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.
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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: http://bit.ly/PUpypy [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, August 8, 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: http://rdcrss.org/NwmYVZ .
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: http://1.usa.gov/N6KREp [CDC Current Features, July 23, 2012]
Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and FamiliesWednesday, 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: http://bit.ly/JM62cS
Hispanics Seem to Have Better Odds of Lung Cancer Survival
Hispanic people with lung cancer tend to live longer than white or black people with the disease, according to a new study.
Researchers say Hispanics’ increased likelihood of survival may be due to genetic factors or environmental advantages, such as lower rates of tobacco use.
Asian/Pacific Islanders and Cardiovascular Diseases: Statistical Fact Sheet
American Heart Association outlines the leading causes of death among Asian/Pacific Islander men and women.
Available at http://bit.ly/JtXJB0
2010 Census Island Areas
U.S. Census Bureau – Access demographic information for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Available at http://bit.ly/K4tCEj
Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision, strong leadership, and commitment to making needed and lasting changes that broadly improve community vitality. This is happening in large urban settings and small rural ones; it’s happening in places with tremendous resources and in places with few resources to draw from; it’s happening in places with relatively few health challenges and in places where the challenges are many and daunting.
The Roadmaps to Health Prize is intended to honor these successful efforts and to inspire and stimulate similar activities in communities across the country. The invitation to apply for this prize is being extended to all communities throughout the U.S.
Up to six $25,000 winning communities to be announced in early 2013.
Brief notice of intent to apply due May 31, 2012; full application due June 7, 2012.
More information: www.countyhealthrankings.org/prize
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a funding opportunity for Healthy Food Financing Initiative projects designed to improve access to healthy food. The Community Economic Development program (CED) will provide up to $10 million of funding to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Applications are due June 5th.
For more information — http://ow.ly/aeuT8 [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, April 11, 2012]
County Health Rankings 2012 was released on April 3, 2012. The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.
This year’s edition includes the addition of the County Health Roadmaps to show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.
Visit the website and see how your county ranks: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ .
Some individuals, particularly elderly individuals who are experiencing flu-like symptoms might be actually suffering from a malaria-like disease called babesiosis. A study by scientists and researchers found that elderly populations living in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts had the highest rates of babesiosis among the elderly population and that such infections appear to be on rise in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Read more: http://ow.ly/a1ve1 [FDA Science & Research]