Mission & History
NALHD is local public health departments’ center of excellence in leadership, best practices, research, partnership, support and training.
NALHD amplifies the impact of local public health departments at the state and local level by leveraging resources, pursuing organizational excellence, facilitating peer learning, and building collaborative systems.
The Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD) is a 501(c)3 professional association open to any local public health director in the state of Nebraska. Currently, 16 of Nebraska’s 20 local public health departments are members of NALHD, representing over 80% of the counties in the state. As Nebraska’s SACCHO (State Association of County and City Health Officials), NALHD is recognized by national and local health organizations for expertise and capacity to coordinate quality public health initiatives across communities.
NALHD amplifies the impact of local public health departments at the state and local level. Through NALHD, local public health departments leverage resources, pursue organizational excellence, facilitate peer learning, and build collaborative systems. NALHD’s dynamic initiatives help members address a broad spectrum of factors that impact Nebraskans’ health, including education, emergency preparedness, housing, environmental threats and safety, vaccinations, oral health, health literacy, and the unique needs of Veterans and their families.
NALHD members are recognized as critical partners in convening communities, determining policy, implementing evidence-based models of public health practice, identifying priority initiatives, and facilitating relationships. NALHD and our member local public health departments maintain partnerships with government agencies, academic institutions, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, and representatives from business, education, healthcare, housing, and other entities.
NALHD's VetSET Nebraska project is readying communities in Nebraska to meet the unique needs of rural veterans and their families.
Health Literacy is the collection of skills needed to communicate about health care. Learn more about how NALHD directly addresses health literacy to improve health outcomes for Nebraskans.
Nebraska's Health Departments
As Chief Health Strategists in districts that cover from 1 to 11 counties, Nebraska’s local public health departments identify and respond to local health priorities and needs. Find your local health department.