July 2009 Blog Posts (19)

The Cost of Obesity - facts and figures from this morning's Web Forum

For all those who attended today's CA mobilization Health Reform Web Forum and wanted access to some of the figures Harold Goldstein, ED of California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCHPA), mentioned regarding the Economic Costs of Overweight, Obesity, and Physical Inactivity, I am uploaded a pdf version of his slides in the Health Reform and Prevention group. Additionally, you can check out the full report on the… Continue

Added by Carol Chao on July 28, 2009 at 5:17pm — No Comments

NEW CALIFORNIA OBESITY REPORT: Obesity-related healthcare costs nearly double between 2000 & 2006

The Center for Public Health Advocacy recently released the report The Economic Costs of Overweight, Obesity and Physical Inactivity Among California Adults – 2006. "The study found that the cost of overweight, obesity and physical inactivity had climbed to $41 billion in 2006, nearly double the amount reported in 2000. Given California’s current fiscal crisis, both the private and public sectors would benefit from federal, state and local policies that make prevention a top priority and… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on July 28, 2009 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

Physical activity, childhood obesity, environmental and policy change

I encourage anyone interested in active living issues and childhood obesity prevention to learn about our program, Active Living Research (www.activelivingresearch.org).

Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, contributes to the prevention of childhood obesity in low-income and high-risk racial/ethnic communities by supporting research to examine how environments and policies… Continue

Added by Debbie Lou on July 28, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

THEY SAY EVERYTHING IS BIG IN TEXAS: Obesity report adds new dimension to that boast.

A study commissioned by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the Texas Health Institute found that by 2040 over 40% of the state's adults will be obese. "We have a previous problem on our hands that will bankrupt the health care industry if we don't change, if we don't do something about it." said Methodist Healthcare Ministries President and CEO Kevin Moriarty. Get the story from Austin's KXAN-an NBC affliate- by clicking on the link below.…


Added by Marisel Brown on July 28, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

Re-Mixing Public Health: Platforms for Public Health Innovation

Check out Jody Ranck's blog post on

Re-Mixing Public Health: Platforms for Public Health Innovation


I’ve put together a rather long presentation that has an introduction to social media for public health and then… Continue

Added by Dialogue4Health on July 24, 2009 at 4:40pm — No Comments

THE HASTINGS CENTER: American Values & Health Reform Essays

The Hastings Center is the nation's leading nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics in the public interest. In this essay set, eleven authors each examine a different foundational value, and what its policy implications are if we take it seriously. In an introduction, Hastings Center president Thomas H. Murray writes, "Core American values, rather than existing in ineluctable tension with one another, form a sturdy, mutually reinforcing foundation for health reform. Universal… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on July 23, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

Community Organizing for Health Care Reform

This week and next, members of Organizing For America are hosting local meetings, happy hours, phonathons, etc to push for a strong public option in the health care reform bill.

"Congress is moving rapidly toward finalizing health care reform legislation, with crucial votes expected in both the House and the Senate within days. With so much at stake -- and the D.C. lobbyists going into overdrive -- we have to take our grassroots campaign to the next level.

All this week,… Continue

Added by Tara Zhang on July 22, 2009 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments


My name is David Dooley. I'm an elementary school teacher in Bakersfield, CA.

I'm an advocate of community-based parenting education for young people...that is young people, kids, being taught best parenting behaviors and practices in an effort to prepare them for the responsibilities of parenthood. I believe parenting education for young people could be a tremendously powerful and proactive means for preventing child abuse, substance abuse, and other forms of violence.

