As you read in a blog post (6/16/09) by our fellow network member, Carol Chao, Harvard Medical School developed a return on investment calculator for preventive medical services. Today, the CDC launched a website-LEAN Works!- aimed at the business sector/workplaces. The site includes a web-based calculator for businesses to compute the cost of obesity to their bottom line.
The Partnership for Prevention's blog-Prevention Matters-provides details. LEAN stands for Leading Employees to… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 30, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Obama Signs Tobacco Regulation Bill into Law
"President Barack Obama , who still struggles with his own addiction to cigarettes, on Monday signed into law the most sweeping federal anti-tobacco legislation to pass Congress in decades.
The law gives the Food and Drug Administration broad authority to… Continue
Added by Dialogue4Health on June 30, 2009 at 4:50pm —
Andrew Goodman is a planner in Philadelphia and a contributer to PlanPhilly. PlanPhilly is an independent news gathering entity affiliated with PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania. Former reporters and editors from The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as citizen journalists, provide daily news coverage of the built and planned environment. Goodman shares his perspective on the importance of finding a balance between private development objectives… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 23, 2009 at 7:09pm —
Why We Can't Eat Just One:
We do it for the buzz. Like drug addicts. How do
we stop the constant craving?
By Katharine Mieszkowski
Dr. David Kessler, 58, says that when he looks at a
huge plate of French fries, he knows that if he starts
eating them, he won't stop until he's wolfed them all
down. Yes, even the… Continue
Added by Carol Chao on June 23, 2009 at 9:35am —
magazine dedicated its June 22, 2009 issue to prevention. This may be the first time a major news magazine has placed the spotlight on prevention as a viable strategy to contain healthcare costs. Although the spotlight was not shared with population-based strategies, simply reporting that chronic diseases are preventable is a positive step in informing the public.
Articles in the health issue can be accessed by clicking on this link:… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 22, 2009 at 4:01pm —
Until recently, land use planning processes that require community input short-changed community residents. Two-dimensional plans do not convey the spacial dimensions of a community's landscape. Eric Gordon, professor of new media at Emerson College, and Gene Koo, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, are using an innovative web-based tool that can lead to the development of healthy communities. The tool is Second Life, a product of Linden Lab of San Francisco. An… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 19, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Congratulations Angela Weaver
"PHI AROUND THE WORLD: Learn more about neglected tropical diseases
Angela Weaver, a fellow with PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program
and a disease technical advisor with USAID, helped develop a new Web site, www.neglecteddiseases.gov
. The site provides an overview of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Initiative and highlights the Obama… Continue
Added by Star Tiffany on June 19, 2009 at 10:16am —
Very Controversial. Enjoy! Fred
By STEVEN A. BURD
Effective health-care reform must meet two objectives: 1) It must secure coverage for all Americans, and 2) it must dramatically lower the cost of health care. Health-care spending has outpaced the rise in all other consumer spending by nearly a factor of three since 1980, increasing to 18% of GDP in 2009 from 9% of GDP. This disturbing trend will not… Continue
Added by Frederic Matignon on June 16, 2009 at 10:17pm —
Interesting article from Science News, "Mobile Health Care: Preventative Medicine Returns $36 For Every Dollar Invested, Study Suggests". Although the article speaks mostly about individual-level preventative care (i.e. training and education around behavior management to prevent chronic disease and STDs), the algorithm they developed to measure the return on investment of preventative services could potentially be applied to community level measures. Learn more:… Continue
Added by Carol Chao on June 16, 2009 at 4:42pm —
>From Smart Growth Online http://www.smartgrowth.org/library/articles.asp?art=4090
In 2003, The Trust for Public Land's (TPL's) Center for City Park Excellence gathered two dozen park experts and economists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a colloquium to analyze how park systems economically benefit cities. Based on this conversation and subsequent consultation with other leading… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 16, 2009 at 2:22pm —
Smart growth advocates have finally been heard: HUD & DOT have established a crosscutting collaboration. Read Smart Growth Online's perspectives on this unique effort. Go to
to read a response to the partnership from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
FROM SMART GROWTH ONLINE http://www.smartgrowth.org/default.asp
HUD, DOT Create… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 16, 2009 at 1:56pm —
New Resource Alert: Creating safe places for play: The launch of jointuse.org
In partnership with BMSG
proudly announces the launch of a new interactive website dedicated to helping create safe places for children in all communities to play and be active. By showcasing successes as well as the problem, Jointuse.org… Continue
Added by Star Tiffany on June 11, 2009 at 5:30pm —
Join the PRB Discuss Online on Thursday: “Explaining India's Deficit of Girls”
June 11, 2009, 1-2 p.m. (EDT)
Leela Visaria, researcher and president of the Asian Population Association
India, along with China and several other countries, has a history of neglect for girls and women that produced lower female survival rates and an imbalanced ratio of males to females.
In recent years, male-to-female sex ratios at birth and… Continue
Added by Star Tiffany on June 10, 2009 at 3:45pm —
This news story is really disturbing. Global warming's effect on the oceans will have a huge impact on our nation's economy: "the economic toll eventually could be enormous for fishing and other ocean-related industries and for the nation's coastal communities. Taken together, the ocean and coastal economies, including the Great Lakes , provide… Continue
Added by Carol Chao on June 10, 2009 at 10:30am —
A recent survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research indicates overwhelming support for investment in prevention. The press release from the Trust for America's Health summarizes survey results.
A summary from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research is available at:
PRESS RELEASE: Trust for America's Health June… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 9, 2009 at 2:30pm —
My college classmate posted this great entry on "experts" you can't actually trust for advice on your diet - sadly the USDA is on the list!
Added by Carol Chao on June 8, 2009 at 4:38pm —
The AMA is an influencial stakeholder in the development of healthcare reform legislation. Click on the link below for the most recent testimony, statements, and correspondence by the AMA to the Obama Administration, the U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives.…
Added by Marisel Brown on June 8, 2009 at 10:21am —
This article can be accessed at the Daily Beast link below
Universal coverage is just the beginning—we need safer hospitals, electronic medical records, and dozens more improvements to our antiquated system.
Like millions, I recently watched a late-night televised appearance by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. They were speaking in Kissimmee, Florida, of… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 1, 2009 at 2:00pm —