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Funding Opportunity: Climate & Health Adaptation Projects (Deadline 2/10)

January 12, 2023 —

Request for Applications In line with NYSACHO’s mission to support and empower LHDs in their work to promote health and wellness, NYSACHO is committed to providing support to LHDs as they work to address and prevent the health impacts of

Request for Proposals: Grants Consultant

January 3, 2023 —

Request for Proposals The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) is currently seeking proposals from vendors who can track funding opportunties related to substance use disorder (SUD) and/or harm reduction services that NYSACHO members are eligible for

LGBTQIA+ Toolkit

December 22, 2022 —

NYSACHO is happy to announce the availability of a new social media toolkit to promote COVID-19 and mpox vaccinations to the LGBTQIA+ community! The toolkit includes 11 graphics along with suggested post language. Download the toolkit and all graphics here.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Communications & Media Consultant

December 5, 2022 —

Click Here for Details on the SUD Communications Consultant RFP Request for Proposals The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) is currently seeking proposals from experienced communications and media specialists to develop campaign materials to inform the

NYSACHO 18 Month Calendar November 2022 – April 2024

October 18, 2022 —

November 2022 – April 2023 May 2023 – October 2023 November 2023 – April 2024

2021 Annual Report

April 27, 2022 —

2021 was a year of forging community partnerships, ensuring health equity and educating lawmakers, community stakeholders and the public, of the vital role local health departments play in emergency preparedness planning. At the onset of the new year, many were hopeful that FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccines would bring a foreseeable end to the pandemic as well as social distancing and gathering restrictions. At the same time, NYSACHO members were awaiting space to fully focus on provision of core public health services they are responsible for providing to communities. The delta and omicron variants, however, had other plans for everyone, and local health departments persisted in their mission to increase vaccination rates by educating communities on the benefits of vaccination while at the same time countering misinformation; holding mass points of dispensing (PODs); organizing special vaccination clinics to ensure equity and advocating for open eligibility of various populations to receive vaccine. NYSACHO’s 2021 Annual Report summarizes the work the NYSACHO team did throughout 2021 to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts employed by local health departments, as well as our advocacy work and key successes in other programmatic areas.

SUPPORT THE PREPARE ACT – Public Health Reinvestment and Emergency Pandemic Adaptability, Readiness and Efficiency

January 27, 2022 —

The public health reinvestment and emergency pandemic adaptability, readiness, and efficiency (PREPARE) act is designed to increase the infrastructural state funding supporting local health departments’ provision of the core public health services needed to provide a base level of protection to the communities they serve. State reinvestment in the funding for local health departments will help retain and sustain a responsive, skilled public health workforce necessary to take prompt action in public health emergencies. Over the past decade, the local public health workforce has decreased by one-third while public health emergencies have been increasing. Click here to learn more about the PREPARE ACT.

2020 Annual Report

May 3, 2021 —

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.


March 1, 2021 —

Since the first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in New York on March 1st, 2020, New York’s local health departments (LHDs) have worked around the clock fighting the highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease on the front lines of public health in their communities. LHDs have extensive experience in investigating communicable disease outbreaks, planning and conducting exercises and drills for public health emergencies, and inspecting and monitoring restaurants, hotels, and other facilities which prepared them to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding their experience and preparedness, LHDs faced considerable challenges in their pandemic response, including crippling staff and funding deficits; limited supplies of PPE and testing kits; the absence of a statewide communicable disease data system robust enough to handle the unprecedented number of COVID-19 cases in the state; and communication obstacles with the New York State Department of Health and state leaders. Notable strengths included intra-governmental activities, meaning support from county leadership and coordination with other county agencies (such as social service departments); coordination with schools, hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities; contact tracing and case investigations; and the use of CommCare (the NYSDOH software program introduced in May 2020 to manage COVID-19 cases in a single, statewide system) as a case investigation and contract tracing data system.

From May to July 2020, NYSACHO and the Region 2 Public Health Training Center, a training and technical assistance resource for the public health workforce in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, led an In Progress Review of LHDs’ response efforts to COVID-19. The purpose of this exercise was to identify and describe lessons learned from LHD responses throughout the first months of COVID-19. These lessons learned then informed a series of recommended actions for LHDs, county governments, and the State.

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