Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, who came into prominence after being appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to advise him on how to create and implement medical policy across Alaska, has now vastly expand her influence by taking over as president of a powerful left-leaning nonprofit that helps to craft health care positions across the nation.

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink is the new president of a hard-left national organization called the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials.

Earlier this month, Zink assumed the presidency of the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), an influential and well-funded organization that represents leaders of public health agencies throughout the U.S. and its territories, along with more than 100,000 public health professionals. According to the ASTHO’s website, it aims to influence public policy on both state and national levels. The group works closely with the CDC to help funnel grants to approved groups across the nation.

Zink is the 80th president of ASTHO. One of her recent predecessors is Dr. Rachel Levine, who served as president of ASTHO in 2020. Levine – a man who claims to be a woman – was tapped last year by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health. Levine favors cross-sex hormone treatments for gender confused youth, and is a supporter of transgender surgeries.

In a recent interview posted on the ASTHO website, Zink said she was “humbled” by being chosen to serve as the organization’s president.

“I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” she said. “I see myself as a very short carrier of a baton between many other people, and I want to just make sure I can move this baton as far as I can before I hand it off next year.”

Zink’s stint as chief medical officer for Alaska has not been without controversy. She has stirred the ire of many conservative Alaskans for failing to advocate for early treatment options for Covid, such as Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, while enthusiastically and uncritically pushing the experimental mRNA shots developed by Pfizer, Moderna and others. Despite these criticisms, Gov. Dunleavy has defended her.

As ASTHO’s new president, Zink will serve as a liaison representative on the CDC’s influential Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

ASTHO advocates for mandatory vaccinations, government-imposed shut downs of whole sectors of society and widespread state surveillance to achieve compliance with government health directives.

The organization she now heads 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 and welfare programs, population control measures through publicly funded contraception and abortion, explicit sex education programs, critical race theory trainings and much more.

According to ASTHO’s website, it fully ascribes to fundamental 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.

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.

With regard to vaccinations, one of the ASTHO’s position statements advocates for mandatory vaccinations, government-imposed shut downs of whole sectors of society and widespread state surveillance to achieve compliance with government health directives.

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 public settings that the state deems “high-risk” for outbreaks.

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.”

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 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.

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.

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

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Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Zink, now heads powerful leftist health group

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.


  • Jan says:

    This is one of the reasons I am not a fan of the present govenor. He has continued to back her and I don’t know why he would.

  • LJ says:

    Such a shame Dr Zink !!!

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    And he CHAMPIONED her. Some Conservative governor, huh?

  • Johnny says:

    Trust the science, it’s safe and effective. BS! I watched family die, I’ve watched coworkers and friends die! Wear your mask! Don’t shop, don’t eat out, stay home! BS!!! Threatened with unemployment, an outcast! There was a few who stood up for us and tried passing laws to protect us, they were ostracized as well, I have a lot of choice words for zink and dunleavy but it’s inappropriate here, you’re both nothing to me for not standing up for the safety of your fellow human being. Garbage.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I will not comply, no mask wearing or shot for myself or my family, Dr. Zink

  • Whidbey Thedog says:

    It will be interesting to see AW’s position on “mandatory vaccinations, government-imposed shut downs of whole sectors of society, and widespread state surveillance” when the next truly deadly pandemic strikes. No doubt, you’ll be charging to the front of the innoculation queues whilst brandishing your ARs to intimidate those ahead of you.

  • Jack Roberts says:

    Alaska’s head witch doctor of the covidian cult. Just a natural selection to move her up with the giants like Admiral Rachel Levine!

  • OAPSkweez says:

    Is she STILL Alaska’s “Chief Medical Doctor”? If so, she should be booted out. It is obvious she can’t handle both positions at once, if she isn’t even capable of digging a little bit to find out more about the ‘WUVID’, the jab, and all the stupidity that she has foisted upon Alaskans! But, then again, she most likely KNEW EXACTLY what she was doing…
    I say get rid of her.

  • Ekim kicdrub says:

    I agree you Proud Alaskan and OAPSkweez 100%. Dr. Zink is one of the Dark Side. Along with Murkowski they both need to be on the unemployment line. We need our Great Nation of the United States of America back. With all due respect. It is my opinion and my opinion alone, “LGBFJB”. MAGA.

  • Teresa says:

    This organization needs to go!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    She’s guilty of genocide.

  • AK Pilot says:

    I only have one question: Will it get her out of Alaska?

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Dunleavy supporting her is incontrovertible evidence that he is pro crt, pro C19shot which results in death, anti ivermectin and hydoxichloriquine , which results in death! He is pro mandatory (no choice) vaccines. In short we have been duped into thinking he is better than the others. What are we actually using to make our assessments?
    Wise up voters.

  • Friend Of Humanity says:

    Waiting for the AK Medical Freedom Symposium video from today to be shared. I heard that Senator Lora Reinbold was talking about Dunleavy’s stack of executive orders that he signed that are not for the Alaskan people. I would like to hear that and research that; especially if he did sign something that anyone can file a complaint against another person and that other person could be taken in for mental observation and possibly committed for “mental problems.” This does not bode well for people who have hateful ex’s, or a hateful neighbor, or a politically hateful acquaintance. This is not good for Alaskans if Dunleavy really is part of the globalist regime. He endorsed Dr. Zink and she is now getting deeper into the runnings of Alaska. Dunleavy, Zink, Murkowski, and Nick Begich need to be removed from all medical/political positions or future positions. They are a danger to humanity’s future on this globe.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    You will never guess who got a personal invitation but not only didn’t respond but also didn’t go to the medical symposium? Yup you’re right, our very own governor, donewithmike , his staff crumbledadam , and the cruel fool zincann ! Are any of us surprised?

  • Kenai Dad says:

    I bet ASTHO is sorros funded. No other explaination needed.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    DaveMaxwell, I have not seen Dunluvy at any of the events that he was invited to: Most impressionable for me: the event for the gov candidates to introduce themselves and answer the public’s questions that was held at the Palmer Train Depot, the President Trump Rally in Anchorage, and this most recent for the AK Medical Freedom Symposium. He does not appear to be interested in showing his support for Alaskans in a public way. Is he supporting Alaskans as well as he could?