Happy Thanksgiving

Over the course of a year, we experience many holidays. If you work in state government you get more than I do off from work, and I do miss that part of government work. Some of them are merely days off, some are religious in nature. Thanksgiving has come to be my favorite. We take time off solely for the purpose of giving thanks. There’s no pressure in gift giving, or the other commercial trappings of Christmas. Just plain ol’ gratification of saying thanks for all the good things we have.

I enjoy watching football as much as anyone and my favorite dessert from my time with my grandmother was pumpkin pie. I truly enjoy arguing politics and religion with any family member that dares question me at the dining room table. But, I have to say I have much to be thankful for, even in 2019.

I have a lovely wife, who is healthy and two great dogs. We live comfortably in a nice home, and have transportation. Charleston is a great community and my home state, for all its misgivings, is full of wonderful citizens. I get to work for a great group of people and have some wonderful people that work for me. Though I could stand to get back to my fightin’ weight, I’m fairly healthy and have some great friends all across the country. I have many things that can never be taken from me like a great education (earned at WV Tech and WVU).

I’m going to publish this on my blog so you can read it and I hope you get inspired a bit this Thanksgiving, but I might just look back on it to remind myself just how fortunate I am.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Published by Danny Scalise

Danny Franklin Scalise, II is the Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist of the West Virginia State Medical Association and its subsidiary organizations as well as a professor of Health Policy at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. He is considered one of the leading health policy experts in West Virginia and is a passionate advocate for public health. Scalise has been a public policy adviser to two Governors. He is well known across West Virginia as a problem solver and a great student of West Virginia politics & the legislative process. As part of the Manchin administration, Danny was the Recovery Czar in West Virginia managing $1.8 billion in grants and entitlement funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
 Danny earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2002, his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University in 2005, and his Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy in 2018. In 2016 he became Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has been published on and regularly speaks on issues of public health, health policy, and local health department governance & organizational structure. Danny sits on the Board of Directors for the Thomas Health System in South Charleston, WV and in 2019 Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin appointed him to serve on the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health which governs the largest and first PHAB Accredited Health Department in West Virginia. 
 
 Danny has been recognized by Opportunity Nation in 2013 as part of their national Opportunity Leaders & Scholars program and was awarded the “Health Administration Rising Star” by the American Public Health Association in 2016. He is a 2012 Leadership West Virginia graduate, was on the State Journal’s 2016 Generation Next: 40 under 40 list, was named a 2019 Young Gun by West Virginia Executive Magazine, and was given the 2019 Advocacy Award by the West Virginia Immunization Network for his work to protect West Virginia’s childhood immunization laws. Since joining in 2007, Danny has been an active participant in Mensa.
 
 


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