Original ArticleA Model Approach for Developing Effective Local Public Health Policies: A North Carolina County Responds to Large-Scale Hog ProductionUpshaw, Vaughn Mamlin DrPH, EdD; Okun, Melva Fager DrPH, MEdAuthor Information Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Director of the University of North Carolina Public Health Leadership Doctoral Program, Chapel Hill. (Upshaw) Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill. (Okun) Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September 2002 - Volume 8 - Issue 5 - p 44-54 Buy Abstract When intensive livestock operations or other large-scale industrial facilities pose a threat to public health, elected officials have a responsibility to ensure that the public's health is protected. Local policymakers need to guarantee that the process offers ample opportunity for balanced community input, and that the policy base is sound and well reasoned. Government officials need to manage the process so that balanced perspectives are presented and respectfully heard. A model approach, similar to the one described here, will assist local officials in crafting reasonable health rules that protect the public health and that diverse stakeholders can accept. © Aspen Publishers, Inc.