Public Health Experts Hosted Webinar
on Zika Virus Threat in 2017

The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the March of Dimes hosted a webinar for reporters to discuss the threat posed by the Zika virus in the summer of 2017. Experts reviewed the ongoing state of the outbreak; the role of local health departments in fighting the disease; impacts to mothers, babies, and families; and how combatting it could be undermined as federal funding wanes.

Listen to the audio here. View the slides here.


·      Claude Jacob, President, NACCHO; Chief Public Health Officer, Cambridge Public Health Department

·      Zachary Thompson, Member, BCHC and NACCHO; Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services

·      Dr. Paul Jarris, Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP Mission Impact, March of Dimes

·      Dr. Oscar Alleyne, Senior Advisor for Public Health Programs, NACCHO

·      Chrissie Juliano, Director, BCHC

·      Laura Hanen, Interim Executive Director and Chief of Government Affairs, NACCHO

For more information, please contact Liz Voyles, Big Cities Health Coalition liz@brassrc.com202-297-9641.

The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of their residents. Collectively, BCHC member jurisdictions directly impact more than 54 million people, or one in six Americans. The Big Cities Health Coalition is an independent project of the National Association of County and Health Officials. For more information, please visit

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites and