Funding Opportunities- November 14, 2014

Please share widely: Call for Proposals to build the capacity of local health departments and tribal public health authorities to engage in brownfield planning efforts or projects

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division (OHA-PHD) Brownfield Initiative works to build Oregon’s capacity to integrate health considerations into brownfield planning efforts and projects through actions that: engage local residents, support healthy environments, foster collaborations among diverse stakeholders, provide health education, address health inequity, and promote the health benefits of redevelopment. For more information about OHA’s Brownfield Initiative, including examples of projects, visit our website:

The OHA-PHD is looking to fund and support one project led by a local health department or tribal public health authority to build their capacity to integrate health considerations into brownfield planning efforts and projects. This project will have a particular emphasis on identifying health and equity concerns prior to redevelopment.

Availability of Funds

In January 2015, the OHA-PHD plans to announce one $10,000 award. The project and funding period is planned for January 15, 2015 – September 29, 2015.

We will consider proposals from local or tribal public health authorities that pass funds through to partner agencies/organizations, so long as the project is coordinated in the local or tribal public health authority and contributes to building local public health capacity for future built environment work.

To Apply

A member of your agency and/or application team must participate in a phone call scheduled by emailing prior to submitting your application. OHA-PHD must receive an electronic copy of the application by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 5, 2014. Email the application and all attachments to

See the attached RFP for more information, including application instructions and an application template.

For questions about this RFP, contact OHA-PHD Brownfield Initiative Coordinator, Kari Christensen at (971) 673-1211, or, please include “Brownfields and Public Health RFP” in the subject line.




Job Opportunities- November 14, 2014

Cow Creek Tribe Health & Wellness Clinic Prevention Coordinator
This position works under State funded program. They are to be knowledgeable in the prevention framework and strategies. They are to develop the prevention plan and coordinate all objectives assigned within the prevention plan.  This position is also to serve as the project coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework and will coordinate the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program.  For more information and to apply:

Training Opportunities- November 14, 2014

Webinar: Commercial Tobacco Use and American Indian/Alaska Native People: Implementing Proven or Promising Interventions.
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Friday, November 21st at 10am Pacific Time
In recognition of November being National Native American Heritage Month, SCLC will be co-hosting this webinar. CME/CEUs will be offered to all participants during this live session.
To register:

Save the date for OEI’s Annual Meeting!

Thursday, December 4th
Join the OHA Office of Equity and Inclusion to hear about shared accomplishments and honor the people who have contributed significant time and talents to promote equity and inclusion. Come celebrate, share and help us build capacity to improve health outcomes and quality in Oregon.

Please RSVP here!

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- November 14, 2014


Tobacco Cessation Medications Toolkit
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has launched a new online toolkit for the Affordable Care Act, including guidance on coverage of tobacco cessation medications and counseling released by the federal government in May 2014.  The toolkit may be accessed at

Reports and Articles

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State Parks and Recreation Commission drops into Astoria
The Daily Astorian: 11.11.14
Parks and Recreation comes to Astoria later this month.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission holds its final meeting of the year Nov. 18 and 19 in Astoria. It address a proposed beach smoking rule and other topics.

Starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 18, commissioners tour area state parks and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Then they attend workshops starting at 2 p.m. at the Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St., Suite F, in Astoria.

At 8 a.m. Nov. 19, commissioners convene an executive session at the Loft at the Red Building to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes requests for action on state park contracts, grants to Oregon communities for recreation trails, a proposed beach smoking restriction, and state scenic waterway candidates.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff will ask the commission to sideline a proposed rule restricting smoking on Oregon’s 362 mile public ocean shore. Instead, staff will ask the commission to direct the department to spend two years focusing on education and a broader campaign to reduce beach litter. The public comment period for the proposed rule closed in August, and a summary is online at

Which state workers are using the wellness plan? Not those who need it most
Portland Business Journal: 11.7.14
A wellness plan for Oregon state workers does not seem to be reaching the employees who need it most, according to a new study sponsored by the Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board. Employees who smoke or have poor health are less likely to participate in PEBB’s Health Engagement Model, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Outcomes Research & Education at Providence Health & Services

Yamhill CCO will be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus, starting January 1
The Lund Report
McMinnville—Yamhill Community Care Organization (Yamhill CCO) will transition to 100 percent tobacco-free and smoke-free facility and grounds, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
“We will also encourage medical, dental and behavioral health agencies contracted with Yamhill CCO to adopt a similar policy,” said Jim Carlough, CEO of the health care organization.
When the policy goes into effect, the use of tobacco in any form, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited in all interior and exterior spaces owned or wholly leased by Yamhill CCO. The same prohibition will be in effect for any contracted providers or agencies that choose to adopt the same or similar policy. Nicotine replacement therapy products approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be permitted.

Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted
The Boston Globe
WESTMINSTER — An unruly public hearing on a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products came to a sudden and rowdy halt Wednesday evening after shouting and clapping opponents of the ban repeatedly refused the chairwoman’s request to come to order.

The ban, proposed by the Board of Health in this Central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state. It has led to angry reactions from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allow government too much discretion in controlling private conduct.

“This is about freedom; it’s my body and it’s my choice to smoke,” said Nate Johnson, 32, a Westminster farmer and auto body worker. He was puffing on a cigarette at a rally before the hearing where opponents held signs saying “It’s not about tobacco — it’s about control” and “Smoke ’em if you got them.”

Emotions flared at the hearing, where about 500 people crowded into an elementary school gym. When one resident loudly pronounced himself “disgusted” that the board would make a proposal that infringed on personal choice, the crowd roared with approval.

Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers Making CT scans more accessible for people at high risk
The New York Times: 11.11.14
Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer for older Americans with long histories of heavy smoking, the federal government said Monday in a proposal that would cover an estimated four million people, many of whom are at greatest risk for the disease

National and State Cost Savings Associated With Prohibiting Smoking in Subsidized and Public Housing in the United States
Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:140222.
Despite progress in implementing smoke-free laws in indoor public places and workplaces, millions of Americans remain exposed to secondhand smoke at home. The nation’s 80 million multiunit housing residents, including the nearly 7 million who live in subsidized or public housing, are especially susceptible to secondhand smoke infiltration between units. Prohibiting smoking in subsidized housing would yield annual cost savings of $496.82 million, including $310.48 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $133.77 million in renovation expenses, and $52.57 million in smoking-attributable fire losses.

Safeway Pharmacies to Incorporate Ask-Advise-Refer in over 1,000 pharmacies by January 2015
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Safeway will be the first community pharmacy chain to incorporate an organization-wide initiative to include brief smoking cessation interventions as a routine component of patient care.  As of January 2015, all Safeway Pharmacies will be engaging in the Ask-Advise-Refer model to identify and assist individuals who want to stop smoking on their journey to becoming tobacco-free.

Great American Smokeout 2014
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer. Visit the GASO website to find resources to promote this campaign and help smokers quit.

Healthy Communities- November 14, 2014


National Diabetes Education Program Releases Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care
A newly published set of 10 guiding principles highlights areas of agreement for diabetes care that could be clinically useful in diabetes management and prevention. Presented by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes <> is aimed at assisting with identification and management of the disease, self-management support for patients, physical activity and blood glucose control, among other topics. More than a dozen federal agencies and professional organizations support the document.
Diabetes has placed a health care and financial burden on Americans. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million — over one in three adults — have prediabetes. Diabetes costs the country $245 billion annually, estimates the American Diabetes Association.
NDEP is a partnership between the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The NDEP works with more than 200 partners and offers materials and resources to the public, people diagnosed with diabetes, health care professionals and business professionals. To view or download NDEP resources, visit <>.
This NIH News Release is available online at <>.

Reports and Articles

Place Matters Bikes
Bicycle-Friendly City Infrastructure Significantly Improves Health in U.S.
During a poster session at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting on November 4th, new research was presented on the impacts on bicycle-friendly infrastructure on residents’ health.  The University of North Carolina led this research initiative looking specifically at the Minneapolis Greenway. While it is well-known that active transportation has positive health impacts, this research reinforces the need to build bicycle-friendly infrastructure in cities in the U.S.

New hospital safety scores help patients find the safest U.S. hospitals
Some people do more research on what car to buy than what hospital to go to for medical care. The Hospital Safety Score provides data and research to help patients make informed decisions about a critical aspect of their hospital stay: safety. Visit >

The disturbing ways that fast food chains disproportionately target black kids
The Washington Post: 11.12.14
It’s hard to blame people for craving fast food when they are inundated with advertising from such a young age. But what’s disturbing is just how far fast food companies will go to target kids from groups already more likely to suffer from obesity – including the poor, rural Americans and black Americans.
In a new study, a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Arizona State University found that fast food chains in predominantly black neighborhoods were more than 60 percent more likely to advertise to children than in predominantly white neighborhoods. The researchers also found that fast food restaurants in middle- and low-income areas tended to direct their ads toward children more often than those in high-income neighborhoods, and those in rural communities tended to market their products to kids more often than those in more urban settings

Researchers question long-term benefits of popular diets
MNT: 11.12.14
The Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers and Zone diets are rumored to be the go-to diets for healthy-living gurus and celebrities, with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and even Bill and Hillary Clinton joining the latest food fads.
These popular commercial diets have been proven effective in assisting weight loss in the short term. However, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal, long-term outcomes of weight loss and impacts on heart health are unclear.

