Funding Opportunities- July 11, 2014

Two New Funding Opportunities to Improve Children’s Dental Health 
Too many children in Oregon are living with untreated, but entirely preventable, cavities and tooth decay. There are also regions and communities of Oregon where kids are disproportionately affected by poor dental health. Yet we now know more than ever that healthy teeth help set the stage for lifelong health and opportunity.

Working with school districts, community-based nonprofits and healthcare organizations, we can improve children’s dental health.

The Oregon Community Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and other funding partners are pleased to offer two funding opportunities to do just that. These funding opportunities represent one of Northwest Health Foundation’s Regional Improvements, a program in our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Initiative.

The first funding opportunity is for communities to start a comprehensive children’s dental health program to provide services in school settings with an emphasis on reaching communities most impacted by poor dental outcomes.

The second funding opportunity is for existing children’s dental health programs that provide services in school settings to expand and develop a sustainable comprehensive model.

This joint funding opportunity is administered and managed by The Oregon Community Foundation. Links to application materials and questions about the funding opportunity will refer to their website and knowledgeable staff! (Please note, this is an Oregon-only funding opportunity.)



Job Opportunities- July 11, 2014

Oregon Health Equity Alliance – OHEA Coordinator Position
For more information and to apply click this link
This individual will work regularly with the OHEA Steering Committee (composed of 8 experienced advocacy organizations), as well as with a membership base of several dozen and an array of additional partners and supporters. OHEA works and convenes regularly as a full Membership, as a Steering Committee, as well as through Subcommittees focused on specific issue areas. The Coordinator will act centrally to facilitate effective communication, engagement, and decision-making for both the Membership and the Steering Committee, and will offer support in connecting work of the Subcommittees with the full Alliance. Work will predominantly be focused internally, but will also include regular communication and interaction with external partners through ally meetings and inquiries.

Training Opportunities- July 11, 2014

Clearing the Air: An Institute for Policy Advocacy – IX
September 28-October 1, 2014
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Clearing the Air: An Institute for Policy Advocacy (IX) returns in 2014, to the Stanford Sierra Conference Center in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The purpose of the 3-day skills-building and strategy planning Institute is to enhance awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke, share recent science and economic data and first-hand experiences, and expand the capacity of Smokefree advocates, researchers, and other public health professionals nationwide. Click here to learn more.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Leader Training
Northwest Senior & Disability Services (NWSDS)
NWSDS is proud to announce a series of free leader trainings in the Stanford model of self-management patient education.  These classes are one of the first to be offered in the Yamhill area and will prepare individuals to facilitate evidence-based classes in chronic condition self-management, chronic pain self-management, & diabetes self-management.
For inquiries or to request application forms, please contact Lavinia Goto at (503)304-3408 office or (503)602-8384 cell.  Space is limited to 15 per class so don’t delay —- call now!

Note that if you are not currently a leader, you will be required to take the basic 4-day training in chronic condition self-management before being cross-trained in either chronic pain or diabetes. Master Trainers for all trainings: Lavinia Goto & Roberta Lippert.

Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) (Living Well Program) Leader Training:
Date: July 22, 23, 29, 30, 2014; Time: 9am – 5pm
Place: NWSDS McMinnville Office 300 SW Hill Rd McMinnville OR  97128

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) Leader Training:
Date: July 31 & August 1, 2014, Time: 9am – 5pm
Place: NWSDS McMinnville Office 300 SW Hill Rd McMinnville OR  97128

Diabetes Self-Management (DSMP) Leader Training:
Date: August 7 & 8, 2014, Time: Aug 7: 9am – 5pm   Aug 8: 9-12:30
Place: NWSDS McMinnville Office 300 SW Hill Rd McMinnville OR  97128

For inquiries or to request application forms, please contact Lavinia Goto at (503)304-3408 office or (503)602-8384 cell.  Space is limited to 15 per class so don’t delay —- call now!

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- July 11, 2014

obesitybargraph Tobacco Free Kids created a microsite:
Microsite — — aimed at generating comments to the FDA deeming docket to counter the tens of thousands of comments being submitted by cigar lovers and vapers.   Our goal is to distribute the URL far and wide so groups can share with colleagues and contactys, generate alerts, put in newsletters, etc.  While we know that this should be about quality not quantity, we are hearing that quantity does count.

The site includes background info, talking points, fact sheets on cigars and e-cigarettes, and sample comments for parents, health care providers, concerned citizens and public health advocates. There are several click-through opportunities to submit comments directly into the deeming docket at, along with some basic instructions on how to fill out the comment form. It is not branded with any logo (although it does state at the bottom that it was developed by CTFK so people know where it came from) and we won’t capture any names or know who clicks through to take action.

