Equity of Care, an organization of leaders from national health care organizations, has made available this slidedeck, http://bit.ly/1bg1ND0, to highlight the business imperative for equity of care. As the health care system moves toward a value-based versus volume-based reimbursement system, eliminating health care disparities will be vital. All interested parties are invited to download the slides and use this presentation in conversations with hospital staff, community meetings or as part of board discussions. Achieving equity in care is imperative to improving the health of the population and the success of the hospital and health care systems. See their website for other resources, http://bit.ly/1beAgWK.
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Consumer Reports has created an interactive web site to help those who are unsure how the Affordable Care Act affects them. Visitors to the site can answer a series of questions to determine how health care reform affects them and what, if anything, they need to do. The site is also available in Spanish.
Access the site: http://www.healthlawhelper.org/
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have published new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines, which encourage health professionals to treat obesity as a disease and to promote overall healthy diets to their patients. From the American Heart Association, “[a]nd they give doctors the first-ever formulas to calculate heart and stroke risk specifically for African-Americans – who face disproportionate risks for these diseases.”
Overview of the guidelines: http://bit.ly/18xQKux
Read guidelines: http://bit.ly/1fZfaPM
From the American Diabetes Association:
The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
For the complete 2013 fact sheet visit: http://bit.ly/19qMx5A
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2012. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input.
Public participation helps shape Healthy People 2020, its framework, objectives, and targets. During the first phase of planning for Healthy People 2020, we asked for your comments on the vision, mission, and implementation. Those comments helped set the framework for Healthy People 2020. The public was also invited to submit comments on proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives, which helped shape the final set of objectives.
For more information, including comment registration, visit http://1.usa.gov/HV4oeS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs are quickly gaining popularity among middle- and high-school students, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
While use of these newer products increased, there was no significant decline in students’ cigarette smoking or overall tobacco use. Data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show that recent electronic cigarette use rose among middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012 and among high school students from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent. Hookah use among high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.
For the complete press release visit: http://1.usa.gov/HV2H11
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Health Literacy Online Guide helps you create a user-centered health information website. The guide teaches how to create personas, conduct prototype testing and write for health behavior change.
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth and people of all ages. See the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Aministration prevention resources: http://1.usa.gov/1cerBWY.
October 20-26, 2013 is International Infection Control Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 20 hospital patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection.
Resources to learn more:
Entertaining infection prevention videos from the IICW website: http://bit.ly/1bGlHJY
Healthcare-associated infections (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/hai/
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health News Roundup:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported late yesterday that it has resumed analysis of influenza surveillance data and testing of influenza laboratory specimens collected during the 16-day government shut-down. An abbreviated FluView report summarizing the data for the most recent week (October 6-12) will be posted on Friday, October 18. At a later date, reports summarizing influenza surveillance data for September 22-October 5 will also be posted. Weekly Friday posting of the full FluView report for the 2013-2014 season will begin again on October 25.
For the abbreviated FluView report: http://1.usa.gov/1i2idmE
For the full RWJF Public Health Roundup: http://bit.ly/19Rtwcj