Happy New Year

I remember as a child, my first grade teacher had the door of our class room at Chelyan Elementary decorated with cartoon like pictures of an old man standing next to a baby.  The imagery was to show the comparison between the old and new years.  1982 wasn’t a particularly good year for me as I had lost my grandfather in December, so the idea of a new start hit me even as a 6 year old. 

Every year, we celebrate the seemingly arbitrary beginning of the Julian calendar, which is a relic of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar.   January 1st or New Year’s Day for some is just another day.  For many, it can be a new beginning in so many things.  People everywhere resolve to be wealthier, healthier, happier, and better for the new year.  Far too often, those resolutions go by the wayside within weeks of the new year.  People give up on the budget, the new diet, fall into traps that get in the way of their happiness and feel lesser because of it.    This year I have a few goals of my own. While trying to be healthier and happier, I hope to just realize how blessed I am each day. 

Thank you to those of you who read these posts, listen to the Appalachian Health Podcast, or watch Live Healthy, Live Well, West Virginia.  I hope the material I cover with friends, colleagues, and guests will enrich someone this year.  With a little divine intervention, everyone reading this will be a little richer, a little healthier, a little happier, and a little better.  Here’s to a great 2020.  Happy New Year.

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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