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Asthma financing; healthy home trainings, electronic health records and more

Hello asthma advocates,

Before we get to our regular updates, we wanted to remind you about two exciting events related to financing asthma prevention and management.

First, on Tuesday, October 7th from 10:00-11:30am PST, RAMP will host a webinar, “California Opportunities for Financing Asthma Prevention and Management," that will describe the current financing landscape and provide a menu of opportunities for supporting these…


Added by Joel Ervice on September 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Let Girls Lead #IDG 2014: When I Picture a Fair World for Girls

(via The Huffington Post)

Let Girls Lead is thrilled to launch our celebration of International Day of the Girl 2014 with a blog series written by amazing girl leaders involved in our work around the world. Today we are sharing a piece by…


Added by lorena gomez-barris on September 26, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

Let Girls Lead #IDG2014: Moving Girls Towards Equality Through Sports and Education

(via the Huffington Post)

Let Girls Lead is thrilled to continue our celebration of…


Added by lorena gomez-barris on September 29, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Let Girls Lead #IDG2014 - Teenage Pregnancy in Nigeria: Facts and Truth

(via the Huffington Post)

Let Girls Lead is thrilled to celebrate International Day of the Girl 2014 (IDG) with a blog series written by amazing girl leaders involved in our work around the world. Today we share a piece by Somotochuku of Nigeria, who…


Added by lorena gomez-barris on October 7, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

Let Girls Lead #IDG2014 - Making the Global Connection: Girls Matter Everywhere

(via the Huffington Post)

Let Girls Lead is thrilled to continue our celebration of International Day of the Girl 2014 with this new entry to our blog series written by amazing girl leaders involved in our work around the world. In this piece, Lorena…


Added by lorena gomez-barris on October 7, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Apply Now for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health!

Are You a Leader Working Across Sectors?

The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) offers an innovative approach by bringing together teams of leaders from multiple sectors to actively engage their communities to  achieve health equity.

Do You Learn By Doing?

We use blended learning modalities including webinars, a retreat, coaching from national experts, and peer networking to advance your team’s skills and…


Added by Carolyn Weinrobe on October 5, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Healthy food at airports?

It used to be you could only get a slice of pizza or a cheeseburger while waiting to board your flight. So it's great to hear that airports are increasingly offering healthy food options. These high-fiber, low-fat foods are great for weary travelers in order to rev up their energy and aid in digestion. And while its great that 83% of restaurants in the busiest airports attest to having a healthy option on their menus, this may still be only one option among many unhealthy ones. …


Added by Lotta Chan on October 3, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

NCDs: Let’s Not Forget About Social Determinants of Health

Non communicable diseases (NCDs), mainly cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are responsible for roughly two out of every three deaths today. Other NCDs, including mental illness, accidents, renal disease and dental disease, kill or maim millions more. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now putting the final touches on a draft Action Plan…


Added by Jeff Meer on September 28, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

UN Action Plan on Non Communicable Diseases Does Little for Children and Adolescents

During Spring and Summer of 2012, World Health Organzation (WHO) staff and interested member states have been  at work preparing a series of documents as follow up to the September 2011 High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). They have pored through hundreds of comments, position papers, speeches and technical information to create…


Added by Jeff Meer on September 11, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

House Agriculture Committee Clears 2012 Farm Bill with Severe Cuts to Nutrition Programs

Very early this morning, after a long day of debate, the House Agriculture Committee reported the 2012 Farm Bill, H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM), out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 35-11.


The Public Health Institute (PHI) strongly opposes the $16.5 billion in cuts that H.R. 6083 makes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If these cuts were enacted, up to 3 million individuals would no longer receive the food…


Added by Gabrielle Serra on July 12, 2012 at 7:38pm — No Comments

UNICEF Begins to Tackle NCDs in Children and Adolescents

Dr. Nicholas Alipui, director of programs at UNICEF, announced last week that the agency has decided to update its iconic information resource "Facts for Life" to include information about non communicable diseases (NCDs) in children and adolescents. Speaking at a Ministerial breakfast as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on July 6, Dr. Alipui said that by updating "Facts for Life" with information about NCDs,…


Added by Jeff Meer on July 9, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

NO MORE WAITING TO EXHALE: Population health contingent weighs-in on SCOTUS ACA decision

A huge collective sigh of relief was heard across the nation this morning when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act will be the law of the land.  Foes and supporters will be pouring over gallons on of ink and gigabytes and information this weekend trying to determine the meaning and devilish details of the decision.  Below are are few same-day reactions from population health organizations across the country.  Click on the link after each quote to read complete…


Added by Marisel Brown on June 28, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

We Have a Global NCD Target: Now What?

As those who have followed the United Nations proceedings on non communicable diseases (NCDs) know, one piece of unfinished business is the establishment of global targets to help quantify the global response to this increasing epidemic. On May 25, the delegates to the World Health Assembly took a large step in that direction, by agreeing to the world's first NCD target.  As widely reported,…


Added by Jeff Meer on June 1, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Tohono O'odham Nation Tackles Non Communicable Disease

Global health knows no boundaries.  There are no dividing lines that respect illness and disease, nor are there places where prevention is irrelevant.  I was privileged to join a group recently who saw what a dedicated community can do to protect itself from the threat of non communicable disease, in this case the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona.  The Tohono O’odham Nation is composed of approximately 30,000 Native Americans,…


Added by Jeff Meer on April 9, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Gathering the Evidence for What Works for Women & Girls in HIV Interventions

As the HIV pandemic rattles into its third decade, the impact on women and girls has not gone unnoticed. Numerous international political declarations including ICPD and the UNGASS Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS have recognized women’s and girls’ specific risks and needs and have committed to act to address them. Multilateral and bilateral donors have established strategies to better address women, girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS including the PEPFAR Gender Strategy, the Global Fund’s…


Added by Melanie Croce-Galis on March 7, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Lifting Our Voices to End Child Marriage in Malawi

On International Women’s Day, the majority of the more than 60 million child brides around the world will spend their time as they spend every other day of the year: out-of-school, at-risk, marginalized and poor. The theme chosen by the United Nations for International Women’s Day 2012 is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.” At first glance, this has little to do with child marriage. But rural poverty is at the root of the high prevalence of early marriage (UNICEF, 2006). Within…


Added by Emily Teitsworth on March 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cooking with Clean Energy--A Challenge of Global Proportions and a Tremendous Opportunity to Improve the Health of Women around the World


Nearly 2 million people—mostly women and children—in the developing world die annually from illnesses brought on by breathing toxic smoke from indoor cooking stoves.

 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


Each day, half of the world’s families eat meals cooked on an open fire or a three-rock traditional stove. Women feed the fire with wood, dung, coal or crop waste—solid fuels that they’ve scavenged or purchased for a fraction of the…


Added by Michelle Bashin on March 5, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Promoting Frontline Health Workers Helps in Disease Prevention

Many global health donors are focused on providing medicines, paying for diagnostic technologies, and building hospitals and clinics in places where few health care resources exist.  These items are critical to diagnosis and care, and are relatively easy to measure.  Donors like to fund them because they can be counted and named, and their benefits are well-known. The problem is that providing for only these tangible things does not by itself build the kind of global health architecture that…


Added by Jeff Meer on January 11, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Workshop on NCDs in Children and Adolescents: March 19-21, Oakland, CA

As part of the outcome of the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, the political declaration adopted acknowledged the special challenges faced by children and youth in preventing and treating non communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease (including asthma). It is…


Added by Jeff Meer on December 28, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

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