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CDC Posts Info on Tsunamis. CDC has posted health information related to the 2004 tsunami disaster here . The web page includes a notice to travelers to tsunami-affected regions, health advice for humanitarian workers, links to other relevant web sites, and other information.
Some of the local and national organizations accepting donations to help victims of the 2004 South Asian tsunami. Consumer guidelines for giving can be found on the Web site for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Video and slide presentation on practice-based research and closing the gap between research and practice: Lecture at McGill University's PRAM, Montreal, Oct 24, 2006.
New and Revamped Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) programs reorienting to practice-based research and leadership
The schools of public health at the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, among others, have recast their DrPH programs in recognition of the growing need for a body of evidence that would complement the more academically- oriented and -based research with practice-based, community-based and participatory research emphases on the needs and capacities of communities and local practitioners to contribute to the knowledge. New DrPH programs are developing at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, for example. This trend promises to reverse the gradual disappearance of DrPH degree programs in some schools of public health as they were perceived to be increasingly indistinguishable from PhD programs and Doctor of Science programs. Of the 36 schools studied in the 2004 Annual Data Report from the Association of Schools of Public Health, only 1.4 percent of all degrees awarded were the DrPH. The PhD accounted for 7.6 percent of degrees. Making the DrPH more distinct in its function and more relevant to current needs in the field of public health will assure its renewed attractiveness to students enrolling for doctoral-level training in schools of public health. The "leadership" emphasis in most of the new or revamped programs is combined with the practice-based research emphasis, but is the primary purpose in some, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's DrPH in Public Health Leadership.
Online Resources for Faculty Working to Make a Difference in Communities
The Community-Campus Partnerships for Health released the Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit, an online resource aiming to provide health professional faculty with a set of tools to carefully plan and document their community-engaged scholarship and produce strong portfolios for promotion and tenure. The toolkit offers guidance, resources, and successful examples of portfolio materials from faculty that have been promoted based on their community-engaged scholarship. The toolkit is available at www.communityengagedscholarship.info.
An audiofile and slides are available from the October 13 webconference: Learning about the New Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit. The materials are available on the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health website at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/pastpresentations.html
During the webconference, information was shared about how this online resource can provide health professional faculty with a set of tools to carefully plan and document their community-engaged scholarship and produce strong portfolios for promotion and tenure. In addition, several resources were mentioned during the webconference. These included:
* The recently released report from the Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions can be downloaded at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/kellogg3.html.
* The Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative webpage is located at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/healthcollab.html
* The Community-Engaged Scholarship Listserv, sign up at: https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/comm-engagedscholarship
* The Community-Engaged Scholarship Resources web page: http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/scholarship.html. A document with answers to frequently asked questions about community-engaged scholarship has recently been posted on this page.
From the CCPH homepage (www.ccph.info) one can locate links to the major national calls for action and mandates on university-community engagement, including:
Linking Scholarship and Communities: Report of the Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions. 2005.
Institute of Medicine. The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences Press, 2002.
Institute of Medicine. Who Will Keep the Public Healthy: Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences Press, 2002.
Maurana, C., M. Wolff, et al. Working with our Communities: Moving from Service to Scholarship in the Health Professions. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's 4th Annual Conference "A Policy Agenda for Health in the 21st Century", 2000.
The Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities. Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution. 1999.
Translation Research and CBPR
The Proceedings from the NIH-CDC Conference on "From Clinical Trials to Community: The Science of Translating Diabetes and Obesity Research," Co-chaired by Lawrence Green and Roland Hiss on January 12-13, 2004 have been posted online at: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Research/Reports/ConferenceReports/2004/diabetes_translation.htm
One of the sessions is entitled Community-Based Participatory Research for Diabetes Translation and Multi-level, Multi-factorial Interventions. Marshall H, Chin, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Prevention and Control Core of the Diabetes Research and Training Center, University of Chicago chaired this session.
To request a hard copy, please contact Iain Mackenzie, (301) 897-2789 ext 124, firstname.lastname@example.org
The subsequent (May 4-5, 2004) workshop, co-chaired by Lawrence Green (for CDC) and Lawrence Fine (for NIH), on Designs for the Scientific Evaluation of Complex Interventions is online at: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/news_and_events/conferences_and_workshops/FY_2004/complex_interventions.aspx. Papers from or building on that conference are forthcoming soon in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
For other online resources:
Ottawa to Bangkok: A special series addressing the various issues regarding the Ottawa and Bangkok Charters for Health Promotion and titled "Ottawa 1986-Vancouver 2007: Should the Ottawa Charter be revisited ? " is in the Reviews of Health Promotion and Education Online (RHPEO), the electronic journal of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). "In addition to the latest version of the Bangkok Charter and the official IUHPE position in relation to it, 13 papers in English, French and/or Spanish by a wide variety of authors from around the world including leading thinkers in the field (Mittlemark, Kickbusch, Restrepo, Nutbeam, etc.) offer a variety of opinions about several of the participatory issues as well as about other relevant issues for health promotion. Go and have a look at http://rhpeo.net/index2.html. New papers are added regularly to this series and RHPEO receives an average of about 60,000 hits a month." --Michel O'Neill, Editor in Chief, RHPEO
Review of community-based participatory research: Viswanathan M, Ammerman A, Eng E, et al. Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 99 (Prepared by RTI University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0016). AHRQ Publication 04-E022-2. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. July 2004. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat1a.chapter.44133. Accessed February 21, 2012. A summary of this report is available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/cbprsum.htm.
