NACCHO Releases Recommendations for Biden Administration, 117th Congress
This week, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a series of recommendations for the incoming Biden Administration and the 117th Congress. In its recommendations, NACCHO highlights the role of local health departments (LHDs) in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the critical services delivered by LHDs nationwide.
NACCHO calls on the Biden Administration and Congress to:
- Support LHDs on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, including providing at least $3 billion in funding designated specifically for LHDs
- Strengthen the governmental public health partnerships to harness expertise from the local level in national planning efforts
- Invest in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Infrastructure, including providing at least $8.4 billion in funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
- Restore support and trust in public health
NACCHO additionally urges the federal government to make long-term investments in the public health infrastructure to protect the public and strengthen health equity. Among NACCHO’s requests are to provide an additional $4.5 billion in annual funding to federal, state, and local governments for core public health infrastructure, create a public health loan repayment program, and leverage COVID-19 investments to bolster the country’s public health system.
NACCHO’s full recommendations are available here.