Training Opportunities- August 8, 2014

Pathways of Change: Advancing Equity on Tobacco, Obesity & Cancer Control
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership (APPEAL)
September 24-26, 2014
San Francisco, California
For the past 20 years, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership (APPEAL), a national, nonprofit, health-justice organization serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, has worked to achieve health equity for our communities and build a tobacco-free society for the next generation. The Pathways of Change Conference is intended to: A 2.5-day conference intended to:1) provide an innovative learning environment and policy/leadership-skills development for attendees; 2) discuss and develop policy priorities for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs), and other communities of color on tobacco and cancer control, and healthy eating and active living (HEAL) issues; and 3) collaboratively advance implementation of these policy strategies to achieve health equity on the local and federal levels.

Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, September 30th
The workshop will explore how stakeholders with a traditional role in promoting health, such as health care and public health institutions, have aligned and partnered with sectors not traditionally engaged in health promotion and obesity prevention, including education, transportation, business, and industry. Successful examples of cross-sectoral collaborations exist, yet barriers exist when scaling and replicating such cross-sector initiatives. Speakers will address the importance of health equity, sustainability, leadership, and measurement in cross-sector obesity solutions. Workshop participants will identify best practices, lessons learned, and steps needed to advance obesity solutions through cross-sector work.
Register to attend the workshop at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. or via live webcast.

2014 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Public Health Information Coalition are hosting this conference on the future of health communication, marketing and media practice on August 19-21. Register today.

Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards
The Commission on Cancer is hosting a workshop on the current CoC standards and the accreditation process for staff of accredited or non-accredited programs on September 12. Register today.

PSE 101: Webinar on Building Healthier Communities Through Policy, Systems and Environmental Change
Presented by ChangeLab Solutions and Network for a Healthy California, this archived webinar provides an overview of best practices for implementation of policy, systems and environmental change approaches. View the recording.

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 8, 2014


Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use: An Implementation Guide for the Armed Forces
Partnership for Prevention’s ActionToQuit initiative

CDC launches another round of hard-hitting anti-smoking ads
Former smokers — including some who have died — speak out about their health issues as the result of their habit in the next round of memorable messages. Read full story >>

New Policy Guide to Electronic Smoking Devices
Electronic smoking devices, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices used to inhale a vaporized solution that frequently contains nicotine. The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes, combined with loopholes in existing tobacco control laws, threatens to renormalize tobacco use and expose bystanders to hazardous carcinogens and compounds.
ChangeLab Solutions developed Regulating Toxic Vapor: A Policy Guide to Electronic Smoking Devices to provide information about the public health concerns related to electronic smoking devices, the steps that have been taken to regulate them, and what additional measures communities can take to limit access to and the availability of these products. It’s available now!

Top Economists Tell FDA Its Cost-Benefit Analyses of Tobacco Rules are Badly Flawed and Underestimate Benefits
Statement of Matthew L. Myers President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
WASHINGTON, DC – Nine leading economists have submitted a paper to the Food and Drug Administration that shows how the FDA’s cost-benefit analyses of its proposed tobacco regulations are deeply flawed and vastly underestimate the benefits of these regulations.  The paper was submitted as a public comment on the FDA’s proposed rule to extend its regulatory jurisdiction to all tobacco products, including cigars and electronic cigarettes (the deadline for submitting comments is August 8).
The paper is available at

Financial Implications of the Tobacco Industry
The article breaks down financial implications of the tobacco industry following the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard.  Details of the merger, and how control will be dispersed between combustible tobacco and other emerging products, is defined.  Those who are currently in control of the industry, now have even more control.

 Reports and Articles

Little Filtered Cigar, Cigarillo, and Premium Cigar Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2012–2013
MMWR: August 1, 2014
The burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States has been caused overwhelmingly by cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products (1). In the United States, cigarette consumption declined during 2000–2011; however, consumption of cigars more than doubled during the same period (2). The cigar market includes diverse product types manufactured with a variety of shapes and sizes, filters, tips, flavors, and prices (3). Although national estimates of cigar consumption have been reported previously (2,3), data characterizing who smokes different cigar types are limited. The findings indicate that among U.S. adults who smoke cigars, 61.8% usually smoke cigarillos/MMCs, 19.9% usually smoke premium cigars, and the remainder, 18.4%, usually smoke LFCs. These data can help to inform public health interventions to reduce the burden of adverse health effects caused by cigar smoking in the United States, including regulation.

Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast: Albany Democrat-Herald:

An opinion piece from an Eugene pediatrician on how Oregon lawmakers must act swiftly during the next legislative session to at the very least ban the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to children: Register-Guard:

Should Oregon ban smoking on beaches? 49 percent of Oregonian readers say yes to the poll: Oregonian:

Jesse L. Steinfeld
Who vigorously pursued the national campaign against smoking while serving as U.S. surgeon general during the first term of President Richard M. Nixon, died Aug. 5:
Washington Post:
New York Times:

Buried deep in the federal government’s voluminous new tobacco regulations
is a little-known cost-benefit calculation that public health experts see as potentially poisonous: the happiness quotient. It assumes that the benefits from reducing smoking – fewer early deaths and diseases of the lungs and heart – have to be discounted by 70 percent to offset the loss in pleasure that smokers suffer when they give up their habit:
New York Times:

Healthy Communities- August 8, 2014

Woman Breast Feeding Her Child
World Breastfeeding Week Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective steps a mother can take to protect the health of her baby. In observance of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, learn more about the promotion and support of breastfeeding in the United States
More Information
CDC Breastfeeding
U.S. National Immunization Survey-Breastfeeding Data
The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity


Effects of the Affordable Care Act Among Cancer Survivors: Expanded Insurance Options and Other Potential Impacts
In this webinar, Dr. Amy J. Davidoff presented an overview of key components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it provides expanded insurance options for cancer survivors, as well as other potential impacts on out-of-pocket burdens, access to specialty providers and therapies and enrollment in clinical trials. Access the archived webinar. Join the discussion on the ACA on the Research to Reality website.

Reports and Articles


Disparities in Diabetes
The New York Times: August 6, 2014
Diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are about 10 times as likely to have an amputation as those who live in affluent areas, a study reports.

Researchers used California hospital discharge data in 2009 to identify 7,793 lower-extremity amputations in 6,828 diabetic adults older than 45. They classified amputations by patients’ ZIP codes and used Census Bureau data on income levels to produce maps of poverty rates.

Vital Signs: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children — United States, 2003–2010
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released “Vital Signs: Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables.”  The report focuses on trends in children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and analyzes National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003-2010.
A Fact Sheet is available at
The Vital Signs MMWR can also be accessed here

Salty Snacks May Increase Metabolic Syndrome Risk by 56%: Study
Higher consumption of salty, energy-dense snacks may be a factor in the development of metabolic syndrome, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition. Energy-dense, nutrient-poor snacks may pose a significant risk even in the relatively short period of 3 years, the research found. Consumption of cookies and cakes, chocolate and candy, and soft drinks also increased the risk for metabolic syndrome but far less significantly than foods high in sodium. –

Market Research Suggests Americans’ Interest in Sodium Has Declined Slightly
Americans’ interest in low sodium foods has declined slightly in recent years and may continue to drop in the future, according market research company NPD Group. In 2010, an estimated 68% of Americans said they were trying to cut back on sodium in their diet, but the figure dropped to an estimated 64% in 2013. In addition, the percentage of Americans who said they read nutrition labels to find foods’ sodium content dropped slightly from 41% to 39% during the same 3-year period. Some experts were skeptical about NDP’s interpretation of its findings: “I think they make a big deal” out of small changes, said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer watchdog group. Interest in low sodium foods has grown dramatically over the last decade, Jacobson said, pointing to a 2004 survey from the Food Market Research Institute that found that, at that time, only 7% of shoppers looked at the sodium content of their foods. – Huffington Post

Eat It to Beat It: Chain Restaurant Burger Options with Fewer Calories and Less Sodium
David Zinczenko, ABC News’ nutrition and wellness editor, appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about smart swaps that diners can make if they are craving a burger, whether at a fast food chain or a casual dining restaurant. Instead of ordering Burger King’s Triple Whopper (1,050 milligrams [mg] of sodium and 1,160 calories), Zinczenko suggests people could choose Burger King’s bacon double cheeseburger (790 mg of sodium and 390 calories). He also recommended replacing the Cheesecake Factory’s Ranch House Burger (2,830 mg of sodium and 1,890 calories) with the restaurant’s Factory Burger (1,020 mg of sodium and 740 calories). – ABC News

Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease or Stroke Among Workers Aged <55 Years — United States, 2008–2012
Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths in the United States each year, and coronary heart disease and stroke account for most of those deaths (1). To try to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, promoting proven and effective interventions in communities and clinical settings. In workplace settings, cardiovascular disease can be addressed through a Total Worker Health program, which integrates occupational safety and health protection with health promotion. Read article.

