American Journal of Public Health — CDC’s Tom Frieden: 10 things I wish someone had told me when I became health officer
This article reflects on key lessons learned in the past 15 years as director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health commissioner of New York City. Health officers, many of whom are appointed by elected officials, inhabit a world where science and politics intersect. The privilege of serving in this role may be brief. Health officers have a unique and often time limited opportunity and a responsibility to improve health in their jurisdiction.

World Health Organization — 69th World Health Assembly begins today
The Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place in Geneva 23-28 May 2016. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chicago Tribune — (Featuring APHA policy) Doctors have the right to perform abortions
On Friday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, R, vetoed a bill that would have effectively banned abortion in the state. The bill, which would have made performing the procedure a felony, was certainly unconstitutional. But it was unlawful in a very interesting way, because it raised the question of whether the right to abortion belongs to a woman or to her doctor. As it turns out, that question has been an important one ever since Roe v. Wade, a decision that actually emphasizes the rights of the physician.

Albuquerque Journal — Editorial: Voters should be given chance to fluoridate water
Now that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board has inexplicably voted to ignore 70 years of scientific research on the benefits of fluoridating public water systems, as a fallback, we have to agree with board member and City Councilor Ken Sanchez, who told fellow board members this important public health issue “should not be left up to the six of us.” On a 4-2 vote Wednesday, the board stripped $250,000 from its $212 million budget that would have paid for the installation of equipment to fluoridate the municipal water supply, once again depriving more than 658,000 residents of the proven benefits of fluoridation on dental health.