The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials program began in 2009. The Survive and Thrive program provided new local health department top executives with skills to successfully transition into local public health leadership roles. Survive and Thrive fellows learned how to effectively lead and manage their agencies to ultimately improve the health of their communities.
Supported by both the de Beaumont Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Survive and Thrive also connected new executives with other new and experienced colleagues to learn about practical tools and tactics to engage elected officials and community partners; manage strategic planning and human, financial, and information resources; and resolve challenges unique to the local health department leadership role. Highly successful, the program (the only one of its kind in the country) trained over 120 local executives.