Alabama State Health Officer Don Williamson http://apr.org en Alabama Program Seeks To Lower Infant Death Rate http://apr.org/post/alabama-program-seeks-lower-infant-death-rate <p></p><p>Alabama is launching a program called "State of Champions" to try to reduce the state's high infant mortality rate.</p><p>State Health Officer Don Williamson and Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday it will take time to reduce Alabama's rate, which is traditionally in the top three among states, but they are determined to do it.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:53:08 +0000 The Associated Press 44756 at http://apr.org Alabama Program Seeks To Lower Infant Death Rate Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe http://apr.org/post/alabama-closes-mystery-illness-probe <p>Alabama health officials investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses say the total has increased to 10, but they are closing the investigation.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday the cases are unrelated and all have reasonable explanations. He said health officials took extraordinary caution because of two new viruses - one in China and another in the Middle East. But they found no evidence of new or unexpected viruses or bacteria in the cluster of cases in southeast Alabama.<br> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:47:01 +0000 The Associated Press 31026 at http://apr.org Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe Williamson Says Money Runs Out For Medicaid After 2014 http://apr.org/post/williamson-says-money-runs-out-medicaid-after-2014 <p>State Health Officer Don Williamson told Alabama lawmakers that money will be available to fund Alabama's Medicaid program at a minimal level through 2014.</p><p>But Williamson told a joint meeting of the House and Senate General Fund budget committees Wednesday he did not know where the money would come from after 2014 to run the health insurance program for the economically disadvantaged.</p><p>Williamson is also the interim director of the Alabama Medicaid Program.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:35:57 +0000 The Associated Press 25340 at http://apr.org Williamson Says Money Runs Out For Medicaid After 2014 Flu Cases Up In Alabama From Last Season http://apr.org/post/flu-cases-alabama-last-season <P>State Health Officer Don Williamson says Alabama's flu season started earlier than a year ago and there are more cases. But he said it's not out of line with some of the busiest years during the last decade.</P> <P>Williamson said at a news conference Friday that Alabama's flu season took off in November and the most common type has been influenza A, which is covered by this season's flu shot. State health department officials can't say how many cases have been reported, but Williamson said 12 percent of the visits to Alabama doctors' offices in late December were for flu-like symptoms. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:28:42 +0000 The Associated Press 23108 at http://apr.org Flu Cases Up In Alabama From Last Season Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-forms-new-medicaid-advisory-board <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has formed a commission to find ways to improve the Alabama Medicaid Agency's financial stability and to improve patient care provided by the agency.</P> <P>Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.</P> <P>The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:42:43 +0000 The Associated Press 19803 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board