PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Jan. 19, 2017
NEWS
  • The Hill published an op-ed by ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser about ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the ACA and what this could mean for the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
  • In honor of his legacy as CDC director, the CDC Foundation launched the Tom Frieden Future Leaders Fund, which will support the Public Health Associate Program, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, and the Laboratory Leadership Service.
  • In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Tom Frieden reflects on the Zika response over the past year, and shares lessons learned and his hopes for the future.
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health received the March of Dimes and ASTHO Virginia Apgar Award, which recognizes states for lowering their preterm birth rates by at least eight percent between 2010 and 2015. “This award is a reflection of the effort and dedication of healthcare providers of maternal and newborn care, along with public health and healthcare organizations throughout our state,” says Terry Cline, commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal outlined several healthcare initiatives in his recent State of the State address. 
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
With confirmation hearings underway on Capitol Hill, many of President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees are before Senate committees, including HHS nominee Tom Price. Price, who appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 24.  
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
Last week, an expert ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released " The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research," a report that details nearly 100 conclusions related to the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoid use and outlines four recommendations. 
DID YOU KNOW?
Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1985 was the coldest in history, with a temperature of seven degrees. This year could be the warmest.
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
Karen DeSalvo, acting assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Michael Fraser, executive director of ASTHO, outline the ways in which ASTHO and HHS are engaging state and local leaders in dialogue on Medicaid and social determinants of health. 

MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Esther Muña is chief executive officer for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the health agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which is responsible for the territory’s sole hospital, dialysis center, community health center, as well as other public health services and programs. Muña has served on ASTHO’s Access Policy Committee for three years. 

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