Also check out guidelines for participatory research.
A new online journal, Implementation Science, will focus on translating research into improved patient care.
To stay up on the latest community-based participatory research (CBPR) news and announcements, subscribe to the CBPR listserv at https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/cbpr
For more resources on CBPR, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/commbas.html
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Partnership Award recognizes partnerships that exemplify excellence by bringing health research communities together to create innovative approaches to research; develop research agendas that are responsive to the health needs of Canadians; and/or accelerate the translation of knowledge for the benefit of Canadians. The emphasis of the award is on innovative cross-sectoral partnerships that promote excellence.
Partnerships will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- Overall contribution to advancing health research and the improved health of Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system;
- Demonstrated results that would not have been achieved by individual partners acting alone;
- A relationship of mutual trust, respect, and commitment, including positive communication and mechanisms for continuous improvement;
- Maximizing strengths and assets of each partner, ultimately strengthening all partner organizations; and
- Sharing of credit, among all partners, for the partnership's accomplishments.
The eligibility criteria can be found at <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/27367.html>
Getting To Outcomes 2004: Promoting Accountability Through Methods and Tools for Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Matthew Chinman, Pamela Imm, Abraham WandersmanAvailable for Download Only (399 pp.)
TR-101-CDC, © 2004
Participatory research in tobacco control
Mercer SL, MacDonald G, Green LW. Participatory Research and Evaluation: From Best Practices for All States to Achievable Practices Within Each State in the Context of the Master Settlement Agreement. Health Promotion Practice 2004; 5(3):167S-178S. Click here for abstract.
With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health convened a Commission in 2004 to provide leadership in creating more supportive cultures and reward systems for health professional faculty involved in community-based participatory research, service learning and other forms of "community-engaged scholarship." For a copy of the Commission report and recommendations, send an e-mail to Jennifer Kauper-Brown (email@example.com).
Now Available, online Proceedings from The National Symposium on Community-University Partnerships: Translating Evidence into Action, cosponsored by HUD's Office of University Partnerships and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health on April 26, 2003.
New Books: Fetterman & Wandersman (Eds.) Empowerment Evaluation: Principles in Practice.
For Guilford Press (2005) description and table of contents, click here.
Grants for community-based participatory research can be searched from the Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health.
The inaugural issue of the online CDC journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, 2004, features an article by David Katz:
Cargo, et al. 2003, on fostering empowerment of youth through a participatory research project.
CDC's Futures Initiative Workgroup on Public Health Research, co-chaired by Lawrence W. Green & Tanja Popovich, has released its draft report in which participatory research is featured as one characteristic of future CDC-sponsored research that will help achieve CDC's primary purpose of applying science to practice and policy. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
For a slide presentation on the evolution of the PRECEDE-PROCEED (25 October 2006 - "La Charte d'Ottawa pour la promotion de la santé est-elle toujours utile pour la pratique de la santé publique d'aujourd'hui?") [The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion - is it still useful for the practice of public health today?], click here.
A Japanese version of the model, called MIDORI in Japanese, is online at http://homepage1.nifty.com/PRECEDE-PROCEED/midori.html. The Japanese translation of the 2nd edition and a new translation of the 4th edition are available in print.
A new tool for assessing sidewalk maintenance as an environmental support of physical activity. Click on this title for an abstract of the article by Joel Williamson et al in Health Promotion Practice, January 2005, describing the development and testing of the instrument as an approach to creating "environments that predispose, enable, and reinforce behavior change and maintenance." To download a copy of the instrument and others related to physical activity promotion, click here.
Latest description of program development of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, a community-based participatory research and intervention project, which was based in part on the Precede-Proceed Model and extended some of the social ecological approaches of planning, see Lesvesque, et al., 2005.
New Features and Updated Citations in 4th Edition of Health Program Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach, 2005. Chapter 3 (formerly chapters 3 & 4 in 3rd edition) combines the behavioral and environmental diagnosis into the epidemiological diagnosis. Chapter 5 provides a greatly expanded set of procedures ("matching, mapping, pooling, and patching") for bridging the diagnostic and formative evaluation steps of needs assessment in the first 4 chapters with the actual formulation of interventions and process evaluation of programs at multiple ecological levels.