Attention Grantees: This link/microsite is to encourage and guide people in generating comments for the FDA deeming docket that you should be familiar with

New Resources to Promote the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health
1)  New SGR50 Video Released
A new SGR50 video is now available on YouTube:  Surgeon General’s Reports – Why They Matter.  This video highlights key findings from the previous 31 Surgeon General reports that advanced the tobacco control movement, and sheds light on important health issues such as disparities, causal links to various diseases, exposure to secondhand smoke, and indoor smoking among others.

2) Next Twitter Chat – July 16 at 2 PM EST – Topic: Reproductive Health
Join us for our discussion about smoking and women’s reproductive health, hosted by CDC Tobacco Free and the Office of the Surgeon General.  We’ll be chatting about findings from the Surgeon General’s Report and what women can do to protect themselves and their babies from the harmful effects of smoking. Use #SGR50chat to join on July 16 at 2pm EST.

Reports and Articles


Nearly 1 in 5 High School Seniors Smoke Hookah, Study Finds
TIME: July 7, 2014
Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of high school seniors smoke waterpipes, or “hookahs”, according to a new study from New York University (NYU) researchers.
The new report, which is published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at a survey of 15,000 high school seniors from 130 public and private high schools nationwide and focused on a population of 5,540 students who were asked about their hookah use between 2010 and 2012.

Is It Time for a Tobacco-free Military?
NEJM: July 9, 2014
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recently announced that he wanted to end tobacco sales on all Navy installations. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, citing both financial costs and tobacco’s harmful effects on readiness, added that military tobacco policy in general should be reviewed, including the possibility of ending tobacco sales and establishing smoke-free military installations. Currently, a Department of Defense review of the tobacco issue is under way, 5 years after the Institute of Medicine called for a tobacco-free military.

Bend businesses seeing value in vaping: Owners open shops to sell their e-cigarette supplies
The Bulletin: Jul 6,2014
Two new Bend businesses want to cash in on the growing e-cigarette market — but not by simply selling them.

They make the liquid that contains the nicotine and other ingredients that’s heated to create the vapor that users inhale, and the owners have created lounges — or vape shops — where consumers can test different e-cigarette flavors and watch TV or play board games.

The e-cigarette market has been booming, with sales doubling annually in some years. Unlike traditional cigarettes, the electronic versions are not regulated. But that’s likely to change soon.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules in April that would extend the agency’s authority to e-cigarettes, and the Oregon Legislature considered bills in the 2014 session to tax e-cigarettes and to restrict minors’ access to them, but the proposed legislation died in committee.

July 4

E-cigarettes banned in parks; thousands attend 4th of July parade: Hillsboro weekend roundup
The Oregonian: July 4, 2014
Hillsboro City Council finalizes ban on e-cigarettes in parks
Electronic cigarettes are now officially banned in Hillsboro parks.
The Hillsboro City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening on the second and final reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes on park property – which includes the home of the Hillsboro Hops, Ron Tonkin Field.
Again, Councilor Fred Nachtigal was the sole “no” vote.

Vermont Enacts Strict Smoke-Free Laws
On July 1, Vermont implemented some of the nation’s strictest laws on smoking. Police will be able to pull over anyone seen smoking with young children in the car. If that child is under 8 years of age, then drivers are subject to a fine of $100. Vermont will be the seventh state in the country to ban smoking in cars carrying children. Smoking will also be banned in hotel rooms, on all state property, on the property of hospitals or secure residential recovery facilities owned or operated by the state, at schools, and at childcare centers. The law does exempt the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

Smoking linked to hearling loss later in life
Woodburn Independent
Recently, researchers have not only correlated the effects of smoking with the prevalence of hearing loss in smokers, but also with non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke, and with prenatal exposure

Hillsboro council bans e-cigarettes in city parks:
East Oregonian

Doctors react to teens smoking hookah:
MEDFORD, Ore. — With information collected over two years, the Journal Pediatrics
found that nearly one out of five high school seniors smoked hookah within the last year.
Hookah devices typically force the tobacco smoke through water that cools it, which makes it feel less harsh to inhale.

