PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
March 2, 2017
NEWS
  • ASTHO released its 2017 presidential transition document outlining priorities to advance state and territorial public health in the new administration. 
  • ASTHO will host a congressional briefing on March 8 about the power of state and territorial public health.
  • A leaked discussion draft detailing ACA repeal shows Prevention and Public Health Fund elimination in FY19.
  • NACCHO published an interview with Laura Hanen, NACCHO's chief of government affairs, about the potential impacts of ACA repeal on local public health departments.
  • Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, and Jay Butler, chief medical officer and director of Alaska’s Division of Public Health, spoke about the health effects of cannabis at a National Academy of Sciences stakeholder meeting.
  • RWJF is accepting applications for the 2017 National Civic League Health Equity Award.
  • WHO released its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens."
  • NIH is studying a vaccine to protect against mosquito-transmitted diseases.
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
On Capitol Hill, disagreement continues among Republicans about how to proceed on ACA repeal and replacement efforts. A current draft from House Republicans would repeal and replace major provisions simultaneously. 
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
Approximately 25 percent of health agencies are involved in overseeing health professional licensure. Taking this into consideration, several bills related to the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists, and dental therapists have been introduced in state legislatures this year. 

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DID YOU KNOW?
Nineteen states and Washington, D.C. have received accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.   
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
With a busy and significant March ahead of us, ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser took a moment to answer a few questions about next week’s Hill Day, key messages ASTHO will be sharing with Congress and the administration, and what to expect during Leadership Week. 

Michael Fraser
ASTHO RESOURCES
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