Funding Opportunities – August 11, 2016

The HEAL Cities Campaign: call for applications

The grant funding is designed to assist cities in implementing HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) policies with a focus on addressing health inequities. All cities that join the HEAL Cities Campaign by August 31, 2016 are eligible to apply.  HEAL Cities Small Grants has a pool of $35,000 and will be disbursed in amounts between $5,000 and $15,000 to up to six (6) cities to implement HEAL policies.

Applications are due by September 30, 2016 at 5 p.m. Grant awardees will be announced on November 1, 2016. Only HEAL Cities are eligible to apply for Small Grants for HEAL Cities. Cities that have not joined the Campaign by August 31, 2016 are ineligible for the 2016 Small Grants. All of this information and documents can be found on the HEAL website. Contact Karli Thorstenson (, 503.227.5502 x223) for questions or for more information on the application process.

Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign – two grant opportunities

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health with the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative. Through this collaboration, and in partnership with a team of experts across the healthy eating and active living movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. Voices for Healthy Kids will advance coordinated state, local, and tribal public policy issue advocacy campaigns focused on healthy eating and active living, and will utilize the American Heart Association’s proven advocacy capacity to drive meaningful and widespread policy change. More about these grant opportunities and application materials are located here.

Job Opportunities – August 11, 2016

New Healthy Communities Coordinator Position Opening for Douglas County

As part of Adapt’s Prevention Department, the Healthy Communities Coordinator (HCC) performs a variety of activities to strengthen, maintain, and leverage collaborations and achieve priority policy, system and environmental change aimed to increase access to physical activity, improve nutrition, support tobacco prevention, and promote self-management of chronic conditions. The HCC works with a wide network of community partners and stakeholders to promote a healthy, active Douglas County.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a health or education field with three years of experience working in public health, or a Master’s degree in public health or education with at least one year of experience.

The HCC must be able to: 1) establish and maintain linkages/partnerships with key stakeholders and decision-makers to affect public opinion on chronic disease prevention, 2) develop, implement and monitor the Healthy Communities Local Program Plan consistent with established program assurances from the Oregon Health Authority, 3) apply public health principles, strategies and resources to advance Healthy Communities priorities, 4) communicate effectively orally and in writing with lay and professional audiences and multiple sectors, 5) interact sensitively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences, 6) utilize technology and computer systems to participate in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation, summary, and presentation, 7) demonstrate excellent initiative, critical thinking skills and flexibility to changing program and community needs, 8) participate in required and optional meetings, trainings and capacity building opportunities to support and sustain Healthy Communities goals and objectives.

For more information about this position or to apply, please contact Cati Adkins, Adapt Prevention Director at or call 541-492-0145.

Training Opportunities – August 11, 2016

Webinar: Hospital Food Service Programs

August 23, 2016 from 1:00-2:30pm EST

Call Number: 866-581-9669, participant code 31358597

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Join this webinar sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn about the Wisconsin Healthy Hospitals Community of Practice and about how Sauk Prairie Healthcare hospital is making progress in food service operations to improve nutrition and wellness practices, particularly with local food suppliers. Presenters will talk about the hospital sodium reduction toolkit and the benefits and challenges related to all hospitals working with Performance Food Group for distribution.

Webinar: Breastfeeding in the Community: Implementation that Works!

August 31, 2016, 11am                                       Register here

Join the NACCHO Breastfeeding Team to discuss outcomes and lessons learned from the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer and Professional Support Project, the largest nationally coordinated implementation of community-level breastfeeding support initiatives. NACCHO provided training, technical assistance and funding to local health departments, community based organizations, hospitals, and clinics across the nation. This interactive webinar will pinpoint what worked in the field and identify implications for current and future public health breastfeeding initiatives in the community.

Webinar: First Mile, Last Mile: Connections to Transit

September 8, 2016, 11am                                      Register here

Walkability and good public transit are natural partners because together they provide a reliable, supportive infrastructure for people to live well without a car. Learn about the power of combining walkability and public transit during the First Mile, Last Mile: Connections to Transit webinar. This webinar will explore ways for transit advocates and walkable community advocates to work together to create solutions in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Summit: Transportation and Communities

September 8-9, 2016, Portland, Oregon

The annual Transportation & Communities Summit at Portland State University is coming up. This year, in addition to a day of sessions on transportation issues (including some health-related ones on equity, safety, and disaster preparedness), there will be a full day of workshops, including one on the use of the Integrated Transport and Health Impacts Model (ITHIM), which is quickly gaining traction locally and nationally in the transportation planning world and has been adapted for use in Oregon by the Oregon Health Authority. Find more information here.

