Funding Opportunities- February 6, 2015

Human Impact Partners (HIP) is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for our 2015-2016 Health and Equity Fellowship Program. Additional detail can be found at www.humanimpact.org.

From June 2015 – May of 2016, HIP will host one Fellow focused on building their leadership and skills in the fields of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Healthy Public Policy (HPP)/Health in All Policies (HiAP).

We are seeking a talented, self-motivated individual who is committed to health and equity for all. The HIP Fellow will be selected with the goals of increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of emerging professionals committed to promoting the consideration of health and equity in decision-making through approaches including Health Impact Assessment and Healthy Public Policy/ Health in All Policies, and building the expertise of communities that are underrepresented in decision-making processes.

Training Opportunities- February 6, 2015

Walk with a Doc: A “Simple” Solution
February 9, 1:00PM
Walk with a Doc is a grassroots effort organized by physicians to bring the benefits of regular exercise and healthy nutrition to the general public. Register.

Boosting Summer Meal Participation: Strategies and Best Practices
February 19, 2:00pm
Join NASBE as we discuss the facts of summer hunger and ways states can boost summer meal participation. Register.

Webinar: A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking Webinar
Tuesday, February 10, 2015  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

To register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/824575809760209409

The Federal Highway Administration just released “A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling,” a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. This webinar offers an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable.

Tamara Redmon, with FHWA’s Office of Safety, will introduce the guide and discuss how it fits within the US Department of Transportation’s Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative.

Laura Sandt, with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, will discuss the content of the new guide and how residents can use it, including how to identify, document, and communicate pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns; engage with a variety of groups and individuals to make improvements; explore various ways in which community members can be involved in implementing programs and changes; gain inspiration and ideas from more than a dozen success stories of other communities; and find additional resources, including tip sheets and sample materials.

Eva Garcia and Ramiro Gonzalez, with the City of Brownsville, Texas, will discuss how, through policies, programming, and new bike/ped facilities, Brownsville, a fast-growing city located on the Texas and Mexico Border with a rich cultural heritage and high poverty rates, and its partners have worked diligently to transform transportation and health within the community.

John Paul Shaffer will discuss Livable Memphis’s successes and lessons learned in advocating for and planning safer streets for bicycling and walking. Livable Memphis has used the principles of the Resident’s Guide to further its work around improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, increasing access to transit, and promoting Complete Streets in the Memphis region.

The guide is available for download at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped_cmnity/.Healthy

 

Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts
Monday, February 23, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM ET
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. The use of electronic health records can play an important role in improving health by supporting tobacco cessation efforts.

This webinar, hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) will explore and identify opportunities for using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve two of the ABCS of Million Hearts: smoking cessation efforts and improving blood pressure control. Furthermore, we will provide an overview and national perspective of EHR use, state and local examples, and available resources to support these efforts.

The intended audience for this webinar includes state health agencies, local health agencies and community-based clinics.

Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/c1xclol8vxxo&eom
NDEP Webinar Series- Population Health Management: Improving Health Where We Live, Work, and Play
Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 12:00 PM EST 1 hour. Click here to register

United States health care costs continue to soar, outpacing inflation and taking up increasingly larger portions of business, government, and consumer budgets. But while costs are rising, overall health and well-being are declining. A population health management approach considers health quality and costs beyond the clinical setting to integrate health information, management, and support into people’s daily lives.

The National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, invite you to join them in this webinar, that will show you a different way to think about health and wellness on the job and in the community.

At this webinar, you will:

  • Recognize the social, economic, and physical environmental factors that contribute to health.
  • Find out how employers and communities can work together to control health care spending plus have a positive influence on health outcomes.
  • Hear how new technologies can be used for patient engagement, education, and management.

Tap into resources for enhancing health management in the workplace, in the home, and in time off.

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- February 6, 2015

Resources

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) the main professional organization for practicing toxicologists. Occasionally, SOT develops position statements on particular issues. Recently, SOT developed a position statement on the hazards of hookah use. They have shareable info graphics as well as the statement itself online

Reports and Articles

UK Government backs standardised packaging of tobacco

MNT: January 23, 2015
After carefully considering the evidence for standardised packaging, and other relevant information, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison confirmed on 21 January that the Government backs the public health case for introducing the policy. Ministers in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will need to confirm whether they consent to the regulations applying to those parts of the UK.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:
Smoking remains one of our most significant public health challenges. It is a major cause of cancer, heart and respiratory disease and almost 80,000 people in England alone die every year from ill health caused by smoking. It places an enormous strain on the NHS.