Adults who make healthier choices can turn tide on their heart disease risk
It’s never too late to change unhealthy habits and take the steps to reduce your risk for heart disease. Read full story >>

American Heart Association and Million Hearts Launch Healthy Eating Campaigns
The American Heart Association aims to increase awareness of the impact of excess sodium on heart health through its new campaign with the tagline, “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart.” The campaign’s website offers a blog, quiz, infographics, and links to lower-sodium recipes, and educational articles. The Million Hearts initiative also recently announced a new Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center, developed in partnership with the CDC and Eating-Well magazine.

Healthy You: How a colonoscopy exam can spot cancer early
Get the full scope on how this lifesaving screening can spot two of the leading cancers among men and women. Colonoscopies have a scary rap, but you can learn why they’re important, and how to make them easier, in this month’s Healthy You

Funding Opportunities- August 1, 2014

Funding Opportunity for HIA in Local Health Departments deadline August 22, 2014, 5pm ET
Through support from CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) will release in July a competitive funding opportunity for HIAs spearheaded by local health departments (LHDs). Applications will be due in August. Approximately three awards of $15,000 each will be awarded to LHDs to engage in activities that will lead to the completion of an HIA during the project period, approximately September 2014-May 2015. HIAs should focus on transportation, land use, parks and recreation, community design, or energy. An Informational call about the RFA will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 EDT. The call will be recorded and posted to the Web site listed above afterwards. Please register for the call:

Please contact with any questions.


Job Opportunities- August 1, 2014

Multnomah County Human Services (DCHS) Director
More information about the opening is here.  The county is committed to filling this important position in as timely a fashion possible with the best-qualified candidate.
The director’s job is a challenging and demanding post that requires outstanding judgment; superb communications skills; political savvy; strategic thinking; high integrity; adaptability; a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness; and accountability to multiple stakeholders.
Please note the closing for applications is August 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  For further questions please contact Department of County Assets recruiter Patsy Moushey at .

Research Analyst 4 (MCH Senior Research Analyst)
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of permanent, full-time Research Analyst 4 (MCH Senior Research Analyst) located in Portland.
To view a detailed job announcement and online application instructions, click here, or go to, select “Look for Jobs” and enter OHA14-0472 in the “Enter Keywords” search box at the bottom of the screen.
Here’s an opportunity to join a team committed to providing excellent services and to follow your interests in a large, diverse organization. Benefits include a competitive salary, health insurance, paid holidays, leave accrual and personal leave, membership in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan and opportunities to participate in the Oregon Savings Growth Plans.
OHA has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community and actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. The State of Oregon is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, culturally competent services and workplace diversity.
Scope of the Position – Closes August 6, 2014

New Jobs at Health Analytics
Data Development and Integration Manager (OHA14-0462 – open until filled)

Health Systems Data and Research Manager (OHA14-0461 – open until filled)

The Master of Science in Food Systems and Society program
Is looking for experienced instructors to develop and teach online elective courses in the following areas for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Food and Public Health
  • Global Food Politics and/or Social/Food Movements
  • Food and Labor
  • Food and Gender

The Master of Science in Food Systems and Society (FSS) is a low-residency, cohort-based degree program. Our mission is to advance equitable food systems through analysis, inquiry, and praxis. Students identify and analyze societal factors in and perspectives on food system equity, expand their ​critical thinking, collaboration, and synthesis skills for engaging social change and develop and communicate knowledge about food system equity and social change. Marylhurst University operates on a quarter-term system. ​

Application Information: Submit a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position, a CV or resume and a one-page teaching philosophy as one PDF attachment to Emily Burruel, Program Coordinator at In your cover letter, please address how you would approach one or more of the topics noted above. In your teaching philosophy statement, please address your approach to and/or experience with online teaching. No phone calls please. Position is open until filled.

Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter.
The position is now open for applications! This is the position I have held for the last three years, and it involves a lot of coalition work, government relations, volunteer recruitment and management, policy development and more. It is a competitive salary. If you or anyone else has questions about it, please feel free to ask me.

