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OPHA Convenes Meetingwith Sen. Sherrod Brown and CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden

-       By OPHA President, Dom Frissora


In June, Lois and I went to WashingtonD.C. and visited several legislators.  One primary agenda was to explainour concern over Ohio's low health outcome rankings and the correspondingly lowCDC per capita funding. 


One of our visits was with CongressmanPatrick Tiberi who was unaware of this.  He asked for us to carry thisinformation to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptor and Congressman David Joyce, bothOhio members of the Appropriations Committee.  Afterwards he will workwith both of them to bring this to the attention of the Ohio Congressionaldelegation.   Those visits are beingscheduled. 


Another visit was with the WashingtonHealth Aide for Senator Sherrod Brown.  Senator Brown was very concernedabout this issue and is bringing Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of CDC to meetwith OPHA, several local health commissioners and stakeholders on Friday,September 5.  We are very appreciative of Senator Brown's quick responseto our concerns and are hopeful that this meeting may be the first step in improvingOhio's health outcomes.


I will report on the outcome of thismeeting in next week's Weekly Notes.


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