An experiment worth trying: New Jersey proposes raising the smoking age to 21
Washington Post
New Jersey’s Senate approved a raise in the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 last week, pushing the groundbreaking experiment in public health one step closer to fruition

Brownsville council: No e-cigs, but higher library fees
Albany Democrat-Herald
Fees for utilities and non-resident library cards are going up and electronic cigarettes are now specifically prohibited in public buildings following action June 24 by the Brownsville City Council

Healthy Communities- July 11, 2014


kisplaying Joint Use/Shared Use: Great New Resources and Best Practices to Increase Physical Activity throughout Communities
School districts and municipal organizations increasingly see shared use agreements as one of the most promising strategies to create opportunities for physical activity within a neighborhood or community. It’s also a great equalizer for access to opportunities to be active, since nearly all neighborhoods, whether rich or poor, have schools and other public buildings.

Easy access to up-to-date information and resources is key to ensuring that shared use agreements become an indispensable part of any community’s toolkit to improve public health and increase physical activity. Two leading organizations have released vital resources to support this movement:

1) The Safe Routes to School National Partnership launched the Shared Use Clearinghouse, a website designed to improve access to shared use resources that will aid communities and school districts in developing successful shared use agreement. With hundreds of resources already categorized for easy searchability and new resources being added as they are developed, the clearinghouse will provide a space for existing shared use efforts to connect to each other and help elevate the national discourse around shared use.

2) ChangeLab Solutions has launched a whole new area of their web site devoted to shared use, with plenty of nuts and bolts, samples, history, and state-by-state successes highlighted. They have also recently posted on Edutopia, Working It Out: How Shared Use Can Create Opportunities for Physical Activity, walking readers through the steps toward a successful shared use agreement, and how to overcome challenges that may arise along the way.

HHS launches challenge to improve hypertension through health IT
ONC and Million Hearts challenge looks to develop new clinical decision support tools
In an effort to help clinical practices use health information technology (health IT) like electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce high blood pressure, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a new challenge asking health care professionals and other caregivers to submit the tools they use to improve patient care.

The EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), is part of Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies including ONC, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Million Hearts encourages clinicians across the country to improve the quality of care through the ABCS – Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. ONC is at the forefront of Million Hearts by identifying how providers and practices can leverage health IT to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The direct link to the challenge is
The Federal Register Notice can be found here:

 Reports and Articles 

Hand-in-hand toward better health
The World: June 19, 2014
“It’s amazing how many big, big contributors collaborated on this,” said Jennifer Stephens, health programs coordinator for the Coquille Indian Tribe.
Amazing things happen when we all work together.
Goodness knows, collaboration and cooperation must be difficult to accomplish. Look at Congress.
But we were beneficiaries of a large-scale collaborative effort recently when 14 public and nonprofit agencies came together to mount the “Rethink Your Drink” campaign.

Thanks for health program effort
The World: June 19, 2014
Bravo to the many organizations that united to sponsor “Rethink Your Drink Coos County,” spotlighting how sugary drinks contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

The average American consumes more than 150 pounds of sugar each year. One reason is the popularity of sugary drinks: pop, sports drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, and even fruit juice. Throughout May, Rethink Your Drink promoted healthier choices, such as water and unsweetened tea or coffee.

Living with arthritis pain? Exercise is a proven pain reliever

The World: July 9, 2014
Coos County is a hot spot for arthritis in Oregon; Walk With Ease and other programs can ease pain, improve mobility

MYRTLE POINT — Summer’s here and the weather is perfect for Coos County residents with arthritis to pick up a new habit that can ease their pain: exercise.
More than 30 percent of Coos County residents have arthritis, compared to a state average of 25 percent, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
But getting your heart rate up and keeping it up, at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week (for a total of 2.5 hours a week), can reduce the pain, fatigue and stiffness from arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That could mean walking briskly, biking, swimming, dancing or yard work. Whatever you choose, most people who stick with a program of regular physical activity begin to feel better within four to six weeks, and can even reduce their risk for falls.

Severe Obesity Cuts Up to 14 Years Off Life: Study
As weight climbs, so do related deaths from heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers say
HealthDay: July 8, 2014
People who are severely obese may lose as many as 14 years off their life, a new study suggests.
U.S. researchers pooled data from 20 previous studies and found that a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 — considered severe obesity — raises the odds of dying early from heart disease, cancer and diabetes compared to people of normal weight.
Video to follow article: Obesity and Mortality

Hey, Congress, Oregon Has Your Long-Term Highway Funding Solution Right Here
From The Atlantic Cities Blog:
We’ve seen this movie before, where Congress heads straight toward a transportation funding cliff it totally saw coming, so we know that lawmakers will find some awkward-and-unnecessarily-dramatic way to stop at the edge. That’s great for all the jobs spared in the short term, but bad for the hope of learning any long-term lessons. Because the real danger is not this fiscal cliff, but the massive funding sinkhole coming to take car and cliff alike…[read more].

