PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Feb. 23, 2017
NEWS
  • Lisa Waddell, ASTHO’s chief of community health and prevention, co-wrote an article about the value of prevention research centers.
  • Karl Ensign, ASTHO’s chief of performance improvement, research and evaluation, published an article in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice about the cost of public health services.
  • HHS released an action plan outlining strategies to combat viral hepatitis.
  • ASTHO’s Integration Forum will host an all-partner call on March 14 with Monica Bharel, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
With Congress on its President’s Day recess, the Congressional Budget Office continues to review ACA repeal and replace legislation to assess the financial impact of a new bill. 
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
Over the past year, nine states have enacted laws limiting initial prescriptions for opioids, while two states have used agency rulemaking to establish such limits. 
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah used ASTHO's ROI tool to estimate the value of testing prison populations for HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis C.
MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, is commissioner and state health officer of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the state’s lead agency in preventing disease, promoting better health, and ensuring families have the resources they need to prepare for health emergencies. 

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