• Tarrant Public Health a ‘toxic’ workplace, workers tell HR
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    Tarrant Public Health a ‘toxic’ workplace, workers tell HR

    More than a dozen Tarrant County Public Health employees said Director Vinny Taneja, shown in this 2020 file photo, had a “toxic leadership style.” Amanda McCoy [email protected] More than a dozen Tarrant County Public Health employees say the “toxic” leadership during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already stressful working conditions, according to records from an internal investigation completed in 2022. At least 16 current and former employees listed a litany of complaints about their bosses, director Vinny Taneja and deputy director Angela Hagy, in interviews with Tarrant County’s human resources department. Employees said Taneja made threatening phone calls, yelled and cursed at staff, and dismissed staff concerns about…

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  • These states tried an Obamacare public option. It hasn’t worked as planned.
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    These states tried an Obamacare public option. It hasn’t worked as planned.

    In Nevada, officials face an uphill battle implementing a policy the state’s incoming Republican governor called “bullshit” — and the state is already proposing easing targets for insurers to account for higher-than-expected medical inflation. And in Washington state, which was the first to pass a public option in 2019, enrollment remains paltry, and while the cost of the health insurance plans has decreased, state health officials said the policies available are still too expensive. “It’s still got a ways to go,” said Washington state Rep. Eileen Cody (D), who sponsored the state’s public option bill. “It’s not exactly what I had envisioned — I’ll put it that way.” With Republicans…

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  • U.S. to End Mpox Public Health Emergency in January | Health & Fitness
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    U.S. to End Mpox Public Health Emergency in January | Health & Fitness

    MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Mpox cases are down significantly in the United States, prompting the federal government to plan not to renew an emergency designation for the virus when it expires late next month. “Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in an agency news release. “But we won’t take our foot off the gas — we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine.” More than 29,000 Americans contracted…

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  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Dean Nancy Messonnier elected to National Academy of Medicine
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    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Dean Nancy Messonnier elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Dr. Nancy Messonnier, dean and Bryson Distinguished Professor in Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. This election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The academy recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service throughout their careers. New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. Dean Nancy Messonnier Messonnier was selected for NAM membership in 2021 and has been working with the group for about a year.…

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  • Government introduces a Vaccine Taskforce style approach to tackle public health challenges in the UK
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    Government introduces a Vaccine Taskforce style approach to tackle public health challenges in the UK

    NHS patients are set to benefit from cutting-edge new treatments and technologies as the government introduces a Vaccine Taskforce style approach to tackling some of the biggest public health challenges facing the UK. The government has today announced over £113 million to fund research into four healthcare missions – cancer, obesity, mental health and addiction – to unlock the next generation of medicines and diagnostics to save lives, transform patient care and ensure UK patients are the first to benefit from medical breakthroughs. Building on the Vaccine Taskforce model which led to one of the most successful vaccine roll outs in the world and ensured millions got a Covid jab,…

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  • Public latrines not for local residents: VR Environmental Health and Sanitation Office
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    Public latrines not for local residents: VR Environmental Health and Sanitation Office

    Those who reside in communities without their own toilets are infringing  on the rights of others,  the Volta Regional Environmental Health Director (REHD), Stella Kumedzro, has said. She explained that public latrines are meant exclusively for use by people in transit and not local residents. “Toilet and sanitation are now a human rights issue and those who reside in the communities without their own toilets are infringing on the rights of others,” she said. In an interview to mark World Toilet Day (WTD) Ms Kumedzro said that those who engaged in open defecation, for instance, were creating a nuisance in the communities with the offensive odour from the excrement. Further,…

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  • Stephanie Eick is awarded the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship | Rollins School of Public Health | Emory University
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    Stephanie Eick is awarded the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship | Rollins School of Public Health | Emory University

    Stephanie Eick, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, was recently selected for the prestigious JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program, facilitated by Harvard University. Eick is one of 14 early-career researchers to receive the fellowship nationwide. Her fellowship period runs October 1, 2022- February 28, 2026. The fellowship promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and encourages fellows to work together and be open to multiple perspective to find solutions to health problems. It is designed as a career development award for early career faculty who want to research more in the public health field. The program trains and offers mentorship from recognized…

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