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JHF Supports ‘Public Health Under Siege’ Conference in Washington

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation provided sponsorship to a Washington conference on February 6, "Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times," organized by the Policy Action Institute of the American Public Health Association. Among the keynotes was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, fresh from presiding over the State of the Union Address the night before.

Speaker Pelosi addressed policy priorities on public health, going beyond traditional subject areas to include climate change as a public health matter, as well as a national security and economic issue. While she touched on the new agenda on HIV/AIDS, it was U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir who outlined the government's plan to reduce HIV transmission dramatically by 2030. Other significant figures included Henry Waxman, a congressman from California for 40 years; Leana Wen, the new president of Planned Parenthood; and former Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, now dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

From left to right: Lisa Simpson, president and CEO of AcademyHealth; Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA; Karen Feinstein; Karen Remley, senior fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation.

Four people from JHF attended: President and CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein, Director of Innovation Mara Leff, Women's Health Specialist Kate Dickerson, and Director of Government Grants and Policy Robert Ferguson.

The APHA conference built upon AcademyHealth's National Health Policy Conference held the preceding two days in Washington. 

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