Training Opportunities- August 29, 2014

Solving Obesity: Everyone’s Issue – A Workshop – September 30, 2014
Please join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions on September 30th, 2014 for a public workshop on Cross-Sector Work on Obesity Prevention, Treatment, and Weight Maintenance: Models for Change.
The registration cap has been expanded, register to attend the workshop at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. or via live webcast.

ASTHO Webinar: Leveraging the HealthLead™ Assessment to Enhance Best Practices in Worksite Wellness, September 23, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00PM EST
This webinar will highlight successful strategies and best practices that have been implemented in the North Dakota and Oklahoma state health agencies to improve the quality of their worksite wellness programs.  In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will describe their experience going through the HealthLead™ Accreditation process.  The speakers will also address the challenges they faced while completing the assessment tool and share strategies they used to improve their scores and programs. Register Here 

The Power of Communication:  Empowering and Engaging Patients as Partners in Managing Care Decisions, September 19,12:00 pm ET
Click here to register.
While there are many paths to better health, something as simple as a conversation can lead to improved patient outcomes. The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes health care delivery sites have piloted new ways to improve patient outcomes using shared-decision making, culturally-relevant interventions and other techniques to better communicate with patients and empower them to be an active participant in their care. These techniques can lead to measurable improvements in health outcomes and enhanced efficiency in healthcare delivery. To register for the webinar, click here

Final Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Outreach Sessions
Please join us for one of our three final Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Initiative Outreach Sessions. Register Here

September 15, 2014 2:00 PM EDT – Promoting Behavioral Health Equity through the California Reducing Disparities Project and Office of Health Equity
This webinar will discuss the policy levers and partnerships that support the California Office of Health Equity and their California Reducing Disparities Project as well as the strategies, resources and tools implemented through the California Reducing Disparities Project to promote health equity in the state of California.
To read more about this webcast, please click HERE.

As many of you are aware, the former Oregon Living Well Network has recently expanded to become the Oregon Self-Management Network.
As part of this transition, the full Network will continue to meet quarterly by phone and annually in person. The Network’s next quarterly phone conference is next Thursday, September 4 at 10-11:30 AM.
An executive summary and full meeting notes from the June 10 Network Business Meeting are now available online. OHA staff contact:
Based on member feedback, Network  workgroup structure is changing. Workgroups are getting up and running this month and next, and will be staffed by OHA in partnership with Network Steering Committee members. Call-in information will be sent via this listserv

  • Quality Assurance/Fidelity/Data/Metrics workgroup: next meeting is Monday, October 20 at 1-2 PM.
    OHA staff contact:
    Steering committee members: Libby Kennard
  • Participant Recruitment & Leader Engagement workgroup: next meeting TBD (mid/late September).
    OHA staff contact:
    Steering committee members: Kathy Hayden, Katia Ariceaga

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- August 29, 2014

Reports and Articles

ecigban American Cancer Society dings Oregon for tobacco and anti-cancer policies
Portland Business Journal: August 19, 2014
Oregon’s tobacco control policies and cancer-fighting measures come under firein a new report issued by the American Cancer Society.
It says Oregon is falling short in areas like tobacco taxes, tobacco prevention efforts, restrictions on indoor tanning devices and funding of breast and cervical cancer screening. (A separate report earlier this week indicated Oregon has made progress in reducing tobacco sales to youths).
The report by the ACS’ Cancer Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, concludes that Oregon measured up to benchmarks in only 3 of the 12 measured areas.
The findings are included in a new report called “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.”

World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes
The New York Times: August 26, 2014
PARIS — Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and outlaw tactics to lure young users, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Tuesday that calls for some of the toughest measures yet proposed for the increasingly popular devices.It also expressed “grave concern” about the growing role of the powerful tobacco industry in the e-cigarette market, warning that the financially powerful companies could come to dominate the new business and use the current tolerance of the new products as a gateway to ensnaring a new generation of smokers at a time when the public health authorities seem to be winning the battle against tobacco

After leading nation in tobacco sales to kids, Oregon finds a fix
Portland Business Journal: August 19, 2014
For the first time in several years, Oregon has made big strides in reducing tobacco sales to minors.
The retailer violation rate for sales to kids hit 16.3 percent in the past year, down from 22.5 percent the year before, when it was the highest in the country, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Out of 835 attempted buys, 136 were successful.
Oregon’s rate peaked in 1995-96, at 39.3 percent, and has hovered in the teens, for the most part, since 1998.
Even with the recent decrease, Oregon’s rate likely remains among the highest in the country. The national average last year was 9.6 percent, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

