Umair Shah, MD, MPH, is Washington’s New Secretary of Health

Beginning Dec. 21, Umair Shah, MD, MPH, will be Washington’s new secretary of health, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Nov. 17. He replaces John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, who will join the faculty at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County,…

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WAFP Statement on Spokane County Health Officer Transition

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians is alarmed by recent actions of the administrative leadership of the Spokane Regional Health District to move to terminate the employment of Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz. Removing a long-standing and capable health officer amid an ongoing pandemic risks hastening the already devastating effects of COVID-19. As…

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