Typical American Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million During Their Lifetimes
Time January 22, 2015
American smokers spend at least $1 million dollars on cigarette-related expenditures over their lifetimes, according to a state-by-state analysis done by the financial consultancy company WalletHub.
The most expensive state for smokers is Alaska, where the habit costs over $2 million dollars on average. For a bargain, move to South Carolina, but that still comes in at nearly $1.1 million.

Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Health Day  January 21, 2015
Little to no progress is being made in curtailing tobacco use in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association contends.
The Surgeon General’s 1964 report raised the red flag about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco, however, still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year and costs up to $333 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in the United States, says the lung association’s annual report for 2014.
“Despite cutting U.S. smoking rates by half in the last 51 years, tobacco’s ongoing burden on America’s health and economy is catastrophic,” said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association.

The CDC released a Vital Signs report
The report is on the disparities in nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke in the U.S.  The report finds that while nonsmokers’ exposure has been reduced by half between 1999-2012, approximately 1 in 4 nonsmokers remain exposed.

This Vital Signs report highlights the very striking disparities among those Americans who are still breathing secondhand smoke, especially young children, African Americans, people living in poverty, and people living in rental housing.

This report is a great opportunity for tobacco control partners to educate and reenergize our coalitions, community members, local elected officials, and our various public health, healthy housing, ethnic health, faith, and other networks and partnerships that have a stake in supporting smokefree workplaces and housing.

The full CDC Vital Signs is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/tobacco/index.html. Colorful infographics, a fact sheet, a podcast, and other materials are available to help spread the word about this report and to support the work of everyone who is engaged in increasing smokefree air protections.

Healthy Communities- February 6, 2015

Resources

tanning bed_2New CDC Resource:  “Promising Policies and Practices for Cancer Prevention: Indoor Tanning among Minors”
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and is a serious public health concern. Indoor tanning in particular may expose users to excessive levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which are not only harmful but also easily avoidable.

The public health community plays an important role in protecting young people from the harms of indoor tanning, and this publication includes steps that Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs may consider taking in their communities to address this issue.   Use this resource to explore skin cancer prevention opportunities in your community and share it with others who may be interested or benefit from the information.

By incorporating the scientific evidence and lessons learned from local, state, national, and international public health communities, we can coordinate our efforts and best use our resources to protect the future health of today’s youth.  Click on link to access PDF of resource:   Promising Policies and Practices for Cancer Prevention: Indoor Tanning among Minors

Reports and Articles
low income children New report: 4 in 10 American children live in low-income families
MNT: January, 2015
Four out of every ten American children live in low-income families, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. This finding from the 2015 edition of the center’s Basic Facts about Low-Income Children fact sheet series underscores the magnitude of the problem of family economic insecurity and child poverty in the United States. Analyzing the latest available U.S. Census data, NCCP researchers find that 44 percent of children under age 18 lived in low-income families in 2013, and 22 percent lived in poor families. Low-income families are defined as those with incomes less than two times the Federal Poverty Threshold (about $47,000 for a family of four with two children) and poor families are defined as those with incomes below the threshold (about $24,000 for a family of four with two children).

Girls who drink sugary drinks every day may start periods early
MNT
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been associated with increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study finds girls who frequently drink such beverages are likely to start menstruation earlier than those who do not consume sugary drinks, potentially putting them at higher risk of breast cancer.
The research team, led by Karin Michels, associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, publishes their findings in the journal Human Reproduction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of the US population consumes sugary drinks on any given day, including around 60% of females aged 2-19 years.

Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds
Medline Plus
People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they’ve been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report.

The new study included more than 16,000 diabetes patients, average age 68, taking drugs to lower their blood sugar. Of those patients, more than 3,200 were diagnosed with cancer.
“This study revealed that the medication adherence among users of [blood sugar-lowering drugs] was influenced by cancer diagnosis,” the researchers wrote.

Street Design Linked to Health Outcomes
A new paper published by researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Connecticut, explores links between specific characteristics of street networks and health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Findings in the report, Community Design, Street Networks, and Public Health, show that the design of street grids may have a larger impact on health outcomes than previous research suggested.   Learn more.

