Join NACo in celebrating County Health Day on April 19, 2024


Key Takeaways

Please join the National Association of Counties (NACo) in celebrating County Health Day on Friday, April 19! 

County Health Day, which falls during National County Government Month, celebrates the pivotal role counties play in promoting public health and building resilient communities. Under this year’s theme, County Health: Building Strong Communities Together, we are aiming to educate intergovernmental partners, thought leaders, and stakeholders about the essential work that our counties do to support our communities’ safety, health and well-being. The focus areas under this theme are:  

  • Collaboration: Highlight the collaborative efforts between counties, intergovernmental partners and stakeholders in addressing public health challenges. 
  • Community Engagement: Emphasize the active involvement of local communities in shaping public health policies and programs. 
  • Innovation: Showcase innovative approaches and initiatives implemented by counties to improve public health outcomes. 
  • Impact: Share success stories and demonstrate the tangible impact of county-led public health interventions on community health and well-being. 
  • Advocacy: Advocate for increased support and resources for county public health initiatives from state and federal governments. 
  • Education: Provide educational resources and materials to raise awareness about the role of counties in public health and encourage informed decision-making. 
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Show #CountyHealth in Action

Throughout the day, use your social media platforms to share links to publications, photos, program descriptions and stories that capture the impact of innovative public health programs in your community. Connect with counties across the country on Facebook and X (Twitter) by using #CountyHealth to join the conversation and share how you are collaborating, engaging the community, innovating and impacting your community's health. 

  • Highlight community partnerships. Our work in public health would not be possible without incredible partners, who support county work in many ways including funding, providing volunteers or expanding networks. Tag your community partners to highlight the importance of your partnership in achieving your public health goals. 
  • Share available county resources. Has your county released any publications related to public health recently (e.g., community needs assessment, impact report, etc.)? Are there any underutilized public health services provided by the county you want to spread awareness for? Share links to publications and/or information about available health services on this day. 
  • Promote data on county health systems. Share out data from NACo’s County Role in Public Health and other resources to show partners the integral work that counties do for our nation’s health systems. 
  • Thank county health employees. Celebrate the efforts of county employees to drive improvements to public health and well-being. Identify key health leaders or champions in your county and thank them on social media to acknowledge the importance of their work.

Educate Partners on the County Role in Public Health

Advocate for Key Public Health Priorities

This County Health Day, counties can continue to advocate for and uplift policy priorities in public health that will greatly assist bolstering the workforce and infrastructure to support resilient and sustainable local public health.  

  1. Provide funding and incentives to recruit and retain a diverse public health workforce. Local health departments which are underfunded and understaffed are less likely to be able to prepare and mobilize effectively, leaving our communities incredibly vulnerable. A strong workforce and consistent federal investments are essential to the overall health care infrastructure and ensure that our public health system operates efficiently and effectively. 
  2. Protect funding for core local public health services and prevention programs. Urge your members of Congress, especially those who serve on the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, to protect and increase funding for local public health services and prevention programs made possible by the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Read more here
  3. Expand direct to county investments and support for bolstering public health preparedness and response. To meet the needs of residents, the local preparedness infrastructure must be upgraded as communities continue to face numerous environmental and natural disasters, alongside growing public health threats. Federal programs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement program are essential in providing not only funding, but technical assistance and guidance, to help public health departments at all levels to better prepare and respond to public health threats and emergencies. 

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Healthy Counties Initiative

NACo’s Healthy Counties Initiative creates and sustains healthy counties by supporting collaboration and sharing evidence-informed approaches to pressing health issues.


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Blaire Bryant

Legislative Director – Health | Large Urban County Caucus
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Meghan McQuillen

CDC Public Health Associate
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