ASPPH is pleased to welcome 16 new participants to our Fellowship Programs. Twelve new ASPPH Fellows began their assignments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and four new ASPPH Fellows began their assignments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.) Both these prestigious fellowship programs offer applied public health training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPPH member, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-Accredited schools and programs of public health. During the next one to two years, fellows will train under the guidance of mentors within their host federal agencies. Read More
Mothers who live in neighborhoods with plenty of grass, trees, or other green vegetation are more likely to deliver at full term and their babies are born at higher weights, compared to mothers who live in urban areas that are not as green, a new study shows. Read More
An anonymous $3.6 million gift to the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's Life Course Outcomes Research Initiatives program will not only innovate and invest in evidence-based measures to support adults with autism, but will also train additional scholars in this important area of public health research. Led by Autism Institute associate professor Dr. Paul Shattuck – who holds a secondary appointment in the Drexel University School of Public Health – the programs include the Indicators Initiative, which will assess community-level and national indicators of outcomes and services for people on the autism spectrum; the Promising Practices Initiative, which will work to develop innovative approaches to service provision and policies; the Research Leadership Initiative, which aims to expand the field of useful research by training additional scholars; and the Long-Term Knowledge Initiative, which will conduct studies designed to discover how life unfolds over a long period of time for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Read More
The American Political Science Association, Health Politics and Policy Section, named Dr. Miriam Laugesen, assistant professor of health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, recipient of the 2014 Leonard S. Robins Best Paper Award. Dr. Laugesen’s winning paper, “Policy Complexity and Professional Capture” argues that the complexity of the Medicare Fee Schedule is a significant barrier to effective policymaking in Medicare. Government officials must master the intricacy of payment policy under resource and other constraints: under federal law, Medicare administrators are required to provide opportunities for democratic representation of interests in the rulemaking process. Read More
Fulbright Scholar and USF College of Public Health alumnus Ms. Malinee Neelamegam conducted a two-day “Introduction to Epidemiology” workshop sponsored by the Malaysia Ministry of Health on July 10 and 11 in Penang, Malaysia. The 42 workshop participants included physicians, nurses, pharmacists, research officers and Ministry of Health officials. Read More
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, DC. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy. Read More
Congressional consideration of the 12 fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills has ground to a halt. With the October 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching, not a single funding bill has cleared the Congress. A Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government past the November 4 general election is expected, but even passing that is proving difficult. Read More
ASPPH champions public health education in Washington.
ASPPH’s Policy and Advocacy Team works to increase federal government support for public health education, research, workforce training, and emergency services by working closely with our Congressional and agency partners.
We are trusted advisors.
ASPPH meets regularly with government leaders to advise them on key public health issues, national health trends, and outcome measures to inform funding. Topics include the power of prevention and population-focused research, public health employment, and changes in public health curricula.
We keep our members informed.
ASPPH provides its members with regular updates on legislative advocacy, focusing on the topics most relevant to members. Through our monthly reports, detailing the latest strategic intelligence and policy developments, ASPPH members stay up-to-date on federal action affecting the field.
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.