November 2009 Blog Posts (45)

Chairman Intends to "Get to the Bottom" of Task Force Mammogram Recommendations

A congressional subcommittee chairman said he called a hearing this week "to get to the bottom" of a recent task force recommendation on mammogram screening for women in their 40s.



"My goal is to get to the bottom of why the task force made these recommendations," Rep. Frank Pallone, D-Va., told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "Has anything changed in the way we’re… Continue

Added by Partnership for Prevention on November 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Nearly One in Four Adolescent Girls Tested Positive for STIs

A recently published study reports that nearly one in four adolescent girls were found to have had at least one sexually transmitted infection (STI), while the prevalence grew to more than one in three among girls who ackowledged being sexually experienced. "The prevalence of STIs among female adolescents is substantial, and STIs begin to be acquired soon after sexual initiation and with few sex partners," said… Continue

Added by Partnership for Prevention on November 30, 2009 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Once overlooked but making strides: Asian & Pacific Islander Americans with diabetes

Public health is a data-driving endevour that has overlooked ethnic/minority groups. Although progress has been made, the clumping of sub-groups within omnibus categories is proving unhelpful. One current example is diabetes, where Latinos and African-Americans (forgive the use of these omnibus categories) are at the center of prevention work. A policy brief prepared by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations reveals that sub-groups in the AAPI cohort have high… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 29, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Poll Finds Americans Think Disease Prevention Central to Health Reform

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health have released a new poll showing that 71 percent of Americans favor an increased investment in disease prevention and that disease prevention is one of the most popular components of health reform.



The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, indicates majority… Continue

Added by Partnership for Prevention on November 20, 2009 at 11:05am — No Comments

Only 1/4 of Older Americans Get Recommended Preventive Services

Only about 1 in 4 Americans aged 50–64 regularly take advantage of preventive services such as screenings and immunizations, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with AARP and the American Medical Association (AMA).



The report, “Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50–64: Community and Clinical Partnerships,” focuses… Continue

Added by Partnership for Prevention on November 20, 2009 at 11:03am — No Comments

Drunk Cooking Advisory, End of TV Health News Ratings Named "Best, Worst Prevention Ideas of the Week"

A firefighting official’s warning against drunk cooking was named Partnership for Prevention’s “Best Prevention Idea of the Week,” while an organization’s decision to stop rating TV health news stories because of their poor quality was named “Worst Prevention Idea of the Week.”



The Best/Worst Idea awards are a regular feature of Prevention Matters, the blog of Partnership for Prevention. Each week, Partnership for Prevention's staff will choose the designees based on nominations of… Continue

Added by Partnership for Prevention on November 20, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

Drunk Cooking Advisory, End of TV Health News Ratings Named "Best, Worst Prevention Ideas of the Week"

A firefighting official’s warning against drunk cooking was named Partnership for Prevention’s “Best Prevention Idea of the Week,” while an organization’s decision to stop rating TV health news stories because of their poor quality was named “Worst Prevention Idea of the Week.”



The Best/Worst Idea awards are a regular feature of Prevention Matters, the blog of Partnership for Prevention. Each week, Partnership for Prevention's staff will choose the designees based on nominations of… Continue

Added by Partnership for Prevention on November 20, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

AARP's Segunda Juventud bilingual website's H1N1 outreach to Latino seniors

Rates of internet use by Latinos can vary significantly based on English proficiency. The lastest Pew Internet & American Life Project survey reports that 63% of English-profient Latinos use the Internet. The Public Policy Institue of California's 2008 digital technology use survey found a decline in computer access and 48% access to the Internet at home California's Latino population. The digital divide between Latinos & the majority population persists; however, in marketing circles… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 18, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Texas Latinos bearing brunt of H1N1 in the state

From Houston Chronicle article by Cindy George



Hispanics accounted for more than half of the 95 swine flu-related deaths in Texas in the first six months of the H1N1 pandemic, an analysis by the state health department found.



Hispanics predominate in the state's southernmost counties, where 28 percent of the H1N1 deaths happened through Oct. 17.



The area “clearly is the hot spot” for the state's H1N1 deaths, said Dr. Joseph McCormick, regional dean of The… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Black church in Washington D.C. area attempts to dispel H1N1 myths & fears

Black Churches Fight Spread Of H1N1

November 11, 2009 - By David Schultz



Reverend Anthony Evans is telling his parishioners to give each other fist bumps rather than handshakes, not because they're cool, but because they spread fewer germs.



