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Public Health

Rutgers Q&A: Dr. Perry Halkitis, Openly Gay Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health, Seeks to Shatter Perceptions, Improve LGBTQ Health

Dr. Perry Halkitis

New Brunswick, NJ, June 20, 2017 — When Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., the incoming dean at Rutgers School of Public Health, is asked to discuss the accomplishments that make him most proud, his research in HIV/AIDS, his mentorship of young scholars and practitioners, and his roles as senior associate dean of New York University’s College of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies come to the fore.

But equal to those achievements is Dr. Halkitis’ identity as an openly gay man in academia and a first-generation college student.

Halkitis, who will join Rutgers in August, is enthusiastic about furthering the research he pursued at NYU. Continue reading

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

Trump Administration’s Hiring Freeze Means Nearly 700 Vacancies at CDC

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. Continue reading

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Majorities Oppose GOP’s Latest Health-Care Reform Proposals

Washington, DC, April 25, 2017The Washington Post reports today that, in strategy and substance, the American public disagrees with the course that President Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Large majorities oppose the ideas at the heart of the most recent GOP negotiations to forge a plan that could pass in the House.

These would allow states to choose whether to keep the ACA’s insurance protection for people with preexisting medical problems and its guarantee of specific health benefits. Continue reading

Rutgers Medical Students’ Promise Clinic Offers Care for Area Poor and Homeless

Stephanie Oh, a Rutgers medical student and student director of the Promise Clinic

New Brunswick, NJ, April 20, 2017 — Stephanie Oh knows what it’s like to live at the poverty line.  After graduating college with a degree in bioengineering, she volunteered for AmeriCorps and subsisted on food stamps.

“This experience made me better understand the struggles people face trying to live healthy on a limited income,” says Oh, now a medical and doctoral student in neuroscience at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Today, Oh puts her knowledge of medicine and indigent and homeless populations into practice as the student director of the Promise Clinic, an initiative that provides primary health care for clients of Elijah’s Promise Community Kitchen in New Brunswick. Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day from April 16 to 22

NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett

Trenton, NJ, April 14, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Healthcare Decisions Day by encouraging New Jersey residents to discuss their healthcare preferences and plans for end-of-life care decisions with their physicians and family.

This year, National Healthcare Decisions Day will be celebrated all week long, from April 16 to 22.  The national theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

“Advance care planning offers benefits for individuals and their families,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said.  “Individuals have the comfort of knowing that their treatment preferences will be honored and families of patients are relieved from making difficult decisions without knowing what their loved one desired.” Continue reading

HHS Secretary Defends Proposed Cuts at NIH; GOP and Democrats Skeptical

HHS Secretary Tom Price

Washington, DC, March 31, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on March 29 defended the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to medical research, saying that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget is plagued by unnecessary expenses.

The remarks came a day after reports that the administration had proposed an additional $1.2 billion cut to the NIH for the current fiscal year, on top of a suggested $5.8 billion cut for 2018.

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Rutgers Names Dr. Perry N. Halkitis Dean of School of Public Health

Dr. Perry Halkitis

Piscataway, NJ, March 24, 2017 — Perry N. Halkitis, senior associate dean of New York University’s College of Global Public Health, has been named dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Halkitis is expected to join Rutgers in August 2017.

Dr. Halkitis is also professor of global public health, applied psychology and medicine and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU, where he has focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse as well as the impact of psychiatric and psychosocial factors on mental health. Continue reading

CMS Reports 295K from New Jersey Enrolled in Obamacare in 2016

Trenton, NJ, March 17, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that New Jersey saw about 295,000 enrollees in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to the CMS data, that is an increase from 288,000 who selected a marketplace plan in 2016.

In rankings of financial assistance and consumers who switched plans, New Jersey was placed in the bottom half of the list, according to CMS data. Continue reading

GOP Senators Warn House’s Trumpcare Bill Won’t Pass Without Changes; 50-Plus Republicans Skeptical of Obamacare Replacement Plan

Washington, DC, March 15, 2017 — By Kristina Peterson, Michelle Hackman and Louise Radnofsky report in The Wall Street Journal that Republican senators, alarmed by a nonpartisan report showing millions would lose insurance under the GOP health-care plan, warned Tuesday that the bill wouldn’t become law without fundamental changes.

Concerns mounted on Capitol Hill after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the independent legislative analyst, released a report on Monday that estimated the GOP health plan would reduce deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of uninsured by 24 million in 2026, compared with current law. Continue reading