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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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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.

Sep 13, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss preparedness resources for Hurricane Florence. They also discuss the pending Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education bill that will come up for a vote in the Senate next week. Finally, they discuss the FDA crackdown on e-cigarette manufacturers and distributors.

Later in the Podcast, Ian Goldstein sat down with the founder of the Homeland Preparedness Project Bill Ray. They discussed preparedness and response efforts in Alvin, TX  during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and how local health departments can bolster their preparedness efforts for an extreme weather event. 

Sep 6, 2018

In this week's Podcast from Washington Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the FY2019 Appropriations bills passed by the Senate, which now must be conferenced with the House. They also discuss the opioids package passed in the House, and the Senate's opioid package. 

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with Assistant Commissioner for Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They discuss preparedness efforts in a large urban environment. 

Aug 23, 2018

On this week’s Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs Specialist Ian Goldstein gives the latest information on the Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education appropriations bill currently debated in the Senate. He also talks CDC tobacco reports and how you can take action while the House of Representatives is currently on August Recess.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Chief Medical Officer at ESRI Dr. Estella Geraghty. Dr. Geraghty is a moderator at this week’s PHI Conference in Atlanta. They discuss GIS mapping technology at ESRI and how it can be applied to the opioid crisis.

Aug 13, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss August recess and how members can reach out to their Members of Congress to invite them to their local health department. They also discuss the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization, as well as the FY2019 Appropriations bills. 

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation Brian Castrucci and Sr. Vice President and Chief Health Officer for Kaiser Permanente Dr. Bechara Choucair. They discuss their shared initiative CityHealth, which promotes practices that make cities healthier through proven policies that achieve community health priorities.

Jul 26, 2018

In this week's Podcast from Washington Ian Goldstein and Chief of Government Affairs Laura Hanen discuss the FY2019 Appropriations bills in the House and Senate. They also discuss how NACCHO members can take action and reach out to their elected representatives while they are home campaigning during August recess. They also discuss the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

Later in the Podcast, Ian Goldstein sat down with the CDC Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer for Public Health Preparedness and Response Dr. Daniel Sosin. They discuss the local health department response to the 2017 hurricane season and wildfires throughout the country. They also discuss how small- to medium-sized health departments can develop a smart community-wide emergency management plan.

Jul 19, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the markup of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Advancing Innovations Act (PAHPAI). They also discuss the FY2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, and a wrap up of NACCHO Annual 2018.

Later in the podcast, Ian Goldstein sat down with three LHD of the Year Award winners at NACCHO Annual 2018, NY State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) Director Sarah Ravenhall, Nassau County Director Dr. Larry Eisenstein, Fulton County Director Dr. Irena Gelman, and Erie County Director Dr. Gale Burstein. The panel discuss how their health departments develop and implement a broad range of public health policies. They also discuss their big accomplishments of the last year that provided the basis for their LHD of the Year Award applications.

Jul 5, 2018

In this week’s Podcast from Washington Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the FY2019 appropriations bills in the House and Senate. They also discuss the opioid bills that passed the House of Representatives and has moved onto the Senate. Finally, they discuss the markups of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2018.

 

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with Carson City Health Director Nicki Aaker. They discussed how a small health department creates public and private partnerships. They also discussed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization after Carson City saw excessive flooding in January, 2017. Finally, the discuss the importance of the Medical Reserve Corps.

Jun 20, 2018

On this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss NACCHO Annual 2018. They also provide a funding update for FY2019 and the President's rescission package. 

Later in the program, two old friends, and past NACCHO Presidents, Bob Harmon and Hugh Tilson recall their work on the landmark report from the Institute of Medicine entitled "The Future of Public Health" on its 30th anniversary. They discuss what went into the report and how it was received in 1988. They also discuss what they believe in 2018 is the future of public health.

Jun 7, 2018

In this week's Podcast from Washington Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act and NACCHO's Congressional testimony presented by Executive Director for Harris County Public Health Dr. Umair Shah. They also discuss the FDA tobacco comment extension, and the rescission package in the House.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Public Health Director at the Middleton Board of Health and State Association of County and City Health Official Derek Fullerton to talk about their new opioid toolkit for all local health departments in Massachusetts. The toolkit contains best practices around opioids. They also discuss newly legalized cannabis in the state. 

May 16, 2018

On this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the second markup of opioid bills in the House, as well as appropriations for FY2019. Eli explains the rescission package and farm bill reauthorization.

Later in the podcast, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Dr. Robert Kadlec. Dr. Kadlec discussed his four priority areas as the ASPR. Dr. Kadlec also talked about how small-to-medium-sized health departments can develop a smart emergency management plan.

May 3, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss opioid related bills marked up in the House and Senate. They also discuss the reauthorization of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2013. 

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with Health Officer and Administrator for the Monroe County Health Department Bob Eadie. Bob and Ian discuss the public health impacts of Hurricane Irma that hit the Florida Keys in August 2017. They discuss lessons learned as well as how local public health can develop plans for extreme weather conditions in the future.

