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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Climate Change

AzPHA Letter to Senators Sinema & Kelly Expressing Support for Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

August 2, 2022 Dear Senators Sinema & Kelly: The membership of the Arizona Public Health Association urges you to support the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. We’re very enthusiastic about how the Act finally makes necessary investments in climate and clean energy. The critical investments and incentives in the Act provide the impetus for our nation and Arizona to reduce carbon pollution that’s driving climate change while giving a much

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Disease Control

Is A Federal Monkeypox Public Health Emergency in the Offing?

Last week the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox epidemic a Global Health Emergency. California, New York and Illinois have done the same this week. Is the U.S. likely to do the same? When and why would they make such a declaration? Declaring a public health emergency has a few main purposes: 1) changing policies that you can’t change in a non-emergency; 2) offering contracts you usually can’t offer; and

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