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60 Percent of America’s Biggest Cities now Smoke-Free

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: [CDC Press Release, Nov. 25, 2012]

A Brief Look at how Public Health Fared in the Recent Election

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:  [Public Health Newswire, Nov. 8, 2012]

The storm is over: the clean-up begins

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:

Food Day is October 24, 2012

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: [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, Oct. 4, 2012 and the Center for Science in the Public Interest]

“What Works for Health” Online Searchable Tool

Monday, October 1st, 2012

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has announced the release of What Works for Health: .

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]

ASPR Twitter Challenge Winner is MappyHealth

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Local public health officials can use a free new Web-based application, MappyHealth, to track health concerns in real time in their communities using Twitter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced MappyHealth as the winning submission of the developers’ challenge on Friday.

Try it out at: More information at:  [HHS News Relese, Sept. 14, 2012]

Webinar this Week: Are our Neighborhoods Making us Sick?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is sponsoring a free webinar on Thursday, August 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST: “Are our Neighborhoods Making us Sick? The Intersection of Health, Philanthropy, Housing and Community Development.”

To register: [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, August 8, 2012]

New Red Cross Hurricane App

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by the American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

More information including a video on the app features: .

Motor Vehicle Crash Death Rates in US Metro Areas

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The motor vehicle crash death rates in the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MOAs) are lower than the national average, according to a CDC study comparing the two. Although rates have been declining in recent years, motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of injury death in the U.S.

More information and an interactive map: [CDC Current Features, July 23, 2012]

Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Announcement from the  Health Resources and Services Administration –

Community Services Locator: Online directory for finding services for children and families in the communities in which they live. Developed by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University

Available here: