Check out the latest in public health news for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Yesterday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released its fifth annual National Drug Control Strategy to “address the public health and safety challenges of the 21st century.”
Every week, the White House announces Champions of Change, honoring those who help the U.S. “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” Its latest installment features three APHA members.
Last month, the White House honored APHA member Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, with a “Champions of Change” award for her efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, as a result, chronic disease problems.
When Morgan Theriot got a letter in her mailbox from her health insurance last summer, she braced herself for a bill or a higher premium. What the Maryland mother of two got instead was $267 back in her pocket.
What is climate change? Laura Anderko, one of three APHA members awarded Tuesday at the White House for her public health work, answered boldly.
Today, the White House announced mental health and other public health initiatives as cornerstones of its latest national drug control strategy.
Despite broad public support, the U.S. Senate blocked a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun sales Wednesday. The defeat stalled nationwide momentum around strengthening gun violence prevention policy spurred by the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Conn., and the toll of gun violence that affects communities across the country every day.
Against a backdrop of tough fiscal constraints, Mary Wakefield, chief administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, came to APHA to discuss the impact the White House budget proposal will have on the agency looking forward to next year.
President Barack Obama’s long-awaited fiscal year 2014 budget announced Wednesday was met with mixed emotion among health groups. The overall 2014 budget promises to cancel the $1 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, which went into effect last month.
By missing its March 1 deadline, Congress ran out of time to strike a budget deficit deal that would replace $85 billion in federal cuts split between defense and discretionary funding.
On Nov. 6, Americans will head to the polls to vote for the next U.S. president. Whether voters choose Democratic candidate President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, may depend on which health platforms they support.