Local Boards of Health in New Jersey are responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of public health policy and programs in communities. There needed to be a mechanism for bringing local public health concerns to the attention of those who are responsible for developing public health policy at the state and national levels. In addition, Local Boards of Health need a medium for communicating with each other and for accessing information and training that might improve their ability to lead their communities toward improved health. The New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association was developed to provide those mechanisms.
A membership in NJLBHA will also help you personally in fulfilling your responsibilities as a public official in addressing the ever increasing barrage of public health problems. Issues such as influenza, lyme disease, tobacco control, groundwater con-tamination, emerging pathogens, public heath preparedness, environmental issues, and inadequate funding for public health at all levels are only some of the problems you, as a member of the local board of health, must deal with on a regular basis.