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Senate passes budget that batters public health

Senate passes budget that batters public health

For the first time in six years, Congress has passed a joint budget resolution. While that may seem like progress on a deeply divided Capitol Hill, the measure signifies a nearly wholesale retreat for public health.
House adopts ‘devastating’ budget agreement

House adopts ‘devastating’ budget agreement

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved a framework to guide federal spending for the next fiscal year with dangerous implications for public health.
NPHW forum: Creating healthiest nation requires addressing social determinants of health

NPHW forum: Creating healthiest nation requires addressing social determinants of health

Public health experts discussed an array of issues critical to making the U.S. the healthiest nation Monday during a kick-off forum for National Public Health Week.
New drug control director to APHA: Curbing drug abuse starts with prevention

New drug control director to APHA: Curbing drug abuse starts with prevention

Michael Botticelli, the new director of national drug control policy, discussed our nation's drug use epidemic in a meeting with APHA members.
APHA’s Benjamin discusses disparities at The Atlantic Health Forum

APHA’s Benjamin discusses disparities at The Atlantic Health Forum

While we've seen improvements under the Affordable Care Act, health disparities persist. Health leaders and policymakers took up the conversation during The Atlantic Health Forum yesterday in Washington, D.C.
Wakefield named acting deputy secretary at HHS

Wakefield named acting deputy secretary at HHS

Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, has been named acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She becomes second in command at the agency.
Traffic safety advocates call on states to close ‘lethal loopholes’

Traffic safety advocates call on states to close ‘lethal loopholes’

A preventable epidemic. That’s how public health and safety leaders, including APHA, diagnosed the deadly toll of motor vehicle crashes during a news conference today while releasing the 2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.
9 public health advocacy victories in 2014

9 public health advocacy victories in 2014

While the least productive Congress in modern history drew to a close last week, our nation’s elected and appointed leaders still managed to advance key public health priorities in 2014.

APHA urges Senate to confirm surgeon general nominee

The fate of stalled U.S. surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy rests with the Senate this week.
ABC’s Besser: 4 tips for pitching your health news to the media

ABC’s Besser: 4 tips for pitching your health news to the media

Before heading off to Liberia this week to cover the Ebola outbreak, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser stopped in Atlanta to pass along tips for communicating health news from the other side of the camera.
ABC’s Besser lauds work of health communicators

ABC’s Besser lauds work of health communicators

Influenza claims the lives of thousands annually, but two flu-related deaths sparked particular concern among health officials in spring 2009.

APHA, health groups urge confirmation of Murthy

With the nomination of Vivek Murthy for surgeon general stalled, health groups today pledged strong support for his candidacy and urged senators to confirm him to the post.