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May 2009

President Obama Creates Global Health Initiative
On May 5, 2009, President Obama announced the creation of a “Global Health Initiative.” This program is to be supported with $63 billion over six years (2009 to 2014).[i] The majority of the funds are intended to support existing programs.[ii] Under the Initiative, the
New Washington Law Requires State to Apply for Funds Supporting Proven Interventions
On April 30, 2009, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (D) signed into law Senate Bill 5629, which requires state agencies seeking federal funding for sexual health education to apply only for grants that fund programs which are medically accurate, effective, and proven interventions. The new law repeals a former state policy ...
African First Ladies Champion Women’s Health and Rights at US Summit
The African First Ladies Health Summit was held on April 20–21 in Los Angeles, California bringing together first ladies from 15 countries to address preventing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; improving nutrition for children and pregnant women; and promoting the education of girls in Africa.[i] The meeting, organized by U.S. Doctors for ...
Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Request
On Thursday, May 7, 2009 President Obama released the figures for his Fiscal Year 2010 (FY2010) budget request to the U.S. Congress. This budget, the first of his administration, lays the groundwork for the funding allocations for the next year as well as policy priorities for the coming years. Upon the release ...

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