Recent applications of Precede or Precede-Proceed Model published from 2003-2012. Published applications added to bibliography up to March 22, 2012, include:
Aboumatar et al., (2012), on improving hand hygiene behaviors;
Ahmed et al., (2004), on mammography rates among underserved women;
Arnsberger et al., (2006), on multicultural women with abnormal mammograms;
Ashwell et al., (2009), on retrospective analysis of a community-based health program;
Bakken et al., (2009), on barriers, enablers, and incentives for research participation;
Best et al., (2003), on integrating models for community partnering in effective strategy;
Bian et al., (2006), on development of a questionnaire to assess dentists’ knowledge, opinion etc. regarding obstructive sleep apnea;
Blank (2006), on reconceptualization of the teaching-learning in education and health promotion;
Brouse et al., (2004), on colorectal cancer screening;
Brownson et al., (2010), on Evidence-based public health, 2nd edition, Oxford Univ. Press;
Buta et al., (2011), on Faith-Based Healthy Eating Program;
Cannick et al., (2007), on oral cancer prevention;
Cargo et al., (2003), on youth participatory research;
see also Cote et al., (2004) comparison of quality-of-life measures in same study.
Coburn et al., (2012), on motivators for behavior change among Asian population;
Coleman et al., (2003), on breast cancer screening;
Coppieters, (2003), on professional perceptions of asthma in youth;
Davis (2003), PhD dissertation, on tobacco control interventions;
Davis et al. (2003), on knowledge translation;
DeJoy et al., (2003), on organizational/workplace health promotion;
Delobelle et al., (2010), on promoting health through hospitals;
Deren et al., (2003), on HIV risk behaviors;
de Vries et al., (2003), on smoking prevention;
Dewar et al., (2003), on nominal group process with chronic pain patients;
Dharamsi et al., (2009), on oral care among elders;
Dutta et al., (2008), on entertainment-education via radio;
Fertman et al., (2010), on health promotion programs, 1st edition, Jossey-Bass;
Gary et al., (2003), on diabetes control in African-American community;
Gielen et al., (2008), on using PRECEDE-PROCEED model to apply health behavior theories (Chap.18), Glanz, K., 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons;
Gilmore et al. (2004), on needs assessment strategies for health education and health promotion, 3rd edition, Brown and Benchmark Publishers;
Glanz et al., (2005), on theories used in health promotion practice, (Planning Models - pg. 46), 2nd edition, National Cancer Institute;
Green & Kreuter, (2005), the 4th edition of PRECEDE-PROCEED, McGraw-Hill;
Green et al., (2003), on physician counseling on obesity;
Grol & Wensing, (2005), on improving patient care (Chap 3), Elsevier;
Haiek et al., (2007), on breastfeeding behavior;
Heinen et al., (2006), on supporting adherence and healthy lifestyles in leg ulcer patients;
Hu et al., (2009), on cardiometabolic health of Chinese older adults with diabetes;
Huebner et al., (2004), on design and evaluation framework for expanding developmental and behavioral services for newborns in primary care;
see also Johnston, Huebner et al. (2004) for additional results on the expansion of developmental and behavioral services for newborns in primary care;
Jimba et al., (2003), on health promotion approach for control of Taenia solium infection in Nepal;
Jones et al., (2004), on whether theory informs practice in health promotion;
Katz et al., (2011), on the Multi-site Translational Community Trial (mTCT);
Kegler et al., (2004), on environmental health promotion;
Kok (2005), on handbook of psychology, health and medicine, Cambridge University Press.;
Kratzke et al. (2010), on assessing factors that influence mammography use among volunteer community health workers;
Kukafka et al., (2003), on developing the user interface of information technology systems;
Lam et al., (2003), on encouraging Vietnamese-American women to obtain pap tests;
Langlois et al., (2010), on integrating multiple health behavior theories;
Lengerich et al., (2007), on developing a community plan to enhance colorectal cancer survivorship;
Lesvesque, et al., (2005), on development of a schools diabetes prevention project;
Li et al., (2009), on community health needs assessment with precede-proceed model;
Liang et al., (2009), on mammography use in Chinese-American women;
Linnan, et al, (2005), on preparation of health educators;
Loureiro et al. (2009), on developing public health competencies;
Loureiro et al. (2009), on priorities for mental health promotion during pregnancy and infancy in primary health care setting;
see also Loureiro et al. (2009), on mental health promotion during pregnancy and infancy in primary health care setting;
Loureiro & Miranda, (2010), on health promotion [Book in Portuguese];
Lovato et al., (2003), on evaluation of the EMPOWER interactive software;
Maniadakis et al., (2004), on integrated waste management;
Mbonu et al., (2009), on the role of stigma in the care-seeking behavior of people living with HIV/AIDS;
Mercer et al., (2003), on obesity control;
Mier et al., (2010), on culturally sensitive interventions among Hispanics;
Mirand et al., (2003), on physicians' de-prioritization of prevention in primary care;
Mo et al., (2008), on application of the PRECEDE model to understanding mental health promoting behaviors;
Null (2012), on health implication of living and working on towboats;
Ozer et al., (2005), on increasing physicians' counseling of adolescents;
Painter et al., (2010), on implementation of a school-based influenza vaccination intervention;
Paluck et al., (2003), on patient communications in pharmacies;
Parent et al., (2011), on developing an integrated reference guide for competences for for healthcare professionals;
