In 2019, Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Dr. Anne Zink to serve as Alaska’s chief medical officer, advising him on how to create and implement medical policy across the state. This coming March, she is about to vastly expand her influence when she takes over as president of a powerful nonprofit that helps craft health care positions across the nation.

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink

This past spring, Zink was appointed president-elect of the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), a group that represents leaders of public health agencies throughout the U.S. and its territories, along with more than 100,000 public health professionals that these agencies employ.

According to the ASTHO’s website, it aims to influence public policy on both state and national levels. The group also works closely with the CDC to help funnel grants across the nation.

ASTHO crafts policy positions in order to provide “strategic direction” for federal and state authorities. This includes advocating for vaccine mandates and digital vax passports, massive expansion of government surveillance, expanded welfare programs, population control measures through publicly funded contraception and abortion, explicit sex education programs and much more.

According to the organization’s website, it also fully ascribes to notions pushed by Critical Race Theory, namely that America suffers from implicit, structural and systemic racism. ASTHO’s website says this must be addressed through “anti-racism and cultural humility training sessions” for health care providers and policy makers.

ASTHO pushes for vastly enhanced government surveillance of private citizens in order to ensure compliance with state health directives.

The ASTHO website even has something to say about voting, by advising states to adopt more liberal policies with regards to expanding mail-in ballots.

Following a one-year term as president-elect, Zink is scheduled to become president of ASTHO next spring. In that capacity, she will also serve as a liaison representative on the CDC’s influential Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the president-elect of ASTHO,” Zink said upon her election in March. “I look forward to helping support their amazing work advancing the public’s health and well-being as we all find a brighter future together.”


With regard to vaccinations, one of the ASTHO’s position statements advocates for mandatory vaccinations and government surveillance to achieve compliance.

“As the United States strives to achieve enhanced levels of immunity in the population, requirements for individuals to prove vaccination status may serve as an additional motivator for persons who might otherwise be hesitant to be vaccinated, as well as a mechanism for fostering adherence to vaccination requirements,” ASTHO’s website states. “Such verification may be considered a requirement for access to certain settings, such as at worksites and commercial businesses, engaging in domestic and international travel, attending in-person education and large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events, and under other circumstances. Examples of similar technological solutions currently in use under other circumstances include digitized driver’s licenses and electronic immunization records for children through state-based immunization information systems.”

ASTHO also suggests that state health agencies establish immunization policies and legislation that limits the adoption of “easy-to-attain exemptions for vaccine requirements” while granting state agencies the authority to “exclude unvaccinated and other non-immune persons” from settings that the state deems “high-risk” for outbreaks.


Throughout ASTHO’s long list of policy statements, it repeatedly pushes for vast expansion of government surveillance over private citizens in order to ensure compliance with state health directives.

For officials who might balk at such measures, ASTHO notes that “federal law (i.e., the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) should not inhibit state, territorial, or local public health surveillance, investigatory, and control activities. Public health laws are exempt from protected health information confidentiality.”

As an organization, ASTHO relies heavily on recommendations by leftist organizations such as the Guttmacher Institute, which was initially established as the official research arm of Planned Parenthood.

ASTHO also supports states having both “statutory and regulatory authority to enforce quarantine, isolation, and other non-pharmaceutical, community-based interventions such as school dismissal, business closures, and large event cancellations, as appropriate, to control certain infectious diseases.”

Additionally, the group favors “enforcing state vaccine mandates and adoption of new mandates, as appropriate, to protect the population from vaccine-preventable diseases.”


As an organization, ASTHO relies heavily on the research and recommendations of leftist organizations such as the Guttmacher Institute, which was initially established as the official research arm of Planned Parenthood – the largest provider of abortions in the U.S.

According to one ASTHO’s position statements, backed by Guttmacher research, it aims to ensure universal access to “the full range” of “effective reproduction health services.” This phrase is regularly employed by pro-abortion groups to refer to both chemical and surgical abortions.

For doctors who may oppose these medical interventions, ASTHO’s position statement on reproductive health says it supports “ensuring that provider conscience safeguards do not violate a patient’s right to access services.”

On the sex-education front, ASTHO wants states to “promote awareness through comprehensive reproductive, sexual, and healthy relationship education,” a phrase that Planned Parenthood uses to push explicit and highly controversial sex education in public schools.

ASTHO further recommends that states inform health providers and educators of all the confidential reproductive services that are available for adolescents.

To accomplish widespread expansion of “reproductive services” ASTHO says states should leverage public assistance programs like Medicaid.

Click here to view all of ASTHO’s policy positions.

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Dr. Zink to lead national group that pushes vax mandates, state surveillance of citizens

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael Totten says:

    They can push all the stupid policies they want,, the people are just going to give it the middle finger. Ignorant little tyrants never learn. We’re getting ready to have another BALTIC style revolution and they’re too stupid to see it!

  • JC says:

    I hope this sees her leave the state. But if not, I hope she no longer will occupy her current position in our state. Her leftist ideologies are clearly shining through.

