Dr. Michael Kilkenny, the CEO and Well being Officer for the Cabell-Huntington Well being Division, has been named president-elect of the Nationwide Affiliation of County and Metropolis Well being Officers.
He has served on the board of administrators since 2018. He has served as Vice President for a yr. He assumed the position of President-elect on July 1.
The Nationwide Affiliation of County and Metropolis Well being Officers (NACCHO) represents the nation’s practically 3,000 native governmental well being departments.
Kilkenny stated he’ll hold serving because the Well being Officer for the Cabell-Huntington Well being Division in tandem with this new appointment.
He stated he’s targeted on the budgets of well being departments after extra assets from the federal authorities have ended with the tip of the Public Well being Emergency.
“It’s essential that native well being departments have enough funding in order that they’ll proceed to supply the baseline public well being providers that the communities want,” Kilkenny stated. “And so we’re working notably to guarantee that native well being division departments are supported in that method, and that native well being departments are strategically planning for this as they work to maintain their workforce intact and, and succesful.”
Kilkenny additionally hopes to revive religion in public well being officers throughout his tenure.
“We all know that in COVID, there have been controversies surrounding public belief in suggestions and we need to guarantee that we regain that belief and maintain it so that individuals can profit from the recommendation that we do give them to ensure that the general public to learn from the native well being division,” Kilkenny stated. “They must belief the native well being division and we take that job very significantly.”
Kilkenny will turn out to be Board President on July 1, 2024.