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National Public Health Week

Monday, April 6th, 2015

National Public Health Week urges US to become healthiest nation by 2030

Communities nationwide to celebrate public health accomplishments, mobilize US to become an even healthier nation

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2015 – The American Public Health Association and hundreds of partners across the country are preparing for National Public Health Week next week, April 6-12, the annual observance to celebrate, educate and advocate on behalf of health issues affecting the nation.

As the United States lags peer countries in life expectancy, obesity, infant mortality, chronic disease and other health outcomes, this year’s theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030” will rally the public health community to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. This year’s NPHW also marks the 20th year that the American Public Health Association has organized the annual observance.

“We anticipate a week of robust engagement in communities across the country in celebration of public health and its contributions to our nation,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “Particularly this year, as APHA builds a movement to improve health outcomes in the U.S. and address the underlying social determinants of health, we look to our National Public Health Week partners in helping emphasize the importance of prevention, advocating for public health funding and working to ensure that health is considered in all policy decisions.”

The week marks a number of national and local events in observance of National Public Health Week:

  • National Public Health Week live webcast
    NPHW will host a forum discussing existing opportunities and challenges to overcome to create the healthiest nation on April 6, 1-3 p.m. EDT. The event will feature APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH; and Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Gail Christopher, DN. The forum will be held at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. and also made available virtually through a live webcast. Register by Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. EDT to participate
  • National Public Health Week Twitter chat
    On Wednesday, April 8, @NPHW will host its 5th annual National Public Health Week Twitter chat, which will gather public health leaders, experts, organizations and advocates for a discussion covering topics, including prevention, nutrition and access to health care. This year’s robust conversation will be joined by ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, CVSHealth, the American Medical Association and many more. Participants can follow the chat using the hashtag #NPHWchat

Each day of National Public Health Week highlights a different theme fostering understanding of current challenges in the nation’s health and ways to improve upon them. This year’s daily themes are:

  • 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

In 1995, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as NPHW. Each year since then, the public health community has celebrated this observance by focusing on an issue that is important to improving the public’s health. Find more on NPHW events taking place in your area.

 

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The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. We are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.

Women of Color Health Data Book

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.

Learn more about women of color and their unique health needs, and how the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition, can assist clinicians in providing person-centered care for diverse populations of women. Please be sure to check out the Data Book, pull-out Data Book collections on breast cancer and HIV/AIDS, and a podcast from the Academy of Women’s Health. Also visit ORWH Director Dr. Janine Clayton’s blog for a commentary introducing the Data Book.

For more information on women’s health, visit the NLM Women’s Health Resources website.

Created in a partnership between the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health, this page presents topics pertaining to women’s health collected to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to promote research in the field.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635
michael.honch@nih.gov

Webinar on Community Health Status Indicators

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinar on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application

This CDC/NLM webinar (Tuesday, March 24, reprised on Thursday, March 26) will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online Web application. Learn firsthand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application to support community health and health need assessment and population health improvement.

Please register for either session. After your registration has been received, you will be sent instructions for joining the meeting.

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (1 hour)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Register

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (1 hour)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Register

Can’t register? Contact support.

About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities, including the National Library of Medicine. Visit the new CHSI Web application today! http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices

Friday, December 5th, 2014

AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

 

Health care providers surveyed on the AIDSinfo website indicated that access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels for HIV-related drugs would be a useful feature of a drug app. Thus FDA drug labels pulled from DailyMed are integrated into the app in an easy-to-navigate format. This feature, coupled with the auto update feature, makes it easy for health care providers to quickly find the latest drug information when seeing patients. In addition, information from the FDA labels is condensed in easy-to-understand summaries in English and Spanish for consumers. The app also includes information on HIV-related investigational drugs for both health care providers and consumers.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

Stay tuned for additions to the AIDSinfo Drug App.

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