Local Health Department Technical Assistance

NYSACHO’s Professional Education and Public Health leadership project aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of local health officials and their staff by working with NYSDOH and LHDs to provide access to leadership development and training activities that are focused on:

  • Leading community mobilization for disease threats and terrorism.
  • Addressing causes of poor health rather than the health problems themselves.
  • Developing effective, evidenced-based interventions that involve the entire community and the individual.
  • Identifying and developing initiatives to address problems of greatest health concern to local communities.
  • Defining measurable objectives and outcomes for the improvement of local public health services.
  • Continuing orientation to new entrants to local health department leadership.

These areas are consistent with furthering the objectives identified in the Public Health Council report, “Strengthening New York’s Public Health System for the 21st Century”, and the NYSDOH Prevention Agenda.

To that end, program initiatives are designed to:

  • Increase and improve the leadership ability of mid-level and senior public health practitioners within their organizations and communities.
  • Develop within the group a solid and strong network for mentoring, sharing programmatic and strategic evidence-based best practices, and employing case studies and group exercises to explore the range of options available to leaders to meet varying needs and situations.
  • Develop and strengthen specific skills related to leadership, including communication, budgeting, strategic planning, data and information systems, ethics, decision making, organizational culture, and leadership styles.
  • Explore newer technologies to enhance education and training, information sharing and communication.


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