Anne Zink, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Alaska Department of Health, Announced as 80th President of ASTHO

Zink plans to focus the presidency on IT integration and improving the connection between healthcare and public health

ARLINGTON, Va., September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Association of State and Territorial Officials (ASTHO) announced today that Anne Zink, MD, will now serve as president of the association. Zink also serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Alaska Department of Health (ADOH). She takes the reins of Nirav D. ShahMD, JD, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who has held this position for January 2021. Zink is the 80e president on the 80th anniversary of the organizatione anniversary year.

Zink plans to focus his presidency on improving health information systems to give the public, health care providers and public health personnel the tools and information they need to promote the health of people. individuals and the population.

“First and foremost, I am dedicated to the health of the people we serve,” says ASTHO President Anne Zink, MD. “It is a tremendous honor to lead as President of ASTHO and to further its mission to advance the health and well-being of the public through the collaboration of our members, our staff, the public and decision makers, not just during public health emergencies, but every day.As a practicing emergency physician who has had the honor of serving our state during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that we must do everything to ensuring that our systems put the people we serve at the center of all our work and our tremendous public health, and health workers deserve the basic tools, data and funding to do the work they were called to do. »

Dr. Zink’s 16 years of experience in emergency medicine made her aware of the consequences of public policies on the health of the individual, which motivated her to seize the opportunity to work in public health. Prior to her role at ADOH, she worked at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where she served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department (2010-2018) and Board Member (2012-2018). Additionally, she helped create the High-User Mat-Su (HUMS) program, which aims to improve patient health and reduce costs for some of the state’s most vulnerable patients.

She has led state and federal policy changes, including work on information sharing, addressing the opioid epidemic, addressing workplace violence, and mental health care. In his time as from alaska Chief Medical Officer, she has been recognized locally and nationally as a collaborative leader for her partnership with from alaska federally recognized tribes, industry partners, schools, municipalities and healthcare.

“Dr. Zink has been a wonderful resource to ASTHO and its members and partners in her role as ASTHO’s President-Elect and we look forward to her term as President,” said Michael Fraser, PhD, CEO of ASTHO. “She’s been an incredible leader in Alaska throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She impresses us all with her optimism and calm in crisis situations. Her experience as an emergency physician will stand her in good stead, especially as we head into the fall flu season and continue to navigate COVID-19 and monkeypox.”

Dr. Zink grew up in denverobtained his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine after being a Watson Fellow and completing his residency at the University of Utah. She first fell in love with Alaska while teaching at the National Outdoor Leadership School where mornings begin with a run in the mountains and evenings end in Nordic nights. It stayed because of people and medicine, where collaboration is paramount and the connection between physical, mental and environmental health is integral to all health work.

Other newly elected ASTHO leaders include Steven J. StackMD, MBA, President-elect and Scott HarrisMD, MPH, secretary-treasurer.

Learn more about Dr. Zink in a new Q&A here.

ASTHO is the national non-profit organization representing the public health agencies of United StatesU.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and washington d.c., as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the primary health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and ensuring excellence in the practice of public health.

SOURCE Association of State and Territory Health Officials

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