Mobile Monitoring of Blood Glucose Is Approved
New York Times
The FDA approved a set of mobile medical applications that allow people with diabetes to share information about the level of glucose in their blood with doctors in real time using an iPhone

PSU professor finds formaldehyde in e-cigarettes
OPB
Since e-cigarettes took over the outdoor patios of bars and coffee shops all over the country, the perception that they’re safer than tobacco cigarettes only seems to have grown. But David Peyton, a chemistry professor at Portland State University, says his new studyshould at least give users pause.

Fairview council moves forward on e-cigarette restrictions
Outlook January 23, 2015
The city of Fairview is taking decisive steps to severely restrict the use of e-cigarettes within the city limits.
The City Council, at its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, discussed the possibility of declaring an immediate emergency and enacting an ordinance restricting the use of e-cigarettes. But instead Mayor Ted Tosterud directed staff to simply amend the ordinance to declare an emergency at the second reading, scheduled for Feb. 4.
The emergency clause means the ordinance would go into effect immediately, instead of 30 days after the approval.
This decision followed a presentation by the Multnomah County Health Department concerning the use of e-cigarettes.

Citizens speak for, against a ‘smoke-free’ St. Helens
South County Spotlight
More than two dozen members of the public turned out for a public forum at St. Helens City Hall to discuss tobacco use and options the city could pursue toward becoming a “smoke-free community” Wednesday evening

Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids’ Health, Study Finds
Health Day January, 2015
On the days your kids eat pizza, they likely take in more calories, fat and sodium than on other days, a new study found.
On any given day in the United States in 2009-10, one in five young children and nearly one in four teens ate pizza for a meal or snack, researchers found.

NICE recommends Jardiance (empagliflozin) for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes to improve glycaemic control in adults
MNT
The Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly Diabetes Alliance announced today that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued its Final Appraisal Determination1 (FAD) recommending Jardiance (empagliflozin) for use within the National Health Service (NHS England) in the treatment of type 2 diabetes as follows:-

1.1 Empagliflozin in a dual therapy regimen in combination with metformin is recommended as an option for treating type 2 diabetes, only if:

  • a sulfonylurea is contraindicated or not tolerated, or
  • the person is at significant risk of hypoglycaemia or its consequences.

Health consciousness: do consumers believe healthy food always tastes bad?
MNT
Why are health awareness campaigns failing to reduce skyrocketing obesity rates? According to a new study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, consumers continue to make their eating decisions based on taste alone.

“Despite a recent trend toward healthy eating behaviors, many consumers still tend to overconsume unhealthy foods because of two facts that work in combination,” write authors Robert Mai and Stefan Hoffmann (Kiel University, Germany). “Unhealthy is widely associated with being tasty, and taste is the main driver of food decisions. There is little research on the conflict between healthiness and tastiness.”

High Cholesterol Takes Its Toll Over Time
New York Times
Having high cholesterol in your 30s and 40s increases your risk for heart disease, and the longer it stays elevated, the greater the risk, a new study reports.

Researchers studied 1,478 people, average age 55, who were free of cardiovascular disease. All had had their cholesterol levels measured periodically over the previous 20 years. The scientists followed the group for the next 15 years, during which 155 developed cardiovascular disease.

The study, published Monday in Circulation, recorded how many years each of the subjects had had elevated cholesterol levels. (The researchers measured non-HDL cholesterol levels, or total cholesterol minus HDL, with a level of 160 or above considered high.)

Tobacco- January 9, 2015

Lane County bans sales of e-cigarettes to children; decision affects 59 stores
The Oregonian
EUGENE — Lane County commissioners have voted to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
The prohibition is part of a broader anti-tobacco measure approved Tuesday on a 3-2 vote.
The measure applies only in unincorporated parts of the county, but county officials said they hope cities take their cue from it, the EugeneRegister-Guard reported. Lane County’s two major cities are Eugene and Springfield
The county says 59 retailers would be governed by the rules. About 250 other retailers inside cities won’t be.

Reports and Articles
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Health Org Launches New Resource To Help American Indians Quit Smoking
WMP
Early next year, a Denver-based health organization will launch the very first telephone quit line specifically for American Indians looking to stop smoking tobacco. The service will be available in Wyoming and several other states.
National Jewish Health in Denver has been operating successful telephone quitlines for more than a decade. But with quit rates flat-lining, the group has decided to target a specific demographic with its American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program.

