving and strengthening board governance! Registration to come mid-March! Find out the full details on our keynote presenters by clicking here. 

Thursday, August 9 • 8:45-10 a.m. 
The Public Health Advantage: Crafting Richer Messages in a Turbulent Political Environment

Gene Matthews, JD leads a panel to discuss strengthening the public health voice through use of the Moral Foundations Theory.  More details coming soon!

Friday, August 10 • 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Kevin G Sumner
Health Officer/Director – Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission
President Elect – National Association of City and County Health Officials
Kevin Sumner is the Health Officer/Director for the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission, a local health agency providing public health services to five municipalities in Somerset County, New Jersey with a population of 45,000.  He has been employed by the Commission for over 30 years in varying capacities including environmental health specialist, health educator, and health officer.  Mr. Sumner is a Past-President of the New Jersey Health Officers Association and has been an officer in the Association since 2004.  He is a 2006 Scholar of the Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Institute, and recipient of the 2009 Health Officer of the Year Award and a 2016 Certificate of Recognition from New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association. 

Friday, August 10 • 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP
Executive Director - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

In August 2016, Michael Fraser began serving as the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in state‐based public health practice. Under his leadership, ASTHO received a Power of “A” Gold Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its work to develop the public health workforce through the deBeaumont Foundation’s PHWINS project.

President's Message from Christina Dokter

The recent bipartisan budget deal allocates $6 billion to states to mitigate the opioid epidemic and further funding is projected for future years.  The fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, however, would cut $65 billion from non-defense discretionary funding which includes large cuts to public health programs.  It would displace many of the public health programs that used to receive mandatory funding into discretionary funding allocations, leaving many programs insecure.  In addition, the budget drastically lowers Title VII health professions education training grants, including primary care and public health training.  Funding will be further slashed for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving public health vulnerable.

Under these circumstances, it will become increasingly important to scrutinize funding allocations and exercise fiduciary care of the entrusted funds.  Most importantly, local board members need to keep on top of the funding needed to sustain local public health activities.  Resource stewardship and partnership engagement will become key governance functions for local boards of health.  Sharing resources and strategic planning with partner agencies will lead to better health outcomes than going it alone.  Moreover, boards of health and health departments must become very astutely knowledgeable about the opioid crisis in their local area by gathering data, forming community partnerships and applying for funding to resolve the growing epidemic.  

In best health,

Christina Dokter

NALBOH Winter Newsbrief Now Available

The Winter Quarterly Newsbrief is available electronically to all. The Newsbrief was also delivered by mail to all member organizations in mid-February. Be sure to watch your mailbox! 

Click here to view the Winter 2018 Newsbrief. The Spring Quarterly Newsbrief's deadline is Friday, March 30. Have something you are proud of at the local or state level? Be sure to share with us that we can include in the Newsbrief and/or monthly eNews! Read about upcoming Conference events, state and national news and other NALBOH happenings! Submit your Story Here.

Did you know you can view archived Newsbriefs and monthly eNews by clicking here

Never too Early to Book your Hotel Room for the Annual Conference - Don't Wait - Make Your Reservation Today!

Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, North Carolina
Rates: $159 single/double occupancy.
Phone: 1-800-MARRIOTT

Web Reservation Link:  Book your group rate for National Association of Local Boards of Health Annual Conference 2018. 

Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

When making your reservation, tell the reservation agent that you are booking a room under the National Association of Local Boards of Health room block.

NALBOH Membership Renewal In Full Swing For 2018!

If you haven't, be sure not to miss anything in 2018, renew nowDon't forget to update your profile or let the NALBOH Office know if any of your contact information has changed. Be sure to add your full Board of Health rosters to the NALBOH website or send to the NALBOH office so that all of your members receive NALBOH correspondence! Now is the time to join NALBOH for 2018! As a reminder, all board of health members are represented through NALBOH Membership. If you need an invoice for your 2018 membership, please contact the NALBOH Office. 

NALBOH has many exciting plans in 2018 - including the Quarterly Newsbrief, monthly eNewsletters, free webinars, discounted rates on training materials, and the Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC (August 8-10, 2018) along with many others! The 2018 conference registration and schedule will be available SOON!

NALBOH is also now on Facebook! Be sure to "Like" us and stay up to date through social media!

NALBOH Scholarships Now Available - Deadline April 9th!

The NALBOH Board of Directors, through support of the NALBOH Endowment Fund, will be providing Five Annual Conference Scholarships to NALBOH Member First-Time Conference Attendees. Conference scholarships include annual conference registration ($400). Application deadline is Monday, April 9th. Click here to apply. Interested in supporting the NALBOH Endowment Fund to help support future scholarships and leadership? DONATE today!

NALBOH State Leadership Committee - Get Involved and Represent your State!

