Public Health in America

NATIONAL. Next FDA chief must continue fight against teen vaping, local health officials urge (CNN)

By Shefali Luthra

In an almost uniform response to the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, city and county public health officials are urging the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents' growing use of e-cigarettes.

The issue, they say, is reaching crisis levels and many worry the FDA's much-touted efforts are falling short.

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NATIONAL. 4 Health Programs (Other Than CHIP) That Congress Has Left in Limbo. (Governing)

By Mattie Quinn

It’s been more than 100 days since Congress missed its deadline to pass a long-term spending bill for the federal government. That has left the fate of many federally-funded, state-administered programs up in the air.

Most of the uproar around Capitol Hill gridlock is aimed at the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It has historically had bipartisan support and covers 9 million children and pregnant women who don’t have employer-based insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.

In the meantime, the federal government has repeatedly released unspent funds to help states keep CHIP running. The most recent money is supposed to keep the programs afloat through March, but federal health officials warned last week that some states could run out this month.

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NATIONAL. Public Health 3.0: A Blueprint For The Future Of Public Health (Health Affairs)

Karen DeSalvo and Georges Benjamin

November 21, 2016

The average lifespan in the United States has extended by 10 years since the 1950s, an achievement made through progress in healthier behaviors, cleaner air, food and water, and breakthroughs in disease diagnosis and treatment. Over the last several years, we have seen critical improvements in access to health insurance coverage and digitizing care. Public and private sectors have also joined forces to innovate the payment system, significantly improving health care quality, experience, and patient safety.

Yet, our work is only beginning. Life expectancy in the United States has been stagnant for three years in a row; in some parts of the country, life expectancy has actually declined. To truly achieve better health for everyone, we must ensure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy, and this will take more than the health care system. We must address the upstream drivers of health that touch everyone, no matter where they are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age. Public health is the essential infrastructure for this work, but it needs to innovate, and in many ways, reinvent itself so that we have what it takes to ensure that the American people are healthy, ready, and competitive in this global economy.

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