About 1 in 4 mental health treatment facilities offer services to quit smoking.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Nov. 25, 2014
Only 24.2% of the nation’s 9,048 mental health treatment facilities that responded to the survey question about smoking cessation programs actually offered services to quit smoking.

Smoking Cessation Does Not Interfere With Recovery From Substance Use.
National Institute on Drug Abuse – Oct. 30, 2014
Smoking cessation appears unlikely to hinder and may even help recovery from substance use disorders and from mood and anxiety disorders.

Child in New York dies after consuming nicotine-infused e-cigarette liquid
Health authorities have warned that the accessibility of e-cigarette liquid, which can be purchased by anyone in many states, poses a threat to children. Now the nicotine-infused liquid has taken the life of a toddler.
A boy in New York state has died after ingesting the substance.
The New York Daily News reported that the 1-year-old boy may be the first such casualty in the United States.
He was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after being found unconscious at his home in upstate New York and was pronounced dead a short time later.
It’s unclear how the boy, who has not been named, obtained the liquid.
The liquids are infused with candy-like flavors that have the same chemical profile as the real thing, according to a study by Portland State University Professor James Pankow.

Race to Deliver Nicotine’s Punch, With Less Risk
NYT 12.24.14
The rush by Philip Morris and other tobacco companies to develop new ways of selling nicotine is occurring as more consumers are trying e-cigarettes, devices that heat a nicotine-containing fluid to create a vapor that users inhale. While only a small percentage of smokers have switched to the devices — experts say early e-cigarettes did not deliver enough nicotine to satisfy a smoker’s cravings — major tobacco companies are deploying their financial resources and knowledge in a bid to dominate a potentially huge market for cigarette alternatives.

Cytisine versus Nicotine for Smoking Cessation
NEJM
BACKGROUND
Placebo-controlled trials indicate that cytisine, a partial agonist that binds the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and is used for smoking cessation, almost doubles the chances of quitting at 6 months. We investigated whether cytisine was at least as effective as nicotine-replacement therapy in helping smokers to quit.

Survey finds e-cigarettes surpass regular smoking for U.S. teens
NPR News
The government’s annual drug use survey finds that electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens.
The National Institutes of Health report says tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows. Just 4 percent of eighth-graders said they had smoked a traditional cigarette in the previous month, but nearly 9 percent said they’d used an e-cigarette. And use increased with age. Seventeen percent of high school seniors said they’d used an e-cigarette.
Researchers call the popularity of e-cigarettes surprising. University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston leads the annual Monitoring the Future survey. He says he’s worried that the progress made over the last two decades to cut smoking “could be reversed” by the introduction of e-cigarettes.

Teen prescription opioid abuse, cigarette, and alcohol use trends down
Use of cigarettes, alcohol, and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013 while marijuana use rates were stable, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). However, use of e-cigarettes, measured in the report for the first time, is high.

Are states spending enough on tobacco control and prevention?
(The Washington Post) — Despite collecting billions in tobacco-related revenues, states plan to
spend relatively little on control and prevention programs in the 2015 fiscal year.

States this fiscal year are expected to collect $25.6 billion in revenues from payouts from the blockbuster 1998 tobacco settlement as well as tobacco taxes, according to a new report, by a coalition of groups opposed to smoking. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends states spend $3.3 billion overall on control and prevention. Yet states only have plans to spend $490 million—the equivalent of about 15 percent of the CDC-recommended amount and 2 percent of the tobacco-related revenues.

 

Healthy Communities- January 9, 2015

Healthy Communities
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Major Portland hospital system ditches sugary drinks
Providence Health decides that selling sugary drinks does not support its mission to creating healthier communities.
It’s the end of the line for sugary beverages at Providence Health & Services’ hospitals in Oregon.
Starting this week, Providence will start swapping out regular sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, prepackaged sweetened coffee and tea, flavored water with added sugar, and sugar-sweetened fruit drinks with healthier options at hospitals and other offices in Oregon that have vending machines, cafes, or gift shops.

Resources

appleandbooks

Public Health and Land Use Planning Jargon Translated Public health terms for planners & planning terms for public health professionals.
This useful factsheet helps cross the divide, prepared by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, funded by the CDC.