Parent et al., (2004), on planning for health science teaching in the Congo;
Petermann et al., (2011), on cancer prevention interventions;
Potter et al., (2011), on fecal occult blood tests intervention during annual influenza vaccination campaigns;
Preedy et al., (2010), on the PRECEDE/PROCEED Program Planning Model in the Handbook of Disease Burdens and Quality of Life Measures, Part 4 (Glossary), pg. 4292, Springer;
Radzyminski et al., (2006), on using population health as a framework for forensic nursing curriculum;
Ramey et al., (2003), on cardiovascular risk control in law enforcement officers;
Renaud et al., (2011), on arsenic screening promotion;
Savelson et al, (2005), on community-based sustainability planning;
Schofield, et al. (2006), on psychosocial care in oncology;
Shenkin et al., (2003), on pediatric dentists attitudes towards tobacco intervention;
Slawta et al., (2010), on nutrition and physical activity among kids;
Swan et al., (2012), on weight management interventions for adolescents;
Taghdisi et al., (2012), on quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes;
Takano et al, (2005), on quality of life in junior high school students;
Tolma et al., (2009), on addressing health issues through collaborative planning among community partners;
Trickett et al., (2011), on community-level interventions;
Trifiletti et al., (2005), on unintentional injury prevention;
Vandiver (2009), on integrating health promotion and mental health, Oxford University Press;
Walker, et al., (2003), on patient-centered adherence to diabetes care;
Wasilewski et al., (2007), on training program to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders;
Weir et al., (2011), on role of information technology in the implementation of a geriatric intervention;
White et al., (2005), on improving tuberculosis therapy completion after jail:;
White (2003), on theory-driven model for continuing medical education;
Wright et al., (2006), on community youth mental illness prevention;
Yeo et al., (2007), on development of an early psychosis public education program;
Zimmerman et al., (2004), on physicians' use of influenza vaccination for elderly.
On our home page, we feature the most recent public health headlines. As new headlines crowd older ones off our front page, we archive them chronologically here, providing a list of milestones for the current year, each with a link to the fuller story. Some of the links are to newspapers that remove the full story from direct access after a few weeks, so that you will need to register with the newspaper's web site to gain access to the full story, and some even require payment or subscription to access their archives.
Besides these recent public health headlines, setting-specific news and milestones for occupational and worksite health can be found at the end of the Health Program Planning Endnotes for Chapter 7; for school settings at the end of Chapter 8, and for medical care settings at the end of Chapter 9 Endnotes. For other topic-specific headlines and milestones of earlier vintage, go to the relevant chapter in Community and Population Health. Public health and behavioral health headlines from 1999 (when the previous editions of Community and Population Health and Health Promotion Planning were published) through 2004 can be accessed below the 2005-2006 headlines. For 2005-06 headlines, scroll down or click here.
See White Papers on Chronic Disease and Communicable Diseases for the California Health Summit. Add your comments on the blog. 1/4/07.
Breastfeeding rates are on the rise in United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 7/31/2013
Americans experiencing poor health outcomes compared to other wealthy countries NewScientist 7/15/2013
US Health advances since 1990, but ranking did not JAMA 7/10/2013
AMA declares “obesity” a disease American Medical Association 6/26/2013
Health Promotion and the State: NEJM Perspective Roundtable The New England Journal of Medicine 6/20/2013
CT Scans in children may be causing 5,000 US cancers JAMA Pediatrics 6/10/2013
State and District Policies Reduce Sugar and Fat in School Food and Beverage Environments JAMA Pediatrics 6/10/2013
Fast-Food Chains Near Urban Schools Affect Blacks And Hispanics More Than Other Ethnicities Journal of Public Policy & Marketing 5/30/2013
Percentage of Daily Calories Consumed from Fast Food Declining in Adults Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 5/24/2013
Family structure affects child obesity Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk 5/22/2013
Longer Gym Class Periods Reduce Childhood Obesity Journal of Health Economics 5/20/2013
Online Health Info Needs Lower Readability Level for Average American JAMA 5/20/2013 [Click here for a synopsis of the article]
People choose larger portions of ‘healthy' foods International Journal of Obesity 5/7/2013
Suicides now exceed auto deaths in US Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 5/3/2013
Childhood Obesity Is Associated With Increased Risk of Most Lower Extremity Fractures Pediatrics April 2013
Long-Term Returns of Obesity Prevention Policies Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 4/24/2013
New study says exercise can help curb smoking among teens George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services 4/9/2013
Rate of Tuberculosis (TB) declining in US - March 24 observed as World TB Day Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 3/21/2013
Harvard Poll: Parents less likely to recognize children as overweight The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) 3/15/2013 [Click here to view the complete survey and charts]
Sweet drinks tied to higher calorie consumption in kids American Journal of Preventive Medicine 3/12/2013 [Click here to read the related article]
Antibiotic resistant superbugs pose ‘catastrophic threat’ to medicine Reuters 3/10/2013
