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2015 County Health Rankings

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

How can we use a wealth of data to improve the health of communities across the nation? The release of the 2015 County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives local public health officials the information they need to improve health for all of their residents. See the data and find out about solutions: http://bit.ly/1cXmiNL

Former Smokers Harmed by Tobacco Tell Their Stories

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

U.S. health officials released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco.

The new ads highlight the benefits of quitting for the families of smokers and the importance of giving up cigarettes completely, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Bottom line, these ads will save lives and they will also save money,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a news conference Thursday. Tobacco is “public health enemy number one,” Frieden said. “More than 1,000 Americans per day are killed by tobacco — nearly 500,000 every year.”  Yet 42 million Americans still smoke, according to the CDC.

Among those former smokers featured in the ads is Julia, 58, who smoked for more than 20 years and developed colon cancer at 49. “I tried to quit many times,” she said during the news conference. “With the help of my family and my faith, I was able to quit smoking successfully. Unfortunately, I did not walk away from smoking without consequences. The battle I fought with cancer isn’t something I would wish on anybody.”

To read more about the ads go to: http://1.usa.gov/1CMmNiA

NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

“Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters….

An important lesson learned from the Gulf oil spill and other recent disasters is that researchers need to be involved early in the response efforts to collect vital health information, including samples of air, water, and other materials and contaminants. They also need off-the-shelf customizable research tools if they are going to be able to move quickly to launch a research study that meets all guidelines for protecting the rights of study volunteers. As a result, NIEHS worked with the National Library of Medicine, also part of NIH, and other agencies to develop the NIH Disaster Research Response Project. Key elements of this project include publicly accessible field-tested data collection tools, research protocols, training materials and exercises, and development of a network of trained research responders (see http://dr2.nlm.nih.gov).”

For more information about NIH activities in the Gulf region: http://1.usa.gov/1FOghMC

Think Cultural Health

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Provides free online and accredited cultural competency continuing education programs for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers.  http://1.usa.gov/1CzdYbu

Workshop: Opportunities and Strategies To Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

April 15, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Keck Center of the National Academies

The National Research Council’s Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences has convened an expert committee that will host a 1-day workshop on Opportunities and Strategies To Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health. Registration for this workshop is now open.

The workshop will examine the role of intermediate and mediating variables that influence treatment-seeking behaviors and access to care, including:

  • Socioeconomic barriers, social networks and institutions, and cultures, including the social norms, beliefs, and attitudes that are most amenable to positive change
  • Strategies for outcome research and evaluation.

To view the workshop agenda: http://bit.ly/1FmvaIK

To learn more and register: http://bit.ly/1yg7AuX

ATSDR – Safeguarding Communities from Harmful Chemicals: A Five-Part Webinar Series

Monday, April 6th, 2015

From the American Public Health Association:

“The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are proud to co-sponsor a five-part webinar series highlighting the vital work of the ATSDR. The series explores the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.

Part I – Introducing ATSDR 
Tuesday, Apr. 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Don’t miss the start of the series! Introducing ATSDR provides a broad overview of the invaluable contributions ATSDR has made over the past years – from who they are to how they work to protect our communities from harmful chemical exposures.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1c14kte

New Food Safety App: Foodkeeper

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The U. S. Department of Agriculture has released a new app called Foodkeeper.

From the USDA:

“Developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this new application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. By helping users understand food storage, the application empowers consumers to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of their items. Users will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly.

The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.”

For more information and to download the app: http://1.usa.gov/1CLb1bn

World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

Monday, April 6th, 2015

According to the World Health Organization, 2 million people die each year from unsafe food or drinking water. April 7 is World Health Day, and the theme is “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe.” The WHO web site has campaign materials, including social media messaging and infographics, as well as food safety case studies from around the world.

World Health Day (WHO): http://bit.ly/1C6JXAX

Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits.

Many adults drink moderately and responsibly without complications, and there are indications from research that some can derive modest health benefits. At the same time, alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the United States and internationally. For example, an estimated 16.6 million Americans have alcohol use disorder. Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 encourages the public to review the consequences of drinking too much, evaluate their drinking habits, understand how alcohol affects the body, and reduce drinking to lower risk for problems.

NIAAA Alcohol & Your Health: http://1.usa.gov/1Hrjhym
NIAAA Rethinking Drinking: http://1.usa.gov/1yK49Y8

National Public Health Week 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme for National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-10, 2015) is making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Daily themes include:

  • Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
  • Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
  • Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum
  • Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections
  • Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success

Additionally, this year, APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat. Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW.

National Public Health Week: http://bit.ly/1DEo4NW
Twitter @NPHW: http://bit.ly/1P4M41e