AARP Livable Communities
AARP has a new area of their web site, “Livable Communities” and publishes an award-winning monthly e-newsletter with a wealth of information. Each issue contains a mix of new research, best practices, community resources and information about age-friendly efforts from places near and far. It’s an easy way to stay informed. On this area of the web site, you will also find the forthcoming “Livability Index,” a way to gauge the progress of communities across the United States in becoming more accessible and appropriate for people of all ages. Here’s a sampling of recent editions:
15 Cities That are Working to Be Great for Older Adults (Nov. 2014)
11 Ways to Create Great Places (Oct. 2014)
U.S. Housing ‘Unprepared’ for Wave of Older Adults (Sept. 2014)
How to Create a Grandparents Park (Aug. 2014)
Slideshow: A House That Can Be a Home for Life (July 2014)
Where Have All Our Young People Gone? (June 2014)
The Most Dangerous Places to Be a Pedestrian (May 2014)
Slideshow: The 8 Domains of Livability (April 2014)
Texas is Becoming More Walkable (March 2014)
Portland Takes Age-Friendly Action (Feb. 2014)

Reports and Articles 

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Impact of the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program on Arthritis Symptoms in African Americans
Preventing Chronic Disease 2014
Inadequate program design and lack of access to evidence-based programs are major barriers to the management of chronic diseases such as arthritis, particularly for African Americans. This study evaluates the effectiveness of the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program (WWE) in a subsample of African Americans who were part of a larger study that established evidence of the program’s efficacy.

Sorry, but being slim may be no defence against diabetes
DailyMail
Yet an annual test at my GP surgery revealed I had high blood sugar — 9millimoles per litre, while a normal level is 4-6mmol/l. Tests confirmed I was type 2 diabetic.
In type 2, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep glucose levels normal (in type 1, it stops producing insulin altogether), and if I didn’t take action I could suffer bad sight, poor kidneys, heart failure and strokes.
I could eventually be on medication, and, most alarmingly, would be 36 per cent more likely to die early.
The condition affects more than two million people in the UK, with numbers expected to soar in the next decade.
The increase is blamed on rising obesity levels, as diabetes is thought to be triggered by excess weight.
But I have always been a healthy weight (I am 5ft 7in and weighed just 10st 7lb at the time), had no family history, ate a fairly healthy diet, never smoked, and did not have a sweet tooth

Salt, not high blood pressure, may be to blame for that headache
MNT
The study authors – led by Dr. Lawrence Appel, director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD – note that headache is a common medical problem around the world and is one of the most frequently reported nervous system disorders.
Worldwide, they note that 46% of adults have a reported active headache disorder, causing many to have a poor quality of life and higher number of days absent from work.

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Dec. 16, 2014 — People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with more of some types of cancer — and are more likely to die from cancer — than people without diabetes, a new Australian study shows.

The researchers say that close follow-up, given right after a diabetes diagnosis, might partly explain the increased cancer risk seen. But these factors “do not explain increased risks 2 years following diabetes diagnosis, particularly for cancers of the pancreas, liver, kidney, and endometrium.”

Women with dense breasts will have to look beyond ultrasound for useful supplemental breast cancer screening
MNT
Supplemental ultrasound screening for all U.S. women with dense breasts would substantially increase healthcare costs with little improvement in overall health, according to senior author Anna Tosteson, ScD, at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Update: Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2014;63
CDC is assisting ministries of health and working with other organizations to end the ongoing epidemic of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in West Africa. The updated data in this report were compiled from situation reports from three countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). As of December 7, a total of 17,908 Ebola cases have been reported from West Africa, and a total of 6,373 deaths have occurred.

People with economic woes fall short on diabetes care
Data on 411 diabetes patients showed those with economic insecurities — low income or food or medicine insecurity — were more likely to have poor diabetes management than those without. The findings appear in JAMA Internal Medicine. Reuters (12/29)

Bicycling and Walking in the United States: The 2014 Benchmarking Report
In conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, the Alliance for Biking and Walking publishes the biennial Benchmarking Report to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 52 largest U.S. cities, and a select number of midsized cities. The Report combines original research with over 20 government data sources to compile data on bicycling and walking levels and demographics, safety, funding, policies, infrastructure, education, public health indicators, and economic impacts. It’s an essential go-to resource for public officials, advocates, decision makers, and researchers to see what the trends are, as well as what solutions are emerging to better support and promote these healthy, active forms of travel.
This year saw an investment by the CDC, and more health data appears than ever before. Showcased on the web site are “8 Fascinating Facts” including #4: People are healthier in states where more people bike and walk. The graph below shows diabetes rates in states, plotted against the percent of the population that walks or bikes to work.