I… Continue

Added by David Dooley on July 18, 2009 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Google Health Now Lets You Upload Scanned Medical Documents

From Tech Crunch and the FT Health Blog:

Google Health Now Lets You Upload Scanned Medical Documents

by Leena Rao on July 16, 2009

Whether it be bills, insurance forms, medical records or prescriptions, patients are often inundated with vast quantities of paper. Google Health is now trying to help you organize all of this paperwork in its platform. Google Health, which finally launched last May after months of rumors, has ambitions to become a centralized and secure… Continue

Added by Othman Ouenes on July 16, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

WSJ:Health Care Companies: Cisco, Intel, Google, IBM, Microsoft

Click here for link to article

By Jacob Goldstein

Computer DoctorThe push into health care by giant technology companies continued this morning, as Cisco and UnitedHealth announced a major foray into telemedecine.

UnitedHealth, a big insurer, will use a Cisco product called HealthPresence to develop a national program to allow doctors to… Continue

Added by Othman Ouenes on July 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

ARTICLE: Personal Responsibility, Public Policy, & the Economic Stimulus Plan

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH is the director of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively on a number of issues including medical professionalism and the origins of racial bias against African American physicians by the American Medical Association.

Dr. Wynia's article appears in the March-April 2009 issue of the Hastings Center Report. The Hastings Center is a non-partisan… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on July 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Prevention Institute has this quote on their website - Great one!

Prevention Institute has this quote on their website - Great one!

"A historic commitment to wellness initiatives will keep millions of Americans from setting foot in the doctor's office in the first place -- because these are preventable diseases and we're going to invest in prevention.”

President Obama

Added by Star Tiffany on July 15, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

REGISTER NOW: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform Web Forums

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.dialogue4health.org/hcr/index.html

Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform

Join us for one of the following Web Forums!


Important policies to shape our health system and… Continue

Added by Dialogue4Health on July 15, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Bike in Oakland?

"The City of Oakland's Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program is pleased to share the fifth edition of the "I [BIKE] OAKLAND" newsletter. This newsletter provides an overview of the City's progress implementing Oakland's Bicycle Master Plan over the last six months (January-June 2009)..."

Check it out at:


Sent by:

Jennifer… Continue

Added by Star Tiffany on July 10, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Flu.gov website, prepare yourself for flu season

Learn about flu season and precautions your should be taking. http://www.flu.gov/

This is The White House's latest e-letter

"As the President's advisor on Homeland Security, I am passing along the following message from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, who are leading the efforts to prepare our Nation for the… Continue

Added by Star Tiffany on July 9, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Go Mayor Newsome! Way to make San Francisco the best place to eat!

Mayor Newsom just issued an executive directive to change San Francisco's approach to food. The directive:

1) directs city departments to conduct an audit of unused land that could be turned in community gardens or farms.

2) Food supplied by food vendors for the city and food purchased by staff for city meetings must be healthy.

3) Famer's markets must begin accepting food stamps (YAY!)

Within two months : The mayor will send an ordinance to the Board of… Continue

Added by Carol Chao on July 9, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Conference on Human Resources for Maternal and Newborn Survival

The International Conference on Human Resources for Maternal and Newborn Survival was conducted in Addis Ababa from June 29 – July 2. The Meeting was organized by UNFPA, UNICEF, Ministry of Health, and AMDD (Averting Maternal Death and Disability). About 29 African Countries and other international partners participated in the Conference. The focus of the conference was to advocate for task shifting to non-physician clinicians to avert maternal death. The Conference familiarized national… Continue

Added by James Williams on July 8, 2009 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Ten Tips For Creating Professional Presentations in Keynote '08

I really love Apple's programs and how they integrate between programs; you can easily add photos from iPhoto to a Keynote presentation. Here is a great article on Keynote, which is Apple's PowerPoint Software. Check it out! Let me know what you think. :)


Added by Star Tiffany on July 7, 2009 at 3:52pm — No Comments

REPORT: LIQUID CANDY advocates sopping up revenue via soda tax

The Center for Science in the Public Interest released the report Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming America's Health. Michael F. Jacobson's report and the Liquid Candy website make an excellent contribution to obesity/chronic diesase prevention by pulling together what we know about the overcomsumption of soft drinks. An excellent primer. Click on the links below to access the report & the website.

From the report's Executive Summary… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on July 7, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

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