Congressional team scores high in supporting public health

Hawai‘i delegation ranked 100% by American Public Health Association

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina M Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Dir of Communications, Office of Dean of Medicine
Jay Maddock, (808) 956-5779
Chair of Public Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Posted: Feb 24, 2010

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has announced that members of Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation earned the highest ranks awarded by the American Public Health Association (APHA) for their support of public health.

The APHA annually tracks how members of congress voted on legislation that it believes is important to public health. The new report, issued February 4, 2010, examined key public health votes during the first session of the 111th Congress in 2009.

In the U.S. Senate, votes that the APHA designated vital to public health included those on children’s health insurance, public health funding, tobacco product regulation, health reform and abortion access. U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Daniel Akaka (D-HI) received 100% ratings, along with 49 other senators.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Reps. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) also received 100% ratings for their votes on those issues and on climate change, food safety legislation and reauthorization of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Hawai‘i’s representatives were among 164 of 435 representatives ranked 100%.

“Hawai‘i’s congressional team has shown strong support for legislation that affect the health of the people,” said Jay Maddock, PhD, Director of the Office of Public Health Studies at JABSOM. “Keeping track of leaders in Congress recognizes them for their assistance, and also informs the public about who places a priority on improving our nation’s health.”

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