    • Michael Totten says:

      There are WAY more of US than there are of THEM. Their utopic policies will fail. OTHER people’s money always runs out and the taxpayers are getting tired of supporting these idiots

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Don’t let the door hit you in the a- – on the way out

  • Kfinh says:

    Hey Hey Ho Ho Anne Zink has got to go! Hey Hey Ho Ho Anne Zink has got to go!

  • John J Otness says:


  • Steve Peterson says:

    Dunleavy has dun this to us. He should have fired her long ago, but… scared.

    • yearight says:

      This is exactly right. You can’t make nice with the left. They have no morals. Always with the left, you show them the bayonet.

    • Jeremiah Packa says:

      Pretty tired of the GOP ‘leadership’ continually betraying those they were elected to represent. Can an honest man not get elected in this country?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    This includes advocating for vaccine mandates and digital vax passports, massive expansion of government surveillance, expanded welfare programs, population control measures through publicly funded contraception and abortion, explicit sex education programs and much more.

    Is this scary more controlling. Ok little sheep you do this for me and I’ll reward you with more control of your life.
    Zink she needs to go.
    I will not comply

  • Patrick Dalton says:

    To all Christians, pay attention closely. Sweden is now inserting vaccine passport microchips into the right hand, as mentioned in Revelation 13! See this link:

  • Cynthia+Renk says:

    She needs to go and take the mandates and jabs with her. I vote she should get a jab before she goes.

  • Richard+H+Russell says:

    No way can she remain employed by the State of Alaska.

  • Mandi says:

    Dr Zink please step down and let someone who can make decisions based from real science make some decisions. You have proven yourself unworthy. Enough is enough.

  • Rich Eide says:

    It’s time for Dunleavy to replace her with a pro family, pro smaller government officer.

    • Sally Pollen says:

      All the focus is on Dr Zink but I put it back squarely on Governor Dunleavy. He must have know this woman’s background, ideology and intentions when he hired her. She has been nothing but a voice for mandates, lockdowns, jabs and other, too numerous to repeat, socialist agendas. Governor, you could turn this around NOW, fire her before March 2022 and hire someone with a love for individual rights to help you recover from Dr Zink’s extremely bad press.

      • Eric says:

        Posting that here isn’t going to accomplish that goal…calling the governor, writing a letter to the governor or emailing the governor…anyone of these 3 or all 3 together…that “might” accomplish the above stated goal.

  • NAV says:

    Zink’s day of accountability is coming

  • yearight says:

    The vaccines don’t work. As more people get the jab, they’re unable to blame the failure on the unvaccinated. So they have to keep announcing new variants and hyping them, to make cover excuses for the ineffective vaccines.

  • Mark says:

    I’d really like to know if Zink got the saline jab.

  • Tool Box says:

    Continuing her grandfather’s work.Just heard she may run for governor.Her aspirations were always high!!!!!

  • ps says:

    Very sick individual! The day will come for this Dr Mengele wannabe because “the left always eats their own”. Liberals have no morals or feelings and will cast aside anyone, including their own family, once they have used them for an intended purpose.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Look people, I am incredulous about this in regards to one thing and one thing only! Mike Dunleavy is the one man who gave this wicked witch of a woman oxygen in her lungs to not only survive but also to thrive in her evil agenda. All paid for by you and me. Mike Dunleavy is a Domestic Terrorist and by a citizen initiative needs to be arrested for malicious harm done to the citizens he oversees . We have no government in this state. For the people by the people of the people is all we have left. It’s time to revolt and take this state back and arrest the tyrannical “thems” because they are certainly not “us”!!!

    • john otness says:


    • jh says:

      Mike Dunleavy needs to have a backbone like Trump or DeSantis and stand up to the lunatics that are trying to destroy Alaska!
      He needs to be a lot tougher.

      • NAV says:

        Dunleavy is behind all this and is being pushed by a very powerful Senator, when everything comes out it is going to tie Dunleavy in!

  • ralph says:

    The variants are being released to the public through the injections.. if your injected, your a spreader. Leave the children alone.. your the one at fault getting an experimental jab and going out into public.. our children don’t need to be experimented on! God help these blind sheep..
    We are dealing with Domestic Terrorism implemented by the oligarchy.. profit is made providing a solution for the problem they created in the first place.
    When the issue is almost gone, we will get a new variant, and we will live under tyranny until we submit our freedoms.
    I Do Not Comply!

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Based on this information, Governor Dunleavy needs to fire Dr. Zink and appoint a doctor who thinks like “We the People in Alaska.” What is the hold up?
    Keep praying daily that the enemies of the Conservatives, Christians and Jesus will be exposed ( before plans are carried out), confused, and diffused as instructed in Decision magazine. We are praying with the rest of the country at 8 pm CST. See the website. Daily Minute of Prayer. Keep on looking to Jesus and not be distracted by Satan’s chaos.

    • Theresa says:

      I’m pretty sure Zink has Dunleavy to thank for this next move. If she hadn’t had the chance to become “the Fauci of the North,” she might still be relatively unknown.

