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​​NACo Podcasts offer a new way to learn about all things counties.  The podcasts tell the stories of innovative local governments, cover best practices, and provide updates on the issues critical to counties.

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Episode Archive

Health Coverage in Jails: Why Should it Matter to Counties?
In the first episode of this series, we sit down with Donna Strugar-Fritsch, Managing Principal with Health Management Associates; Pat Fleming, Director of Behavioral Health Services in Salt Lake County, Utah; and Salt Lake County, Utah, Mayor Ben McAdams to discuss how health reform impacts county jails and why health coverage in jails should matter to counties.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:00:40 +0000

Cybersecurity: Voices of the County
As we approach the age of cyber everything, whether in our smart devices, our homes, our business or our government, life in America’s counties is becoming more connected to the internet. NACo continues to be on the forefront of bringing cybersecurity awareness to counties. Today we hear three different stories concerning cyber, and the experts joining share their experiences and opinions around cybersecurity in counties. Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder, discusses cybersecurity and how a denial of service attack disrupted the county's election of 2012. Oakland County CIO/Deputy Executive Director, Phil Bertolini engages Albany County Legislator Brian Clenahan about his advocacy and legislation on Cyberbullying.  Phil Bertolini also sits down with Steve Hurst, Director of Security Services at AT&T about emerging cybersecurity issues essential to elected county officials and IT practitioners.
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000

The Importance of Quality Indigent Defense Services
Counties spend more than $70.2 billion every year on justice and public safety, and in many jurisdictions a major part of this is the provision of public defense services – providing attorneys to defendants who cannot afford to hire one on their own. The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an individual the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense, and the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright held that states bear the responsibility for providing such counsel. In many states, however, this function has been passed to the counties, leading to overburdened systems and increasingly high costs. In this podcast, we sit down with David Carroll, the founder of the Sixth Amendment Center, and Dan Chadwick, executive director of the Idaho Association of Counties, to talk about why it’s so important that counties get public defense right and learn about the solution Idaho’s counties have devised to help improve representation without increasing their costs. We also speak with Patti Puritz, executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center, about particular issues with public defense of children, and hear about Montgomery County, Texas’s innovative juvenile public defender system.
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:00:11 +0000

Resiliency in New Orleans: The Urban Water Plan
In order to remain healthy, vibrant, safe and economically competitive, America’s counties must be able to anticipate and adapt to all types of change.  Coastal Louisiana is one part of the country that is taking strides to adapt and strengthen its resiliency in the face of threats from increasingly severe weather events. Composed of ten parishes with over 1 million residents, Greater New Orleans Inc, or GNO Inc. for short, is southeast Louisiana’s economic development organization. Given the importance of water to the region’s culture and economy, in 2010 the state of Louisiana provided funding to GNO Inc. to develop the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. The Urban Water Plan represents a region-wide effort to explore and invest in smart and sustainable water-related infrastructure. Robin Barnes, Executive Vice President and COO of Greater New Orleans Inc., joins the podcast to discuss the Urban Water Plan and explain its implications for the Southeast Louisiana region. This podcast includes music by Latch Swing, Digital Primitives, Christian Bjoerklund, and Chris Zabriskie.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:55:47 +0000

Great Lakes Planning Guide: A New Resource
Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow at NACo interviews Jeff Stone, Senior Project Manager at the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), about a new website called the Great Lakes Planning Guide. The Guide provides Great Lakes region stories, data, tools and other resources related to flooding, bluff erosion, invasive species, and other coastal concerns. Mr. Stone shares the impetus for creating the guide, a bit about the process, as well as how users can best benefit from the resource. The podcast includes music by Digital Primitives, Christian Bjoerklund, Kevin MacLeod, Broke for Free, YACT, and Gabl.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:12:24 +0000

From Health Assessment to Healthy County
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Counties across the country are conducting Community Needs Health Assessments (CNHA) as required by law. Wake County, North Carolina has achieved great success in not only building and sustaining partnership to conduct their CNHA, but also to using it to improve the health of their community. Tune in to hear Wake County Chairman Joe Bryan and Regina Petteway, Director for the Division of Administration, discuss their county’s approach and how the CNHA serves as a foundation for fostering and promoting good health. This podcast includes music by YACT, Wichita State University Chamber Players, and Digital Primitives.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:43:42 +0000

Enhancing Community Engagement with Data
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Craig Cornu of the South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve in Coos County, Oregon, and Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow here at NACo, join to discuss the role of data and information in community decision making and community engagement. Since 2009 the South Slough Reserve has been working with local stakeholders to create information – environmental and socio-economic – to help inform the community’s decision making process. Hear about the reserve’s efforts, the ups and downs of the project, and key takeaways for counties interested in developing a similar engagement program. This podcast includes music by YACT, Christian Bjoerklund, Podington Bear, Jahzzar, and Monk Turner.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:01 +0000

RWJF Culture of Health Prize & Counties
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is an annual award of $25,000 to communities that are on the journey towards building a culture of health. This year, up to 10 communities will be chosen for the Prize. The deadline for the first phase of the application is September 17th at 3pm EST. NACo sat down with Julie Willems Van Dijk from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to discuss the Prize, as well as the three county winners of the 2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize- Durham County, N.C., Buncombe County, N.C. and Spokane County, Wash. This podcast includes music by Kevin MacLeod, ProleteR, Patrick Lee, Ergo Phizmiz, and Monk Turner.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:03:34 +0000

