Dr. Anne Zink

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has released its top 10 state public health policy issues, an aggressive agenda that it hopes state legislatures will implement in 2024. Overall, ASTHO wants state governments to massively expand enforcement powers and taxpayer funding for a litany of mandatory public health initiatives.

Led by Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink, the powerful ASTHO includes more than 100,000 public health professionals across the nation. As president of the organization, Zink’s position has given her a national voice when it comes to U.S. health policy.

Under her leadership, the well-funded ASTHO is currently seeking to influence state lawmakers, here in Alaska and across the nation, with its top public health policies list.

Prior to unveiling these priorities, Dr. Zink posted a Facebook comment following an ASTHO leadership conference in which she helped finalize ASTHO’s priorities.

Zink called the gathering “A truly amazing conference.”


Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention: Expand youth sex-ed requirements, adopt laws to reduce STI rates, and increase treatment for HIV.

Health Data Collection Modernization: Expand public health access to patients medical data via mandatory health exchanges, and require updates to public health data collection systems. 

Preventing Spread of Infectious Disease: Empower governmental authorities to control infectious disease through isolation and quarantine powers, and combat so-called “misinformation and disinformation.” 

Contraception and perinatal services: Magnify access to contraceptives and the availability of perinatal providers such as doulas and midwives. 

Data Collection: Modernize health data collection and sharing, improving rural healthcare, and invest in climate adaptation planning.

Environmental Health: Empower states to address environmental health, and strengthen “food safety” enforcement policies.

Overdose Prevention and Substance Misuse: Support “harm reduction efforts” like legalization and dissemination of fentanyl and xylazine test strips, expand access to peer recovery specialists, and strengthen regulation of substances with “potential for abuse.”

Tobacco and Nicotine: Prohibit flavored tobacco products, promote more smoke-free environments, and decrease youth access to tobacco and nicotine.

Workforce: Expand government funding for public health and healthcare workers, modify licensing requirements, streamline hiring, and invest in workforce pathway programs. 

Mental Health: Provide greater investments in suicide prevention, expand youth mental health programs, and increase research on psychedelic substances to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and other disorders.

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Dr. Zink-led group backs mandatory sex-ed, expanded health data collection and anti ‘misinformation’ campaign

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.


  • John J Otness says:

    Its what bolsheviks do.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    Come on Dunleavey! Denounce this control freak and drop her like the rotten potato!

  • Lucinda says:

    All sounds valuable. Good for Zink.

  • LJ says:

    Most of those policy issues are probably ok, its the underlying meaning I’m concerned about. Like this one……
    Environmental Health: Empower states to address environmental health, and strengthen “food safety” enforcement policies.
    what does that mean exactly…..

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      The evil fools the people all the time by making it sound good when it really is the opposite. Look at the Affordable Care Act, look at “Green Energy,” “Sustainable Energy,” the bioweapon technology being injected into people’s veins that are supposed to protect them, The Patriot Act, and on and on and on. The truth is opposite of what they say…well, unless they are trying to adapt what we are saying to fit their narrative. Just evil through and through.

  • Mary says:

    Again, “sink Zink!

  • Enough! says:

    “Combat misinformation and disinformation.” Oh really? You have no power over me, you evil woman. I’ve had it with these communists/wanna-be dictators. Dunleavy, get
    rid of this person!

  • micah says:

    Dr. Zink is a dead hand. She has to be removed from any position of authority over others.

  • Willy keppel says:

    Zink ought to be jailed for the way she handled the covid lockdown. We were literally locked in our homes in the Villages for a year and a half, couldn’t travel without permission or the jab, couldn’t hold funerals, weddings or anything else that makes us free.