  • Theresa says:

    God have mercy on us! What a hideous organization! Who is funding it? George Soros or the CCP?

  • jh says:

    The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) commends President-Elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Rachel Levine, MD, to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
    Dr. Levine currently serves as Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is president of ASTHO.
    Levine, who oversaw the state health department during the first year of the pandemic, was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health.
    Dr. Rachel Levine is transgender and born with the name Richard.
    Have you seen a picture?
    Under Dr. Rachel Levine’s watch, Pennsylvania was among the WORST states in the country for Covid-19 related deaths in nursing homes. He made the disastrous decision to mandate nursing homes to admit Covid-19 patients.
    Four Republican House Ways and Means Committee members, including Rep. Mike Kelly of Butler and Rep. Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster, asked Levine to address several questions about why data for COVID-19 cases and deaths was — and continues to be — missing from public reports released weekly by the state health department. From September 2020 the reports were consistently missing data for more than 100 of the state’s 693 nursing homes.
    This is the same organization that Zink has been appointed to.

  • hj says:

    Another tidbit about Dr. “Rachel” Levine:
    At a Senate hearing with Dr. Rachel Levine, , who is the president of The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
    (and who is transgender) Senator Rand Paul asked Levine if minors should be making decisions to amputate their breast or genitalia? Levine would not answer. Rand Paul then stated, Dr. Levine you have supported both allowing minors to be given hormone blockers, to prevent them from going through puberty as well as surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia, without their parent’s consent. Senator Rand Paul pointed out that genital mutilation has been condemned by governments around the WORLD, as well as the World Health Organization and the United Nations. Genital mutilation that is carried out on minors is considered a violation of the “Rights of children.” Dr. Levine refused to answer an easy, obvious question. This is what the leftist radical movement is all about. They are only interested in the power to transform society. They ignore the facts and truth. They put gender-confused children at extreme risk, with no alternate paths for them, besides cross-sex hormones and genital amputation.
    The “Equality Act” H.R.5 (House Bill), is an oxymoron, an aggressive, belligerent, pro child mutilation bill, that is against Children, family, God, science, AND AGAINST WOMEN’S RIGHTS.
    The Equality ACT, H.R.5 House Bill is one of the suicide pills, the left has dosed up for the American Republic. Hopefully, the Senate will reject this absurd and perilous Marxist attempt to viciously attack society. The Equality Act is VERY dangerous and Senate will not pass it, I can guarantee it!
    Trump will be back in office soon, and he will blow these lunatics out of the universe! Cannot wait!
    So, for now keep fighting and RESIST these sick people and protect your children and your RIGHTS!

  • jh says:

    Yup they kicked the can of Mandates down the road!
    A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 mandate on thousands of health care workers across 10 states. The St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp issued the preliminary injunction for workers at Medicare and Medicare certified medical facilities in ALASKA, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, who filed lawsuits.
    The court order stated that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the mandate for its facilities.
    The federal mandate affects about 17 million health care workers in the approximately 76,0000 health care facilities nationwide that get their funding from government health programs. The mandate had required the workers to receive their first vaccine dose by December 6 and their second by January 4.

  • Craig says:

    This woman needs to go! Gov Dunleavy could possibly save his position by firing her immediately. She has no business being in a supposedly conservative administration. She has completely revealed her hand and I’m not for giving her another dime-unless it’s for a plane ticket out of here.

  • thomas says:

    Dr Zink is bringing dishonor to our state and I’ll just leave it at that…..

  • Doug glenn says:

    Zack is a sack. ☠️

  • jh says:


  • Matthew Myers says:

    If Don’tleavy doesn’t fire her before Christmas, he is as completely tone deaf as any RINO and needs to go.

  • NC says:

    ASTHO wants to rule your life! Scary shit that they are thinking about doing!
    All we can do is try too fight it…and keep bitching! to everybody about them!

  • NAV says:

    The day of reckoning for this hypocrite is almost upon her and when it comes and it will come the repercussions are going to have resounding effects and consequences on “ALL” those who have violated the Alaskans civil liberties and civil rights !!! You people where warned in the symposium with the first two speaker’s briefing’s on the laws. Not even the top Senator who this will all point back to can hide behind their elected seat!!!

  • Justice A. Reason says:

    I really hope and pray for Dr. Zink, she deserves some kudos for doing the best she can, and we should all get vaccinated and/or boosted this winter ASAP. To find a free jab location, go to:
    God bless us, every one.

  • A. N. Gottschalk says:

    I doff my hat to Dr. Anne Zink for the work she has done for the people of Alaska.

    If there is a general inference that we can draw from our COVID-19 experiences–an inference that all thoughtful men of ordinary intelligence can consent to–it is this: We never would have made it to the moon on stupidity! Given that, though, there are still some naysayers who think that the moon landing was all “staged” on Earth. Stupidity often makes for a hearty laugh, but it also can cause great grief!

    I say gratefully, “Thank you, Dr. Zink! Thank you!”