Leadership through Health
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Join Mimi Hall, Plumas County, California Public Health Agency Director and David Dyjack, NACCHO Associate Executive Director for Programs, as they describe how county health departments are improving individual and community health. The challenges, opportunities and how to build a culture of health in counties are all discussed during this podcast.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:40:53 +0000

Counties & National Drug Control Policy
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) plays a pivotal role in advising the President, coordinating the federal drug control budget, and prioritizing efforts across the federal government through the annual National Drug Control Strategy. Acting Director Michael Botticelli discusses the role of his office, the priorities of the federal drug strategy, and the impact counties have on federal efforts through their role in administering local criminal justice and health systems.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:33:11 +0000

Partnering to Build Resilient Counties
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- NACo recently sat down with NACo immediate past president, Supervisor Linda Langston, to discuss her presidential initiative, Resilient Counties. Through the initiative, NACo worked with county leaders and their stakeholders to bolster their ability to thrive amid changing physical, social and economic conditions. In this episode, Supervisor Langston looks back on the highlights of the initiative, discusses the importance of this topic for counties and previews what we can expect from NACo moving forward. This podcast includes music by Christian Bjoerklund, YACT, Broke For Free, Johnny Ripper and Patrick Lee.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:52:28 +0000

Building Transportation & Infrastructure
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- NACo recently sat down with new NACo President, Riki Hokama, to discuss his upcoming presidential initiative on transportation and infrastructure. The initiative addresses the county role in promoting investments that support economic competitiveness, improve passenger travel, foster creative partnerships, ensure safety and enhance community quality of life. This podcast includes music by Johnny Nobles Hawaiians, Kevin MacLeod, Michael Chapman, Monster On Campus, and Party People in a Can.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:18:54 +0000

Innovation in Workforce Development
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Given the fact that many local governments across the country are vulnerable to ever-tightening budget constraints and declining civic and institutional capacity, there is a strong case for acting on a regional level to meet workforce and economic development goals. Although it is not always easy and may require more time, it is clear that collaboration on the regional level serves as an effective approach for counties to develop a skilled and ready workforce. Hear how Clackamas County, Oregon's Workforce Investment Council is serving as a regional convener to meet the needs of businesses and workers alike
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:41:43 +0000

Counties and Behavioral Health Integration
Behavioral health care integration is one of the most transformative activities taking place in counties across the country today. Olmsted County, Minnesota and the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors discuss the opportunities, challenges, and the road ahead for counties. Olmsted County also describes how integration is creating a culture of better health and led to savings in some areas by partnering with others.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:59:01 +0000

Counties & Behavioral Health Integration
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Behavioral health care integration is one of the most transformative activities taking place in counties across the country today. Olmsted County, Minnesota and the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors discuss the opportunities, challenges, and the road ahead for counties. Olmsted County also describes how integration is creating a culture of better health and led to savings in some areas by partnering with others.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:25:03 +0000

Partnerships to Finance Renewable Energy
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Public-private partnerships are becoming a popular option for counties to finance and develop renewable energy projects. NACo recently chatted with Darrin Casper, CFO of Salt Lake County, Utah to discuss how a public-private partnership enabled the county to cost-effectively develop one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the county.
Fri, 09 May 2014 14:46:40 +0000

Creating a Culture of Health
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, now in its fifth year, helps counties build a culture of health. NACo sat down with Bridget Catlin and Julie Willems Van Dijk of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to discuss the program, as well as with several county elected and health officials to discuss how counties are using the tool.
Sat, 03 May 2014 17:22:42 +0000

County Innovations in Transportation
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Counties are major players in transportation. They own 45% of all public roads, almost four in ten bridges, and are involved in a third of transit and airport systems. NACo recently sat down with a group of experts including Emilia Istrate, NACo Director of Research, Commissioner Jeff Haste of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Chris Hodgkins, the concessionaire for the Port of Miami Tunnel to discuss some of the unique challenges facing counties and the innovative solutions they have come up with to deal with their transportation issues.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:15:27 +0000

Forest Fire Mitigation and Resiliency
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- Forest fires are unsettling events in any community, and unfortunately, an increasing number of America’s 3,069 counties are facing these types of disasters each year. They are becoming more prominent, and a fact of life. Gila County, AZ, has been a leading county innovator in resilience and in mitigating forest fires. County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin recently participated in the NACo’s Rural Action Caucus fly-in in Washington, DC, and sat down with NACo Executive Director, Matt Chase to discuss their efforts.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:59 +0000

Risk-based Decisions Improve Results II
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- NACo talks with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) – as well as Commissioner Chris Rodgers of Douglas County, Nebraska and Commissioner Sallie Clark of El Paso County, Colorado – about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of risk assessment tools pretrial – much like the determinations your insurance company makes – can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part two of a two-part podcast on the pretrial justice system.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:13:30 +0000

Risk-based Decisions Improve Results I
NACo talks with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of risk assessment tools pretrial – much like the determinations your insurance company makes – can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part one of a two part podcast on the pretrial justice system.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 03:04:44 +0000

Risk-based Decisions Improve Results I
Subscribe to NACo Podcasts via iTunes: www.naco.org/itunes -- NACo talks with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of risk assessment tools pretrial – much like the determinations your insurance company makes – can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part one of a two part podcast on the pretrial justice system.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:04:54 +0000

 
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For information on how to access the NACo Podcasts feed, contact Coleman Davis CSI Innovation Coordinator, 202.661.8834.