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This week I am learning about how health policy gets made at the federal level, thanks to funding from the Council of State Governments/Eastern Region. Yesterday we heard the basics – White House offices and staff dynamics, how Congress works, then how it really works, agencies and their roles in developing policy, and how it all interacts. My head still hurts from the complexity, but the parallels to state policymaking help. Everything is framed in the context of the current health reform debate. It is an extremely exciting time to be here.
Ellen Andrews