Funding Opportunities- August 21, 2015

2016 Call for Applications Now Open
Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Applications will be accepted August 10, 2015 through November 12, 2015 at 3pm ET. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished.

The 2016 call for applications for the Culture of Health Prize is now open. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation.

Is your community the next Prize winner? >

Training Opportunities- August 21, 2015

Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care, August 25, 2 p.m. EDT
The Affordable Care Act has led to expansions in health insurance coverage. But racial and ethnic minorities still are more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care and have worse health outcomes. These health disparities threaten our nation’s health. Register now!

Webinar: Building a Healthy Corner Store Network
August 27, 1:00-2:00pm Eastern
This upcoming webinar explores strategies, tactics, best practices, and lessons learned on launching and implementing healthy corner store networks by highlighting existing efforts in New Jersey; San Jose, California; and Cleveland, Ohio. Click here to register.

American Heart Association, 2015 Worksite Wellness Summit: September 1, 2015
Only a couple of weeks until the American Heart Association’s 6th Annual Worksite Wellness Summit on September 1, 2015 from 7:30 am – 4 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. This year’s theme is Building a Culture of Health. Hear the latest research, tools, and methods that will take your wellness efforts to new dimensions! Visit www.worksitewellnesssummit.org for more information and to register.

 Webinar: Resources for Evaluating Community-level Obesity Prevention Efforts 
August 25, 12:00pm ET
In 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress. This webinar will provide introductory remarks about the 2013 IOM Report, and will feature steps in community evaluation and related resources for supporting evaluation efforts. To join: Please dial 877-278-2734 and use participant pin number 714652. Please click the following link or copy/paste it in your web browser to join Glance: http://ctb.glance.net?key=4082

 The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Institute Launches Free Online Training
Communication Training for Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Professionals 101: Media Planning and Media Relations is a free online trainingIt walks participants through the process of media planning, creating media-friendly materials and building relationships with journalists. It includes background information, resources and customizable templates, so after completing the training, you will have a tailored media plan and media-ready materials for your cancer control program to use.

The training is accompanied by a Guide, which can also be used as a standalone resource.

  • This training is the first of a two-part series on cancer control communication and is designed for participants purely interested in creating a media plan to fulfill their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deliverable.
  • Part 2, Communication Training for Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Professionals 102: Making Communication Campaigns Evidence-Based, which will be available in late 2015, will be for participants who want more in-depth training on organizing an evidence-based communication campaign.

To enroll, visit the Online Academy and use code COMM101 (note, this is case sensitive).

For additional information, download the promotional flyer (also attached).

 SAVE-THE-DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tobacco Use Among American Indian/Alaska Native Adults and Youth
Paul Mowery, MA
To join, clink on link: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/ihs-hpdp
No registration required.
This web-based session is scheduled for 1 hour.

Learning Objectives – At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand trends in cigarette smoking among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth and young adults compared with white youth and young adults.
  2. Identify key indicators helpful for tobacco interventions among youth and young adults in AI/AN communities.
  3. Recognize differences in AI/AN youth and young adult smoking prevalence across U.S regions.

8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco
April 18-20, 2016
Scholarships Now Available

The scholarship fund gives the opportunity to attend the 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco to interested individuals who face financial limitations. Scholarships are available to all those working to eliminate the use of smokeless and spit tobacco. Scholarships are intended to cover partial or full registration fees only.

Please note:

  • Applicants must not be employed by the tobacco industry.
  • The applicant’s agency/organization may not be receiving monies from the tobacco industry.

For more information, please visit our website.

Only 16 days left to submit your abstracts!
The National Steering Committee for the 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco (NSST) invites your participation in helping to advance leadership, research, and programs aimed at reducing the threat posed by the use of smokeless and spit tobacco products.

Abstracts are due by August 31, 2015. We will notify you of your submission’s status no later than November 6, 2015.

For more information, please visit: http://www.smokelesstobaccosummit.com/call-for-abstracts-2/

2015 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting 
Registration Now Open!
Date: Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Time: Doors open at 8:00 am; presentations begin at 9:00 am and run throughout the day.
Location: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

OPHA’s Annual Conference and Meeting has been the state’s leading public health event for 71 years. The conference is a unique and important opportunity for public health stakeholders throughout the state to come together for an in-depth, in-person meeting. For professionals working in Oregon’s remote locations, the conference is a rare chance to learn and network with their peers. Physicians, Administrators, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Researchers, Non-profit Executives, CCO Executives & Partners, and Students are all invited to be a part of this exciting event!

At OPHA 2015 you’ll find the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Highlights include:

Education: More than 70 presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session.

