ASPPH presented the third SOPHAS Virtual Fair of the year for our CEPH-accredited Schools and Programs of Public Health on September 10 and 11. Over 50 SOPHAS schools and programs participated this year, a record number. The Virtual Fair is a widely accessible forum in which prospective students from around the world can learn more about the participating schools and programs. Read More
The amount of methylmercury, a neurotoxin, in the earth’s atmosphere has quadrupled since the days before industrialization, and its toxic effects are changing the songs being sung by birds in the area of Waynesboro, Virginia. An article in Environmental Health News explores how the mercury emitted by a nearby factory contaminated Waynesboro’s South River, affecting the animals that the area birds feed on. This ingestion of mercury may have altered the birds’ brains in a way that changed how they learned their songs. Read More
The Colorado School of Public Health has been awarded funding from HRSA to be one of the 10 Public Health Training Centers dedicated to building the capacity of the nation’s public health workforce. The funding will provide $850,000 per year for the next four years. Read More
Dr. Mary-Claire King, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, will receive the 2014 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement in Medical Science for her discoveries in DNA research. The award, one of the most prestigious scientific prizes, will be presented September 19 in New York City by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Dr. King will receive a $250,000 honorarium. Read More
Only few short years after earning a doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, Dr. Brian King, is making strides at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the a Senior Scientific Advisor in the Office on Smoking and Health. His role helps lead the federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control in the United States. In this capacity, Dr. King provides scientific leadership and technical expertise to inform tobacco control policy, planning, and practice at the national, state, and local levels. Read More
Dr. Joseph Bresee is Chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is a captain in the United States Public Health Service. This Branch is responsible for conducting influenza surveillance; working to understand influenza disease burden; helping to derive appropriate seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral use policies; detecting and preventing avian influenza and pandemic influenza; and providing technical expertise to global public health partners. He has led the Branch since 2005. 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.