Tobacco – August 11, 2016

CDC Releases Updated Data on Disparities in Adult Smoking

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report provides updated estimates of cigarette smoking by race and ethnicity among U.S. adults at least 18 years of age. The data was sourced from 2002-2005 and 2010-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health results. Although there were significant declines in smoking rates among whites, blacks, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Central and South Americans, this trend did not apply to all subgroups. While aggregate data shows lower smoking prevalence among Asians (10.9%) and Hispanics (19.9%), the findings highlight disproportionately higher prevalence among Koreans (26.6%) and Puerto Ricans (28.5%). American Indians and Alaska Natives were found to have the highest smoking prevalence (38.9%). These disparities point to the need to tailor evidence-based tobacco control strategies toward groups with the highest smoking prevalence.

The TCN policy recommendations

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) released the 2016 TCN Policy Recommendations. The Recommendations reflect the Network’s priorities and declare a vision and direction for those policy and system changes which the TCN believes are most important to reducing and eliminating the health issues caused by tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

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Updated information about adult tobacco use

Based on data from the 2013-2014 National Adult Tobacco Survey, a new CDC report indicates that 21.3%  of U.S. adults used a tobacco product every day or some days. Cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product during 2013-2014, though use has been declining. The report points to the continued need for evidence- and population-based interventions to reduce tobacco use and related death and disease.

Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer

Individuals in certain communities are at more risk to become smokers and suffer from tobacco-related disease and death. Social and economic differences, historical factors and cultural practices have all contributed to higher rates of tobacco use and related disease in some populations. Despite decades of progress reducing tobacco use, recent data from the CDC indicates that people with less education and lower incomes are still using tobacco at alarming rates. Read more about economics of tobacco use.


Raising the tobacco age to 21

Since most tobacco users start before 18, and nearly all start before age 25, raising the minimum age of sale for cigarettes and all tobacco products to 21 is a critical tool that can help end the tobacco epidemic. Lean more about why the Truth Initiative strongly supports Tobacco-21 and what other policies and measures contribute to decreasing tobacco use among youth and in the population generally.

Reducing smoking reduces suicidality among individuals with psychosis: Complementary outcomes from a Healthy Lifestyles intervention study

This study suggests that smoking interventions may have benefits over and above those for improved physical health, by reducing suicidal ideation in people with psychosis.

Use of multiple tobacco products in a national sample of persons enrolled in addiction treatment

Heavier smokers and those trying to quit may be more likely to use e-cigarettes, little filtered cigars, or smokeless tobacco and have greater susceptibility to their advertising. Read more about the importance of regulating advertising related to smoking cessation as their effectiveness for this purpose has not been demonstrated.

Who smokes menthols?

Menthol smokers are more likely to be female, black or Hispanic, or identify as LGBT compared to non-menthol smokers. Those are the latest findings from Truth Initiative’s Young Adult Cohort Study.menthol_

Efforts to Ban Menthol and Flavored Tobacco Products

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has taken historical measures during its annual convention as delegates adopted a resolution supporting efforts to restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. This resolution aims to support state and local restrictions on these products, which Big Tobacco has historically targeted toward youth and African Americans. The resolution will be presented to the NAACP Board of Directors for possible ratification in October.

Resources for Tobacco-Free Assisted Living

The Public Health Law Center, with funding from ClearWay Minnesota, created a resource page highlighting key priorities for addressing tobacco use in residential care settings. The toolkit includes a summary of state regulations, priority guidelines, and tools for implementing tobacco policies in assisted living residences. These resources provide public health rationale for reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke to many vulnerable members, residents, and staff in U.S. residential care settings.

New facts on hookah use

HOOKAH-31-9849175Young adults perceive hookah to be less harmful than cigarettes. Read about the latest data showing that hookah use among high school students increased by more than 50 percent from 2011 to 2015.


