Brian Bowden

Associate Legislative Director - Health

Brian Bowden serves as NACo’s Associate Legislative Director for Health and staffs NACo’s Health Steering Committee, lobbying Congress and the Administration on all health issues impacting counties including Medicaid, behavioral health, public health, jail health and long-term care. In addition, he serves as NACo’s liaison to the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) and the National Association of County Health Facilities (NACHFa).

Before joining NACo in 2014, Brian spent four years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most recently based in their Washington Office where he supported the US Surgeon General and senior agency officials on health policy, strategy, analysis and implementation. He previously held positions as a Research Associate at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Clinical Research Assistant at the Myeloma Institute, and Medicaid Case Manager for Easter Seals. He also completed a short-term consultancy in South Sudan for the non-governmental organization Save the Children.

Brian holds a Master's degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University's School of Political Management and a Master's degree in Humanitarian Studies from the University of Liverpool's School of Tropical Medicine (England), where he attended as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. His Bachelor's is in Sociology and Biology from the University of Central Arkansas. Brian is a native of Faulkner County, Arkansas.

More from Brian Bowden

  • Legislative Presentation

    NACo Report: Medicaid Coverage and County Jails

    In order to educate federal policymakers on issues around Medicaid and justice-involved individuals, NACo recently released a new report titled, "Medicaid Coverage and County Jails: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals."
  • Policy Brief

    Protect Funding for Prevention and Public Health

    Urge your members of Congress, especially those who serve on the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, to protect funding for core local public health services and prevention programs such as those made possible by the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).  
  • Policy Brief

    Protect the Federal-State-Local Partnership for Medicaid

    Urge your Senators and Representatives to support the federal-state-local partnership structure for financing and delivering Medicaid services and to oppose any measure that would further shift federal and state Medicaid costs to counties – including cuts, caps, block grants and new limits on counties’ ability to raise the non-federal match or receive supplemental payments.