Submitted on Tue, 2014-07-08
By Elizabeth Levy

NACCHO 2014 is shaping up to be the best conference ever for public health professionals.

11 Reasons We Can’t Wait For NACCHO 2014

It’s that time of year again. NACCHO 2014, the largest annual gathering of local health officials, is being held in Atlanta from July 8th through the 10th. The focus of this year’s conference will be on “The New Era of Public Health,” and how science, technology, policy, and innovation are opening up a whole new way of approaching public health.

Here are the 11 sessions from NACCHO 2014 you aren’t going to want to miss!


1. Transitioning to Third-Party Billing: Building Systems at Local Health Departments

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12 – 3pm
  • Wendy Nakatsukasa-Ono, MPH, Vice President, Cardea, Seattle, WA
  • Sarah Newman, MPH, Research & Evaluation Analyst, NACCHO, Washington, DC

With funding cuts a constant threat, this workshop session will allow you to use actual data from your local health department to learn more about the benefits of using a third-party for billing.


2. Informing the Public and Influencing Policymakers on Public Health: The Media Speaks Out

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 3 – 5:30pm
  • Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director, CDC, Atlanta, GA
  • Betsy McKay, MA, Bureau Chief, Atlanta, The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta, GA
  • Mike Stobbe, DrPH, MPH, MSJ, Medical Writer, The Associated Press, New York, NY
  • Jacque Wilson, BA, Writer/Producer, CNN, Atlanta, GA

After learning about the benefits of third-party medical billing, finish off the first day of the NACCHO conference by learning more about how to use the media to achieve your overall goals. From lobbying to informing the general public, reporters can be a local health department’s best friend.


3. Survive and Thrive Fellows Making a Difference: Untangling the Web of Public Health

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10 – 11:30am
  • Nazeera Dawood, MBBS, MPH, CCRC, Health Promotion Program Manager, Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Atlanta, GA
  • Erin Hess, BS, MS, Health Director, Okeechobee County Health Department, Florida
  • John Horensky, BS, MS, retired public health professional, NACCHO Coach, Buford, GA

A great place for newer public health leaders to get their bearings. This session features some of the best sharing everything they know and have experienced with the next generation.


4. The Power and Potential of LHD Administrative Data for Research and Decision-Making

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10 – 11:30am
  • Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA
  • Marie Flake, MPH, BSN, Local Health Liaison, Washington State Department of Health, Tumwater, WA
  • Scott Frank, MD, MS, Director, Shaker Heights Health Department, Shaker Heights, OH

The big data revolution is coming to public health. Learn more about how actionable data can improve your business operations and positively impact on your communities.


5. The Local Public Health Services Collaborative: A Statewide Solution to the Insurance Billing Challenge

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 1 – 2pm
  • Beth Bickford, MS, RN, CAE, Executive Director, Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, Columbus, OH

Learn more about how working together with other local health departments in your region can greatly improve your chances of being able to contract with insurers.


6. Two Hats, One Home: Balancing Code Enforcement with Healthy Homes

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:15 – 3:45pm
  • Daniel Fries, Natural Resources Land Management, Lead/Risk Assessor, Healthy Homes Specialist, Radon Testing, Team Leader, Marion County Public Health Department, Indianapolis, IN

Another session about creatively meeting funding challenges. See how one local health organization combined roles to improve health outcomes.

7. Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Local Health Departments

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4 – 5:30pm
  • Uma Ahluwalia, MHSA, MSW, Director, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
  • Michael Meit, MPH, MA, BS, Program Area Director, NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, MD
  • Amy Nevel, MPH, HHS/OS/ASPE/OSPD, Washington, DC

In a study conducted by the University of Chicago, see how state and local health programs funded by HHS have been impacted since the Affordable Care Act started.


8. Measuring Return on Investment in Local Health Department: Lessons learned from the frontlines

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4 – 5:30pm
  • Greg Randolph, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Public Health Quality, Raleigh, NC
  • John Moran, PhD, MBA, Senior Quality Advisor, Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC

You’re going to want to clone yourself to be in two places at the same time to make this session. Learn how to use ROI resources to measure the success of your projects.


9. How Best to Obtain State and Federal Funding During Times of Tight Budgetary Constraints

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8 – 9am
  • Laura Hanen, MPP, Chief, Government and Public Affairs, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC
  • Kathleen Hatfield, JD, MSFS, Of Counsel, Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart, Washington, DC

Learn the best ways to identify and obtain important funding for your local health department in the face of rising demand, tightening budgets, and fewer resources.


10. Finally: Funding, Workforce, and Technology to Support Local Health Department Foundational Capabilities

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014, 11am – 12pm
  • David Fleming, MD, Director and Health Officer, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle, WA
  • Chrissie Juliano, MPP, Senior Program Manager, RESOLVE, Inc, Washington, DC
  • Judith Monroe, MD, Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Deputy Director, Atlanta, GA
  • James Pearsol, M.Ed, Consultant, Pearsol Consulting, LLC, Columbus, OH

Leaders are working to effectively estimate and obtain budgets for public health moving forward, from IT to workforce, learn more about and provide feedback on the foundational services necessary for public health in the future.


11. Affording the Affordable Care Act - How to Develop a Sustainable Billing Practice in Your Local Health Department

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014, 3 – 4pm
  • Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP, Executive Director/Health Officer, Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept., Charleston, WV
  • Lolita Kirk, Administrator, Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept., Charleston, WV
  • Candace Nunley, AAS, Nurse, Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept., Charleston, WV

Finish up another thrilling NACCHO Annual Conference by learning more about developing sustainable revenue in your local health department. Nothing is more important to the future of your department, its staff, and its patients than implementing a successful billing program.

We’re ecstatic to be taking part in another NACCHO annual conference. Stop by the SMART Health Claims Booth (#1), for a free revenue performance evaluation and to learn more about how local health departments can generate sustainable revenue from the services they already provide.

About the Author

Elizabeth Levy

Elizabeth is passionate about utilizing technology as a means to improve local communities. With experience researching new markets for growth and product implementation, she aims to improve the public health sector through technological advancement and the creation of new revenue streams for state and local health departments across the country. You can contact Elizabth at

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