83% of movies in 2012 featured stars smoking vs. 63% in 2011 Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails-Hackademy Awards 2/22/2013
Study finds children in U.S. are consuming fewer calories than before Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2/21/2013 [Click here for the full report from CDC]
Community-based prevention efforts among middle school students effective in reducing prescription abuse into adulthood National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2/14/2013
SAMHSA and CDC Report on Adult Smoking and Mental Illness Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2/5/2013 [Click here for the full report from MMWR]
Chemicals linked to obesity among African-American children Environmental Health Sciences 2/4/2013
New study shows outdoor fast food ads could boost obesity University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences 1/31/2013
Obesity Prevalence Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children New York City and Los Angeles County, 2003–2011 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 1/18/2013
Fast food linked to surge in child asthma and allergies International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) 1/14/2013
United States among wealthiest nations, but Americans less healthy than other countries National Research Council and Institute of Medicine 1/9/2013 [Click on the title to read the publication - "U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health"]
Obesity Drops Among Children Enrolled in NY State WIC Nutrition Program Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 1/8/2013
Decline in cancer screening rates in US University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 12/29/2012
Dietary supplement now sold as ‘WOW’ is dangerous, says FDA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 12/21/2012
Lung cancer: why and how patients initially get diagnosed with the disease UT Southwestern Medical Center 12/21/2012
NAMI issues statement on Newtown tragedy: Condemns NRA position as ‘outrageous and wrong’ National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 12/21/2012
Study shows school and community predictors of high changes in high school smoking American Journal of Public Health 12/13/2012
Americans living longer, but sicker needlessly American Public Health Association 12/11/2012
Resistance exercise better than aerobic exercise in reducing glycemia University of Ottawa 11/19/2012
Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 11/14/2012
Inpatient brain injury education increases use of bike helmets Georgia Health Sciences University 11/12/2012
Decline in diabetes-related mortality among youths aged ≤19 Years in United States, 1968–2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 11/2/2012
Unintended injuries - leading cause of deaths among age group 0–19 years in United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 10/18/2012
Decrease in drinking and driving among high school students Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 10/3/2012 [Report from CDC’s weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report]
Suicide leading cause of injury mortality in U.S. American Journal of Public Health 9/21/2012
A large percentage of Americans more prepared for disasters Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 9/14/2012
Safe Driving for Distracted Teens National Institutes of Health September 2012
Higher rate of amenable mortality in the US than in three European countries The Commonwealth Fund 8/29/2012 [Click here for the publication]
Harvard Identifies 43 Top Health-Improving Strategies Harvard School of Public Health 8/20/2012. [Statement highlights from American Heart Association]
CDC Recommends Hepatitis C Testing for All Baby Boomers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 8/17/2012 [Full Report]
Federal report on aging reports longer lives and better physical function among older Americans National Institutes of Health (NIH) 8/16/2012
Current Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 8/10/2012
Walking as a Physical Activity Among Adults — United States, 2005 and 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 8/7/2012
Decline in cigarette consumption negated by increases in use of non-cigarette smoked tobacco products Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 8/2/2012
Crash death rates in 50 largest US metropolitan areas Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 7/23/2012
Childhood Obesity Linked to Cancer Risk American Friends of Tel Aviv University 7/23/2012
The Weight of the Nation' Films Garner Two Emmy Nominations Institute of Medicine (IOM) 7/20/2012
Restaurant meals a bit healthier after menu law Reuters 7/19/2012
Groups ask surgeon general for soda report United Press International (UPI) 7/19/2012
Mental health and substance use ‘crisis’ among US seniors : Need to enhance geriatric health workforce Institute of Medicine 7/10/2012
School-based physical education mandates limited in most states University of Georgia 7/9/2012
National Prevention Council Plan released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 6/16/2012
WHO concludes diesel exhaust fumes cause cancer International Agency for Research on Cancer 6/12/2012
Harvard research finds limited link between knowledge of genetic makeup and disease prediction Association of Schools of Public Health 6/8/2012 [Click here for full report from Harvard School of Public Health]
CDC releases new data on health risk behaviors among high school students Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 6/7/2012 [PDF version in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)]
Higher levels of education and income leads to lower rates of many chronic diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 5/17/2012 [Publication from CDC]
