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…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on November 23, 2011 at 1:45am — No Comments
There is agreement among public health and medical practitioners that the chronic disease epidemic will affect many facets of American life. Local health departments (LHDs) need to re-invent themselves in order to become organizations capable of influencing policies and practices in sectors ranging from transportation to food marketing. In addition, LHDs need new strategies and tactics to move the social determinants of health agenda forward in several arenas. A challenging fiscal…Continue
Added by Estelle Menz on May 31, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
As a teacher in a community college preparing students for careers in nursing and ancillary services in ambulatory care, I incorporate units in my curriculum that cover social determinants of health. This is not a hefty unit, but I try to pack as much as possible into a 45-minute lecture in preparation for a video "Unnatural Causes"-the basis for a four-page paper assignment.
I was very disappointed in the first set of County rankings released last years. The information did not seem…Continue
Added by Cecil Verley on March 31, 2011 at 5:40pm — No Comments
Patients are snowed under with health information. At the physician's office, diagnostic center, drug store, the gym-health information is everywhere. This makes me wonder why health publications continue to flood the print and cyber marketplace. Raising capital under these market conditions should be difficult, but not an established publication can take a few risks. Time magazine has a rather entertaining approach to delivering health information. Time has also taken the risk of…Continue
Added by Leona Ow Woodbridge on March 23, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, may become one of the most influencial public health officials since former Surgeon General C. Everett "Chick" Koop. Koop ( a Reagan appointee)got the nation to see AIDS as a health rather than…Continue
America is starting to take eating vegetables seriously. The industry is respositioning baby carrots as public enemy number one and heirloom squash is being auctioned at Sotheby's for $1,000. Will vegetables eventually become "hot" as America's younger set would say?Continue
Added by Estelle Menz on September 25, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments
At the center of health reform is the electronic health record-the central nervous system of health reform efforts. What will drive healthcare quality and cost reduction in the years ahead is the information captured, stored, retrieved, and analyzed to improve clinical outcomes for all patients.
This is not a policy post. It is a basic information post to put what we see taking place in healthcare in context for public health professionals, particularly those who work…Continue
Added by Tamar Knox on September 22, 2010 at 12:57pm — No Comments
The fast food industry is feeling a bit self-conscious given that problem of obesity is being traced back to their dishes. So it is not surprizing that large chains have started to tout their greener dishes. Wendy's, a better than average fast food option, has four new salads on the menu. However, it seems they are not as healthy as they are being marketed. The Orange County register's review was sent to me by a fellow food importer.…Continue
Added by Estelle Menz on September 13, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments
Close friends of my parents have a vacation home in Montana. They were discussing unhappiness in Billings about a study to help make people healthy. They saw it as another form of socialism inflitrating the state since the election of President Obama. The topic of conversation shifted into world politic, and we took the chance to leave.
As I was preparing for work this week, it came to me that they were talking about a health impact assessment. I am rather surprised that given the…Continue
Added by Fiona Hyde on July 25, 2010 at 11:01pm — No Comments
Promise Neighborhoods, an intitiave of the U.S. Department of Education, is an example of an intervention that targets the social determinants of health. According to the DOE's website:
The Promise Neighborhoods Program is intended to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children in distressed communities, including rural and tribal…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on July 23, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments
The public health provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (PPACA aka ACA), present a challenge to public health practitioners. While funding was made available to reassemble our nation's crumbling public health infrastructure, there is disappointment among die-hard community-based prevention advocates. The funding shortfall for commuity-based prevention was described as a one-time event, but that does not change the fact that funds were shifted…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on July 23, 2010 at 6:18pm — No Comments
The World Cup has finally come to an end and many of us are returning to our daily routines. My routine did not vary much because business was excellent. Here in Scotland, lots of eating and drinking is part of the World Cup experience.
An article, regarding on what amounts to paying people in the city of Dundee to acquire better health habits, was disturbing. There was the usual back-biting by various self-appointed luminaries about the validity of the Dundee health and fitness…Continue
Added by Estelle Menz on July 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Public health practitioners and advocates can claim 2010 as a turning point in the public health landscape. As imperfect as it may be, there was the passage of health reform. Now comes a budget from the White House with a focus on important social determinants of health. Promise Neighborhoods, the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, & a groundbreaking partnership between EPA, HUD, & DOT are only a few of the initatives highlighted in this useful policy brief.…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on June 3, 2010 at 11:26am — No Comments
Passing health reform was a challenge, but implementation will be the hard part. Thankfully, there are a number of sites springing up to keep us up-to-date on how implementation is progressing. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health…Continue
Added by Beatrice Yearwood on May 27, 2010 at 4:06pm — No Comments
Public health has been slow in taking full advantage of the internet. The Prevention Institute has pushed the envelope by offering an online training course AND offering continuing education credit for completing the course. The Health Equity & Prevention Primer is a excellent contribution given current limitations on travel to meetings and conferences.
According the webpage, "the Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) was developed to serve as an online learning tool,…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on May 4, 2010 at 8:31pm — No Comments
DHHS has a website dedicated to all things PPACA. It includes information for consumers & a bit of horn-blowing by the department. There are a number of sites that aim to report PPACA implementation developments from a variety of perspectives-HIT, Medicare, pharma, etc. Thus far healthreform.gov seems to be geared toward the public/consumer.
Added by Marisel Brown on April 30, 2010 at 2:59am — No Comments
We often hear the U.S. is far behind other countries in its approach to public health. This is particularly the case with chronic disease. We have all seen the data: the US spends trillions and has little to show for such a hefty medical care tab. Canada is often characterized as public health nirvana with universal access to care and better stats to show for the effort.
The Canadians are quite willing to test approaches that were successful elsewhere in their provinces. The Canadian…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on April 22, 2010 at 5:57pm — No Comments
Kaiser has a good summary of the law. It is 33 pages long, but that is an improvement over 2100+ pages.
Imagine a pill that targets fat molecules before they are metabolized. This is not a hoax by a fly-by-night nutrition snakeoil salesman. Farmers & scientists are working to change the way we eat to benefit our health.
What is not well understood in other fields is that technology evolves because someone is willing to do/try something that appears stupid, naive, or nutty to the mainstream AND someone else (with deep pockets we hope) is watching to see how things go or why…Continue
Added by Maximillian Phillips on April 8, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments