PUBLIC HEALTH WEEKLY
March 23, 2017
NEWS

 ASTHO 75th Anniversary:

  • ASTHO celebrates its 75th anniversary today!
  • See ASTHO President Jay Butler in a new video celebrating 75 years of state and territorial public health leadership. 

Other News:

  • ASTHO released a summary of President Trump’s “skinny” budget.
  • ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser spoke to NPR about the cost of public health cuts in the budget the president released last week.
  • Jay Butler speaks about syringe exchange programs in a Governing article.
  • John Dreyzehner, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, spoke at Trust for America’s Health’s congressional briefing on health emergency preparedness, based on their December report.
  • A new CDC report shows record improvement in reducing infant mortality.
  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the North Dakota Department of Health earned national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
  • The Public Health Foundation published a new book, Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration.
  • The National Academy for State Health Policy published a side-by-side comparison of ACA and AHCA, as well as an article on integrating treatment for substance use disorders and primary care.
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER
The House of Representatives continues to deliberate on the American Health Care Act. There is reportedly still enough pushback to prevent passage. Leaders within the Trump administration as well as Congress are working to broker a deal, but nothing has been finalized yet. ASTHO will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.
HEALTH POLICY UPDATE
Since 2015, legislators in Congress and in at least seven states have introduced 15 bills to finance substance use disorder prevention and treatment activities by imposing a surcharge, tax, or fee on prescription opioids. 

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DID YOU KNOW?
ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942.  
LEADING
STATE HEALTH
For ASTHO’s 75th anniversary, we spoke with ASTHO President Jay Butler about the lessons he’s learned as a public health leader, what he considers the most important public health achievements over the past 75 years, and which public health issues he believes will be priorities in the next 75 years.
 
ASTHO RESOURCES
FROM THE BLOG
This week on StatePublicHealth.org , check out an article on ASTHO’s 75th Anniversary National Symposium, which featured public health leaders, including two ASTHO alumni, discussing the importance of developing consensus on difficult public health issues. Using topics such as climate change, firearm safety, and reproductive health, panelists explored effective ways to promote health and prevent disease while also addressing controversy, conflict, and disagreement. 

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