NYSACHO represents the collective voice of local health departments in New York State. We support, advocate for, and empower local health departments in their work to promote health and wellness to prevent disease, disability and injury throughout New York State.
The year 2020 presented challenges that many considered inconceivable, but local health departments have been preparing for an outbreak like COVID-19 for years. Throughout the year, local health departments worked seven days a week to coordinate PPE distribution, set up testing sites, support persons under quarantine and isolation, inform the public, and so much more. As the membership association for local health departments, the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) has played a prominent role in bringing visibility to the work conducted by our members during COVID-19. NYSACHO’s 2020 Annual Report summarizes the work the NYSACHO team did throughout 2020 to support COVID-19 mitigation and response efforts employed by local health departments, as well as our advocacy work and key successes in other programmatic areas. The report also features a letter from NYSACHO President, Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, and Executive Director, Sarah Ravenhall, our 2020 Financial Report, and a thank you letter to NYSACHO members from the NYSACHO team.
NYSACHO applauds Governor Hochul for recognizing the outstanding effort played by local health departments during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Statement from NYSACHO President Regarding Governor Hochul’s 8/24/2021 Press Briefing and Universal Masking for K-12 Schools
is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers and to promote health equity in all populations who experience disparities. New to this 2019-2024 cycle is the incorporation of a Health Across All Policies approach, initiated in 2017, which calls on all State agencies to identify and strengthen the ways that their policies and programs can have a positive impact on health. It embraces Healthy Aging to support New York's commitment as the first age-friendly state.