CDC: More than a Quarter-Million Youth Who Never Smoked Used E-Cigarettes in 2013
More than a quarter-million middle school and high school students who had never smoked regular cigarettes used electronic cigarettes—or e-cigarettes—in 2013, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study appearing in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The study found that youth who had never smoked traditional cigarettes, but had tried e-cigarettes, were twice as likely to intend to smoke traditional cigarettes than were youth who had never used e-cigarettes. “We are very concerned about nicotine use among our youth, regardless of whether it comes from conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products. Not only is nicotine highly addictive, it can harm adolescent brain development.” said Tim McAfee, MD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, in a release. Read more on tobacco.

Healthy Communities- August 29, 2014

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Promoting Health in Schools: Fire Up Your Feet!
For those public health partners who are working with or have connections with school partners, please help spread the word about Fire Up Your Feet, which is inspiring active trips to school across the nation. This fall, Fire Up Your Feet is awarding more than $100,000 to K-8 schools across the country to support Safe Routes to School and other health and wellness programs. With awards in several categories, schools have even more chances to win.


Health Equity Resource Tool Kit
The tool kit helps public health practitioners take a systematic approach to program planning by using a health equity focus. It provides a six-step process for planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies to address obesity disparities. The article can be found online:

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Launches Facebook page
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control recently launched a Facebook page about breast cancer. It’s a great place for public health partners, health care providers, survivors, and other interested people to talk about breast cancer with CDC experts.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Training for Healthcare Providers (and a cool infographic)
According to a recent report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the American College of Sports Medicine, less than one quarter of physicians feel they received adequate training to counseling their patients on physical activity and nutrition, as well as managing diabetes and other chronic diseases. Several studies have shown that when counseled by their provider to lose weight, patients are more likely to attempt weight loss and increase their physical activity. Yet, less than 13% of medical visits include counseling for nutrition.
There are several strategies for increasing training in these areas, such as developing a standard nutrition and physical activity curriculum in schools and including more of this content in licensing and certification exams. Some initiatives have already begun to increase training in these areas, but there is still a need to broaden awareness for more changes in medical education.

Active Living Research’s “Mejorar Comunidades Mueve la Gente”
ALR’s Changing Communities Gets People Moving infographic has now been translated into Spanish! This infographic can be downloaded for free in JPG format (517 KB) by clicking on the image or the “Download Original” link. A high resolution PDF version (3.88 MB) of this infographic is also available from ALR upon request.
Communities across the nation are doing more to ensure that streets, sidewalks, schools, and parks support walking, biking, and playing. The infographic highlights several studies which evaluated changes in physical activity after the implementation of built environment and programmatic modifications in different cities. For example, children are more likely to walk or bike to school when there are quality streets and crosswalks, and programs that promote safety; existence of bike lanes is related to higher rates of cycling; and the presence of recreational facilities close to home encourages more physical activity. Free, full text access to the four studies included in this infographic are available:

Reports and Articles

Remarkable Collaboration Nets over $4 Million for Local Health Improvement
By InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization
Thanks to the joint efforts of health departments from Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties, along with InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization (IHN-CCO), local communities will reap the benefits of over $4 million in grant funding received to date to support a regional approach for health improvement.
Working under the title of Regional Healthy Communities Steering Committee, this unique partnership has brought together a diverse group of public and private organizations that support the health of local residents across the three counties. In addition to the counties and IHN-CCO, committee membership ranges from community and faith-based groups to providers, educators, tribal organizations, health equity concerns, and neighborhood housing amongst others.

From RWJF: The Walking School Bus: A Safe and Active Way to Get Kids to School
With research indicating that fewer children are walking or biking to school than in decades past—and with the childhood obesity epidemic in full swing—health experts have been brainstorming solutions that would address both issues. In recent years, a simple but effective concept has been gaining traction at the grass-roots level: Why not organize a “Walking School Bus”—a group of kids who walk to school with one or more adults, so that kids can get exercise on their way to and from school?

