Dear representative or senator: I am writing to express my deep concern about our national and local capacity to prevent and respond to one of the most alarming infectious disease threats on the horizon: the Zika Virus. Congress has so far failed to provide emergency supplemental funding for Zika response. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now shifting $44.2 million from state and local base public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) grants to pay for Zika response. Due to the congressionally mandated PHEP formula, cuts to the grants will range from 1 to 10%.
ATLANTA, GA (March 29, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined President Barack Obama Tuesday for a panel discussion before thousands of thought leaders at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit to discuss the innovative efforts being implemented in Baltimore to address the opioid abuse epidemic. The panel, moderated by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, also featured two individuals in long-term recovery: Justin Luke Riley and Crystal Oertle.