Nevada Health Matters
John Packham, PhD writes this column addressing public health policy issues in Nevada for the Reno Gazette-Journal. John is a Past President of NPHA, Chair of the NPHA Advocacy and Policy Committee, and is Nevada's Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association.

2016 Articles

05/30/16: Goal For World No Tobacco Day: New Packaging Regulations

03/13/16: What's Missing from Marijuana Legalization? Oversight.

01/06/16: Nevada's Unfinished Business of Tobacco Prevention

2015 Articles

12/21/15: State's Health Improves Despite Miserly Public Health Budget

11/08/15: Building a Culture of Health

10/18/15: Chronic Disease Should be Focus of Health Care Proposals

07/01/15: Health Reform Politics After King v Burwell

06/12/15: Victories, Baby Steps for Public Health

05/15/15: Cigarette Tax Trifecta

04/20/15: Nevada 49th in Child Immunization - We Can Do Better

04/08/15: Legislative Initiatives Could Affect Nevadans' Health

03/02/15: ACA Debate Dominated by the Haves, not the Have Nots

02/08/15: Vaccine Effectiveness Should Have Been the End of the Story

01/18/15: Nevada's Poor Health Rankings are a Call to Action

01/04/15: Tobacco Revenue Misused

2014 Articles

10/05/14: Keeping Rural Health Care Local

09/21/14: Reducing the Toll of Tobacco in Nevada

09/07/14: Prevention Fund Needs Our Support

08/17/14: Community Paramedicine and Achieving Health Care's Triple Aim

08/03/14: Celebrate Local Health Centers

07/06/14: Nevada's Challenge of Becoming Average

06/15/14: Fear and the Deadly Return of Preventable Childhood Diseases

05/18/14: You Get What You Pay For

05/04/14: ACA Leads to Big Leap in Insured

04/06/14: Celebrate National Public Health Week

03/23/14: Funds Can Help Cut Youth Tobacco Use in Nevada

03/2/14: Colon Cancer is Beatable if Caught Early, Get Screened

02/20/14: Growth Expected in Health Care Job Sector

02/16/14: Education Policy is Health Policy

02/2/14: New Report Details Unfinished Business

01/19:14: Millions Insured Thanks to ACA

01/5/14: Should we curb e-cigs?

2013 Articles

12/15/13: Nevada Comes up Short on Tobacco Prevention

12/01/13: First, Heal Thyself

11/03/13: ACA Provides an Ounce of Prevention

09/29/13: Health Reform's Promise

09/01/13: Let's End Casinos' Smoking Exemption

07/21/13: The Growing Definition of Illness

06/16/13: Politics of Health Care's Triple Aim

04/21/13: Second Med School Wrong Solution

03/17/13: The Tsunami is Already Upon Us

02/03/13: Lawmakers Myopia is Correctable

01/20/13: A Public Health Viewpoint on Guns

2012 Articles

12/02/12: Medicaid Expansion and the Politics of Commitment

11/4/12: Obama's Landmark Achievement

10/7/12: Repeal and Replace, Really?

08/05/12: Eliminating Scourge that is Tobacco

07/01/12: Health Care is a Moral and Economic Imperative

05/1/12: Telehealth Connects Experts to Rural Physicians

04/17/12: What County Health Rankings in Nevada Tell Us

04/03/12: A Healthier America Begins Today

03/13/12: Reversing the Influence of Big Tobacco in Nevada

02/28/12: Measuring the Success of the New Health Reform Law in Nevada

02/14/12: Free Contraception Ruling Hijacked by Culture Warriors

01/31/12: The Politics of Hunger in the U.S.

