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  • As Flu Season Intensifies State Public Health Leaders Offer Advice

    On Jan. 17, ASTHO hosted a media call with the press, as well as state public health leaders from California, Colorado, and Rhode Island, to discuss this year’s deadly flu season and what individuals can do to protect themselves and their families. Influenza is now widespread throughout the country, with pediatric deaths and flu-associated hospitalizations reported at much higher rates than the previous two flu seasons. According to CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending on Jan. 6, a total of 6,486 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations and 20 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported.

  • Member Spotlight: Karen McKeown

    Karen McKeown is the state health officer and administrator of the division of public health in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. As an oncology staff nurse and leader for 11 years, McKeown previously oversaw the clinical operations of inpatient and outpatient oncology departments. McKeown’s health policy experience includes a student fellowship with the U.S. Senate finance committee and a graduate fellowship with the Heritage Foundation. McKeown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Tyler, as well as a master’s degree in nursing management, policy, and leadership from Yale University.

  • Member Spotlight: John Wiesman

    John Wiesman is president of ASTHO and secretary of health for the Washington State Department of Health. The department of health in Washington is a cabinet-level agency in a decentralized state, with 35 local, independent health departments governed by their own boards of health and more than 1,700 employees overseeing public health areas such as: disease control and epidemiology, health promotion, vital statistics, environmental public health, state public health laboratories, health professions and facility licensing, rural health, and emergency preparedness and response.