21
Jan

Week 3 Public Health Update

The second week of session was full of activity on opiates. The Governor held a news briefing on Monday, outlining his strategy and legislation (HB 2489 and SB 6150) for addressing the opiate crisis. His proposal has similarities to the Attorney General but provides additional emphasis on treatment and prevention strategies. WSALPHO, like other healthcare and public health agencies, supports

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15
Jan

Funding Cuts Threaten Public Health

The public expects that our governmental public health system to be able to respond to and work to protect and improve the health of our residents.  In order to fulfill these expectations—and statutory duties, the system needs a core set of funded services available across the state. Simply put, for public health to work effectively anywhere, it must work effectively

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12
Jan

Public Health Week 1 Recap

The first week of session was full of public health activity. On Tuesday, WSALPHO Managing Director Jaime Bodden and Secretary of Health John Weisman spoke on federal public health funding issues and foundational public health services at the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee.  The presentation focused on probable cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Funds and the impacts

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8
Jan

Public Health Overview for First Week

Work Session on Tuesday The first week of session is already proving to be a busy one for public health.  On Tuesday morning, WSALPHO and the Department of Health will be participating in a work session with the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee.  Included in the discussion will be a summary of foundational public health services (FPHS) as it

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