PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Dec. 1, 2016
NEWS
  • EPA released a plan urging all levels of government, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the safety and reliability of drinking water.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a final rule mandating smoke-free public housing.
  • ASTHO Immediate Past President and Virginia State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine declared the opioid addiction crisis an official public health emergency in Virginia and created a standing order that anyone can obtain a rescue drug at pharmacies to treat overdoses.
  • Jerome Adams, health commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, met with President-elect Trump to discuss healthcare and prevention.
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released The Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic: A Data Visualization of Findings from the Chapter 55 Report, a public/private partnership aimed at better understanding the opioid epidemic. In a press release, Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said that she hopes this innovative tool will be a “useful resource to help inform policymakers, stakeholders, and community members understand where we are, and how we move forward.”
  • The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Public Health and Safety Division was awarded accreditation status, making it the 20th state health department to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. 
  • ASTHO announced 2016-2017 Territorial Accreditation Support Initiative Awardees. 
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
Policymakers are back from Thanksgiving and the 114th Congress is wrapping up the year, focusing on spending for FY2016 and medical research and innovation legislation. The current continuing resolution (CR) is set to expire on Dec. 9, and there are ongoing discussions as to what’s next once this deadline approaches. While Republicans want the next CR to start on March 31, 2017, there are reports that the CR may be pushed into April. Democrats want to see a yearlong CR, covering the entire 2016 fiscal year until Sept. 30, 2017. 
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
With growing concern that the opioid epidemic will reverse HIV prevention efforts, public health policymakers in states are working proactively and responsibly to address the threat of HIV outbreaks. Two strategies that states have pursued are syringe services programs (SSPs) and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk individuals. 
DID YOU KNOW?
Only 17% of state public health employees have a public health degree making on-the-job training a top priority.
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Elke Shaw-Tulloch
Shaw-Tulloch, administrator of the Division of Public Health at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, shares the experiences that motivated her to become a state health official, why health is important to her, and what she loves most about her public health work.

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