Protecting the Public’s Health: Weeds to Wells to Wellness

health careLocal Health Departments do more than most can imagine to provide public health services people value and rely on. Not only do they detect outbreaks of infectious diseases and work to prevent the effects of chronic ones, they protect the water you drink and inspect the foods you eat. They are critical part of keeping communities safe and healthy.

Learn more about local health departments and the valuable services they provide to counties at the MACo Winter Conference session, “Protecting the Public’s Health: Weeds to Wells to Wellness.”

Title: Protecting the Public’s Health: Weeds to Wells to Wellness

Description: Local Health Departments are the backbone of public health, with professionals working to promote, protect, and improve the well-being of local communities. The range of services is truly amazing and includes assistance against epidemic threats and infectious diseases, treatment for addiction and mental illness, protection of home water quality, providing school-based health, preventative health care, access to clinical services, and food safety and inspections…just to name a few. In this session, learn about the structure of local health departments, the unique and innovative programs they offer, and the economic value they provide to their local communities.


  • Kevin Sumner, President, NACCHO
  • The Honorable Clarence Lam, Maryland Senate
  • Maura Rossman, Howard County Health Officer, MACHO President
  • Julie Mackert, Environmental Health Director, Harford County

Moderator: The Honorable Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, January 3, 2019; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held January 2-4, 2019 at the Hyatt in Cambridge, Maryland. This year’s theme is, “Charting the Course.”

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Member Services Director Virginia White.