SALBOH (State Association of Local Boards of Health)'s have long-time been a core component of NALBOH and it's membership. A committee of SALBOH's had been formed many years ago to continue to provide a forum for dialogue among state associations, identify and recommend resources for state associations, and help develop new state associations. NALBOH recognizes that not all states have an organized SALBOH, and would like to continue to invite further representation from other states. Please check out the State Leadership roster with most recent representation, and consider joining us as a representative to further board of health activity in your state and at the national level! All states are welcome!

The State Leadership committee meets on the 4th Monday bimonthly by conference call. Our next call is March 26th - please reach out to us or Meghan Swain, Chair, if you'd like to join us!

Upcoming Webinar: Legal interventions Relevant to Midwest States & Localities - March 13 - 2:00 p.m. EST

This is the 3rd webinar of a Series, Public Health Associations’ Role in Addressing Climate Change & Health, sponsored by the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition. Topics and presenters for this webinar include:

  • The Built Environment -Sara Hoverter, JD, Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University
  •  Rural Communities & Agricultural Policy - Jill Krueger, JD, Network for Public Health Law
  • Equity/Environmental Justice - Oday Salim, JD, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
  • Moderator - Colleen Healy Boufides, JD, Network for Public Health Law

Find connection details for this March 13th webinar by clicking here.

This webinar series will aim to increase:

  • Knowledge of climate change & impact on public health
  • Participation in state & local resiliency planning
  • Advocacy by public health associations & partners 

Applications Open in April 2018 for Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit and select 20 teams for the third cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH). ELPH is a leadership development initiative aimed at providing local, governmental public health leaders with the knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. The health officer and a second leader from the same agency team up for an 18-month, action-oriented experience designed to enhance skills and competencies in communications, business planning and leading organizational change. Each team will focus on the development and implementation of a “transformative concept” that shifts or expands the role of their local health department in the community and translates into sustainable change. Leadership teams will receive coaching and a grant up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership training while leading their department towards assuming this new, transformative role.

The Kresge Foundation will be accepting applications from 12 a.m. Eastern Time on April 2, 2018 through 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 30, 2018. More information about the selection criteria, application process, and stories of previous participants can be found at

NALBOH Partnership With Michigan Public Health Training Center Brings Governance in Action to Members at a Special Reduced Rate!

Are you a new board member? Are you a board member that is interested in additional training? It is time to take some action and consider refreshing and rejuvenating some of the skills that you may have learned? NALBOH is proud to share the Governance in Action for Public Health web-based course. This course is designed to orient new board of health members to the field of public health and initial strategies that boards can take to influence population health outcomes. The Michigan Public Health Training Center is proud to offer this course in partnership with NALBOH and MPHI. 

The 7-module online series draws upon the Six Functions of Public Health Governance and includes short recorded segments (10-15 min each), examples from the field, optional discussion topics, and suggested resources. You may choose to implement the course in a few ways:

  • Viewing and discussing 1-2 modules at your regular board meetings over time
  • Holding special group viewing sessions
  • Asking your board members to view the online modules on their own time

Click here for a preview of the training!

NALBOH members receive an automatic discount on their training tools. 

For more information and to register, visit this link. Contact with questions, and let them know you are a NALBOH member!

de Beaumont Foundation Releases Report on Hospitals and Community Health 

In collaboration with the BUILD Health Challenge, the de Beaumont Foundation released a new report shedding light on how hospitals and health systems have leveraged partnerships with community based organizations, private entities and local health departments to address upstream social determinants of health and improve health in their communities.  The report is a collection of the perspectives of 11 executives – Hospital CEO's, Chief Medical Officers, etc.- who have participated in the BUILD Health Challenge as well as some of the key opportunities and challenges leaders face when seeking out and building connections that maximize population health.

Other News

Funding Opportunity for Health Information Outreach Projects: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is in the process of requesting applications for funding awards to conduct community outreach related to health information access.

2018 Public Health Law Conference: Register Now! Health Justice: Empowering Public Health and Advancing Health Equity? - October 4 - 6, Phoenix, AZ

2017 Forces of Change Report Highlight: Low Pay Deters New Hires: NACCHO's report notes that low pay is a major barrier to hiring a public health workforce for most LHDs.

Post a News Story: We want to hear what is going on with your Board of Health! It is your chance to tell membership what you are proud of and inspire others. The NALBOH Office will approve your posting and can be included in the monthly e-News or Quarterly Newsbrief if you wish.

Member Directory: See who else is a NALBOH member across the country. Be sure to have your profile updated so others can see the most accurate information about your Board of Health. Add your Board Members if you haven't done so. This assures all of your Board of Health members have their own username/password access to free webinars, the membership directory, forums and members only information.

Website FAQs: Use this page to help manage your account information. Also, add subaccounts so all of your Board of Health members can access the website and have their own Username/Password to enjoy Members-only information. Each member of your agency is welcome to have an account to assure all access to materials! 


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