November 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Excellent webinar! The Built Environment: Health Policy in Concrete

Fast paced, informative, great combination of stories, facts, research, how to.

Added by Jan O'Neill on November 29, 2011 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Climate Change and Global Health at COP-17

Because climate change is already affecting health in the United States and around the world, we all have a stake in the negotiations now underway in Durban, South Africa at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Public Health Institute's Center for Public Health and Climate Change has developed a one-stop web presence for updates from COP17, and related news and…


Added by Jeff Meer on November 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Public Health Impact of the Great Recession: Seniors and the Housing Crisis

Over the last six months, The Lancet published a series of articles on the effects of the Greek economic crisis and the health of the population.  Until recently,  few studies have been published about the health effects of America's Great  Recession. A Univesity of Maryland study, the first of its kind, found that health status and health access may be eroding for elderly homeowners of deliquent or undervalued properties.

In the U.S. poverty increased in suburbia between…


Added by Marisel Brown on November 27, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Daily Show co-creator weighs in on Congress' latest anti-health decision-pizza is a vegetable

Jon Stewart may be the one name most Comedy  Central viewers associate with The Daily Show.  But Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, produced the syndicated talk show that launched Jon Stewart's career.  She is responsible for the satirical newscast format that made Comedy Central a viable cable network.  Winstead has not strayed too far from her news roots. Financially secure, she now writes the occasional article for The Guardian explaining some aspect of American life to our…


Added by Marisel Brown on November 25, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Let Them Eat... Pizza?

It's that time of year again when Americans gather together to give thanks, celebrate family and friendship, and, of course, enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.  As you come to the table in the coming days I don't question that you'll know your turkey from your green beans and your dinner rolls from your Brussels sprouts.  As for members of Congress?  Well, maybe not so much.



Added by Matthew Marsom on November 24, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

The NCD Slow Motion Disaster Requires a Long Term Solution

The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine's lead article this issue is about non communicable diseases (NCDs). Authors Lisa Rosenbaum and Daniela Lamas review the existing evidence, and agree with WHO Executive Director Margaret Chan that NCDs represent "a slow-motion disaster," based upon the virtual tidal wave of illness and…


Added by Jeff Meer on November 23, 2011 at 7:51am — No Comments

The Supreme Court will determine constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

We've heard of various attempts to skirt implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by governors opposed to the expansion of Medicaid and the administrative burden associated with establishing health insurance exchanges.  Other opponents have taken the legal route to contest ACA provisions.  Several cases have wound their way to the Supreme Court and several provisions of the Act will be under scrutiny. 

John McDonough, a professor of public health leadership and practice at the…


Added by Marisel Brown on November 23, 2011 at 1:45am — No Comments

PEPFAR Opens the Door: Integrating HIV/AIDS with an NCD

One criticism of the UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), held in New York over September 19-20, is that donor nations came to the table, but made no real financial commitments to deal with the rising tide of NCDs. In part because of the global financial crisis that is squeezing all major sources of development assistance for health, but also because of the enormity of the…


Added by Jeff Meer on November 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

How exactly DO you get kids participating in fun exercise? Try this!

What is the most "bang for the buck" that a community can get if it wants to invest in improving the health and fitness of its youth?

The new National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy recommends that communities “Adopt fun, enjoyable, high quality physical activity programs in youth-serving environments (schools, childcare and after-school programs) … that ensure adequate activity levels for all youth...” But what, specifically, should a community (or organizations in…


Added by Bill Barberg on November 19, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

AGALI 2010 and 2011 Grantee, Rosana Schaack to Speak at U.S. Department of State

In honor of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Rosana Schaack, Executive Director, Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK) in Liberia and AGALI Grant Recipient 2010 and 2011, will be speaking at the U.S. Department of State on Monday, November 21, 2011. 

WOW!  Way to go Rosana! Details below:


Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large…


Added by lorena gomez-barris on November 17, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

While ‘Patchwork for Progress’ Report Offers Promise, Strengthening Efforts on Creating Healthy Communities is Key

Genoveva Islas-Hooker, MPH

Regional Program Coordinator

Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP)


Obesity rates  among California’s children and youth have been rising at alarming rates over the years, however a new study, A Patchwork of Progress : Changes in Overweight and Obesity Among California 5th, 7th, and…


Added by Genoveva Islas-Hooker on November 15, 2011 at 11:25am — No Comments

CAMI Holds International Symposium on Multiple Prevention Technologies


On Nov. 3-4, the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI), a project of PHI, convened a symposium in Washington, DC, on “Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) for Reproductive Health.” The gathering was attended by more than 100 product developers, researchers, academics, funding…


Added by Jeff Meer on November 8, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Can We Work on Cancer in Low Resource Settings?

One of the opinions that bubbles up consistently in the global health community is the difficulty and expense of working on chronic illnesses in developing countries.  The costs to prevent, detect, and treat illnesses like cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes are high, the complexities involved are too stringent, and the staff and resources necessary are simply not available.  At the far…


Added by Jeff Meer on November 8, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

REPORT-Community clinic EHR adoption outpacing physician office practices

"A new data chart book titled, “Results from the 2010-11 Readiness for Meaningful Use of HIT and Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition Survey,” released today by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services,…


Added by Marisel Brown on November 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I DON'T GET IT: Conservatives attack bike & walking path federal funding

The nation needs to tighten its belt.  I agree.  I am a fiscal conservative or what I guess was once called a country club Republican.  But what I cannot understand is being penny stupid and pound ignorant. I received an notice from the a colleague (it was supposed to be a joke) that conservatives in Congress are blocking funding for bike & and walking paths.  The…


Added by Fiona Hyde on November 1, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

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