National Association of County & City Health Officials

NACCHO’s members are the 2800 local health departments across the United States.

NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

NACCHO is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors, comprising local and tribal health officials from across the country elected by their peers, and including ex officio members representing the National Association of Counties, of which NACCHO is an affiliate, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

NACCHO's work includes the following:

  • Community Health topics such as chronic disease prevention, tobacco control, health and disability, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, injury prevention, maternal and child health, adolescent health, and health equity.
  • Environmental Health topics such as the public health effects of climate change, food safety, environmental health tracking and assessment, and environmental justice.
  • Public Health Infrastructure and Systems topics such as: accreditation and quality improvement, community health status indicators, public health informatics, performance standards, public health law, and regionalization of public health services.
  • Public Health Preparedness topics such as local readiness for pandemic influenza, Medical Reserve Corps, Project Public Health Ready, and Strategic National Stockpile.

Climate work from this organization

How does climate change impact the healthcare and public health sectors? 

NACCHO’s Climate Change Workgroup is a prime example of public health officials coming together to seek viable solutions and share resources about this critical issue. At the group’s most recent May 2016 meeting in... Read more

This fact sheet addresses how local health departments are addressing climate change. It includes local perceptions, resources and funding, and the capacity to address climate challenges. Increased resources are needed for local health departments to assess the risks of climate change and work with community partners... Read more

Climate change has serious health implications for present and future generations. The health effects of climate change are myriad and may include the following: heat-related health effects; extreme weather-related health effects; air pollution-related health effects; shifting distributions of disease vectors and... Read more

NACCHO, with support from the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to increase local health department awareness of and access to relevant tools, information, and other resources to prepare for and address the health effects of climate change. NACCHO also... Read more