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Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

Mapping the Measure of America

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

State and county-level maps showing key health indicators such as life expectancy, diabetes, and more. Also covers indicators that impact health, like educational attainment and income. Select a county by clicking on the map for a brief profile.

Congressional District Fact Sheets (FQHCs)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

National Association of Community Health Centers – Maps of congressional districts, organized by state, identifying the location of federally funded health centers, the amount of federal funding these districts receive, the number of patients served by the health centers, and the name of the U.S. Representative for each district.

Building Understanding of Environmental Health (webinar series)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
The American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring a webinar series about communicating with the public about environmental health issues.
Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications
March 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EST

Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work
April 7, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health
May 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register:

What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

In response to the increased number of cases of measles, including an outbreak at an amusement park in California, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a list of FAQ’s.

What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles:

Educational Resources for Parents and Childcare Providers:

Diabetes and Pregnancy: multilingual resources

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

About 7 in 100 pregnant women in the United States will get gestational diabetes. Many other pregnant women have pre-existing diabetes. The American Public Health Association and MedlinePlus have resources for pregnant women at risk for who already have diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes: a risk during pregnancy (APHA): English/Spanish

Diabetes and Pregnancy (MedlinePlus): English/Spanish/13 other languages

Large Medical Bills Despite Health Insurance

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Kaiser health News featured an article on the problems consumers may face with health insurance coverage. They may still be hit with large medical bills despite being insured and doing research as to which doctors and hospitals participate in their plans. Read more about this complex issue:


Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals & Snack Foods an Issue with Salt and Sugar Content

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The March 2015 issue of Pediatrics includes a study on the amount of sodium and sugar in complementary infant and toddler foods. Researchers examined the sodium and sugar content of 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts.

Results: “Out of 79 infant mixed grains and fruits, 41 contained at least one added sugar, and 35 of these foods contained more than 35 percent calories from sugar. Seventy-two percent of toddler dinners were high in sodium, containing more than 210 mg consumed per meal. On average, dry fruit-based snacks contained 60 grams of sugar and 66 percent of calories from total sugars.”

They discovered the most commonly added sugars were:

Fruit juice concentrate (56 percent)

Sugar (33 percent)

Cane (20 percent)

Syrup (15 percent)

Malt (7 percent)

Sodium and Sugar in Complementary Infant and Toddler Foods Sold in the United States, to read more

To learn more about your keeping your child healthy go to:

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Treating Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A new study “Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Management and Outcomes Among Children With Type 1 Diabetes,” in the March 2015 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 16), found racial disparities in insulin treatment methods and diabetes outcomes remained even after adjusting for socioeconomic status. To read more on this study go to

Tools of the Trade: Putting Public Health Evidence in Action

Monday, February 16th, 2015

On February 25, 2015, from 2-3pm EST, the National Cancer Institute will host a “cyber seminar” to introduce a new training program entitled Putting Public Health Evidence in Action in Health.

From NCI:

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action in Health is an interactive seven-module training curriculum developed by the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN).  CPCRN is a network of eight centers that receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.  The training curriculum is intended for public health practitioners, state and local health department staff, health educators, healthcare providers, community advocates, academic/research faculty and staff, faith-based leaders, and other members of community-based organizations. ”

For more information and to register:

The 2015 Measles Outbreak: Exploring the Role of Public Health Law (webinar)

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The 2015 Measles Outbreak: Exploring the Role of Public Health Law (webinar)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

1-2:30 PM (ET)

From the Network for Public Health Law:

“This webinar examines the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and associated legal issues. Speakers will describe current vaccination recommendations, provide an overview of vaccination laws and exemptions, explore state temporary exclusion laws related to unvaccinated students, and highlight lessons learned by LA County [California] in implementing legal disease control measures.”

For more information and to register: