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HHS Office on Women’s Health: Quick Health Data Online

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH): Telephone training for the Quick Health Data Online system. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care.

First training session to be held April 15, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST

To learn more and register:

Radio Hour Brings Weather Readiness Across Borders

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Expanding its reach to the local Spanish-speaking community, the National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, Texas, forecast office has begun a collaboration with Radio Esperanza KOIR 88.5- FM and KRIO 97.7-FM/910-AM, a radio network with coverage that includes Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and much of northeastern Mexico.

Once each month, National Weather forecaster, Maria Torres participates in “La Hora Comunitaria” (Community Hour), a Spanish–language interview and call-in program. Torres provides information to help prepare the local Hispanic community for hazardous weather. The broadcasts are scheduled to continue through the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season and beyond.

Just 1.9 percent of tobacco settlement and taxes goes to prevention

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Fifteen years after the landmark settlement against major tobacco companies, a report has found that out of $25 billion that will be collected by states from settlement money and tobacco taxes, only 1.9% will go to fight tobacco use.

Read the full-report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which includes a state-by-state analysis:

Reducing Environmental Exposures: Resources

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:

America’s Health Rankings 2013 Senior Report Released

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:

Best Practices in Women’s Health: Focus on the American Indian/Alaska Native Woman Course

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

U.S. Flu Season Already Off to Early Start

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:  [CDC, Dec. 3, 2012]

New Model Uses Internet Search Data to Forecast Flu Outbreaks

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.

Read more: [iHealthBeat, Nov. 27, 2012]

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]