Networking Events: Connect with other public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest during plentiful breaks, receptions, and evening events.

Association Awards: Join OPHA in recognizing Oregon’s public health advocates and leaders. Click here to nominate a person or organization that you would like to see receive an OPHA award – Nominations are due September 4th. Download the OPHA award criteria here.

Professional Opportunities, Products and Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the new Exhibit Hall.

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 21, 2015

Resources

Multi-ethnic elementary school students (5 and 6 years) in school bus, looking out windows.

Go Back to School Tobacco-free!
To help you spread the word about the importance of helping kids stay or become tobacco-free, we are pleased to share the following resources that you can use in your media/communication efforts and social media channels as the new school year approaches.

Sample Social Media Posts

  • In 2014, 4.6 million U.S. middle & high school students used at least 1 tobacco product. Help kids go #B2Stobaccofree
  • The earlier adolescents start using tobacco products, the stronger their nicotine addiction will be. #B2Stobaccofree

Other Resources

  • The Smokefree Teen site can help youth tobacco users quit. For back-to-school season, it is launching an update of the quitSTART app, with badges, crave and slip tips, inspirational quotes, games, and progress tracking to help teens quit.

Create Change: A Student Toolkit from the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative provides resources and tools to establish a tobacco-free or smokefree campus policy. The toolkit contains step-by-step tips, including activity suggestions, key messages, and much more.

Reports and Articles

ecigsmoke E-cigarettes a gateway to traditional smoking, study finds
Teenagers who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to smoke cigarettes, cigars or hookahs than classmates who had never tried the devices, a new study finds.

The research comes amid fears among health officials that e-cigarettes open a gateway to smoking traditional tobacco products and devices which involve inhaling smoke. Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn nicotine-infused liquid into a vapor.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted among ninth-graders at 10 public schools in Los Angeles who had never used e-cigarettes at the start of the study in the fall of 2013. The students completed follow-up assessments at the six-month and one-year marks.

Oxford Journals Publish the August 2015 Issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research
It is a themed issue which includes research and commentary on Interventions to Reduce Tobacco-Related Health Disparities. To browse this month’s articles, visit: http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/8.toc

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Oregon is featured!!
The Center for Public Health Systems Science is pleased to release its latest product from the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project. The report details experiences from the 2014 pilot of the Standardized Tobacco Assessments for Retail Settings (STARS) tool in four states: Indiana, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont. Though STARS was released only one year ago, communities in at least half of the 50 states are now using the assessment tool to build awareness, compare tobacco’s presence across neighborhoods, and gather evidence to support local and state tobacco control policies. To read the report, click HERE.

New Research: Using Lung Cancer Screening As An Opportunity To Help Smokers Quit
July 29, 2015 by Stephanie R. Land, PhD (National Cancer Institute)
Smoking causes about 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States.  Recent medical recommendations are expected to dramatically increase the number of heavy smokers who  undergo annual screening for lung cancer.  These screening appointments represent an important point where clinicians and other members of the health care team can help patients stop the behavior that brought them in for the screening.

The question is not whether clinicians should help people being screened from lung cancer quit smoking.  Rather, the question is how best to help smokers quit.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that current or former heavy smokers aged 55 to 80 undergo annual screening for lunch cancer with low-dose helical computed tomography (LDCT).  Under the Affordable Care Act, USPSTF prevention recommendations of grade A or B (such as the recommendations for lung cancer screening with LDCT) must be covered by all health insurance plans.

Nicotine-eating bacteria could one day help smokers kick the habit
Science Daily
Most people who smoke cigarettes know it’s bad for their health, but quitting is notoriously difficult. To make it easier, scientists are taking a brand-new approach. They are turning to bacteria that thrive on nicotine, the addictive component in tobacco. They report successful tests on a bacterial enzyme that breaks down nicotine and could potentially dull its effects in humans.

Teen smokers struggle with body-related shame, guilt
Science Daily
Eexercise may provide a promising solution to prevention, cessation
Are teen smokers who pick up the habit doing so because they have a negative self-image? Does the typical teenaged smoker try to balance out this unhealthy habit with more exercise? And if so, then why would an adolescent smoke, yet still participate in recommended levels of physical activity? A recent study sought to answer these questions.

Healthy Communities- August 21, 2015

Resources

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Back to School!

It’s back to school time and that means many more people out and about, traveling to and from schools. It’s exciting and fun, but there’s one thing that all families should add to their lists as they prepare for back to school – how are you going to get there?

Walking and biking is often a great option. Walking and biking to and from school is a great way to get some exercise while decreasing traffic congestion and increasing safety around schools.