Social Disparities in Unaided Quit Attempts Among Daily Current and Former Smokers: Results From the 2010–2011 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population

This study analyzed a nationally representative sample to assess sociodemographic determinants in past and current daily smokers who reported making unaided quit attempts, compared to quit attempts that involved use of smoking cessation aids. Data indicated that unaided quit attempts were more common among males, younger age groups, individuals of black non-Hispanic race and ethnicity, and among people of lower income. Researchers conclude these findings could be used to inform smoking cessation interventions that encourage specific sub-populations to use smoking cessation aids in their quit attempts.

Healthy Communities – August 11, 2016

August is the National Breastfeeding Month!

Use CDC resources for promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public’s health.

breastfeedingPhysical Activity 2016: Progress and Challenges

In 2012, The Lancet published its first Series on physical activity, which concluded that physical inactivity is as important a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases as obesity and tobacco. Four years later, the second Series presents an update of the field, including progress in epidemiological research, global surveillance, intervention strategies, and policy actions. The papers will also feature the largest harmonized meta-analysis on the joint health effects of sedentary behavior and physical activity, and the first global estimate of the economic burden of physical inactivity. The Series encourages policy makers to take physical activity more seriously and to provide sufficient capacity and funding to implement national policies. Without a rapid increase in action, the WHO target of a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025 will not be reached. We must continue to strive towards the longer term goal: the integration of physical activity into our daily lives.

Collaborating to Advance Cancer Control in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

AI_The Planning Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2016 Cancer Summit released a report Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The State of Cancer Control in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. The report describes efforts to reduce the burden of cancer in the communities by maintaining and supporting strong, statewide (or jurisdiction-wide) coalitions of cancer prevention and control stakeholders; and implementing statewide (or jurisdiction-wide) cancer control plans that emphasize the primary prevention of cancer; support people who have been diagnosed with cancer through treatment and beyond; and increase access to quality health care for all people, including those in communities with a higher burden of cancer.

Strategies to improve rural health

This year the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found that rural areas are lagging behind urban places. While rates of premature death are improving in urban areas, they are getting worse for rural populations. So what can rural areas do to reverse this trend? This new report, prepared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, outlines evidence-informed and innovative strategies to improve health for rural populations. With more than 65 policy, systems, and environmental changes that can be made in rural areas, “What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health” can help rural communities take action to address their local challenges.

Salt sensitivity of blood pressure

The American Heart Association released a Scientific Statement on Salt Sensitivity of Blood Pressure (SSBP).  The statement includes the historical perspective of SSBP and development in animal models, management of SSBP in humans, including the variability, reproducibility, assessment, and treatment options, and implications of SSBP for public health.

A guide for school-level implementation of wellness policies and practices

Maryland Public Schools released this guide to enhance opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity for Maryland students by helping schools and school systems create and implement strong and comprehensive written wellness policies. Based on research in Maryland and across the nation, these recommendations were developed to support the implementation of wellness policies within school systems and schools.

Associations between cardiovascular health and health-related quality of life

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for about 1 in 3 deaths annually. The economic burden of CVD accounts for over $120 billion per year in lost productivity costs from premature illness and death. The American Heart Association established seven cardiovascular health metrics as targets for promoting healthier lives. These seven metrics are normal blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, not having diabetes, not smoking, being physically active, and having adequate fruit or vegetable intake. Read more about this CDC study here.


Searchable library for Million Hearts tools and resources

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials expanded and improved the virtual resource library for the Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative, Tools for Change, which provides tools and resources from states, national organizations, and federal agencies to drive the work of states and territories toward improving hypertension identification and control. On the new website, users can search for resources by category (e.g. community-clinical linkages, data-driven action, financing and policy, etc.), by resource type (e.g. workflows and protocols or data systems tools), or state.

Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

The Rural Health Information Hub released a Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit designed to help communities pinpoint factors that promote obesity, convene partners to address those issues, and apply evidence-based solutions. The toolkit offers seven modules that look at factors such as environmental characteristics, transportation options, availability of healthy foods, availability of public health funding, and access to healthcare.

Rules on smart snacks, wellness policies, school meal program reviews, and community eligibility provision

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released four final rules on Smart Snacks, local school wellness policies, school meal program reviews, and the Community Eligibility Provision. These rules finalize changes initiated with the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and strengthen the commitment to creating healthier school environments.

