Much like our nation, our US public health infrastructure grew in fits and starts, with help from patriots across the political spectrum. In 1798, President John Adams, a federalist, created the first public health institutions in America when he signed into law the “Act for the Relief of Sick & Disabled Seaman”, leading to the establishment of a network of hospitals along coastal waterways in our then decades-old country. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican, signed into law the “National Quarantine Act” in response to smallpox and yellow fever outbreaks happening across the globe at the time. In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, established what would soon become the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, there are hundreds of federal, state and local agencies as part of the nation’s public health infrastructure. Thousands of people working each day towards the safety and health of those they share the nation with.
Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model. As the healthcare industry prepares itself for new leadership at the federal, state, and local level, STEPS to Value continues to take an in-depth look at the always evolving relationship between healthcare and public policy. In today’s episode, part two of this three-part series, we will gain an insider’s view on the give-and-take between policy and public health with Nedra Garrett, Senior Advisor for Informatics at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nedra also shares her experiences as an Informaticist as part of our Women in HIT series.
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