  • DaveMaxwell says:,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/
    Dunceleavy is dangerous to our state! The warning has been stated repeatedly! He is a communist sympathizer! Isn’t it also important to understand who he hangs out with! Conservatives better stop being naive!
    Glance at the host and endorsement and reshape your views of who to listen to and believe!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I thought when we got rid of Fauci, Zink, was gone too. I guess I was wrong. She and Fauci are two peas in a pod. Talk about mis/dis informed, she’s is the leader of the pack. Not one word that comes from her mouth is true! How can Dunleavy not fire her? He has plenty to use for dismissal. Look at all the deaths she caused. What’s that drug she refused to let people have that would of saved lives? Ivermectin or something to that effect! No she is not my favorite person, and now we have to listen to her again. How many will die this winter?

  • retarded conservative says:

    Reduce std’s and prevent overdoses OOOH NO THE HORROR, only conservative conspiracy wackjobs are worried about being labels “misinformation” because even they know they’re spreading nonsense.

  • John J Otness says:

    Just look in her eyes,,, no spark no life,,, void

    • Lucinda says:

      Otness. Doesn’t surprise me that a supernaturalist such as yourself would make a conclusion based on nothing.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    “ASTHO’S PRIORITIES” all seem pretty reasonable and realistic to me. They acknowledge the fact that by the time public school students graduate from high school, over half of them have engaged in some kind of sexual activity. Anyone who ignores this has forgotten what it’s like to be a teenager.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Damboski, Ron Johnson, pacarro, zinc, these are your leaders! Influencing the perpetual screw ups! Dunceleavy the clueless tower of stupidity stands by for the signal to act when told to.

  • Pure Blood says:

    Start emailing and calling. Make sure they hear us. You see what this is leading to, mandatory whatever they want.

  • Theresa M. says:

    — Preventing Spread of Infectious Disease: Empower governmental authorities to control infectious disease through isolation and quarantine powers, and combat so-called “misinformation and disinformation.” What does that mean exactly? Please expand. In Australia they took quarantine powers to a whole new level.

  • Kenneth L. Wells says:

    Dr. Ms. Zink and gang,
    I’ll get straight to the point. During covid, people like yourselves created cures worse than the disease.
    It’s now common knowledge the majority of people did not die of covid, they died of the treatments mandated by ‘authorities’, specifically mechanical ventilation & O2, forced injections of remdesivir, and all but forced injections of experimental mRNA ‘vaccines’ that are still, even today, causing healthy young people to drop dead.
    I do not pretend to know your motivations, Ms. Zink, but they don’t look good. You either know what you did and don’t care, which makes you a mass murderer or you don’t understand what you did, which makes you an incompetent, dangerous fool.
    Now here you are, Ms. Zink, demanding you have control over my children’s sex education, thinking it’s somehow possible to reduce STI rates using the law, and implying that victims of HIV are not being treated properly.
    You’re demanding access to private medical data without our permission.
    You’re demanding increased government authority to impose quarantines, mass lockdowns and you’re demanding the ability to censor anyone who opposes you.
    Not content with your draconian, Orwellian quest for enslavement of people to your schemes, you are seeking to increase your authority to “the environment’ and pushing into the FDA’s territory.
    You’re seeking to expand your authority to suppressing products you don’t like, mission creep your way into public employees, licensing requirements, and into the colleges & trade schools.
    Not content with that enormous ‘health tyranny’, you’re going to push your way into psychiatry which, in this day and age, means inventing mental illnesses for the purposes of addicting people to SSRI’s, SNRI’s and who knows what else to make your masters at Moderna and Pfizer happy.
    So, no, Ms. Zink. You have no business pushing your way into any of that. In point of fact, were it I that had done what you did during the pandemic, I would quietly slip away in shame.
    You should resign, in disgrace and devote the remainder of your life to seeking redemption for your crimes. It’s likely in a few years, you’ll be facing countless lawsuits. You may face criminal charges. You will most certainly face the wrath of God.

    • Lucinda says:

      Wells: Your conclusions about covid and the vaccine are incorrect. I know it serves your angry Christian narrative to advance anti-science and anti-government rhetoric, but saying patients died because of ventilators and oxygen gets us nowhere.

  • LestIsDumbOnPurpose says:

    Zink can put her jabs and misinformation up her…