PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
March 30, 2017
NEWS
  • ASTHO posted a recording of last week’s 75th anniversary national symposium focused on finding consensus on controversial public health challenges.
  • May 12 is the deadline to submit nominations for ASTHO’s 2017 Annual Public Health and Vision awards. 
  • The Hawaii State Department of Health launched a new diabetes prevention campaign to combat Type 2 diabetes. 
  • Lisa Morris, director of the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, spoke about the importance of expanding the scope and reach of public health activities to address the opioid epidemic. 
  • Boston Medical Center named Michael Botticelli, former White House drug czar, the executive director of its new addiction research center. 
  • HHS named former Louisiana U.S. Rep. John Fleming deputy assistant secretary for health technology. 
  • Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of CMS, joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior advisor. 
  • SAMHSA released a report on mental illness and smoking.
  • The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report outlining strategies to eliminate hepatitis B and C in the United States by 2030.
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
Following negotiations last week, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives determined there was not enough support to bring the American Health Care Act to a vote and removed it from consideration. 
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
ASTHO continues to track the 2017 state legislative sessions and analyze bills impacting public health and state health agencies, including legislation addressing substance misuse and addiction, environmental health, communicable diseases, and other issues. 
DID YOU KNOW?
Studies indicate that workplace lactation support programs yield $3 in public health benefits for every $1 invested.
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
The Arkansas Prevention Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences partnered with the Arkansas Department of Health to conduct a prevention research study focused on improving blood pressure control in hypertensive patients. 

MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Karyl Rattay, MD, is director of the Delaware Division of Public Health. As director, she leads nearly 700 employees who promote health, reduce health inequities, and protect Delawareans from disease, environmental hazards, and public health emergencies. 

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