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The NACCHO Podcast Series

The NACCHO Podcast series provides public health professionals with in-depth interviews featuring some of the field's top officials. Listeners can also learn the latest news from Washington, DC with our bi-weekly "Podcast From Washington."
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Aug 15, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 and how that will affect appropriations bills for FY2020. They also discuss the final “public charge” rule from the Trump Administration. Finally, they discuss August recess and how you can get involved in public health advocacy.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Public Health Director for Kentucky River District Health Department Scott Lockard. They discuss the implementation of the department’s needle exchange program and how other health departments can replicate positive health outcomes. They also discuss the challenges and community buy-in for the project. 

Jul 25, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 agreement that would raise cap levels for non-defense discretionary spending in FY2020 and FY2021. They also discuss the Administration’s new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules, and the Food and Drug Administration’s anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Public Health Director for Bell County, KY Teresa Hunter. The discussed overprescribing rates in Bell County and how that contributed to the opioid epidemic. They discussed activities the county health department has done with support of NACCHO to curb the opioid epidemic.  

Jun 27, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the House passage of the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education appropriations bill and the public health implications. They also discuss NACCHO Annual 2019 activities.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Chief of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Harris County Public Health Jennifer Kiger. They discussed the lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey and the value of storytelling when it comes to emergency preparedness. They also discussed the chemical plant fire in eastern Harris County that happened in March.  

Jun 13, 2019
In this week’s episode of the Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the movement of four House FY2020 appropriations bills packaged into a minibus. They also discuss the long-awaited passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards and Advancing Innovations Act reauthorization. 
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with a panel of local health professionals from the Cabell-Huntington Health Department in West Virginia. They discussed the health department efforts to control a Hepatitis A outbreak, and how the opioid epidemic has affected those efforts. The panel also discussed the need for community partnerships to manage the outbreak response.
May 30, 2019

On this week’s episode of the NACCHO Podcast Series, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss Memorial Day recess and items the Congress will have to take up when they return next week. The House will have to pass the Senate version of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act. They also discuss the Department of Health and Human Services proposed rule that would roll back health care protections for transgender patients.  

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with the Deputy Director for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Jeff Schlegelmilch. They discussed understanding the nation’s readiness to prepare for and respond to disasters, with a focus on children. They discussed data collection of past hurricanes and the gulf oil spill, looking at long-term impacts, particularly in children and their adverse childhood experiences.  

May 16, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein discusses NACCHO Model Practice award winners and de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health. He also talks about the disaster relief package and public health infrastructure bills introduced in the House. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Hospital Preparedness Coordinator for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Amanda Hunter. They discussed Hepatitis A outbreaks in the Louisville area and the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator. They also discussed the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator in a mass casualty event.  

May 16, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein discusses NACCHO Model Practice award winners and de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health. He also talks about the disaster relief package and public health infrastructure bills introduced in the House. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Hospital Preparedness Coordinator for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Amanda Hunter. They discussed Hepatitis A outbreaks in the Louisville area and the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator. They also discuss the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator in a mass casualty event.  

May 2, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS), and Education appropriations bill that seeks to boost federal funding for public health programs. They also discuss the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9) in the House.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Broward County Health Department Terri Sudden. Sudden talks about her health departments response to two mass shootings; one at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, and the mass shooting that took place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.  

Apr 19, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss a vaccine resolution passed by the Senate. They also discuss the introduction of a comprehensive House bill that would ban flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes, including menthol, as well as raise the minimum age of purchase for tobacco products to 21.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Executive Director of Healthcare Ready Dr. Nicolette Louissaint. They discussed how the Healthcare Ready project came about and how local health departments can utilize private partnerships in their preparedness activities. They also discussed steps in making governments and healthcare providers response ready. 

Apr 4, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the Public Health Preparedness Summit that took place in St. Louis, MO. They also discuss events surrounding National Public Health Week.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) Director of Government Relations Dara Lieberman. They discussed TFAH’s report “Ready or Not,” and how the report has been received. They also discussed the importance of advocacy for public health at the federal level and strategies to help public health workers tell their stories to bring attention to their work and advocate for increased public health funding. 

Feb 28, 2019

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein provides a run-down of the week in public health in Washington including a new CDC report that shows HIV prevention has stalled in recent years. He also discusses the House effort to pass a universal background checks bill, and a hearing on the measles outbreak in 10 states. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Director of Evaluation for NACCHO Dr. Debra Dekker. They discuss the 2018 Forces of Change Survey that reports on the challenges facing local health departments. They are joined via telephone by Claude Alix-Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of Cambridge Public Health Department who shares his story about using Forces of Change data.

Feb 28, 2019

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein provides a run-down of the week in public health in Washington including a new CDC report that shows HIV prevention has stalled in recent years. He also discusses the House effort to pass a universal background checks bill, and a hearing on the measles outbreak in 10 states. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Director of Evaluation for NACCHO Dr. Debra Dekker. They discuss the 2018 Forces of Change Survey that reports on the challenges facing local health departments. They are joined via telephone by Claude Alix-Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of Cambridge Public Health Department who shares his story about using Forces of Change data.

