February 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Avoiding the "Bedroom Community" Mentality

If you rent or purchase a home in one county and work in another county, how can you reconcile the differences between making a living with the possibilities of living a full life?

This is the question that the city of La Grange, KY has asked the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) to answer in a partnership between the town's Main Street program, the city and the community to look at a urban re-design and economic development plan. During…


Added by Linda Goin on February 26, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

FROM DOWN UNDER: Australian healthy community planning checklist

In the year that I have been working on planning guidelines for healthier/walkable communities, I've heard very few elected officials speak of the concept in positive terms.  Remember how someone in Congress called community design interventions to help people become healthier  jungle gym programs.  When you travel to other countries, you can be very disappointed about how poorly our elected officials compare to those in Europe.  It seems American elected officials take pride in knowing as…


Added by Fiona Hyde on February 18, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

PHI Insists U.S. Cannot Afford to Lose Ground in Prevention, Public Health in Federal Budget Process

PHI Insists U.S. Cannot Afford to Lose Ground in Prevention, Public Health in Federal Budget Process

OAKLAND, CA – While President Obama’s newly proposed 2012 budget reflects the difficult choices that must be made in this troubled economic time, it also contains a blueprint for continued advances in public health…


Added by Dialogue4Health on February 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Greenbelt Alliance general plan toolkit cuts climate change down to size

Climate change is an issue that most of know is imporant, but it can be overwhelming.  Act locally and think globally simple does not make sense to the average person.  There is a type of paralysis that can set in when growth of China is mentioned.  I've wondered how to cut the problem down to size in a way that the average person can feel that he/she can act on the issues. The Greenbelt Alliance has found a way.


It recently released a toolkit. It is called Green Your City's…


Added by Fiona Hyde on February 14, 2011 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Intel microprocessor being used in head injury study in sports

At  Super Bowl party last weekend, a personal trainer who works with the Denver Broncos told the few us, who reluctantly attended the party with a spouse/partner/signifcant other, that Intel was working on measuring blows to the head using chips implanted in helmets. 

 Very few people are aware that more children are showing up in emergency departments with serious head injuries.  If you've ever watched a girls' soccer game, you know how girls will whack an opponent without a second…


Added by Beatrice Yearwood on February 13, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments



"Transfusion" by Clay Bennett   Chattanooga Times Free Press  2/11/11


Added by Guillermo I. Benharar Vallarino on February 12, 2011 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Institute of Medicine President Fineberg Discusses US Imperative for NCDs

On February 2, 2011, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the subject of non communicable diseases (NCDs) and global health.  In his talk, Dr. Fineberg noted that today, approximately 80 percent of the mortality associated with non NCDs (cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancers, and diabetes) occur in less developed nations.  Dr. Fineberg noted that NCDs are incredibly expensive.  He cited the…


Added by Jeff Meer on February 11, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Health Reform- Plans for Investing in Prevention :: HealthCare.gov


Added by Carmen Rita Nevarez on February 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Networking 101: Concepts and Definitions :: TechSoup

TechSoup is a great resource - Here's an article on computer networking.

Networking 101: Concepts and Definitions

Unclear about computer networking? We lay out the basics for nonprofits and libraries.

By: Chris Peters

February 8, 2011…


Added by Star Tiffany on February 9, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Congratulations Dr. Hu! Teh-wei Hu Appointed to CDC Panel on Smoking and Health


Teh-wei Hu…


Added by Dialogue4Health on February 8, 2011 at 4:15pm — No Comments

PHI Applauds UNFPA Executive Director Osotimehin's First Statement

The Public Health Institute has posted the statement below concerning Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin's first statement as Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).


"The Public Health Institute (PHI) applauds UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, MD, for his exciting inaugural statement at this week's meeting of the fund's executive board.  Osotimehin, an alumnus of PHI's International Family Planning Leadership Program, highlighted the need…


Added by Jeff Meer on February 7, 2011 at 7:09am — No Comments

Fluoride levels have always been safe; we simply have more data

I had a hard time following the news story about fluoridation.  News stories seemed to stress the change in levels as a sign of a years-old cover-up about what levels are safe.  The finding is straightforward.

"Federal agencies  in joint announcements proposed a change in the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. The HHS department proposed setting the level at the lowest end of the current optimal range to prevent tooth…


Added by Beatrice Yearwood on February 6, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

LEADING BY EXAMPLE-A good resource to promote health in small/medium sized workplaces


The recent court rulings challenging the constitutionality of health reform mandatory coverage sections do not change the fact that states are moving forward as though the law will be upheld.  No matter the outcome, the fact remains that businesses will need to find ways to keep their employees healthy in order to reduce costs associated with health coverage.

Worksite wellness programs have been exclusively marketed to larger employers.  Now smaller employers can take…


Added by Beatrice Yearwood on February 6, 2011 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Trails Challenge 2011 :: East Bay Regional Park District + Kaiser Permanente + Regional Parks Foundation

Have you heard of this program? Do you have something like this in your area? …


Added by Star Tiffany on February 4, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Registration Housing Now Open for the APHA Midyear Meeting

If you are unable to view the message below, Click Here to view this message on our website…

Added by Dialogue4Health on February 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Funding Opportunity from RAMP

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive…


Added by Dialogue4Health on February 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Paltry Global Development Spending on Non Communicable Diseases

Dr. Christopher Murray has, since 2007, been analyzing the spending of international development assistance for health by governments in every country on earth.  Just this week, he and his colleagues at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, in a…


Added by Jeff Meer on February 1, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

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