National Association of Local Boards of Health

Ned E. Baker and Marie Fallon

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI:
National Association of Local Boards of Health


In 1991, Ned Baker (Ohio) and Vaughn Upshaw (North Carolina) convened a meeting with state associations of boards of health (from Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and Utah) in Atlanta, to identify the needs of local boards of health and their interest in forming a national organization. The decision was unanimous to form a national organization to address the identified needs: advocacy, national voice, communication, education, training, technical assistance, data collection, and research. The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) was formed in 1992 to represent more than 20,000 members of policy-making, governing and advisory boards of health in the United States. Even though NALBOH’s name focuses on “local” boards, which comprise the largest segment of its constituents, it is the only national organization dedicated to representing and serving state, local, tribal, and territorial public health governing bodies. State associations continue to be an integral part of its goal of improving public health outcomes in the communities served. NALBOH’s mission is to improve public health governance. Its vision is to have boards of health that are appointed as a result of a well-informed selection process; composed of individuals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to represent and serve effectively; are well connected to other stakeholders in public health and government; are effectively and competently serving the public health needs of their communities in accordance with the core functions and essential public health services; and are aware of NALBOH’s resources and actively engaged in its success. This membership organization strives to prepare and strengthen boards of health, empowering them to promote and protect the health of their communities through advocacy, education, training, and technical assistance. NALBOH is governed by a board of directors composed of four officers, seven regional directors, two state association affiliate directors, and three ex-officio board members. These services are provided through a staff of ten at the main headquarters in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a staff of two in the Washington, DC, office, along with the dedicated help of numerous volunteers from across the country. Board of health members have access to a quarterly, Newsbrief, and educational materials in four major categories: board governance, community health, environmental health, and preparedness.

Article.  1917 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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