US 2010 teen birth rate down by 44% since 1990 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 5/4/2012
Study finds higher rates of road traffic injuries occur in poor urban areas compared to wealthier areas American Journal of Public Health 4/26/2012 [Abstract of study]
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in United State among ages 1-19 years Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 4/16/2012
Online publication of 2012 health rankings by County Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute 4/3/2012 [Published online at www.countyhealthrankings.org]
State excise taxes on cigarettes in United States, 2010–2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 3/30/2012
IOM Report on Integrating Primary Care & Public Health Institute of Medicine (IOM) 3/28/2012
Online resource on behavioral and social science research methods launched by NIH National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3/23/2012 [Website for eSource]
Interventions aimed at preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes give good return on investment National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3/22/2012
Perception, work-life balance are key factors for workplace safety University of Georgia 2/21/2012 [Click here for abstract on the study]
Too much sodium consumption among US adults Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2/7/2012
"Living in the Moment" matters National Institutes of Health January 2012
Racial and ethnic disparities in national cancer screening rates Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1/26/2012 [Full Report from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)]
Increase in physical activity among kids calls for increased injury prevention efforts Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1/24/2012
Study shows placing signs near elevators and escalators prompts an increase in stair use American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Health Behavior News Service 1/17/2012
Assessment of the nation’s health shows increase in preventable chronic diseases United Health Foundation 12/06/2011 [Full Report]
World AIDS Day 2011 - 30 years National Institutes of Health 12/01/2011
New Chief at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ModernHealthcare.com 11/23/2011
National electronic health records system - now a reality CNNMoney 11/18/2011
Trends in the prevalence of healthy lifestyle characteristics in United States: 1994-2007 American Journal of Public Health 11/17/2011
Chronically ill patients in medical homes likely to have better care The Commonwealth Fund 11/9/2011 [Full Text]
A new shift toward less cancer screening The New York Times 10/29/2011
Government intrusions in public health interventions? WAMU-FM 10/21/2011
Outbreak of encephalitis in India kills 400, mainly children BBC 10/12/2011
Increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits leads to healthier children Boston University 10/12/2011 [News brief from Children's HealthWatch]
by T.R.Frieden, Dir. of CDC
Foreclosures - Public Health Crisis Op-Ed from New York Times 10/02/2011
New steps by CDC to fight childhood obesity Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 09/29/2011
Increase in hospitalizations for alcohol and drug overdoses National Institutes of Health 09/20/2011
Lack of control of CVD risk factors responsible for 30% of the risk of CVD death BMC Public Health 09/18/2011 [Provisional PDF]
UC Regents endorse initiative to raise cigarette tax University of California 09/15/2011
New study shows IUDs almost reduce risk of cervical cancer Lancet Oncology 09/13/2011
In utero secondhand smoke exposure and risk of severe asthma University of California, San Francisco 09/13/2011
Alcohol use increases risk of colon cancer: Metastudy Boston University Medical Center 09/13/2011
Aerobic exercise - key to reduce risk of dementia Mayo Clinic 09/08/2011
2008 report on foodborne illness outbreaks in United States CDC 09/08/2011
Dairy recall of all products by Illinois dairy company due to improper pasteurization Illinois Department of Public Health 09/02/2011
Need to update the nation's public health laws to meet changing demands - Report from IOM The Nation's Health 09/02/2011
When unemployed means uninsured and how the Affordable Care Act will help Commonwealth Fund 8/24/2011[Issue Brief]
Sending a positive message to LGB soldiers American Friends of Tel Aviv University 8/18/2011
Evidence of overall reduction in childhood obesity due to public awareness and mandates Childhood Obesity 8/14/2011
Prospect for Prevention of Alzheimers Lancaster University 8/9/2011
Milk protein lowers blood pressure for people with pre-hypertension and stage-1 high blood pressure American Heart Association 7/18/2011
Implications of the Public Debt debates on health & social security Kaiser Health News 7/8/2011
Tobacco-related health disparities among South Asians in the USA Tobacco Control 6/27/2011
Reducing low dose aspirin therapy for cardiovascular disease: a study of physician and patient behavioral change Implementation Science 6/26/2011 [Provisional PDF]
New approaches for management of atrial fibrillation - the 'new epidemic' in cardiovascular disease European Society of Cardiology 6/25/2011
Constipation linked to cardiovascular events in menopausal women University of Massachusetts Medical School 6/25/2011
Growing evidence on potential effects of climate change on gardens National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 6/24/2011
Legal battle regarding eligibility of human embryonic stem cell research for federal funding U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 6/24/2011
Risk of overweight among children and adolescents related to types of food consumed Nutrition Journal 6/24/2011 [Provisional PDF]
Life expectancy in United States behind other nations Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 6/15/2011 [Abstract]
Gaps and disparities in health care quality prevail in every state Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 6/1/2011 [2010 State Snapshots]
Top 10 public health achievements in the 21st century American Public Health Association 5/20/2011 [Full report from CDC]
World Health Statistics 2011 report shows increasing number of countries face health threats from both infectious and chronic diseases WHO 5/16/2011 [Click on link to download full report (in English, French, & Spanish) from WHO website]
U.S. 22nd of 23 richest (OECD) countries in health disparities UNICEF 5/8/2011
Independent panel concludes - U.N. Peacekeeping Forces Brought Cholera to Haiti United Nations 5/5/2011 [Final Report]
Rise in walking and cycling, but remain at low levels American Journal of Public Health 5/5/2011
Precautionary health and safety measures after devastating tornadoes Alabama Department of Public Health 4/29/2011
Report released by NAMI states high rates of depression among Asian American teenage girls National Alliance on Mental Illness 4/22/2011 [Press release from NAMI website]
Limitations of question about race can create inaccurate picture of health care disparities Rice University 4/19/2011
CDC study that looks at suicide rates from 1928-2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 4/14/2011
New survey: 72 percent of Americans think health care system needs major overhaul The Commonwealth Fund 4/6/2011 [Issue Brief]
Joint update statement from FDA/EPA on the ongoing Japan radiation monitoring U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 3/30/2011
The current radiation threat to Japan's food and water ScienceInsider 3/23/2011
Affordable Care Act - One year later U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 3/23/2011
Japan disaster accentuates need for elder disaster preparedness The Gerontological Society of America 3/18/2011
Study shows health care drops to eighth place among American's spending preferences University of Chicago 3/10/2011
Southeastern U.S. is nation's "diabetes belt" American Journal of Preventive Medicine 3/8/2011
Depression and anxiety differentially influence physical symptom reporting University of Iowa 3/4/2011
Planning and visualization leads to implementation of better food habits McGill University, Montreal 2/25/2011
Deaths from Hepatitis B Virus Infection Associated with Assisted Blood Glucose Monitoring in Assisted-Living Facility Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2/18/2011
School's response to student suicides Ohio State University 2/9/2011
New dietary guidelines announced by USDA & HHS US Dept. of Health & Human Services 1/31/2011
Economists theorize economic insecurity accounts for obesity epidemic American University 1/21/2011
CVD predicting tool for kids Medpage Today 1/17/2011
Smoking cause genetic damage American Chemical Society 1/15/2011
Community call to action on breastfeeding by US Surgeon General BusinessWire 1/14/2011
Breastfeeding protocol of six months questioned British Medical Journal 1/13/2011
Healthy resolutions for 2011 Boston Globe 12/31/2010
Family history not the sole risk for breast cancer Reuters 12/30/2010
Decade's Top Food Safety Trends Kansas State University 12/23/2010
New research on the benefits of breastfeeding WebMD 12/23/2010
Health insurance requirement - is it unconstitutional?? NPR 12/15/2010
Less intake of fruits and vegetables among children is high reason for constipation Wiley-Blackwell 12/13/2010
New study shows 50% women not diligent about breast cancer screening MedPage Today 12/11/2010
Mini-Med policies need to spell out limits of health coverage MedPage Today 12/10/2010 [for additional information on the new rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), click here: Annual Limit Waivers]
New federal report shows slight drop in U.S. life expectancy US News 12/9/2010 [for PDF version of the federal report from CDC, click here: Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2008]
New study shows cranberry juice not effective for urinary tract infections Clinical Infectious Diseases 12/8/2010
Study finds US consumers favor "green" restaurants Ohio State University 12/7/2010
New food allergy guidelines released Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 12/6/2010
Quitting smoking leads to greater happiness and improved mood Medical News Today 12/5/2010
Medication errors database created by doctors Indiana University School of Medicine 12/3/2010
Legislative advancement on National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) Alzheimer's Association 12/2/2010
Impact of policies that maintain or restrict alcohol selling days on excessive alcohol consumption American Journal of Preventive Medicine 12/2010
Is there a relationship between local health department expenditures and racial disparities in mortality? Social Science & Medicine 12/2010
One-third of diagnoses occurring late inspite of increase in HIV screenings Medical News Today 11/30/2010
Resistance training as good as aerobics in lowering hypertension Appalachian State University 11/29/2010
Positive developments improve AIDS current outlook Kaiser Health News 11/24/2010
New report highlights the need to bring changes in U.S. elementary schools Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 11/23/2010
Americans rate healthcare highly Kaiser Health News 11/23/2010
Eating orange and dark green vegetables linked to longer life Reuters 11/22/2010
Consumption of fruit, and vegetable cuts lung cancer risk Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 11/19/2010
FDA unveils 9 proposed tobacco package warning messages and images Food and Drug Administration, DHHS 11/18/2010.
