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La Mesa Completa Toolkit (Spanish): Bringing Nutrition Assistance to Hispanic Communities Across the Nation

Friday, June 1st, 2012

La Mesa Completa Toolkit is an e-tool, written in Spanish, made for Spanish-speaking faith and community leaders to learn about the various ways in which they can partner with USDA to ensure that Latinos have access to federal nutrition programs. More than one in four Latinos is food insecure, and Latinos access USDA nutrition assistance programs at the lowest rates of any demographic group. The toolkit is a .PDF file that navigates like a website and includes helpful links, best practices, stories, and even videos of personal testimony. La Mesa Completa Toolkit is available only in Spanish and is available online at http://1.usa.gov/L9C0kV.

Additional information, in English and Spanish, on USDA’s Latino Outreach efforts is available at http://1.usa.gov/Kg9diR

MakingHealthEasier.org: Social Networking Website for Obesity and Tobacco Issues

Friday, June 1st, 2012

MakingHealthEasier.org is an interactive social networking site that provides a space for Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) communities and their partners to share stories and resources and engage with the public and other communities around obesity and tobacco issues. Led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) is a locally driven initiative supporting urban, rural, and tribal communities over a two-year period to make positive and long-lasting changes that will help to reduce obesity, tobacco use, and exposure to secondhand smoke.

On MakingHealthEasier.org, members can:

  • Follow progress being made in CPPW communities across the country
  • Learn about ways to get involved
  • Find events happening in their communities
  • Connect to others across the country who are passionate about creating healthier communities
  • Participate in discussions that inspire, motivate, and result in change

Additional information is available at http://bit.ly/L5NQ37

Apply for the Roadmaps to Health Prize

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision, strong leadership, and commitment to making needed and lasting changes that broadly improve community vitality. This is happening in large urban settings and small rural ones; it’s happening in places with tremendous resources and in places with few resources to draw from; it’s happening in places with relatively few health challenges and in places where the challenges are many and daunting.

The Roadmaps to Health Prize is intended to honor these successful efforts and to inspire and stimulate similar activities in communities across the country. The invitation to apply for this prize is being extended to all communities throughout the U.S.

Up to six $25,000 winning communities to be announced in early 2013.

Brief notice of intent to apply due May 31, 2012; full application due June 7, 2012.

More information: www.countyhealthrankings.org/prize

Funding for Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a funding opportunity for Healthy Food Financing Initiative projects designed to improve access to healthy food. The Community Economic Development program (CED) will provide up to $10 million of funding to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Applications are due June 5th.

For more information — http://ow.ly/aeuT8  [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, April 11, 2012]

County Health Rankings 2012 Released

Monday, April 9th, 2012

County Health Rankings 2012 was released on April 3, 2012. The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

This year’s edition includes the addition of the County Health Roadmaps to show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

Visit the website and see how your county ranks: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ .

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

March 10, 2012 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day…a time each year when organizations and communities across the United States come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested, and how to live with and manage HIV and AIDS.

In 2009, women comprised 51% of the US population and accounted for 23% of new HIV infections. Of the total number of new HIV infections among women, 57% were among black women, 21% were in white women, and 18% were in Latina women. The rate of new HIV infections among black women was 15 times as high as that of white women and over 3 times as high as that of Latina women in 2009. http://1.usa.gov/abeneH [CDC]

New Promise for Addressing Chronic Homelessness

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The combination of two evidence-based practices—supported employment and permanent supportive housing—shows promise in addressing chronic homelessness among adults with serious mental illness. Research reported in the March issue of Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), found good housing and employment outcomes in a demonstration project with this difficult-to-reach group.

For the complete press release from APA:http://ow.ly/9scF7  [MedlinePlus News, March 1, 2012]

 

Rates of Melanoma Deaths Differ by Education

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A new study from the American Cancer Society found that declines in deaths from melanoma, a kind of skin cancer, are limited to those with the most education. Deaths from melanoma among non-Hispanic whites ages 25 to 64 have been falling since the early 1990s. But it had not been known whether death rates differed according to education level. The study focused on whites because they are at higher risk for developing melanoma – 5 times as likely as Hispanics and 20 times as likely as African-Americans. http://bit.ly/ybQawF [cancer.org]

New Health Care Law Helps Expand Primary Care Workforce

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) awarded $9.1 million in funding to medical students in 30 States and the District of Columbia who will serve as primary care doctors and help strengthen the health care workforce, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday at the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, a community health center in Los Angeles, Calif.

To read the complete announcement: http://ow.ly/93PUG [HHS Press Release, Feb. 13, 2012]

National Report Ranks Cities and States for Bicycling and Walking

Monday, January 30th, 2012

 In a new report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors.

To access highlights and the full report, go to: http://ow.ly/8L4q1 [PHPartners.org]