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NACCHO National Profile of Local Health Departments - 2019 Profile Study Results

Presented by:
Aaron Alford, PhD, MPH, PMP - NACCHO
Karla Feeser, MPH - NACCHO
Kellie Hall, MSOD - NACCHO
Shaunna Newton, MPH - NACCHO


The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conducts the National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) study every three years as a census of local health departments (LHDs). The recently released 2019 Profile study represents the most comprehensive and reliable data source on LHDs. This study describes the governance, funding, staffing, and activities of LHDs across the United States, developing a comprehensive and accurate description of LHD infrastructure and practice. During this webinar, NACCHO’s Profile Team will present an overview of the latest Profile study results, including findings about the functions and characteristics of local boards of health.


 Handouts will be available after the live webinar 

About the Presenters

Aaron Alford, PhD, MPH, PMP
Dr. Aaron Alford is a research scientist with more than 15 years of work experience for both public and private sectors. As the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at NACCHO, Aaron works with national and regional leaders to promote research capacity and generate evidence across the nation’s 2800 local health departments. He has served as a project director, methodologist, and analyst on a variety of projects designed to create, test, implement, and document evidence in medicine, behavioral health and education. Additionally, Aaron has supported large scale systematic reviews and meta-analyses for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and most notably, the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP).

 Karla Feeser, MPH
Karla Feeser, Senior Research Analyst, has been with NACCHO for one year. Karla works as the lead analyst on major NACCHO research projects, such as the National Profile Local Health Departments and the Forces of Change surveys. She also works across NACCHO to provide program evaluation support. She came to NACCHO from Metrics for Management—a small global health think tank and consulting firm—where she led the development of metrics and M&E strategies for a broad range of issues in international development, including wealth equity measurement and quality of care for family planning and abortion service provision. She worked previously as an epidemiologist on HAI and FoodNET surveillance with the Georgia Emerging Infections Program, and as a public health researcher with CDC’s Department of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, where she specialized in M&E of elimination and control programs for vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Molecular Biology and in Spanish from Towson University, and she has a Master of Public Health from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

 Kellie Hall, MSOD
Kellie Hall, Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist, has eight years of experience in research and evaluation. She works across NACCHO to provide quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data visualization expertise, and internal program evaluation support. In 2012, Kellie served for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA focused on program management and evaluation. She then went on to become a Program Specialist at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), managing performance measurement and evaluation processes for Community HealthCorps, an AmeriCorps program operating in nearly 40 locations nationwide. She has facilitated quantitative and qualitative research, led writing teams for federal reports, consulted on data visualization, and developed stakeholder engagement processes leading to program improvements. 

 Shaunna Newton, MPH
Shaunna Newton is a research and evaluation professional primarily working in the social sciences. She possesses nearly six years of experience working in data collection and analytics, instrument design, report and manuscript writing, grant preparation, and program evaluation. As she completed both her undergraduate and master’s degrees, Shaunna held multiple positions in research focusing on sexual and reproductive health, mental health, children’s health, and LGBTQ health. She has additionally volunteered and worked at various public health-focused community organizations and engaged in health policy work. In her position at NACCHO, Shaunna engages in research and evaluation projects and provide technical assistance to various programs across the organization on evaluation.