Apr 5, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Omnibus funding for FY2018. They also discuss a hearing in the House Energy & Commerce Committee concerning the opioid epidemic, where NACCHO member and Health Director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department Dr. Michael Kilkenny testified about how his health department has dealt with the opioid epidemic.

Later in the program, Ian sat down with NACCHO Lead Research Scientist and Director of Research Nick Williams to discuss the Forces of Change Survey, a yearly survey containing new findings on the forces that are affecting the nation’s local health departments (LHDs).

Carol Moehrle from the Idaho North Central District joined the conversation by phone to talk about her health department's experience with the Forces of Change survey and why it is vital that local health departments participate in the survey.

Mar 8, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss NACCHO's Week of Congressional Action as well as new policy statements approved by NACCHO's Board of Directors. They also discuss the White House Opioid Summit and a NACCHO meeting with the Surgeon General.

Later in the Podcast, Ian Goldstein is joined by Health Director of the Middle Brook Regional Health Commission and NACCHO President-elect Kevin Sumner. They discuss local health issues at the health department including the opioid epidemic and ways that the Middle Brook looks to combat addiction.

Feb 15, 2018

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein are back after a brief hiatus to discuss the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Found out how much funding Congress will appropriate to public health programs in the FY2018 and FY2019 appropriations budget. 

Next, Eli and Ian discuss the President's FY2019 budget proposal that Congress has said is "dead on arrival." Find out what's in the budget proposal along with the proposed cuts to the CDC and HHS. 

Finally, Eli and Ian talk about NACCHO's Week of Congressional Action where you can find out how to get involved in public health advocacy without leaving your local health department!

Jan 12, 2018

On this week’s episode of “Podcast from Washington,” NACCHO Government Affairs staff Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discussed the confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alex Azar as Health and Human Services Secretary. They also discuss the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization and a continuing resolution to fund the government after January 19.

Later in the program, NACCHO’s Kabaye Diriba and Chevelle Glymph discuss the Medical Reserve Corps 2017 Profile Study. 

Dec 21, 2017

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the tax plan passed by Congress and the effects on public health. Also, Congress must pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the Federal Government funded after December 22. 

Later in the program, an interview with Dean for the Boston University School of Public Health Dr. Sandro Galea. Dr. Galea discussed his presentation at NACCHO Annual 2017 on the rising costs of healthcare per capita in the US versus other developed nations around the world. He also discussed health outcomes and how those outcomes are predicted by zip code.

Dec 8, 2017

On this week's Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein gives a brief update on the tax bill and its effects on the prevention and public health fund. Also, an update on NACCHO activities.

Later in the podcast, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Executive Director of Northwest Bronx Clergy Coalition Sandra Lobo. The Northwest Bronx Clergy Coalition is an organization that fights for racial and economic justice. They discuss a brief history of the Bronx and social justice issues. 

Nov 17, 2017

On the latest episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Prevention and Public Health Fund that may be used to offset tax cuts. They also discuss the NACCHO Opioid briefing, and Hurricane Harvey supplemental funding.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein interviewed Chief Medical Officer and President of the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association Dr. Jay Bhatt. They discussed his time as a health officer in Illinois where Dr. Bhatt was instrumental in the work of Healthy Chicago. They also discuss how data can address social determinants of health.

Oct 26, 2017

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the President's declaration of a public health emergency to combat the rising opioid epidemic. They also discuss the Murray-Alexander ACA stabilization bill, and a congressional roundtable discussion on gun violence.

NACCHO President and Executive Director of Harris County Public Health Dr. Umair Shah is this week’s guest on the NACCHO Podcast Series. Dr. Shah described his harrowing experience balancing his leadership role in public health and as a victim of Hurricane Harvey that ravaged his community and jurisdiction in Harris County, TX. Dr. Shah talked about the importance of public health emergency preparedness and hospital system preparedness programs that were integral in the response and recovery efforts following the hurricane.

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Oct 13, 2017

In this week’s Podcast from Washington update, NACCHO government affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss changes made by Executive Order to the Affordable Care Act. Also, NACCHO Senior Advisor for Public Health Programs Dr. Oscar Alleyne is on the program to give an update on hurricane and wildfire relief efforts by local health departments.

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Monica Valdes Lupi. The two discuss public health strategic priorities in Boston including, health equity, strengthening activities around the opioid epidemic, and strengthening health care partnerships.

Sep 22, 2017

In this week's episode of "Podcast from Washington," Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill and what it would mean for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. They also discuss the reauthorization of MIECHV and CHIP.

Next, Ian Goldstein sat down with Health Director of Kanawha County, WV Dr. Michael Brumage to discuss his devastating experience with the opioid epidemic that took the lives of 64,000 Americans in 2016. Dr. Brumage also discussed how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect his county's Medicaid population.

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