Your Weekly Dose of Health, April 24, 2015

Further signaling their interest in paid family leave, the Obama administration sent Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, to speak with advocates and labor leaders on paid family leave proposals in New York. The administration says they are interested in learning about different campaigns on the issue around the country.

Governor Cuomo’s trip to Cuba ended with a healthcare announcement. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, based in Buffalo, took part in the trip and forged a partnership with a Cuban based research group. The two groups are hoping to begin clinical trials for a possible lung cancer vaccine.

NYU’s Langone Medical Center is working to facilitate partnerships between researchers and the industry to improve the process of developing new drugs.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the public’s view on the Affordable Care Act has remained largely unchanged, with 43% of people regarding it favorably and 42% unfavorable. Favorable now exceeds unfavorable for the first time since 2012, although only by 1%.

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced this week that they have awarded $120 million in grants to support 34 different research projects.