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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in 2009. The initiative brings together staff from across USDA to coordinate, share resources, and publicize USDA efforts related to local and regional food systems. Learn more about the initiative in this section of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. Then see USDA-supported local and regional food projects across the country by visiting the interactive map.

Learn more:

Have you seen HealthMap?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers founded in 2006, utilizes informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site ‘’ and mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’ deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers.

For more, including an introductory video called “What is HealthMap?”:

Free condom programs for select locations

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Two free condom programs have recently launched.

In New York City there is an app for that.  An app from the New York City Health Department uses GPS  information from a users smartphone to let the user know where the nearest of it’s 1,000 vendors are to get free condoms.  The app itself is free and has been downloaded over 25,000 times.

In California there is a new program called The Condom Access Project which allows people ages 12-19 to order a free package of condoms, lubricant, and health brochures.  These packages are mailed in a nondescript envelope.  The program is run through the California Family Health Council and supported by the California Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch.

Upcoming Webinar: County Health Rankings

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Join in on Valentine’s Day for a webinar focusing on how the County Health Rankings are created. This Rankings Methods & New Measures webinar will also be the first announcement of the exact measures being used in the 2012 version of the Rankings, which will be released on April 3, 2012.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. CST. To register: .



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: []

Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Do you live in the Southwest Region of the US?  The newest Tox Town scene, US Southwest, provides good information on the hazards of fracking, uranium tailings, and much more. The complete site , provided by the National Library of Medicine, is also available in Spanish.

Visit the site: .

Scope of FY 2011 Prevention and Public Health Fund Funding

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some colorful, user-friendly charts that help capture the scope of FY2011 Prevention and Public Health Fund funding in all 50 states — FY11 PPHF Cooperative Agreement / Grant Awards by State (By Award Amount) and FY11 PPHF Cooperative Agreement / Grant Awards by State (By Number of Programs).

View FY 11PPHF Cooperative Agreement/Grant Awards by State (By Award Amount) –  – or (By Number of Programs) – . [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, Jan. 19, 2012]

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded the expansion of the County Health Rankings to form a new, broader program called the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

The County Health Roadmaps project aims to build on the call to action of the County Health Rankings by supporting efforts to move forward and take action to improve the health of communities.

Visit the website at: [County Health Rankings E-News, Dec. 16, 2011]

Register Today For The 21st Annual Western Migrant Stream Forum

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Camino A Cambio – A Movement Toward Health, Well-Being and Justice

February 15-17, 2012 in Portland, OR

The Western Migrant Stream Forum brings together a broad representation of migrant health professionals and advocates for the purposes of education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and policy development.  Join them to learn about current issues, policy and programs related to the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

Please visit the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association’s (NWRPCA) web site for complete details and registration information:  Early registration discount expires on January 27, 2012.

Scholarships are available to qualifying individuals and organizations.  The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is Tuesday, January 10, 2012.  Applications can be downloaded from the NWRPCA web site:

[CHW-Outreach list]

A River of Recipes

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Are you tired of plain old turkey and dressing? Want to try some Native American recipes this Thanksgiving? The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service provides a selection of recipes to help people use the commodities it distributes. One resource in this collection is A River of Recipes, which includes several Native American dishes. So, if blue corn flapjacks or Buffaloaf sound tasty to you, take a look. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! [USDA]