3009.0 Boards of Health: A Conduit to the Community

Monday, November 8, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Over 3,000 boards of health exist in the United States, representing a variety of jurisdictions such as city, county, tribal, district, local and state. Boards of Health operate under a variety of statues but generally follow a universal set of standards: provide oversight to the health of a jurisdiction, represent the health of a community, and develop policies to protect the public health of a community. The mission of the National Association of Local Boards of Health is to strengthen and promote public health governance. The National Public Health Performance Standards Program Governance Assessment, Version 2 is designed to assist boards of health with establishing a baseline for supporting public health practice. This presentation will highlight how the Assessment can strengthen public health in a community through increased oversight and guidance of local public health. Hands-on activities will provide participants the opportunity to learn how the board of health is the conduit between a community and a health department.
Session Objectives: Describe different types of boards of health and point out similarities and differences between them. Explain the process of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, Version 2 Governance Assessment.

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Organized by: APHA-Innovations Project

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)