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March 2018

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Register Today for the 2018 Annual Conference 
August 8-10, 2018, in Raleigh, NC!

Join NALBOH at the 2018 Annual Conference! Don't miss this opportunity to join us at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree to network with NALBOH Members. This year's theme is, Boards Rally in Raleigh: Strengthening the Public Health Voice

Conference activities will provide attendees with information, skills, and resources focused on the six functions of public health governance. The conference will also provide time for attendees to learn about and share information on critical public health issues. All sessions will touch on at least one of the six functions of governance.

View our full registration brochure.  Register by June 30, 2018 and SAVE! Please be sure you are logged in to receive the member rate. 

Don't Forget - Application for Scholarships Deadline Approaching!
Five full conference scholarships (complimentary registrations) are available for NALBOH Members for First Time Conference attendees-apply here by April 9th to be considered!

President's Message from Christina Dokter

Gear up for NALBOH’s 26th Annual Conference—Rally in Raleigh-- on August 8-10!

The Conference Planning Committee has wrapped up the selection of presentations and has a schedule ready for all to peruse. We look forward to being one of the best conferences yet! You will find a pre-conference orientation session, Governance 101, which is designed for those who are new as well as for the seasoned local board member who wants a refresher on board governance.   Keynotes will equip you with tools to communicate better public health messages, help you review public health governance and accreditation issues, and also update you about public health policy.  

Presentations include many hot topics such as opioids, Public Health 3.0, workforce development and more.   Post presentations, attend a ball game, tour the town or hang out with old friends at nearby restaurants and taverns. We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh in August!

Click here to register!

In best health,

Christina Dokter

New to a Board of Health, or Looking for an Opportunity to Learn More as a Board Member?  Attend the 2018 NALBOH Conference Pre-Conference Session! 

Join NALBOH for the 2018 Conference and attend the Pre-Conference Session, Governance 101:  Intentional Governance for Local Boards of Health.  This session will be held on August 8, 2018 from 2-5 p.m.   Whether you are a member of a local health board, council, advisory committee or other body, public health across the nation is experiencing significant transformation.  Thus, local public health leaders must consider the way they perform their work to ensure that they are performing at the highest level.  The consequences of mediocre performance can have significant impact on the health of all who live, work, go to school or recreate in our communities. 

Each local public health structure has important implications for the delivery of essential public health services. Regardless of your legal structure, it is important to be intentional in the way you make decisions.  In this Pre-Conference Workshop, participants will explore the dynamics of how intentional public health boards, advisory boards or other groups perform their duties regardless of their legal structure.  This session will cover topics including:

  • Framework for Intentional Governance and Governance Best Practices
  • Robert’s Rules of Order:  Demystifying Rules of Order for Small Boards
  • Navigating Board Liabilities
  • Interactive Governance Clinic:  Bring your thorniest governance issues to NALBOH’s Governance 101 Pre-Conference governance experts who will offer solutions to your real-life governance challenges and boardroom difficulties.  

Pre-Conference registration is included in your full conference registration - be sure to take advantage and register today!

Submit Your Articles for the Spring Quarterly Newsbrief - Deadline Approaching

NALBOH is working on the Spring Edition of the Quarterly Newsbrief. Don't miss your chance to share with your colleagues what you have been doing as an active Board of Health! Did you just receive accreditation? Would you like to recognize someone for their distinguished service? Have you passed a policy or resolution that impacts public health? Do you have your annual meeting/conference coming up? Let the NALBOH Office know and we can publish for all NALBOH members to see. The Spring Quarterly Newsbrief's deadline is Friday, March 30Submit your Story Here.

Missed the Winter Newsbrief? Click here to view.  

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 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!

NALBOH Call for Nominations Now Available

NALBOH’s Nominating Committee has issued its annual call for nominations for positions on the NALBOH Board of Directors. NALBOH officers and directors serve THREE year terms that begin on January 1, 2019. The full Board plans to meet twice a year in on-site, face-to face meetings; it also meets on a quarterly basis by conference call. Executive Committee positions (NALBOH Officers) meet on a monthly basis by conference call.

The following positions are available:

  • President-Elect
  • Director at Large (2 Positions)

 All submissions are due Friday, June 15, 2018.

Find out more information and fill out the nomination form by clicking here

Leading the Community to a Healthier Future through the Board of Health Lens
Written by: Diane Gerlach, NALBOH Director at Large, Kenosha County Board of Health

Being located between two large cities brings benefits and a significant share of problems. The economic and population growth have been intense. While the air and water quality are poor and violent crime and drugs are on the rise. Some things we cannot fix.

The Board of Health role in this ever-changing picture is to help guide the community toward solutions to the problems we can affect. We, as many communities around the country, are about to embark on the development of Healthy People 2030. As Board of Health Chair, I share the task of leading the charge.

The Six Functions of Public Health Governance will be the outline for our process starting with Partner Engagement.  We will be ensuring that representation from all of the community stakeholders are asked to sit at the table. Having a strong reputation and relationships in the community are key to engaging the right people. Organizations are more likely to contribute to the solution when they are part of the development.

Our community is fortunate to have a variety or resources and dedicated people. Capital is a limiting factor in all communities. Resource Stewardship means making the best of what you have. This will require mapping and connecting what we have so as not to duplicate services. We will delineate gaps and the most effective and efficient solutions.

We are also blessed with a strong Department of Health that addresses gaps and connects with the community.  Continuous Improvement means that there is always room for improvement and change. We will need to use the information from our community partners and the available resources to determine where we can improve. Sometimes you cannot cure the disease but you can treat the symptoms.

In a future article I will document our journey and the Do’s and Don’ts we learn along the way. You can see our Healthy People 2020 plan and learn more on our websites below.

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

Governance in Action Series Available at Discounted Rate for NALBOH Members 

Have you had some change in your board of health members? Consider taking some additional online classes to best serve your community and your department, 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!

Nine More Health Departments Gain PHAB Accreditation

In February, PHAB announced nine governmental public health departments were awarded national accreditation status. 

National accreditation status was awarded February 20, 2018 to:

  • Cascade City-County Health Department, Great Falls, Montana
  • Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City, Iowa
  • City of St. Louis Department of Health, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Florence County Health Department, Florence, Wisconsin
  • Lincoln Trail District Health Department, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • Logan County Health Department, Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio
  • West Central District Health Department, North Platte, Nebraska

Congratulations to these health departments leading the way in continuous improvement. View the full press release by clicking here.

Other News

CDC Study finds Rise in Emergency Department Visits for Opioid Overdose: The CDC released a Vital Signs report on the latest data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments (ED) across the United States from July 2016 through September 2017. 

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

Report by Trust for America's Health Finds Spending on Public Health Insufficient: A recent report shows the CDC's core budget has been flat for the last decade. Spending for public health by states has also been declining and is lower than it was in 2008-2009.

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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