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February 2017

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NALBOH Upcoming Webinar - March 14th @ 1 p.m. Central
Title: Evidence for Action: A Resource for Local Boards of Health

Register Today! The Evidence for Action (E4A) funds rigorous research evaluating health and other outcomes of local, state, and national policies, programs, and interventions in order to determine which strategies are likely to be most effective in improving population health, well-being, and health equity. This webinar is designed to introduce representatives of local boards of health to E4A as both a source of potential funding for local research projects and a resource for high-quality evidence to inform your decision-making about programs and policies that impact the health, equity, and well-being of your communities and constituents.  

Please click here for more details and to register for this webinar


2017 NALBOH Membership Renewal in Full Swing!

If you or your organization hasn't renewed, this will be your last eNews! Renew your Membership Today!  If you haven't received your invoice for 2017 membership (electronically), please contact the NALBOH Office. 

NALBOH has many exciting plans in 2017 - including the Quarterly Newsbrief, monthly eNewsletters, free webinars, discounted rates on training materials, and the Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH (August 2-4, 2017), along with many others! Registration and schedule will be available SOON!

Login using your username and password to renew!

Take Advantage of All NALBOH Membership Benefits

Welcome to the 2017 Membership year! We want to be sure your Board of Health members are included. Your primary contact can add your Board members, or please send the NALBOH Office your current Board of Health Roster, including email addresses. We will be working to add and update our database over the next few months of the membership year!

View Past eNewsletters & Newsbriefs.

Conference Registration Available in March!


NALBOH Partnership with Michigan Public Health Training Center - Governance in Action

Now Available! Governance in Action for Public Health is a web-based course 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 a discount on their training tools. Become a NALBOH member today!

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


Submit Your Articles for the Spring Quarterly Newsbrief - Deadline Approaching - Deadline March 24th!  

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. 

Deadline for submissions is March 24thSubmit your News Story or send to the NALBOH Office email.

Click here to view the Winter 2017 Newsbrief. The Winter Quarterly Newsbrief was also delivered to all members primary contact's address early February.


NACCHO Releases the 2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments

NACCHO has just released the 2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) report, presenting the newest data on local health department (LHD) funding, workforce, programs, and partnerships. The report provides a comprehensive overview of LHDs, including their participation in emergency preparedness, policy, accreditation, and information technology.

The Profile is a critical resource for LHDs, policymakers, and researchers. LHDs use Profile data to compare their agency or those within their states to others nationwide; data are essential for policymakers to understand how LHDs improve and protect health in local communities to inform public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels; and data are used in universities to educate future public health workforce members and by researchers to address questions about public health practice. Profile data also helps highlight challenges faced by all LHDs and differences among LHDs.

Browse the highlights of the findings and the full report at www.nacchoprofilestudy.org.  If you have any questions, please contact the Profile team at profileteam@naccho.org.


Appellate Court Upholds NYC’s Sodium Warnings Rule - Public Good Law Center

In a unanimous decision, the five justices determined that the Rule was a proper exercise of the Board of Health’s authority; that it was not arbitrary and capricious; that it did not violate the First Amendment; and that it was not preempted by federal law.

The amicus brief NALBOH joined – which was specifically referenced by the court – made precisely the arguments adopted by the court on the last three of these four issues. The brief also – crucially – focused on the scientific evidence supporting the Rule. Indeed, the outcome of the case was suggested by the very first sentence of the opinion: “Salt is both an essential ingredient of our diet and, when consumed in excess, a significant health hazard.”  The court seems to have been persuaded not only by the breadth and depth of the evidence presented, but also by the organizations that put their names on the brief containing that evidence. The opinion specifically mentions signatories to the amicus brief several times.

In other words, partner’s presence in this case made a real difference.  For that, and for the privilege of working with all of you, our sincere thanks.

The case may yet be appealed to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, so this victory is likely not the last step in making sure that New Yorkers are provided information they need to protect their health. But it is an important moment nonetheless, and one worth celebrating.  

Ted Mermin, J.D.
Public Good Law Center 


Education as a Social Determinant of Health Webinar:
The Role of Laws and Policies - February 23 @ 1 p.m. E.T.

Schools are a key part of the physical and social environment in every community. In order to promote good health, education must be of high quality, accessible, safe and equitable. A whole-child model provides a framework for how to nurture the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children through collaboration between schools and community partners. The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, as well as emerging legal and policy approaches at the state and local level, provide opportunities for schools and other educational programs to more fully engage with their communities and encourage the development of well-rounded students and citizens.  This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, will explore how the law can address education as a social determinant of health. The webinar takes place Thursday, February 23 at 1 p.m. E.T. Find more details and register here.


Hot Topics Webinar Recording: Funding Essential Public Health Services - Public Health is Essential! Stories and Action for Rebuilding Washington’s Core Services

Presenters
Heather Thomas, MPA, MA, Public and Government Affairs Manager, Snohomish Health District

Anne Burkland, MPA, Government Relations Specialist, Public Health - Seattle & King County

Jennifer Muhm, MPA, Government Affairs Director, Washington State Nurses Association

View the recording and slides by clicking here


Other News

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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