PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Feb. 9, 2017
NEWS
  • The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for a Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Grant Program.
  • HHS released a funding opportunity announcement for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness Program cooperative agreements.
  • The American Public Health Association is seeking award nominations to recognize individuals who have exemplified outstanding contributions to public health, specifically a state legislator award and a health officer award.
  • The National Academy for State Health Policy released an issue brief providing a state lens on emerging proposals in the ACA repeal and replace debate.
  • CDC released new guidelines for adult immunization.
  • The Oregon Health Authority announced a new public health plan to tackle climate change in Oregon.
  • CDC released new information and resources to support the recent Surgeon General’s E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults report.
  • New York State Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker and other health leaders held a Hepatitis C Elimination Summit. 
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
The nominations process continues to monopolize much of the Senate’s time, so things are quiet right now on Capitol Hill. However, there are a few things ASTHO is keeping an eye on. In the House, a bill was introduced that includes language restricting the use of data to enforce the Fair Housing Act. 
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
Safe consumption sites, also known as safe injection sites, are places where an individual may use a drug, most commonly heroin, under the supervision of medical personnel. Proponents of these programs believe that overdose deaths can be prevented by connecting individuals who use drugs with treatment and other medical services.
DID YOU KNOW?
ASTHO's Million Hearts Learning Collaborative identified nearly 27,500 individuals at risk for hypertension. 
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
Joseph K. Miner, MD, is executive director of the Utah Department of Health. In addition to his work at the department, Miner serves on ASTHO’s Infectious Disease Policy Committee, which has identified antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections as one of several key priorities for their work in 2017. 

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MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Monica Bharel, MD, is commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As commissioner, she is responsible for spearheading the state’s response to the opioid crisis, as well as leading the department’s implementation of healthcare cost containment legislation.

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