Monday, April 29, 2013
Approximately one year ago I blogged here on “Public Health Advocacy: The View from Inside State Government”. Since then, I’ve completed my eighth year as a legislative analyst for the Senate Public Affairs Committee of the New Mexico Legislature following my retirement from the Executive Branch of New Mexico State Government in September, 2005.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Leading national public health advocates filed a Citizen Petition on April 12, 2013, urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its regulatory power, and to protect America’s health by prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavoring in cigarettes.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In March, the Mid-States Region of the Network convened over 50 public health experts in health information and data sharing to examine the role of public health in a national scale Learning Health System (LHS).
By now, many people are aware of the rise in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a natural gas extraction method. But most people probably have not thought about the health implications of all that silica sand used in fracking.
Monday, April 8, 2013
In 2013, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — a landmark piece of legislation that protects job security for employee leave — celebrates its 20th anniversary. But the FMLA has several limitations and doesn't provide a safe harbor for parents recovering from a life-altering death of a child.
Monday, April 1, 2013
While every day is public health day here at the Network, one week a year is singled out for special treatment. This year’s National Public Health Week theme –“Public Health is ROI” – is particularly timely. While it’s always a good time to remind policymakers and others of the importance of public health to increasing both health and wealth, this is perhaps truer more now than ever.