Feb 14, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the possibility of another government shutdown. They also discuss gun violence prevention legislation that was introduced in the House by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL). NACCHO will also comment on the proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule that would require able-bodied persons receiving SNAP benefits to work. Finally, they discuss the National Youth Tobacco Report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation Brian Castrucci and CEO and President for Trust for America’s Health John Auerbach to discuss their Health Affairs blog article surrounding the social determinants of health. The two CEOs discussed evidence-based policy solutions to tackle social inequities in communities.

Jan 31, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the end of the five-week Government shutdown and the three-week continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded while Congress and the President work out a deal to fund border security. They also discuss the measles outbreak in seven states. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with Chief Medical and Scientific Office of the All of Us Research Program Dr. Kelly Gebo. They discussed the goal of enrolling one million participants in the research program. They also discussed how local health departments can use the depth, data, and research potential of All of Us. 

Jan 17, 2019
In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss  the partial government shutdown that entered its fifth week, and how that is affecting public health and local health departments. They also discuss the Senate hearings for the Attorney General nominee William Barr and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler.
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with Health Director for DeKalb County Health Department Dr. Sandra Ford. They discuss risk factors around maternal and child health to bring awareness to Birth Defects Prevention Month. Dr. Ford discussed the challenges in DeKalb county lowering the rates of infant mortality throughout the county.
Jan 3, 2019
In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the partial government shutdown and what it means for public health. They also discuss the start of the 116th Congress and the confirmation of Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll.
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein spoke via telephone with Stephanie Black Medical Director with the Communicable Disease Program in the Chicago Department of Public Health and Michael Craig Senior Advisor for CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit. They discuss the current state of antimicrobial resistance in the US. They also discuss the CDC’s AMR Challenge and how local health departments can get involved.
Dec 13, 2018

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Adriane Casalotti discuss the Farm bill passed by Congress. They also discuss a looming government shutdown over border wall funding, and the “public charge” rule. Finally, they discuss two maternal health bills passed by the House. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Director of the Kansas City Health Department and 2018 Mo Mullet Award winner Dr. Rex Archer and Health Director for Idaho North Central District Carol Moehrle who nominated Dr. Archer for the award. They discussed his career in public health and his greatest accomplishments in public health as well as the greatest challenges throughout his career. They also discussed public health accreditation and the value of NACCHO membership. 

Dec 6, 2018
In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss National Influenza Vaccination week. They also discuss the FY2019 continuing resolution to fund the Federal Government. Finally, they discuss the 2019 NACCHO Annual abstract submission deadline.
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein spoke with the Director of Immunization Services Division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Melinda Wharton. They discussed the history of National Influenza Vaccination Week and how important vaccinations are at all stages of life. They also discussed how local health departments can encourage their communities to get vaccinated.
Nov 29, 2018

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that concluded life expectancy rates dropped in 2017. They also discuss the rise in children’s uninsured rates, and the U.S. Government climate assessment.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with 2018 Model Practice Winners from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Diana Montano and Jannet Burguete. They discussed their Model Practice Award winning submission breastfeeding baby café, which is a lactation consultation in a non-clinical setting, delivering services to the target population and to women in need with their breastfeeding concerns. 

Nov 8, 2018

On this week’s Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the outcome of the 2018 mid-term elections and the Congressional balance of power in 2019. They also discuss public health ballot measures that were approved or rejected by voters across the country.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with newly re-elected Mayor of El Monte Andre Quintero. They discussed the Mayor’s initiatives around broadband access for his diverse city as well as making community college more affordable and accessible. They also discussed health equity in El Monte, CA and using evidence-based public health policies.

Oct 25, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Opioid Crisis Response Act that was signed into law by President Trump. They also discuss National Drug Takeback Day and how you can take action on the "Public Charge" rule. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Deputy Director of Kansas City Public Health Dr. Sarah Martin. They discussed policy issues as well as policies implemented by the Kansas City Health Department such as tobacco to 21 and fighting back against predatory lending.

Oct 10, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss Hurricane Michael and resources provided by NACCHO for local health departments to use during a natural disaster. They also discuss the "public charge" rule imposed by the Trump Administration.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Health Director for the Oklahoma City/County Health Department Phil Maytubby and Deputy Director for the Tri-County Health Department in Colorado Jennifer Ludwig. The two discuss advocacy efforts as the first-ever winner of NACCHO's Advocate of the Year award at NACCHO Annual 2018.

Oct 4, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the opioid package passed by the Senate that will head to President Trump's desk for signature. They also discuss wrap-up of FY2019 LHHS spending bill, and the Department of Homeland Security Family Separation policy.

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with Health Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Dr. Colleen Bridger. They discuss San Antonio's implementation of the tobacco to 21 law that took effect this month. 

Sep 27, 2018

On this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the passage of the FY2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education bill that was combined with the Department of Defense. They also discuss the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Advancing Innovations Act that passed the House and a deal on the opioid bills passed by the House and Senate. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Health Director at Seattle & King County Patty Hayes to discuss her health department's response to the opioid epidemic. Hayes discussed how the health department has implemented syringe service programs to reduce infectious disease outbreak.

Sep 20, 2018

In this week's Podcast from Washington Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the FY2019 LHHS bill that was passed by the Senate last week and heads to the House for final passage next week and on to the President's desk. They also discuss NACCHO's 2019 Legislative Agenda.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at USDA Anne Hazlett. They discussed the opioid epidemic and its effects on rural communities. They also discuss broadband development and how USDA plans to bring tools and resources to rural communities across the country.

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