Mary G. McIntyre, MD, MPH, Acting State Epidemiologist and Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) is working to ensure the quality of health in Alabama. With responsibility for the bureaus of Communicable Disease and Clinical Laboratories, she addresses emerging infectious disease issues such as the new Avian Influenza A (H7N9). She also assists in other areas at ADPH including the Chronic Disease and Health Promotion area and supports the state’s priority focus on Medicaid funding and programs related to diabetes prevention, smoking cessation, increasing smoke free policies, and reducing infant mortality rates. Mary engages with other NASHP Academy members to learn what is working in their states as they face similar challenges. “As a result of engaging with other NASHP members and participation in meetings, I have tried to take lessons learned from other states to implement changes in disease control efforts in Alabama.” Mary is also working to institute pilot programs that will provide capacity to offset reductions in public health staffing due to cuts in federal and state budgets, and train individuals who specialize in one area, assist in other areas. Making health care accessible and affordable to Alabama residents is critical to Mary and having access to NASHP makes a difference. “NASHP provides me with a network and resources I would not have otherwise,” she said. To learn more about Mary McIntyre and her work in Alabama, click here.