Aging & Health: Active Life Expectancy In The Older US Population, 1982–2011: Differences Between Blacks And Whites Persisted

Understanding long-range trends in longevity and disability is useful for projecting the likely impact of the baby-boom generation on long-term care utilization and spending. This study examined changes in active life expectancy in the United States from 1982 to 2011 for white and black adults ages sixty-five and older. For whites, longevity increased, disability was postponed to older ages, the locus of care shifted from nursing facilities to community settings, and the proportion of life at older ages spent without disability increased. In contrast, for blacks, longevity increases were accompanied by smaller postponements in disability, and the percentage of remaining life spent active remained stable and well below that of whites. Older black women were especially disadvantaged in 2011 in terms of the proportion of years expected to be lived without disability. Public health measures directed at older black adults—particularly women—are needed to offset impending pressures on the long-term care delivery system as the result of population aging.

Tobacco – July 28, 2016

Congratulations, Pennsylvania!

tobacco-taxesPennsylvania raised tobacco tax by $1! The tobacco tax increase is truly a win-win-win solution for Pennsylvania – a health win that will reduce tobacco use and save lives, a financial win that will help raise needed revenue, and a political win that polls show is popular with voters. The only group that will benefit if there is no cigarette tax increase or just a small one is Big Tobacco. Legislators need to decide whose side they are on in this fight.

Nationally, studies show that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by about 7 percent and overall cigarette consumption by about 4 percent. Pennsylvania can expect the $1 cigarette tax increase to:

  • Prevent more than 48, 100 Pennsylvania kids from becoming smokers
  • Spur more than 65,600 current adult smokers to quit
  • Save 32,200 Pennsylvanians from premature, smoking-caused deaths
  • Save $2.19 billion in future health care costs.

Read more here.

CDC report investigates impacts of raising retail cigarette prices and eliminating discounts

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health released a report estimating the impact that three price scenarios would have in reducing the prevalence of cigarette use. Tobacco use prevalence is estimated by state and by age group for each of these scenarios.

Resources to help people with diabetes quit smoking

quitStudies show that tobacco use may increase blood sugar levels and lead to insulin resistance. The more you smoke, the greater your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Heavy smokers—those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day—almost double their risk of developing diabetes when compared with nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have difficulty managing their blood sugar levels.

Help is available by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers with Diabetes. Spanish-speakers can call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) or visit CDC’s Consejos de Exfumadores website.

Secondhand smoke exposure higher in multi-unit housings than single-family homes

CDC released a study analyzing tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, and smoke-free home rules. Researchers found that Americans living in multi-unit housing are more likely to use tobacco products and less likely to have smoke-free home rules than those living in single-family homes, with 34 percent of multi-unit housing residents experiencing involuntary home secondhand smoke exposure. These disparities highlight the need for further implementation of smoke-free policies and access to more tobacco cessation resources to better protect multi-unit housing residents.


Reframing “tobacco control” into a traditional tobacco movement

As successes mount in reducing commercial tobacco use, an alarming disparity has taken shape in Minnesota. Recent studies revealed that overall smoking rates have dropped to 14%, whereas American Indians’ rates remain higher than 50%. With support from ClearWay Minnesota, the organization created from the state’s tobacco settlement, advocates working within sovereign tribal governments to create smoke-free policies came together to discuss effective strategies within tribal Nations. We discussed the history behind mainstream tobacco control’s failure to resonate with Native audiences and the need to reframe the movement to a goal of restoring traditional tobacco practices. Read more about this critical area for achieving health equity and provide recommendations for tribes, non-Indian advocates, and funders, with a plea for tribal inclusion in commercial tobacco “end-game” strategies.

NAACP back menthol restrictions

During the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, delegates endorsed a resolution expressing support for local and statewide bans on flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes. The resolution now moves to the Board of Directors for possible ratification in October. Read more about this historic move.


Job Opportunities – July 28, 2016

Community Health Improvement Coordinator in Lake County

Community Health Improvement Coordinator position is housed within the administration department of Lake Health District, under the limited supervision of Chief Operating Officer and mentoring by the Oregon Office of Rural Health. The Community Health Improvement Coordinator acts with independent judgment in implementing a community-based health improvement project. Position requires experience demonstrating independent judgment, self-starter, and ability to research, present and disseminate data. Ability and experience preferred involving marketing, advertising, public speaking, implementation and leadership of group meetings. Requires strong oral and written skills, high-level computer / software abilities and ability to multi-task.  More information here.