A Walking School Bus is “just like a regular school bus, but without the walls and seats, and instead of wheels, we use our feet,” explained LeeAnne Fergason, education director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland, Ore., which has a thriving Walking School Bus program. Other communities around the country that have well-established…[read more at RWJF]

Street networks tied to obesity, diabetes rates in study
Research published in the Journal of Transport & Health found cities with a more compact street network had reduced rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, while wider streets and more lanes were tied to higher disease levels. “This research is one more in a long line that demonstrates the myriad advantages of fostering walkable places,” said researcher Norman Garrick. The Atlantic online (
Lack of Exercise, Not Diet, Linked to Rise in Obesity, Stanford Research Shows (Stanford Med News Center, July 7, 2014)
An examination of national health survey results suggests that inactivity, rather than higher calorie intake, could be driving the surge in obesity. Examining national health survey results from 1988 through 2010, the researchers found huge increases in both obesity and inactivity, but not in the overall number of calories consumed. “What struck us the most was just how dramatic the change in leisure-time physical activity was,” said Uri Ladabaum, MD, associate professor of gastroenterology and lead author of the study. “Although we cannot draw conclusions about cause and effect from our study, our findings support the notion that exercise and physical activity are important determinants of the trends in obesity.” The study is published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Dense Downtowns Propel Greater Levels of Walking
Central business districts and urban growth boundaries can help create denser, more vibrant, more economically efficient – and healthier – communities. Recent research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that each one-mile increase in distance from the Urban Development Boundary corresponded to an 11 percent increase in the number of minutes of purposive walking (walking to get from place to place, such as from home to the corner store), whereas each one-mile increase in distance from the urban core corresponded to a five percent decrease in the amount of purposive walking.
The farther away from the downtown core people moved, the less they walked. Study participants were 400 newly arrived Cuban immigrants. All were healthy and at least 70 percent reported being physically active in Cuba, either walking or cycling. But after a few weeks in the U.S., those immigrants living closest to the Urban Development Boundary were already less likely to walk than those living closer to downtown Miami.

RWJF’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program evaluates 1,264 policy and environmental changes across the U.S.
Three new reports and resources from Active Living By Design, acting as the umbrella organization for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s HKHC Program, share key takeaways and lessons learned from the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program, a $33.4 million investment of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reduce childhood obesity by supporting partnerships and initiatives in 49 communities across the country. The communities documented a total of 1,264 policy and environmental changes in those communities between 2008 and 2014, with the goal of “transforming the physical activity and food environments in which children and their families live, learn and play.”

Funding Opportunities- August 22, 2014

Notah Begay III Foundation’s (NB3F) Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Announces New Grant Opportunity
Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures is offering a Request for Proposals (RFP) for their Capacity Building Grants.  The purpose of these grants will be to partner with Native communities to support work to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes through:

  1. Community Health Assessments and/or
  2. Community Planning and Capacity Building

The application deadline is September 12, 2014, at 5:00 pm (MST).  Up to 12 grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded for this grant cycle.  The online application can be found the Capacity Building Grants webpage along with additional information and criteria.
An informational webinar will be held on August 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (MST).  To register visit the NB3F Capacity Building Grants webpage.
For questions or additional information please contact us at

OEA Choice Trust is pleased to announce our School Employee Wellness Grant opportunity

Our grant opportunity offers funds to Oregon public school districts, community colleges and Education Service Districts to promote and support the health and wellness of school employees.  Because of your expressed interest in school employee wellness, we have attached the Fall 2014 School Employee Wellness Grant Application Packet for your convenience.

OEA Choice Trust is the only organization dedicated to workplace wellness for all Oregon public school employees. We help administrators, teachers, faculty and school staff create the healthy workplaces they want and need. Our vision is that all Oregon public school employees are healthy, resilient and engaged as champions for healthy school environments and vital communities. As a result, they are fulfilled in their work, model health for students and are better equipped to foster student success.

OEA Choice Trust has a unique opportunity to assist in promoting the physical, emotional and social well-being of school employees through the provision of employee wellness grants. Our School Employee Wellness Grant Program is designed to allow school leaders and employees the flexibility to develop a tailored program to best meet the needs, goals and priorities of your district and school staff.