Arthritis Among Veterans — United States, 2011–2013
Louise B. Murphy, PhD, Charles G. Helmick, MD, Kelli D. Allen, PhD, et al.
MMWR 2014;63:999-1003
Arthritis is among the most common chronic conditions among veterans and is more prevalent among veterans than nonveterans (1,2). Contemporary population-based estimates of arthritis prevalence among veterans are needed because previous population-based studies predate the Persian Gulf War (1), were small (2), or studied men only (2) despite the fact that women comprise an increasing proportion of military personnel and typically have a higher prevalence of arthritis than men (1,3). To address this knowledge gap, CDC analyzed combined 2011, 2012, and 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data among all adults aged ≥18 years, by veteran status, to estimate the total and sex-specific prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis overall and by sociodemographic categories, and the state-specific prevalence (overall and sex-specific) of doctor-diagnosed arthritis. This report summarizes the results of these analyses, which found that one in four veterans reported that they had arthritis (25.6%) and that prevalence was higher among veterans than nonveterans across most sociodemographic categories, including sex (prevalence among male and female veterans was 25.0% and 31.3%, respectively).

Changing food placement in stores may promote healthy eating
A qualitative study showed parents and other caregivers wound up buying food they did not plan to buy when the children in their care pressed them to do so. However, changing food placement in retail stores, encouraging children to sample healthy foods and offering cooking lessons to older children may help encourage families to adopt better eating habits

Baby’s diet affected by mother’s socioeconomic status, study finds
A study in Pediatrics found babies ages 6 to 12 months whose mothers had more education and higher household incomes were more likely to get more nutrients in their diet, while those with poorer, less-educated mothers were more likely to consume foods high in fat, sugar and protein. United Press International (10/30)


CDC reports millions of US women are not getting screened for cervical cancer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reports that about eight million women 21 to 65 years of age have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. Today’s Vital Signs report found that more than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.
For the report, CDC researchers reviewed data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine women who had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. They analyzed the number of cervical cancer cases that occurred during 2007 to 2011 from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. Cervical cancer deaths were based on death certificates submitted to the National Vital Statistics System.


Key findings include:

-        In 2012, 11.4% of women reported they had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years; the percentage was larger for women without health insurance (23.1%) and for those without a regular health care provider (25.5%).

-        The percentage of women not screened as recommended was higher among older women (12.6%), Asians/Pacific Islanders (19.7%), and American Indians/Alaska Natives (16.5% ).

-        From 2007 to 2011, the cervical cancer incidence rate decreased by 1.9% per year while the death rate remained stable.

-        The Southern region had the highest rate of cervical cancer (8.5 per 100,000 population), the highest death rate (2.7 per 100,000), and the largest percentage of women who had not been screened in the past five years (12.3%).

CDC Salt eUpdate
New Commentary Discusses Feasibility of Population Sodium Reduction
A Commentary recently published in the journal Nutrients entitled “Are Reductions in Population Sodium Intake Achievable?” reviews recent evidence indicating that significant reductions in average population sodium intake can be achieved with gradual sodium reduction in the food supply. The paper also highlights certain cases where gradual sodium reduction can be achieved without a noticeable change in taste or consumption of specific products, and discusses how lowering average population sodium intake can move us toward meeting the current individual guidelines for sodium intake. The paper may be found here:

Ebola fight in Liberia needs a ‘more flexible approach,’ say MSF
MNT: 11.12.14
The humanitarian charity says while they are seeingEbola cases still rising in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, for the first time since the epidemic started, they are witnessing a decline in numbers of Ebola patients admitted to case management centers in Liberia.
However, they warn that while new cases of Ebola virus disease may be falling overall in Liberia, hotspots are still breaking out, and a new approach is needed to respond rapidly to these and keep the outbreak contained.

Acculturation and the Prevalence of Diabetes in US Latino Adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007–2010
Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:140142
US Latinos are growing at the fastest rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States and have the highest lifetime risk of diabetes. Acculturation may increase the risk of diabetes among all Latinos, but this hypothesis has not been studied in a nationally representative sample. In this study, acculturation was associated with a higher risk of diabetes among US Latinos, and this risk was only partly explained by BMI and weight-related behaviors.

Univ. of Wisconsin Health to stop selling sugary beverages
October 31, 2014
Employees, patients and visitors will no longer be able to purchase sugar sweetened beverages at UW Health facilities, in a decision to promote healthier option. UW Health will also remove deep fryers for UW Hospital by the end of the year in order to make their food options more consistent with the advice given by doctors.


New study finds fast food restaurants’ marketing to children is more prevalent among certain populations
October 30, 2014
A research study from Arizona State University finds that marketing directed at children on the inside and outside of fast food restaurants is more prevalent in majority black, middle income and rural communities. The study also found that one-fifth of the restaurants sampled used one or more strategy or targeting children. The lead researcher explains, “marketing food to children is of great concern not only because it affects their current consumption patterns but also because it may affect their taste and preferences.”

Training Opportunities- October 31, 2014

Achieving Optimal Integration of Clinic and Community Interventions in Diabetes Care, November 12, 2:00pm (EST)
Please join us for a panel discussion about diabetes with nationally renowned experts, Drs. James Gavin, Ann Albright, and George Rust, who will lead the conversation about barriers to integrated clinical care and practice transformation, community engagement, community partnerships, and data collection and analysis. We will also examine ways health professionals are successfully working together to make a difference. RSVP.

Healthy Vending: Two Recent Studies Support Healthy Vending Efforts
November 6th, 2:00-3:00 pm ET
ASTHO, the Food Marketing Workgroup, and NPLAN Webinar
Many states and localities are working to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold through vending machines on their public property. This webinar will give an overview of two recent studies on vending machines on public places. One study looks at the nutritional quality of foods and beverages on state and local public property across the country and the other analyzes the Chicago Parks District 100% healthy vending policy showing that healthy options can be profitable and well accepted by consumers. Register here:

CDC Healthy Schools Webinar: 2014 School Health Index
November 6th, 1:00 ET
To Register:
Keeping track of your school wellness efforts can seem overwhelming with multiple programs and resources at your fingertips. Where should you begin?
Now, there is a unified tool, the School Health Index, which helps you assess your school’s health practices, create a customized action plan, track your progress from year to year, and get support to make healthy changes that align with federal requirements.

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation on November 6. We’ll teach you how to use the new School Health Index so that your students stay healthy and ready to learn.
This webinar is perfect for those of you familiar with the School Health Index and for those of you who are brand new to it. This webinar will:

1)    Highlight key enhancements and changes to the 2014 version

2)    Review benefits to schools and districts in your state

3)    Give you the opportunity to ask questions

In Person Trainings for Walk With Ease
Please spread the word widely about two more in-person trainings for Walk With Ease leaders to be conducted in Portland, at the Food Innovation Center.  The dates are: Nov 10th and Dec 10th, 9am-2pm To register, please go to the newly created Walk With Ease website where you can also find a lot of good information about the program.
We’re trying to fill  up these two training groups so that we can get as many people trained before the end of this year: starting January 2015, we will not be able to offer any in-person trainings.
Note: the online training website for Walk With Ease leaders currently down as the Arthritis Foundation updates the training. We don’t expect it to be available again until December.

Oregon’s Coordinated Care Model Summit: Inspiring Health System Innovation
December 3-4, 2014;
The Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center invites you to experience first-hand Oregon’s groundbreaking health system transformation efforts. Throughout the summit, local and national health leaders will share concrete, innovative strategies for what health system transformation looks like on the ground.

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- October 31, 2014

Reports and Articles


Tobacco tax hike could cut drinking
Washington Post
Excessive drinking leads to about 88,000 deaths each year in the United States. Cigarette smoking adds another 440,000 deaths to the tally, most due to long-term health problems such as cancer. A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine suggests the government could take a bite out of both figures with one simple policy change

Smoking in the U.S. has been on the decline since 2005, but there are still more than 46 million adults who smoke cigarettes, and tens of millions more who buy cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The government agency tracks a host of state-by-state data to capture a detailed picture of tobacco use throughout the country. The database covers everything from cigarette prices to excise taxes to lung-cancer rates for each of the 50 states. It pulls the most recent data from each state as it becomes available.

New Case Study Examines Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Benefits
CDC’s Division of Population Health (DPH) has published a case study focusing on the success of the Massachusetts Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Benefit. The DPH is collaborating with a number of divisions within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) to develop case studies that highlight the intersection of public health and health care. These examples provide best and/or promising strategies that promote preventive services, improve the quality of care and/or community-clinical linkages, and control health care costs (when available) to combat chronic diseases and improve population health. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Voetsch at To access the case study visit and look for the Coordination Spotlight.

Want to find stores that don’t sell tobacco products?
The RWJF-supported Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has launched a new mobile-friendly website,, challenging America’s retailers to help save lives and create a tobacco-free generation by ending the sale of tobacco products. Plug in your ZIP code, city or state, and you’ll get a handy interactive map showing where to find tobacco-free shops and stores in your area. Visit >

Reducing Tobacco Use in Young Adults, November 5, 2:00-3:30 PM EST, by National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health.

A newly released Legacy report titled, “Legacy Latino College Health Initiative: A Study of Tobacco-Related Health Disparities in Hispanic/Latino Subpopulations” showcases the findings of a 4-year initiative with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The report a Legacy supported research project on tobacco use among Hispanic/Latino subpopulations of college students. This research project addressed a glaring gap in public health knowledge and is one of the first studies to look at tobacco use and trends among Hispanic/Latino subpopulations – specifically college students of Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican-American, and Cuban-American descent from four different universities.

Salem city councilor pushes for broad tobacco ban: