2019 Measles Outbreaks: A Capitol Hill Briefing by the Big Cities Health Coalition

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Big Cities Health Coalition and the American Academy of Pediatrics hosted a discussion on how big cities are addressing the measles outbreaks that began in the fall of 2018. A recording of the event and the presentations used are available here.

NACCHO Annual Conference: Orlando, July 9-11, 2019

The Big Cities Health Coalition and several of our members will be attending NACCHO Annual 2019. We’ve highlighted some of the sessions where staff and members are presenting below and you can find a complete list of all BCHC member health department sessions here.

Tuesday, July 9

Title:  Time to Modernize: Case Studies of Local Health Departments That Transitioned to Population-Focused Strategies

Time:  8:00am – 10:00am

Location: Floridian Salon C

Speakers: Amanda Mehl, Boone County Health Department; Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Public Health; Sue Grinnell, Public Health Institute


Title:  Using Data for Cross-Sector Partnerships: Lessons from the City Heath Dashboard

Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Location: Floridian Salon F

Speakers: Brittany Fitz-Chapman, Prosper Waco; Stephanie Hayden, Austin Public Health; Shoshanna Levine, NYU School of Medicine


Title:  Opportunities to Leverage Law and Policy to Support Healthy People and Healthy Local Communities

Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Location: Floridian Salon E

Speakers: K. T. Kramer, CDC Foundation; Rex Archer, Kansas City Missouri Health Department; Angela McGowan, HHS ODPHP (CDC Assignee)


Wednesday, July 10

Title: Emerging Public Health Issue – Addressing Alzheimer’s Through Local Engagement

Time: 1:30pm – 2:00pm

Location: Orange

Speakers:Dr Joe Iser, Southern Nevada Health District; John Shean, Alzheimer’s Association


Title: What Happens In Vegas

Time: 2:15 pm – 3:45pm

Location: Floridian Salon D

Speakers: Dr. Joe Iser, Southern Nevada Health District

Title: City Local Health Departments Working to Address Homelessness in Their Communities - Stories from the Field

Time:  4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Floridian Salon G

Speakers: Chrissie Juliano, BCHC; Patty Hayes, Public Health Seattle King County; Kelly Colopy, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Title:  From Theory to Practice: Implementing a Uniform Chart of Accounts for Public Health Using a New Interactive Financial Reporting Tool

Time:  4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Floridian Salon I

Speakers: Simone Singh, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Greg Whitman, University of Washington; Sami Jarrah, Philadelphia Department of Public Health


Thursday, July 11

Title: Leading a Local Health Department in Turbulent Times: The Role for Reaccreditation

Time:  9:15am – 10:45am

Location: Floridian Salon E

Speakers: Georgia Heise, Three Rivers Public Health District; Rex Archer, Kansas City Missouri Health District; Kaye Bender, Public Health Accreditation Board


Title:  Local Health Department Responses to Intentional Mass Casualties

Time:  9:15am – 10:45am

Location: Floridian Salon F

Speakers: Dr. Joe Iser, Southern Nevada Health District; Terri Sudden, Florida Department of Health in Broward County; Nasseam McPherson James, Florida Department of Health Orange County

Title: Overcoming Obstacles to Acting on the Roots Causes of Health Inequity

Time: 9:15am - 10:45am

Location: Citrus/Collier/Columbia

Speakers: Richard Hofrichter, NACCHO; Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Jonathan Heller, Human Impact Partners; Aletha Maybank, American Medical Association; Adewale Troutman

Title:  Strategies to Protect Immigrant Health

Time: 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Location: Flagler/Gilchrest

Speakers: Barbara Ferrer, LA County; Angelina Esparza, Houston Health Department; Ana Tellez, Human Impact Partners; Dr. Jonathan Heller, Human Impact Partners

Title:  Applying a Cost-Effectiveness Framework to Prioritize Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategies in Community Health Improvement Plans

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Jackson

Speakers: Angie Craddock, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity; Chrissie Juliano, BCHC; Peter Holtgrave, NACCHO

Measles Media Webinar

On June 20, 2019, the Big Cities Health Coalition held a media webinar called, Measles – How Local Health Departments are Responding to this Latest Public Health Outbreak.

The number of measles cases across the country continues to rise, with the total already making 2019 the year with the most cases since 1992. The webinar explored the impact of the outbreak in two localities, Los Angeles and Seattle - King County. They shared how they are responding to outbreaks in each of their communities.  View webinar slides here, and click below to view the full recording.


·      Dr. Muntu Davis, Health Officer, Los Angeles County Public Health

·      Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public HealthSeattle and King County

·      Chrissie Juliano, Executive Director, Big Cities Health Coalition