Culture-sensitive approach to treat depression Massachusetts General Hospital 11/18/2010
American College of Sports Medicine's top fitness trends for 2011 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 10/30/2010
New research study shows bed rest during pregnancy not best option Science Daily 10/29/2010
DOSS - new chemical test added to the Gulf waters to ensure no contaminants Food and Drug Administration News release 10/29/2010
Pumpkin, Ghost and Skull Halloween Lanterns recalled U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 10/28/2010
2.14 million Nissan card recalled Reuters 10/28/2010
New system to monitor electricity use Wiley-Blackwell press release 10/28/2010
Statistics for hypertension stuck at 30% for nearly a decade MedPage Today 10/27/2010
T2 MoodTracker - a free smart phone application for mental health US Department of Defense press release 10/27/2010
Breastfeeding - best for sickest babies Children's Hospital of Philadelphia press release 10/27/2010
Malaria in India more than current estimates Science 10/20/2010
Cattle Disease 2nd Deadly Virus to be Eradicated Science 10/14/2010
UPS buys hybrid electric vehicles The Journal of Commerce 10/7/2010
Female longevity tied to 5 to 6.5 hours of sleep ScienceDaily 10/1/2010
See your dentist - lower your risk of heart attack, stroke Health Canal 10/1/2010
Metabolic syndrome and processed red meat - link FoodNavigator 9/30/2010
Critics Say School Lunch Bill Could Damage Food Stamp Program. Kaiser Health News 9/24/2010
Risks of Presymptomatic Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing. New England Journal of Medicine 9/16/2010
Preparing for a Consumer-Driven Genomic Age. New England Journal of Medicine 9/16/2010
Social Network can forecast flu spread Science 9/15/2010
High fructose corn syrup - It is still sugar!!! The Associated Press 9/14/2010
Key Health Reform Law Provisions Begin Sept. 23. Kaiser Health News 9/14/2010
Employee Health Promotion Programs Gaining Adoption Kaiser Health News 9/10/2010
Administration Asks Appeals Court To Lift Ban On Stem Cell Research Funding Kaiser Health News 9/9/2010
Projected $ Impact of Health Care Reform. Health Affairs, 9/9/2010
Decline in US Smoking Rate
Stalls MMWR 59 (Early Release);7-12. 09/7/2010
Fish oil supplements may be linked to reduced breast cancer. Cancer Biomarkers, Epidem & Prev. July 2010
British study suggests physical inactivity a result of, rather than cause of child obesity. BBC; Arch Dis Child 6/23/10
California exhumes Dept of Public Health after 30 years. Calif Healthline 7/25/07.
Exposure to secondhand smoke worldwide, ages 13-15. MMWR, 5/25/07.
Evidence that aspirin works to prevent colon cancer. Lancet, 5/12/07.
TV food advertisements double children's intake. Science Daily, 4/28/07.
No reduction in occupational injuries since 1996. MMWR, 4/27/07.
IOM panel urges junk food ban in schools. National Academies Press, 4/25/07.
Federal ad campaign to get patients to ask more questions. AHRQ, 3/7/07.
Indonesia to sell flu viruses, not give them to WHO. New York Times, 2/7/07.
6 States Rate "A" on Obesity Report Card. Univ of Baltimore, 1/30/07
Women >40 mammogram use declined after 1990s increases. MMWR,1/26/07.
Homicides linked to states with more guns. New York Times, 1/23/07. Soc Sci & Med. Feb '07.
Fast food more accessible than healthful fare in California. Calif Health Policy Advocacy Inst. study, Policy Brief, 1/19/07.
Chlorine exposure & increased risk of bladder cancer. Am J Epidemiology 165(2), 1/07.
Cancer deaths drop for 2nd straight year. ACS, 1/18/07.
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Abramson, John. Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine. (New York: HarperCollins, 2004), 352 pp., $24.95. Review by Tom Bodenheimer in Health Affairs, Mar-Apr 2005.
Berger, Stephen A. & Marr, John. Human Parasitic Disease Sourcebook. Boston: Jones & Bartlett, 2005.
Fetterman, David, Wandersman, Abraham (Eds.) Empowerment Evaluation: Principles in Practice. New York: Guilford Press, 2005.
Galanter, Marc (Ed.). Recent Developments in Alcoholism. New York: Springer.
Green, Lawrence W, & Kreuter Marshall W. Health Program Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Kelly J. The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 364 pp., $25.95.
Kotch, Jonathan B. Maternal and Child Health: Programs, Problems, and Policy in Public Health, Second Edition. Boston: Jones & Bartlett, 2005.
Jay, James M., Loessner, Martin J., & Golden, David A. Modern Food Microbiology, 7th Edition Series: Food Science Texts Series, NY: Springer, 2005, XX, 750 p. 87 illus., Hardcover. ISBN: 0-387-23180-3.
Kalichman, Seth C. (Ed.). Positive Prevention. New York: Springer, 2005.
Marmot, Michael. The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity. (New York: Henry Holt, 2004), 319 pp., $26. Review by James House in Health Affairs, Mar-Apr 2005.
Marsalek, J.; Sztruhar, D.; Giulianelli, M.; Urbonas, B. (Eds.). Enhancing Urban Environment by Environmental Upgrading and Restoration. Series: NATO Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 43, NY: Springer, 2004, XVII, 394 p., Softcover. ISBN: 1-4020-2693-5.
Steele, Ric G.; Roberts, Michael C. (Eds.). Handbook of Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families. New York: Springer, 2005.
Sultz, Harry; Young, Kristina. Health Care USA: Understanding Its Organization and Delivery, Seventh Edition. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2010.
to be Well: Essential Concepts.
2nd edition. Boston: Jones & Bartlett, 2009.
Ware, George (Ed.). Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. New York: Springer, 2005.