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Monday, October 7th, 2013
Do you live near natural gas drilling or other areas of industrial pollution? The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has tips for “breaking the pathways of exposure” in your home. Resources include ways to reduce your exposure to air, water, noise and light pollutants. There is also a toolkit for medical personnel: “Health Concerns in the Era of Gas Drilling: A Basic Toolkit for Healthcare Providers.”
Access resources here: http://bit.ly/15hlrQy
Friday, June 7th, 2013
The inaugural edition of America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, uses a variety of health, well-being, social and economic measures to develop a holistic portrait of health of the seniors (age 65+) in each of the states. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report shows Minnesota at the top of the list of healthiest states for older adults. Vermont is ranked second and New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa. Mississippi is ranked 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas complete the bottom 5 states.
America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: http://bit.ly/15SRViT
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Best Practices in Women’s Health: Focus on the American Indian/Alaska Native Woman is a three-day multidisciplinary course that provides practical, evidence-based approaches to the recognition, management, consultation and referral of health problems of AI/AN women. The course is designed for Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban primary care providers and nurses. The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics certification will also be available.
April 26-28, 2013
Window Rock, AZ and Fort Defiance, AZ
More information about the Best Practices in Women’s Health Course can be found by emailing Melony Hawkins at MHawkins@acog.org.
Monday, December 10th, 2012
Significant increases in flu activity in the United States have occurred in the last two weeks, indicating that an early flu season is upon us. These increases in activity overlap with National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) which was observed December 2-8, 2012.
According to CDC’s weekly surveillance report published on November 30, 2012, 48 states and Puerto Rico have already reported cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza and, nationally, the percentage of specimens testing positive for influenza is rising fast. Influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity levels in parts of the country are already higher than all of last season. Nationally, the United States reached the baseline level for ILI the week ending November 24, 2012 and 5 states are already reporting the highest level of activity possible.
More info: http://1.usa.gov/T0Twg6 [CDC, Dec. 3, 2012]
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Researchers have developed a new statistical model that uses Google search data and weather forecasting techniques to predict influenza outbreaks, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Los Angeles Times‘ “Science Now”.
Like meteorological models, the researchers’ flu model continuously updated itself with the latest information from Google Flu trends. Using the model, the researchers found that they could forecast the height of flu season using data from seven weeks before the peak occurred.
Monday, November 26th, 2012
According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thirty of America’s 50 largest cities are now covered by laws that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants. By late 2000, only one of the 50 largest U.S. cities—San Jose, Calif.—was covered by such a law. As of Oct. 5, 2012, 16 of the 50 largest cities were covered by local comprehensive smoke-free laws, and 14 more were covered by state comprehensive smoke-free laws.
Read more: http://1.usa.gov/V1VYS0 [CDC Press Release, Nov. 25, 2012]
Monday, November 12th, 2012
Voters from across the country cast their ballot last week for state and local measures that will have tremendous impact on the health of their communities. From fracking to tobacco control, here are a variety of initiatives with implications for public health that made their way to the ballot: http://bit.ly/XxPjF3 [Public Health Newswire, Nov. 8, 2012]
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Superstorm Sandy hit the Eastern part of the United States hard. The federal government has a number of information resources for those affected and responders.
At the Sandy page at the Department of Health and Human Services web site, there is information on clean-up and sanitation, mental health resources, public health concerns, daily updates and state-specific information: http://1.usa.gov/Stw2PZ
Monday, October 8th, 2012
Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Learn more about hosting or attending an event in your area and find additional resources at: http://bit.ly/Pjm5aw [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, Oct. 4, 2012 and the Center for Science in the Public Interest]
Monday, October 1st, 2012
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has announced the release of What Works for Health: http://bit.ly/QvH3OF .
This tool is an “online searchable menu of policies and programs focusing on factors that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.” Developed by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it allows local leaders to choose a health factor of interest and browse through the evidence ratings for particular programs, policies, or system changes that address the specific health factor. [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, Sept. 28, 2012]