Public Health Infrastructure

Public Health Funding and the Role of Congress

March 28, 2019

Advocating on Capitol Hill for strong public health systems is critical to advancing the work of state and territorial health agencies. Earlier this month, the nation’s top health officials came to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and raise awareness around key issues, including raising the caps on non-defense discretionary spending, supporting the 22x22 campaign to increase the CDC’s budget 22% by FY22, and prioritizing funding for public health programs. “Washington Week” came and went, but the work is far from over, according to ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser and Carolyn Mullen, ASTHO’s chief of government affairs and public relations. Tune in as they recap the week’s events and share their outlook on the wins and challenges that lie ahead for public health funding.Read More »

Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Healthy Communities

October 18, 2018

This episode highlights the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and discusses ways to reduce climbing obesity rates by increasing access to healthy foods and promoting physical activity through community planning and changes to the built environment. Tennessee shares how policies and programs at the local level are working to combat obesity, and CDC examines the landscape of childhood obesity research in America and describes the Active People, Healthy Nation initiative designed to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027.Read More »

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