Jan. 26, 2017
  • ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser gave the keynote speech at the annual meeting of North Carolina health directors, telling local leaders, “We need to know that we’ve got each others’ back. Leadership is about vision setting and motivating others to share that vision as their own.”
  • The Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force issued a broad set of recommendations to prevent, treat, and support recovery from opioid misuse and addiction in Alaska.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report to Congress about the Protecting Our Infants Act. HHS is seeking public comment.
  • The National Academy for State Health Policy released a chart that provides an overview of ACA provisions and a snapshot of implications if the ACA is repealed.
  • The Public Health Accreditation Board released their “Guide to National Public Health Department Reaccreditation: Process and Requirements,” which presents the official requirements and process for the reaccreditation of public health departments.
  • The Safe States Alliance released the “State of the States: 2015 Report,” which features information about state injury and violence prevention programs in the United States.
  • The American Lung Association released its 15th annual State of Tobacco Control, a tobacco control report that grades state and federal government policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use. 
  • New Jersey, with funding from CDC, will become the first state in the United States to partner with the Baby Box Company, a popular program that works to improve new parent education, encourage newborn health awareness, and reduce infant mortality rates. 
On Jan. 24, the Senate Finance Committee held a second confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. During the hearing, several ethical questions were raised about Price’s tax returns and financial disclosure statements. 
On Jan. 19, 16 federal departments and agencies updated the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, known as the Common Rule. The final rule comes after an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2011 and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2015. 
Over half (54%) of state health agency workers have 11 or more years of experience in the field.
John Dreyzehner, MD, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, recently completed a two-year term as one of the tri-chairs of the National Homeland Security Consortium, a forum for public and private sector disciplines to coalesce efforts and perspectives about how best to protect America in the 21st century. In addition, Dreyzehner spoke with ASTHO about Tennessee’s Primary Prevention Initiative. 

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Nate Smith is director and state health officer for the Arkansas Department of Health. The department protects and improves the health and well-being of all Arkansans by responding to outbreaks and other public health emergencies, implementing programs to educate and improve health outcomes, licensing and certifying professionals and facilities, and providing evidence-based preventive health services in communities throughout the state. 

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