PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Jan. 5, 2017
NEWS
  • An opportunity for state leadership to pilot electronic case reporting is being offered through the Digital Bridge initiative, which is seeking sites to begin implementing a multi-jurisdictional approach to electronic case reporting.
  • According to a new report released by the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates in the United States have fallen by 25 percent since 1991 as prevention and treatment advance.
  • Thomson Reuters published an article investigating the role of state public health and medical facilities in outbreak response.
  • The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on how states are faring around timely reporting of newborn screenings.
  • CDC is seeking host sites for its 2017 Public Health Associate Program.
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
This week, the 115th Congress began session. The Senate Budget Committee introduced a resolution intended to repeal the ACA. Consideration of the resolution, which began on Wednesday afternoon, is likely to continue through Jan. 11. After completion by the Senate, the measure will then be considered by the House.  

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HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
In 2016, both HHS and Congress took steps to meet the growing need for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines behavioral interventions and counseling with drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to counteract opioid cravings and treat substance use disorders. 
DID YOU KNOW?
More than five percent of the 115th Congress is under the age of 40.
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
In his latest blog post, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger delivers a thought-provoking piece about health, housing instability, and policy decisions. “Housing and public health are linked in our efforts to create healthy and vibrant communities,” says Ehlinger.

MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
John Hellerstedt, MD, is commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, one of the state’s largest agencies. As commissioner, Hellerstedt oversees disease prevention and disaster preparedness, community health services, environmental and consumer safety, state mental health facilities, and the state’s regulatory programs.

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