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Q&A: Tracy Gruber on the high-level conversations around the DHS-DOH merger

| Nov 16, 2021 | Utah

Tracy Gruber is the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) and will serve as the executive director of the newly merged Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when it operationalizes in July of 2022.  In this Q&A, Gruber discusses the challenges of the merger,...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Mary Whiteford discusses her behavioral health integration package and plans for next session

| Nov 9, 2021 | Michigan

Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Allegan) serves as the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and vice-chair of the full Appropriations Committee. She also sits as a member of the House Health Policy Committee.  In this Q&A, Whiteford talks about her behavioral health and physical health integration...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Johns Hopkins' Margaret Moon, MD, on kids and the COVID vaccine

| Nov 8, 2021 | Maryland

Margaret Moon, MD, is the co-director, pediatrician-in-chief, and director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. On Oct. 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a smaller dose of the...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Michigan Center for Rural Health discusses reducing stigma of SUD and addressing workforce shortages

| Nov 2, 2021 | Michigan

John Barnas is the Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health and Crystal Barter is the Center’s Director of Programs & Services. They are a private, non-profit office of rural health. Their Board of Directors brings together representatives from state government, the Michigan Department of Health and Human...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ Virginia state vaccine liaison Dr. Danny Avula

| Oct 26, 2021 | Virginia

Dr. Danny TK Avula is the Virginia state vaccine liaison for the Virginia Department of Health and the director of the Richmond city and Henrico County Health Departments. In this Q&A, Dr. Avula shares an outlook on how the winter season will impact COVID rates in the state, protecting kids...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ Jill Tokuda on her bid for Hawaii Lt. Gov.

| Oct 22, 2021 | Hawaii

Jill Tokuda, former chair of the Hawaii Senate Ways And Means Committee, announced her bid for Lieutenant Governor earlier this month. This marks her second time running for the office after coming in second behind current Lt. Gov. Josh Green in 2018. Green is expected to run for Governor in...[ Read More ]

Discussions on the general elections’ impact on health care

| Oct 21, 2021 | Virginia

Less than two weeks remain before the Nov. 2 elections which will determine a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and House of Delegates — and some of Virginia’s health care leaders say the results could impact the health initiatives prioritized in the coming years.  Others say, however, that regardless...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Sen. Tom Begich discusses health care in Alaska for 2022

| Oct 19, 2021 | Alaska

Senator Tom Begich (D-Anchorage) is the senate minority leader and also a member of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee for the state of Alaska.  Begich recently spoke with State of Reform about health care in 2021, and what he’s keeping his eye on for the next legislative session...[ Read More ]