Beaverton Featured by Smart Growth America as a Model of Compact, Small Town Development
Located just seven miles west of Portland, OR, the City of Beaverton is using community input to create an extraordinary small-town experience. Already well-regarded for its great schools and green space, Beaverton is home to Nike Headquarters, Columbia Sports, over 16,000 tech employees, and one of the busiest transit hubs in the metro region. This diversified economy has given rise to a diverse Beaverton: one out of every four city residents was born outside of the U.S., and over 100 different languages are spoken in area homes.

Mayor Denny Doyle, a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, has taken all of these important factors into consideration during his six years in office. He considers Beaverton’s diversity a strong asset and works hard to see that every voice is heard. The City’s commitment to community involvement played an essential role in the recently adopted Creekside District Master Plan, which aims to restore three creeks and help create a thriving downtown near the busy transit stop.

The Creekside District Master Plan was started about three years ago. Partially funded by a Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Cities Grant, the plan aims to redevelop a 50-acre area around a local creek and transit center, with the ultimate goal of creating a central downtown where people can live and work near transit. “We want this area to come to life,” says Mayor Doyle of the project’s focal point. “It has been asleep for a long time.” The planned first step involves redeveloping a five-acre area next to Beaverton City Hall, which will serve as a catalyst for the rest of the area. [read more…]

Training Opportunities- January 9, 2015

New York State Prevention Agenda Webinar Series: Implementing Complete Streets Public Awareness Campaigns  January 13, 2015, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
One of the goals of the NYS Prevention Agenda is to promote attention to the health implications of policies and actions that occur outside of the health sector, including transportation and public safety. Complete streets policies create safer and smarter multi-modal transportation networks for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. Complete streets policies are ultimately geared towards promoting healthy lifestyles. Learn how two New York communities have used public awareness campaigns to encourage their residents to use walking and biking facilities or trail networks that have been established as a result of complete streets projects.
For more information, please visit our websiteCall us at 518.402.0330 or e-mail coned@albany.edu if you need assistance. Click here to Register

Training opportunity for state teams: Walking Action Institute
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors released a call for applications for the Action Institute to Increase Walking and Walkability for Interdisciplinary State Teams May 4-6, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee. The National Physical Activity Society and other partners — such as America Walks, the University of South Carolina, and Active Living by Design — have collaborated with NACDD on the development of this institute, which will be led by Mark Fenton. Applications Due January 30 – Applicants must gather a team that includes representatives of both public health and transportation. The request for applications is found on the NACDD web page.

Paid Federal Internship Opportunities
The Washington Center, in partnership with HBCU Connect, has announced summer 2015 paid federal internships through the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative.   Students will have the opportunity to intern with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Library of Congress (LOC) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Applications are at  www.twc.edu/federal

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for 7th Annual Health Disparities Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University
CONFERENCE THEME: Research, Practice and Policy for Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Towards Justice in the Era of Health Disparities, the School to Prison Pipeline, Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow. Submit your abstract for a paper, panel or poster by January 9, 2015 for presentation at the 7th Annual Health Disparities Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City on March 6-7, 2015.

Please join CSPI
and author Dr. Deborah A. Cohen for a webinar and tweet chat about her book A Big Fat Crisis, which is now available in paperback.  Links to register, and to submit questions for the tweet chat, are below.
In A Big Fat Crisis, Dr. Cohen helps to shift the conversation surrounding the obesity crisis.  Based on her research, as well as insights from behavioral economics and cognitive science, Dr. Cohen explores what drives the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can address it.
Join us for these two events:

Webinar: A Big Fat Crisis – Drivers of the Obesity Epidemic & What to Do About It
Register here
Date: Tuesday, January 13
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 noon PT / 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Tweet Chat: A Big Fat Crisis – A Discussion with Dr. Deborah A. Cohen
Register and submit your question here
Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 noon PT / 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Hashtag: #ABigFatCrisis

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