PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Feb. 16, 2017
NEWS
  • Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, will moderate ASTHO’s Ask the Experts virtual session on eliminating indoor smoking and adverse childhood experiences.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named Richard Besser its new president and CEO.  
  • A new study published by the National Academy of Sciences finds that disease “superspreaders” account for nearly two-thirds of Ebola cases.
  • The National Academy for State Health Policy released a report on how ACA replacement will impact health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
Activity on Capitol Hill remains centered around the confirmation process of President Trump’s cabinet nominees. Last week, Representative Tom Price was confirmed as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services. 
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
On Feb. 21, CDC will implement newly revised rules for issuing federal public health orders (e.g., orders for quarantine, isolation, or conditional release) for both domestic and foreign travel. 
DID YOU KNOW?
From 2001 to 2016, 45 states and D.C. passed laws expanding access to opioid antagonists. 
MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Virginia (Ginny) Pressler, MD, is the director of health for the Hawaii Department of Health. As director, Pressler oversees the department’s operations and sits on several key boards and committees. As part of her duties, she chairs the board of health and oversees a number of health-related agencies within the health department.

ASTHO RESOURCES

ASTHO conducted scans of three tobacco control policy areas in 2016, offering a snapshot of state-level tobacco control policies and the policy landscape across the country.

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