Eleven major state and local public health and regulatory professional associations comprise the Council of Association Presidents (CAP), whose outreach capacity extends to virtually all state and local public health officials. The leadership of each association participates in CAP meetings to keep the public health regulatory community informed of one another’s activities, and to coordinate with Federal partners in public health.
Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies. Although AAFCO has no regulatory authority, the Association provides a forum for the membership and industry representation to achieve three main goals:
- Ensure consumer protection
- Safeguarding the health of animals and humans
- Providing a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry.
These goals are achieved by developing and implementing uniform and equitable laws, regulations, standards, definitions and enforcement policies for regulating the manufacture, distribution and sale of animal feeds - resulting in safe, effective and useful feeds by promoting uniformity amongst member agencies.
Membership: 125+ regulatory feed personnel from state, local and federal agencies.
Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)
AFDO is an international, non-profit organization that is in the forefront of streamlining and simplifying regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level.
Membership: 700+ state, territorial and local officials from Departments of Health and Agriculture.
Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is the national nonprofit representing governmental laboratories that monitor and detect public health threats, ranging from lead contamination in drinking water to metabolic and genetic conditions in newborns.
Laboratories: 800+state, territorial and local public health laboratories.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the 120,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice.
ASTHO represents 120,000 public health professionals in the United States, including the chief health officials for each U.S. state and territory.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
CSTE is an organization of member states and territories representing public health epidemiologists. CSTE works to establish more effective relationships among state and other health agencies. It also provides technical advice and assistance to partner organizations and to federal public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CSTE members have surveillance and epidemiology expertise in a broad range of areas including occupational health, infectious diseases, immunization, environmental health, chronic diseases, injury control, and maternal and child health. CSTE promotes the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE accomplishes this by supporting the use of effective public health surveillance and good epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation, developing standards for practice, and advocating for resources and scientifically based policy.
Membership: 900+ public health epidemiologists from state, territorial, and local governments.
National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is the national organization representing local health departments. NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems
Membership: 10,000 individual members at 1450 Local Health Departments.
National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
As an organization committed to strengthening and empowering boards of health through education and training, the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) is committed to representing the American ideals and principles of our democratic society. When we gather to conduct business, we include all members in discussions and decision making as we are guided by the Bylaws which emerge from fundamental democratic principles that directly affect the structure of our organization.
NALBOH represents 840+ boards of health at the federal, state and local levels.
National Association of State Animal Health Officials (NASAHO)
The National Association of State Animal Health Officials is composed of state animal health officials from each state. NASAHO allows these officials to speak with one voice in the matters of science and public policy in the realm of animal health.
Membership: the chief animal health officials from all 50 states.
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)
The National Association of State Department of Agriculture was founded in 1915. Our mission is to represent the state departments of agriculture in the development, implementation, and communication of sound public policy and programs which support and promote the American agricultural industry, while protecting consumers and the environment.
NASDA represents Commissioners and Directors of state Agriculture Departments from all 50 states.
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
NEHA’s mission is to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Advancement has been defined by NEHA in terms of both education and motivation. The basis for the association’s activities is the belief that the professional who is educated and motivated is the professional who will make the greatest contribution to the healthful environmental goals which we all seek. Accordingly, great emphasis is placed on providing, through each of NEHA’s programs, both an educational as well as a motivational opportunity. At NEHA’s conferences, for example, tremendous attention is paid to developing a quality educational program that not only imparts knowledge to the attendee but, also, through the very quality of the presentations, inspires the attendee to do more upon returning to his or her job.
Membership: 4,500+ individual members in environmental health in the public and private sectors, academia, and the uniformed services.
U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA)
The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA), the nation's animal health forum for over a century, is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. Its 1,400 members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members. USAHA works with state and federal governments, universities, veterinarians, livestock producers, national livestock and poultry organizations, research scientists, the extension service and seven foreign countries to control livestock diseases in the United States. USAHA represents all 50 states, 4 foreign countries and 34 allied groups serving health, technical and consumer markets. USAHA's prime objective is to prevent, control and eliminate livestock diseases that cost ranchers, farmers and consumers approximately $1 billion per year.
Membership: 1,400+ state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members
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