To support the development of your grant application, please review our Blueprint for School Employee Wellness Guide at

How to Apply
The official Grant Application can be found at  To access the grant application package:
Go to
Select ‘Grants’
Select ‘Apply for Grants’
Select ‘ Download Grant Application ‘
Review and complete the grant application
Send an electronic copy to Inge Aldersebaes at no later than October 27th and mail a hard copy to OEA Choice Trust, 6900 SW Atlanta St. Building #2, Tigard, OR 97223  Attention: Inge Aldersebaes
Important Date: Application Deadline: October 27, 2014
This is a competitive grant opportunity and grant applications received after October 27th will not be accepted.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or ideas – both Jake Rooks and I are available to help in any way we can!    Jake’s email address is and phone number is 503-495-6257 and my phone number is 503-495-6254.



Job Opportunities- August 22, 2014

Drinking Water Services -Technical Services Region 2 manager position
In Springfield this PEMD position (OHA14-0529) has been posted, open competitive, and will close on August 26. Click below to view the announcement:
or you can go to, select “Look for Jobs” and enter OHA14-0529 in the “Enter Keywords” search box at the bottom of the screen.

Public Health Nurse 2 (Public Health Technical Assistant to County Health Departments)
Public Health Division’s Office of Community Liaison has a permanent opening for a Public Health Nurse 2 (Public Health Technical Assistant to County Health Departments).  The job posting is attached and also can be found at
The position will be open until filled, but candidate evaluation will begin on Aug. 29.

Training Opportunities- August 22, 2014

Worksite Lactation Accommodation Support Webinars
Webinar #3: Thursday, September 4, 2-3 p.m. ET
Title: Making it Work: Using New National Tools to Help Employers Support Nursing Moms
For: Local businesses, business organizations
Host: Altarum Institute with OWH, Every Mother, Inc., California WIC Association, and California Breastfeeding Coalition
Read the description and register at:

Write Winning Grants
November 14, 2014, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is sponsoring, Write Winning Grants: A Seminar for Clinician Scientists on November 14.  This 8-hour seminar, taking place in the Old Library Auditorium, is geared toward clinicians and scientists who wish to improve their skills in obtaining research grant funds.  The seminar will address both the conceptual and practical aspects of grant writing.  The cost for the seminar is $80.  Payment and registration is due by October 31, 2014.  The seminar agenda and registration form are available through the following link:
Please contact Kimberly Poole at with any questions.

Webinar: Education, Environmental Change & Evaluation: Combining Multiple Approaches to Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Register HERE
No single strategy has the potential to prevent overweight and obesity, especially among low-income populations. A growing body of evidence calls for multi-component approaches to nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and obesity prevention. Program implementers working on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) are at the forefront of planning, implementing, and evaluating multi-component strategies and interventions. This session intends to connect research and practice in how direct education, social marketing, and environmental change are best delivered together. Special emphasis will be placed on setting evaluation objectives that measure progress and outcomes in multi-component programs, including measuring parallel objectives in individual and environmental changes.

Learning objectives:
Increase understanding of what a multi-component nutrition education, physical activity, and obesity prevention model looks like;
Increase knowledge, skills, and confidence to link education, social marketing, and environmental changes in SNAP-Ed
Identify evaluation indicators for multi-component programming with individual, organizational, and environmental changes

Webinar: Coaching your Community’s Journey Toward Health
Aug 26, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Register HERE
Our team of community coaches, based in the Roadmaps to Health Action Center at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in Madison, WI, provide guidance to communities who have reviewed their County Health Rankings and are now driving action to improve health. During this webinar, we’ll interview two community coaches to hear their lessons from the field. What can we learn from communities that are working to build a Culture of Health? What do coaches do that helps communities move forward? How can you tell if your community is ready for coaching and how do you apply?

The Arthritis Foundation is undergoing some changes
…to the way that they nationally administer Walk With Ease. We do not expect that this will change the way you offer classes and receive materials – it’s business as usual J
However, we may not be able to offer in-person trainings after 2014, only online trainings. As such, expect to see several in-person trainings offered around the state this fall as we try to get as many folks trained as possible. If you know folks who have voiced interest in leading or co-leading Walk With Ease, now is the time to get trained!!
We have 4 trainings scheduled as of now:
8/21 – Harney Co. Courthouse , Burns
8/22 – Redmond Senior Center
9/19 – Portland Community College, Portland
10/3 – Oregon State University, Corvallis
All trainings are 9a-2p.
Here is the registration link for in-person and online trainings.

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