Alabama State Health Officer Don Williamson

Ebola-Alabama
4:08 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Alabama Monitors 3 From Ebola Areas

Dr. Don Williamson says his staff has monitored three people who traveled to Alabama from west African countries with Ebola outbreaks, and there have been no problems.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama's health officer says his staff has monitored three people who traveled to Alabama from west African countries with Ebola outbreaks, and there have been no problems.

Dr. Don Williamson and Gov. Robert Bentley provided an update Thursday on Alabama's preparations for Ebola.

Read more
Preventable Child Deaths
4:01 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Alabama's Preventable Child Deaths Declining

State Health Officer Don Williamson says about one-third of all deaths involving Alabama children under 18 are considered preventable.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama health officials say preventable child deaths are declining.

State Health Officer Don Williamson says about one-third of all deaths involving Alabama children under 18 are considered preventable. Figures from the state health department show the number of preventable child deaths declined from 387 in 2000 to 278 in 2012.

Williamson says a 1997 state law created a child death review system to look at all unexplained or unexpected child deaths and develop prevention strategies and recommendations.

Read more
Infant Mortality
4:01 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Alabama's Infant Mortality Rate Declines

State Health Officer Don Williamson says Alabama's medical community has worked to decrease elective early deliveries, which has produced better outcomes.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama's infant mortality rate declined in 2013 and the infant mortality rate for black infants fell to its lowest level ever.

The state Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the 2013 rate for all infants was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. That was down from 8.9 recorded in 2012.

The department says the infant mortality rate among black babies was 12.6, which was the lowest since the state began keeping records in 1950. The rate among white infants rose from 6.6 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013.

Read more
Healthy Babies
3:53 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Alabama Program Seeks To Lower Infant Death Rate

State Health Officer Don Williamson says it will take some time to lower Alabama's infant mortality rate which is usually amongst the highest in the nation,
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama is launching a program called "State of Champions" to try to reduce the state's high infant mortality rate.

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.

Read more
Science & Health
6:47 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the total number of respiratory illnesses has increased to 10, but the health department is closing the investigation.
al.com

Alabama health officials investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses say the total has increased to 10, but they are closing the investigation.

   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.

Read more
Medicaid Funding
7:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Williamson Says Money Runs Out For Medicaid After 2014

State health officer Don Williamson says he doesn't know where funding for Alabama's Medicaid Program will come from after 2014.
Credit al.com

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.

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.

Williamson is also the interim director of the Alabama Medicaid Program.

Read more
Alabama Flu
4:28 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Flu Cases Up In Alabama From Last Season

renegadehealth.com

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.

Read more
Politics & Government
7:42 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Credit governor.alabama.gov

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.


Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.


The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper, were named to the commission.

Read more