????????????????????? Less Salt, Same Taste? Food Companies Quietly Change Recipes
Wall Street Journal
Food and restaurant companies are under increasing pressure to make products healthier, but sometimes they do not want customers to know when they have cut the salt or fat. Companies have employed the “stealth health” tactic in tweaking well-known products. The decision on whether and when to tell consumers about product changes depends partly on the type of product. Companies tout nutritional improvements in foods aimed at health-conscious consumers but may not do so for items that are considered indulgences. For example, after General Mills reduced sodium levels in a line of Progresso soups in 2006, it highlighted the change on the cans. However, over a 6-year period, General Mills cut sodium per serving by 10% to 50% in more than 27 varieties of Hamburger Helper by adding ingredients such as garlic, onion, tomato, spices, and herbs, but the company did not advertise the cuts to consumers.

Salt Still High on Restaurant Menus
USA Today
Salt is quietly, gradually fading from restaurant food, concludes a new report from consumer advocacy group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The group applauds Subway, McDonald’s, and Burger King for sodium reduction from 2009 to 2013 but criticizes KFC, Jack in the Box, and Red Lobster, which it says have actually increased sodium in meals over that period. The advocacy group’s review of 136 meals from 17 top restaurant chains found that the companies reduced sodium an average 6% over the 4-year period. McDonald’s scored well in part because it has reduced the amount of fries in its Happy Meals and added apple slices; the survey showed that 100% of McDonald’s meals had reduced sodium, and its overall reduction during the 4-year period was 17%. – USA Today

Helping the Food Industry Shake Its Salt Habit
Huffington Post
Humans need sodium, but at the levels at which Americans currently consume it, sodium could be the single most dangerous substance in the food supply, according to CSPI. Café and catering services company Bon Appetit Management has learned a lot about sodium reduction, thanks to a joint campaign conducted with CSPI in 2013 to reduce salt use in the kitchens of its more than 500 cafés, according to Vice President of Strategy Maisie Ganzler. For example, the company realized that its deli and pizza stations were full of salty items. To attain its goal of a less salty turkey and Swiss sandwich, the company found lower sodium turkey and switched to it. They also added a smaller-portioned option to reduce salt; started offering cheese as an option instead of a given; pushed the lettuce, tomato, onions, and other condiments low in salt; and even introduced open-faced sandwiches, thereby cutting out 50% of the salty components.

Why Kids and Nutritionists Reject New School Lunches
Chicago Tribune
Good nutrition for school children is a priority that everyone can support, but not everyone can agree on the best way to achieve it. Recent changes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require schools to alter their programs drastically in ways that are hard to meet, some critics claim. The School Nutrition Association, which represents more than 50,000 school nutritionists and cafeteria professionals, has called on Congress to relax the new standards specifically with regard to (1) the amount of whole grains offered, (2) sodium reduction targets that they consider unachievable and not based on science, and (3) mandatory fruit and vegetable servings.

Funding Opportunities- July 3, 2014

Promising Program
The Notah Begay III Foundation’s (NB3F) Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures national initiative is accepting proposals for its second round of Promising Program Grants.  For information on eligibility criteria, the RFP, and online application.  (deadline, July 14th).

Voices for Healthy Kids
The American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Voices for Healthy Kids program has several different types of grant opportunities addressing six priority areas: smart school foods; healthy drinks; marketing matters; food access; active places; and active kids out of school.  For more details. (no deadline)

2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is awarded to communities that are working to build a Culture of Health. In 2015, up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. RWJF wants to hear how your local leaders and community members are creating solutions that give everyone the opportunity for a healthy life. More details and how to apply >

Job Opportunities- July 3, 2014

Lincoln County is hiring a Health Education Specialist
The person in this position will work on the SPArC and Community Prevention Partnership tobacco initiatives. Please share through your networks.
Click here to apply

Jackson County is looking to fill our Health Outreach Educator Position for the Prevention Program.
Position Title: 6200-Community Outreach Educator
Organization: Jackson County Health and Human Services Public Health Division
Location: Medford, OR
Click here to apply

Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NWATTC)-Program/Training Director – (Research Associate)
The Program/Training Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NWATTC), including the delivery of services, gathering essential data, preparation of products, processing and monitoring performance of sub-contracts, and reviewing expenses for purposes of budget management. The position will work closely with Principal Investigators to develop and expand NWATTC program initiatives. The position provides technical assistance, consultation and training consistent with the required functions of the project including work with primary care settings, specialty treatment clinics and mental health care settings. The Director supervises the work of non-academic staff and reports directly to the Principal Investigator of the NWATTC within PHPM.
Click here to apply