01/17/12: Higher Education Funding and Tomorrow's Health Workforce

01/03/12: 2012 and the fate of health reform

2011 Articles

12/13/11: At $0, Nevada Ranks 50th in Nation for Spending on Anti-Smoking Efforts

11/29/11: Prevention Plays Powerful Role against Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

11/8/11: Health Starts Where We Live, Learn, Work, and Play

10/18/11: Rural Hospitals in Crosshairs of Federal Budget Cutters

10/04/11: Silent Victories

09/13/11: The Future of Public Health in Nevada

08/09/11: A Matter of Life and Death

07/26/11: Healthy People Nevada 2020

07/12/11: Starving the Beast

05/24/11: Lobbyists Take Aim Again at the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act

05/10/11: National Women's Health Week

04/19/11: SB421 and the Politics of Public Health in Nevada

03/29/11: Let's Not Forget Tobacco in Public Health Debate

03/08/11: March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

02/22/11: Show Me the Data

02/08/11: Scorecard Serves as a Wake-up Call on Health Future for Nevada children

01/11/11: No Where Else to Go But Up in Health Rankings

2010 Articles

12/28/10: GOP Zeal for Bill Repeal

12/07/10: Bipartisanship's Empty Promise

11/16/10: Great American Smokeout

11/02/10: Medical Malpractice and Health Reform's Unfinished Business

10/12/10: The Perfect Storm is Already Upon Us in Health Care

09/21/10: Conference Aims to Narrow Health Equity Gap

08/31/10: Tobacco Dollars, Public Health: Ask Candidates What They Will Do

07/27/10: A Shot Across the Bow

06/22/10: The Medicalization of Society

05/25/10: Next on the Menu: Child Nutrition

05/11/10: Our Unhealthy State of Affairs

--- CQ Press State Health Rankings 2010

04/06/10: Young and Invincible

03/09/10: How Healthy is Your County?

02/16/10: The Tobacco Sweep and Other Assaults on Public Health

02/02/10: U.S. Health Care Reform Stalled But Far From Over

2009 Articles

12/29/09: What's Next for Health Care: Are We Getting Reform?

12/08/09: Health Reform Won't Help Nevadans Poor Health Habits

11/10/09: Small Business and the Fate of Health Care Reform

10/06/09: What is the Cost of Failure?

09/22/09: Where Does Your Physician Stand on Reform?

09/08/09: Health Care Reform in the Balance

08/11/09: How does Universal Coverage Rank with Your Senator or Representative?

07/28/09: Please, Let's Talk About the Cost of Health Care Reform

07/14/09: U.S. Health Care Reform: The Battle Has Begun

06/09/09: In Defense of Food, Not Just Individual Nutrients

05/19/09: The Emerging Business Case for Health Care Reform

03/31/09: Senate Bill 372 Guts Statewide Smoking Ban

03/24/09: State Needs More Health Care Professionals

03/03/09: Budget Could Worsen Health Care Shortage

01/20/09: Employer-Sponsored Insurance Faces Uncertain Future

2008 Articles

12/30/08: Nearly Forty Percent of Washoe Youths Are Overweight

12/16/08: The Next Battle: Taking Care of Our Veterans

12/09/08: Celebrate Vaccination Week by Getting Flu Shot

11/18/08: Securitization of Tobacco Funds Not the Answer

11/04/08: Are We Facing the End of the Deregulatory State?

10/14/08: A Tale of Two States Revisited: How Nevada, Utah Compare

09/30/08: Health Care Reform and the Health of the Economy

09/09/08: Who Will Keep the Public Healthy in Nevada?

08/26/08: Despite state gains, Washoe County has no fluoridation program

08/12/08: Prevention is a Good Investment

07/29/08: Shortsighted Policies Spell End for Trust Fund for Public Health

07/15/08: Presidential Politics and Health Care Reform

07/01/08: Is Health Care Reform Finally at Hand?

05/27/08: Bad Economy Can Affect Health

05/13/08: Vaccines: Individual Liberty vs. the Health of the Public

04/22/08: Tobacco Prevention in the State Leaves Much to be Desired

04/08/08: Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance

03/25/08: Why Does Income Affect Health in Our Country?

03/11/08: Public Health Programs Must be Funded to Serve Their Purpose

02/26/08: Infectious Diseases Under Control Now Better than Ever

02/12/08: Better Preventive Health Care Needed