One of the most significant legal challenges in public health policy and practice is how to strike the balance between patient privacy and protection of the public’s health. In this installment of Law and the Public’s Health, New Hampshire public health officials discuss the delicate balancing act they confronted in seeking patient medical records without specific patient consent during a hepatitis C outbreak. Read More
Bars and street corners are ideal venues for broad dissemination of HIV prevention information among drug-using male sex workers and other at-risk populations, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The research was published April 16 in the American Journal of Public Health. Read More
Michigan Researcher Reports on the Role of Trace Metals in the Pathogenesis of Malaria Many parts of the world where malaria is endemic — especially developing countries — are increasingly being contaminated with toxic metals. The consequences of concurrent exposure of human populations to high levels of toxic metals (or suboptimal amounts of essential metals) […] Read More
Dr. Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership and director of the Leading Change Studio at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will receive the Dr. Jim O’Connell Award at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s upcoming Medicine That Matters Gala on May 6. Read More
Twelve students from the University of Maryland School of Public Health and one from the University of Maryland School of Medicine were recognized with awards for their outstanding research poster presentations at the third annual Public Health Research@ Maryland day, held on April 9, 2015 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The robust poster competition featured 128 research posters, representing researchers from more than 12 universities, with a majority of posters reflecting multidisciplinary research collaborations that were presented by students. Read More
Over the past half century, there have been ebbs and flows of interest in linking what is now called interprofessional education (IPE) with interprofessional collaboration and team-based care. Whereas considerable research has focused on student learning, only recently have researchers begun to look beyond the classroom and beyond learning outcomes for the impact of IPE on such issues as patient safety, patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, health promotion, population health, and the cost of care. Read More
Congressional action on the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills has begun in earnest. On April 22, the House Appropriations Committee approved, on a straight party line vote, the fiscal year 2016 budget allocations to its 12 subcommittees. For the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the allocation for discretionary programs is $153.050 billion in budget authority ($156.193 B in outlays), a reduction of $3.713 B (or 2.37 percent) from last year. As has become normal, the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill is expected to be the last (and most difficult to pass) of the appropriations bill. Read More
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ASPPH advances academic public health priorities through a variety of activities, including in-depth policy papers and analysis. The papers below represent ASPPH’s positions on key issues in public health – occupational safety, research and learning centers, as well as training programs and centers. These programs depend largely on legislative support, as many of these centers and initiatives are federally funded through Congressional appropriations and agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ASPPH is committed to advocating for these issues and ensuring they remain funded and supported by Congress.