The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County
Is hiring a full time Public Health Administrator. This administrative position is a shared position, jointly appointed by and accountable to The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County Board of Directors and the Board of County Commissioners. The Administrator directs and supervises the activities of Public Health programs and activities in accordance with applicable laws and within administrative policy and acts as the agent of the Oregon State Health Division in enforcing state public health laws and administrative rules. The position will consult with the Health Officer in relation to Public Health medical matters.
Please see full position announcement: Click on the Employment Opportunities tab. See The Public Health Administrator Job Announcement.

Training Opportunities- August 1, 2014

New Walk With Ease Leader Training
FREE in-person trainings for Walk With Ease leaders that will be held in Central/Eastern Oregon in August:
August 21st: Harney Co. Courthouse, Burns, OR, at 9am-2pm
August 22nd: Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Ave., Redmond, OR, at 9am-2pm.
To register for the training, go to:

Please note that due to changes brought around by the Arthritis Foundation, in-person trainings for WWE group leaders will be discontinued as of January 1, 2015. Take this training opportunity to build capacity for physical activity programs in your communities!

Advancing Infant Health: Addressing Disparities and Identifying Legal Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is proven to have significant health benefits for infants, providing nutrients and antibodies that promote health and fight illness. But for many mothers, social, political and economic challenges impede opportunities to breastfeed. This upcoming webinar will examine racial inequalities and their impact on breastfeeding support, and highlight legal and policy strategies to strengthen systems to support breastfeeding initiation and success. The webinar takes place on Thursday, August 21 at 1 p.m. (ET).  Learn more and register for the webinar.

Community Health Workers: Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from the New England Regional Health Equity Council, August 5, 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)
The New England Regional Health Equity Council and ASTHO are hosting a webinar, which will discuss key partnerships and collaborations between CHWs, allies and other stakeholders as we continue to build a regional network to facilitate sharing of CHW workforce promising practices and policy development. Speakers will discuss the history and evolution of regional collaboration on CHWs in New England; highlight the experience of one state’s involvement in building support and policy for CHWs, and recommendations on how to build regional networks elsewhere. Click Here to Register!

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 1, 2014

TRL New Point of Sale Report to the Nation was released recently -It’s worth a look:
Some interesting facts:
There are about 28 tobacco retailers for every Starbucks
About 27 tobacco retailers for every McDonalds
Walgreens is the number 2 tobacco retailer in the country


Free podcast on e-cigarettes available now
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the first of four podcasts,
“E-Cigarettes and How to Advocate for a Tobacco-Free Future.” These podcasts continue the exploration of key topics covered at Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 16th annual national conference Dialogue for Action™: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening.

Tobacco-free Outdoors and Campuses
For states and localities considering adopting tobacco-free policies for outdoor areas, including campus grounds, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has just updated two of its popular Tips & Tools publications on these topics.

Reports and Articles 
beaches and cigs
GAO: Shift to Pipe Tobacco, Large Cigars Saves Tobacco Firms Billions in Taxes
By Mike Brunker and Joel Seidman
A 2009 law that raised federal taxes on tobacco products to discourage smoking triggered a market shift to pipe tobacco and large cigars, costing the U.S. Treasury billions in lost revenue, according to a GAO report obtained by NBC News. In some instances, it took little more than a label change to qualify for the lower tax rate, it said.

The Government Accountability Office study, which will be the focus of acongressional hearing on Tuesday, found that Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) drove manufacturers and price-conscious consumers to gravitate to pipe tobacco and so-called large cigars because it taxed them at lower rates than cigarettes, small cigars and roll-your-own tobacco.

Among what the report labeled “tax avoidance” measures were reclassifying roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco, “with minimal differences in the packaging and the appearance of the tobacco itself,” and slightly increasing the weight of so-called small cigars to qualify for the lower large-cigar tax rate.
Two recent Penn State studies have come up with interesting findings:
1. Teen smokers are better at getting their friends to join them in the habit than non-smoking teens are at getting their smoking friends to quit 2. There is a possible connection between how the brain responds to rewards and the desires to smoke: Portland Tribune:

E-cigs and Lane County
Lane County commissioners on Tuesday pondered possible county regulations for electronic cigarettes and weighed whether to require tobacco retail outlets in unincorporated Lane County to buy county business licenses: The Register-Guard:

Marion County has installed new ashtrays
near benches in front of Courthouse Square, but a sticker on the ashtrays has caused some confusion: Statesman Journal:

Focus Group study showed smokers’ were less motivated by the fear of dying than the fear of suffering, of disability, of disfigurement, and of being a burden to those around them: New York Times

Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast:

Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast:NPR:
Daily Astorian: