Resources

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - Is a non-profit membership association representing the chiefs of state and territorial health agencies and the individuals who work for them. State health officials receive valuable, timely and accurate information, advice, and support on critically important public health concerns from ASTHO. These efforts, representing the interests of state/territorial health agencies and the people that health officials serve, have paid big dividends. Federal policymakers look to ASTHO for expertise when developing policy, drafting legislation, and disseminating regulations. ASTHO leaders frequently testify on Capitol Hill and have the opportunity to meet with top Administration and congressional officials.  

CityMatCH - Is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments' maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. The mission of CityMatCH is to improve the health and well-being of urban women, children and families by strengthening the public health organizations and leaders in their communities.  

CityMatCH is grounded in the philosophy that all children and families deserve to be healthy and achieve their optimal growth and development in the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their lives. The responsibility for assuring this is shared by each individual and his or her family, the community, and government at the federal, state, and local levels. Children and families in urban areas have unique needs and deserve special attention. These needs must be effectively addressed in order for all children, and ultimately our society, to achieve full potential. Local public health agencies are a critical component of the collaborative effort that is needed to improve the health of children and families in urban areas.  

National Association of Counties (NACo) - Is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. NACo is a full-service organization that provides an extensive line of services including legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance, as well as enterprise services to its members. The association acts as a liaison with other levels of government, works to improve public understanding of counties, serves as a national advocate for counties and provides them with resources to help them find innovative methods to meet the challenges they face. NACo is involved in a number of special projects that deal with such issues as homeland security, drug abuse and broader access to health care. 

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) - Is the national organization representing local health departments. NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems. 

National Governor’s Association (NGA) - The bipartisan organization of the nation's governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.  National Governors Association is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors. 

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) - Is dedicated to raising the standard for public health. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB working with leading public health experts from the field to develop a voluntary national accreditation program that will help public health departments assess their current capacity and guide them to become even better providers of quality service, thus promoting a healthier public.

In an effort to align national standards with the needs of members and address a wide range of public health department structures and circumstances across the country, PHAB is working closely with NACCHO, ASTHO and NALBOH.  PHAB has also created several committees and workgroups comprised primarily of state and local health officials to develop all aspects of the new accreditation program. These expert workgroups and committees are developing the features of the new accreditation program building on the excellent work of others who've addressed performance improvement and existing state-based performance standard programs.