Jay Butler Represents ASTHO at AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

December 14, 2017|4:56 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

On Nov. 11-14, ASTHO Immediate Past-President Jay Butler, chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, attended the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates Interim Meeting.

The House of Delegates includes two ASTHO alumni: Wendy Braund (alumna-WY), representing the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and John Armstrong (alumnus-FL), representing the American College of Surgeons. One item of interest to ASTHO members is AMA Policy H-440.942, which reads: “The AMA urges each state medical society to extend to their respective state health officer a standing invitation to participate in and report to the annual meeting of their house of delegates upon issues, accomplishments, problems, and needs of public health significance to the state.”

Resolutions discussed during the 2017 interim meeting covered a wide range of public health topics, including maintaining child nutrition programs, improving health equity, addressing the opioid crisis by increasing access to naloxone and medication-assisted therapy, as well as reducing national drug shortages.

One item of particular interest to state health officials was a resolution to establish basic education and certification for rural primary care physicians who take on the role of local public health officials and practitioners. The American College of Preventive Medicine opposed the resolution because a similar effort is already in development.

Although a number of state health officials have participated in AMA’s House of Delegates by representing their state medical associations, ASTHO has had limited involvement in recent years. Renewed participation is warmly welcomed.

For more information, please contact ASTHO Immediate Past-President Jay Butler.