On September 7, 2016, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, NACCHO Executive Director, delivered an impassioned address in the U.S. Capitol Building in support of a bipartisan Zika funding bill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) requested NACCHO’s representation at the media briefing.
Dr. Hasbrouck began his remarks expressing the need for a coordinated national response of federal resources and funding delivered to state and local health departments to fight Zika. He stressed the impact on NACCHO’s members.
“I cannot overemphasize the concept of localness because it is the local health departments that are in fact delegated the authority and responsibility to respond locally like in Miami- Dade County,” said Hasbrouck. “We are the ones on the front lines vaccinating for H1N1, using our quarantine power around Ebola and now mosquito response and control for Zika. So the money and the resources have to make it to the local level where the rubber meets the road.”
Read the full overview of the address on the NACCHO website, here.