March 2016

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2016 Annual Conference - Join us in St. Louis!

Early Registration Now Available! -Early Bird Deadline June 30th!

The 2016 Annual Conference will take place August 10-12, 2016 at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis, MO! 

Breakout presentations are posted - take a look at the great educational sessions! More information will be available as keynote presentations and additional activities are lined up. 

Please be sure you are logged in to receive the NALBOH Member rate.


For more information on the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel, click here

Plan to join us at the St. Louis Cardinal's Game on Wednesday evening for additional networking and social activity! - More details will come as we get closer to the Event. The tickets are $25-Order them today!

NALBOH Spring Webinar Register Today!
March 24 @ 12:00 PM CST

NALBOH is partnering with the Public Health Accreditation Board to present a webinar titled Why Boards of Health Benefit from Good Policies, Understanding Legalities and the Merits of Accreditation with Kaye Bender, President and CEO of PHAB, on March 24th, at 12:00 PM CST. Please plan accordingly for the time zone difference. 


At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key elements in Board Expectations of their Health Department
  • Discuss how Boards of Health can Use the Accreditation Process to Monitor those Expectations 
  • Discuss some early findings from Accredited Health Department Performance Analysis

*This webinar is free for NALBOH Members. Please be sure to be logged in! A link to connect to the webinar will be sent to all registered attendees before the webinar. 

Governance Research Published by Partners

The interest in strengthening governance effectiveness cuts across countries and cultures, from hospitals and health centers into national public health associations.

The work supported by USAID to advance leadership, management and governance as means to enhance stronger health systems and greater health gain is contributing in many small and large ways for low and high income countries.  We hope you will find this article of interest regarding a study with the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

The article “A survey of the governance capacity of national public health associations to enhance population health” is published by BioMed Central (link). Join Mr. James Rice & Dr. Paul Halverson at the NALBOH Annual Conference for a keynote presentation to learn more about Collaborative Governance!

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report Released

NALBOH is excited to share the report that was released on Wednesday, March 16th, of the 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Be sure to view and share information about your community!

Please check out for the latest Rankings data on the health of communities across the country, or how your state ranks in comparison to others.  You can also find important tools and resources in the Roadmaps to Health section of the website that assist community leaders, policy makers, and other leaders in health improvement in making a difference in the many factors that influence health. There will also be workshops at the 2016 Annual Conference - be sure to register today! 

Brief Filed in Support of NYC Restaurant Sodium Warnings

On February 24, 2016, Justice Eileen Rakower of the Supreme Court of the State of New York (the trial-level court) rejected the National Restaurant Association’s legal challenge to New York City’s groundbreaking health warning law requiring chain restaurants to identify menu items containing more than an entire day’s worth of salt.

Ruling from the bench, Justice Rakower summarily dismissed arguments that the law infringes on restaurants’ First Amendment rights.  On the contrary, Justice Rakower ruled, the new law enhances consumer’s autonomy and decision-making, because “information is power.”  Health warnings such as those involved in the case are specifically allowed by federal food labeling laws, the Justice also ruled.

The National Association of Local Boards of Health signed onto the amicus brief to support the New York City Board of Health. To view more details about the NYC case, please click here.

Tobacco Legal Consortium Resources

Below are a few of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s latest publications and resources. All of the materials are available on the website here.

154 Million Residents Now Protected by PHAB Accredited Health Departments

This week, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced it has awarded national accreditation status to 21 health departments and one integrated local public health department system. The decisions mark a new milestone as the number of governmental public health departments accredited through the nonprofit national organization now surpasses 100.

Since the launch of the national accreditation program in 2011, 117 public health departments and one integrated local public health department system have achieved accreditation through PHAB, which aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal and territorial public health departments. Congratulations to our NALBOH Members receiving accreditation:

  • Bullitt County Health Department (KY)
  • DeKalb County Board of Health (GA)
  • East Central District Health Department (NE)
  • Franklin County Public Health (OH)
  • Mesa County Health Department (CO)

We look forward to recognize efforts that our health departments and boards of health are progressing on as move forward to improve community health!

Other News

NALBOH Offers Webinars for State Associations to Navigate New Website: Please contact NALBOH if you feel a webinar for your state organization would encourage NALBOH membership and utilization of the new website. This could also include a NALBOH update from one of your Board Members and if you have any questions for NALBOH Staff and Board!

Network for Public Health Law - Consider joining The Network for updates.  Join to: Get the latest information on public health law, Build connections with colleagues across the country, Access helpful legal assistance, training and resources, Get support to develop, implement and enforce laws to solve public health problems, and Share your public health law knowledge and experience.

State News: Please view the NALBOH State News website for news on various states and what's going on! Submit your News Story to feature on the website!

SAVE THE DATE: National Public Health Law Conference in Washington, DC, September 15-17, 2016. Early bird registration deadline is August 16, 2016Click here for more information on the 2016 Conference!


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National Association of Local Boards of Health
563 Carter Court
Suite B
Kimberly, WI 54136