NACCHO Releases 2018 Forces of Change Report

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) this week released its 2018 Forces of Change Report which details the impact of the economy, public health investments, and other forces that have impacted LHDs throughout the country. This year’s report indicated that the economic situation is slowly improving for many LHDs, though one in five LHDs reported budget decreases from the previous fiscal year.

The report examines how decreased funding and constrained budgets limit the ability of LHDs to address emerging public health threats, including the opioid epidemic, increased severity of influenza seasons, infectious disease outbreaks, and impacts of climate change. LHDs continue to adapt to shifting priorities by moving to a population health approach and supporting health integration efforts through enhanced informatics capacity to better respond to health needs of communities. The full NACCHO 2018 Forces of Change Report is available here.