Rev. Evans is having a tougher time convincing his congregants to get the H1N1 vaccine. He says ever since the Tuskegee experiments, in which doctors conducted unethical medical studies on African Americans, many of them don't… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

WALKABILITY METRICS: Study of Minneapolis/St. Paul presents community walkability variables

As part of an effort to promote walkable, transit-oriented places in the Twin Cities, the Center for Transit Oriented Development recently completed a study outlining an approach for transforming existing activity centers into walkable places. This study was done in partnership with the Urban Land Institute in Minnesota and the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project and called the Connecting Transportation and Land Use Systems Initiative. The initiative was funded by the McKnight… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Reconnecting America report links transportation practices to public health goals

Portions of text from Reconnecting America website



Efforts to increase density and check urban sprawl are goals of transportation reform advocates. Driving the Built Environment: Going Compact is a good primer for community heath advocates/public health practitioners to become familiar with the points of agreement & the intersection of transporation practices and community community health goals.



Increasing population and employment density in… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

SNL alum introduces diabetes prevention bill in U.S. Senate

OK....He does not want his previous profession associated with being the U.S. Senator from Minnesota, but 'SNL alum' is a lot catchier than 'Sen. Franken'. Moving right along.........



Senator Al Franken introduced a diabetes prevention bill this month. (November is American Diabetes Month) While the bill's provisions do not have a policy slant, they support community-based diabetes programs. The bill acknowledges that those at risk for diabetes need education and support where they… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

SNL alum introduces diabetes prevention bill in U.S. Senate

OK....He does not want his previous profession associated with being the U.S. Senator from Minnesota, but 'SNL alum' is a lot catchier than 'Sen. Franken'. Moving right along.........



Senator Al Franken introduced a diabetes prevention bill this month. (November is American Diabetes Month) While the bill's provisions do not have a policy slant, they support community-based diabetes programs. The bill acknowledges that those at risk for diabetes need education and support where they… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO--VW's Fun Theory Initiative: Creating incentives for active living

This fun theory site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. VW has taken a public health approach to getting people moving. Truly revolutionary.
Check out the video on YouTube:
http://www.thefuntheory.com/piano-staircase" target="_blank

Added by Marisel Brown on November 14, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Kellogg Foundation Farm to School Project in Twin Cities

From Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy Press Release 11/5/09



Minnesota farm to school efforts that provide students with healthy, locally grown food are attracting national attention. Earlier this week, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan toured St. Paul Schools’ commissary to get a first-hand look at the district’s Farm to School program and hear about other similar efforts around the state.

“They [St. Paul schools] are pioneers in this, and I want to… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 13, 2009 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Study puts different spin on menu labeling as an obesity prevention measure

Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University want to set the record straight. The pre-post menu labeling study of McDonald patrons in New York City was characterized as the reason lower calorie consumption by patrons. In a New York Times op-ed piece, the research team emphasizes what we all learned in statistics-correlation does not imply causation.



Click on the link to read the op-ed piece.…

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Added by Marisel Brown on November 13, 2009 at 11:53am — No Comments

Harvard poll finds 2/3 of parents & high risk adults who tried to get H1N1 vaccination were turned away

If at first you don't succeed, try & try again. This is the mindset of respondents to a Harvard School of Public Health poll who were turned away from a public or private health care provider when they went to be vaccinated against H1N1. Approximately 70% of adults surveyed were unable to be vaccinated;however, 91% indicated they would try again later in year.



For more information about this survey, and the four earlier H1N1-related surveys conducted by the Harvard Opinion… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on November 10, 2009 at 3:44pm — No Comments

RESOURCE: FDA H1N1 site has info re: vaccine, antivirals, & fraudulent products

The Food & Drug Administration has a website dedicated to the H1N1 vaccine & flu medications. The site provides information concerning vaccine supply, antiviral drugs, diagnostic tests, fraudulent flu medications, & personal protective equipment. The site is updated daily.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm150305.htm" target="_blank

Added by Marisel Brown on November 10, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

IT Think Tank Issues Business Continuity Recommendations for H1N1 Pandemic

We take it for granted that websites we use to shop, pay bills, and support our work tasks will always be up and running. This may not be the case if the H1N1 virus becomes widespread and strikes working adults in the IT operations of large corporations. The Info-Tech Research Group in London has issued recommendations for IT departments to prepare for illness keeping a large proportion of employees down for the count.

Click on the link for a summary of recommendations.…

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Added by Marisel Brown on November 10, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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