PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
Jan. 12, 2017
NEWS
  • CDC released new tools illustrating key investments to combat antibiotic resistance, including state-specific factsheets.
  • Tobacco use costs the global economy more than $1 trillion and kills about six million people each year, according to a new report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced research grants to explore public health and safety issues surrounding marijuana legalization. “This research will be invaluable in Colorado and across the country,” says Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the department.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a report, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, analyzing data across sectors and examining solutions to promote health equity. 
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
Following a marathon voting session that started on Wednesday and extended into today, the Senate took the first major step toward repealing the ACA. The bill now moves to the House, where a vote is expected to take place on Friday. 

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HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
States and territories will soon begin holding regular legislative sessions. To better gauge issues expected to impact state health agencies and public health, ASTHO reviewed available pre-filed bills and canvassed the state health agencies’ legislative liaisons regarding priorities and issues legislatures can expect in the coming year. 

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DID YOU KNOW?
Misuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs costs more than $700 billion annually.
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
Michael Fraser
As we kick off 2017, ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser shares his predictions surrounding key priorities and issues for ASTHO this year, including new opportunities for state and territorial public health agencies, uncertainty surrounding ACA repeal and replacement efforts, the 2017 ASTHO President’s Challenge, and what we can learn from the Zika response.
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MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Terry Cline, PhD, is commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health , which is responsible for health departments in 68 counties across the state and provides oversight of more than 114,000 assorted business and occupational licenses annually, in addition to disease surveillance and intervention, emergency preparedness, maternal and child health, the WIC program, tobacco and obesity reduction programs, and many other services.

ASTHO RESOURCES
  • Tobacco State Success Stories – ASTHO published a series of eight success stories that explores how state health departments and partner organizations have achieved tobacco control successes at the state and local levels.
  • ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community – ASTHO developed an issue brief about the importance of partnerships between state health departments and state breastfeeding coalitions in advancing access and support for breastfeeding.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Stories – ASTHO published state success stories from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Michigan on strategies to reduce poor birth outcomes for infants conceived through assisted reproductive technology. These stories also describe policy initiatives and statewide collaborations to reduce the rate of multiple births resulting from assisted reproductive technology.
FROM THE BLOG
This week on ASTHO's blog StatePublicHealth.org, check out Public Health Issues to Watch in 2017, which covers emerging trends as 2017 state legislative sessions get underway, particularly the opioid epidemic, which remains a major priority for lawmakers. 
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