Professional Development

Guest Piece: AzPHA Member Dr. Len Kirschner: 57 Years of Medicare & Medicaid

57 years of Medicare & Medicaid If you like anniversaries, here is one to remember. Saturday, July 30, is the 57th anniversary of LBJ going to the Truman Library to sign the Social Security Amendments of 1965. They were Title 18 and 19. The legislation has been described as two compromises and an afterthought. Part A was a compromise with American Hospital Association. Part B was a compromise with the

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Professional Development

Annual AzPHA Public Health Awards

Accepting Nominations Now! Each year AzPHA recognizes public health professionals & health care workers across Arizona are performing extraordinary services to our community at our annual awards event. Many of our awards go back decades. We’re proud to announce that the 2022 awards program will be held on: Thursday. October 27, 2022 5:00pm – 8:30pm Outdoor Courtyard at the Maricopa Medical Society 326 E Coronado Rd #101, Phoenix, AZ 85004 This will be an

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Climate Change

What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Anyway? Historic Policy Changes that Will Reduce Carbon Emissions A Lot.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R. 5376) passed the U.S. Senate yesterday and is headed to the House of Representatives for a final vote before going to the President’s desk. It’s the biggest clean energy and energy efficiency package ever passed. While it won’t completely meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions, it’s a great start. The Act also tweaks federal law by finally allowing Medicare to

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Disease Control

Monkeypox Now a Federal Public Health Emergency. What Will That Mean?

HHS Secretary Becerra declared a public health emergency last Thursday in a move that could, among other things, allow the administration to tap into additional federal funds for the response. The declaration doesn’t appear to be just to unlock funds though…  the Secretary also appears to want to use some of his new emergency authority to fast-track vaccines and therapies – moves that require authority over and above his normal

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Professional Development

Free Webinar: How Local Health Departments Can Make the Most of New PH Infrastructure Funding

 How Local Health Departments Can Make the Most of New PH Infrastructure Funding States will be getting significant new funding for improving Public Health infrastructure, but the needs are so much greater than the funding, so it will be important to invest the funds in ways that generate the greatest positive impact. 40% of the funding that states get will be passed through to local health departments. This webinar shares

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Social Determinants

Maricopa County Public Health Launches mySidewalk – Shedding Light on the Impact the Pandemic Has Had on People’s Lives

As you may have heard, the Voices of Maricopa County Dashboard has officially launched! Created in collaboration with mySidewalk, this interactive dashboard illustrates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community health by combining population data with the lived experiences of Maricopa County residents.  In it, you’ll find: The top community health and social needs expressed by county residents; Data collected from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health designed COVID-19 Impact Survey and Focus Groups,

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