Practice and discuss these safety tips as a family and be a great example by always practicing how to travel safely:

  • Check your route before school starts. When possible, choose streets with low traffic volumes, slow speeds, few intersections, bicycle lanes and sidewalks with no roadway construction.
  • Before crossing any street at a corner, look “left-right-left-behind” for traffic in all directions. Keep looking for cars as you cross the street. Remember, you can’t hear some cars, so keep looking!
  • Before starting to cross make sure drivers see you and have stopped before starting to cross, make eye contact with the driver, so you know they see you.
  • Walking with friends provides safety in numbers. Ask if there is a Walking School Bus you can join on your route to school, or start one yourself. Check Walking School Bus and Bike Trains for more information and helpful videos.
  • Stay alert, keep your eyes and ears open! Walk and ride predictably in a visible and straight line.
  • If you ride a bike, always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and fastened!

See Back to School section in Resources for other options for back to school newsletters, press release and specific messages for each travel mode.

AARP’s Livable Communities resources
Consider signing up for their e-newsletter here to receive great resources that span from research and data to practical tools for creating walkable communities.

Solutions for Small-Town Main Streets
Three placemaking “photovisions” show how once empty downtowns can become destinations. (You’ll want to see the “before” image of the proposed streetscape at left.)

In a Livable Community…
Communities that include the features pictured in this handout are great for people of all ages. Print one or several copies in a size of your choosing to help spread the word about what makes a city, town or neighborhood livable.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge!
High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths each day in the United States. Keeping it under control can reduce these deaths and improve the quality of life for many individuals and families each year.

We know that better blood pressure control is achievable. This year, we want to recognize more Champions through the 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge.

  • Submit your nomination. The Challenge is open August 18 through 11:59 PM on October 31, 2015.
  • Encourage high-performing, small and large practices to enter the 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge at http://bit.ly/HTNCC.
  • Place the Challenge badge on your website homepage between August 18 and October 31, 2015.

For more information on rules and eligibility requirements, please visit http://bit.ly/HTNCC_Rules. Questions about the Challenge should be directed to millionhearts@cdc.gov with “Challenge” in the subject line.

Newly Released! APHA’s Healthy Outlook: Public Health Resources for Systems Transformation
This is a series of fact sheets, issue briefs, and other resources designed to a) highlight policy issues within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implications for public health and (b) identify opportunities that promote active engagement of public health in health care systems transformation efforts.

Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Sodium Listserv
The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s has a Sodium Listserv where nutrition and public health advocates and scientists share news, research, and policy updates about reducing sodium consumption. If you are interested in subscribing, e-mail Angela Amico.

Reports and Articles

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How Food Marketing Can Help Kids Want What’s Good For Them
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
If we want to ensure that all children are able to grow up at a healthy weight, companies can play a role by continuing to reduce marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages and increase promotion of healthy choices.
When it comes to helping Americans eat healthier, the conversation often focuses on price and access. But, there’s a third, equally consequential, condition: desire. Preference is shaped by myriad factors and the effects of marketing and advertising are of paramount importance. Food and beverage companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to market their products, and their investments produce results: adults and kids are swayed by marketing.

A new report from the UConn Rudd Center for Food, Policy & Obesity reveals that a majority of the largest food and beverage companies are spending a disproportionate amount of money advertising their nutritionally poor products to Black and Hispanic consumers, especially youth. While food marketing is not inherently bad—it appears Sesame Street characters could be great “salespuppets” for fruits and veggies—it becomes a problem when it features unhealthy products known to contribute to obesity and other poor health outcomes. And, with rates of overweight/obesity higher among Black and Hispanic kids and teens, this type of business approach is especially harmful.
Learn more about food marketing trends by downloading the full report >>

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation just published a new report on the training needs of school nutrition staff. The report summarizes data from a nationally representative survey of school food authorities (SFAs), the local agencies that administer the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

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Extremely obese children respond better than extremely obese adolescents to lifestyle interventions

C. Knop, V. Singer, Y. Uysal, A. Schaefer, B. Wolters and T. Reinehr Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition Medicine, Vestische Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Witten, Herdecke, Germany
Summary Background: There are conflicting results of treating extreme obesity in childhood by lifestyle interventions in the literature.
Methods: We analysed the outcome of a 1-year lifestyle intervention in an intention-to-treat approach in 1291 children (mean age 11.0 ± 2.5 years, mean body mass index [BMI] 27.5 ± 4.7 kg m−2 , 55.8% female, 62.4% obese, 37.6% extremely obese (defined by BMI-SDS >2.3) at end of intervention and 1 year later.
Results: The mean BMI-SDS reduction was −0.20 ± 0.32 at end of intervention and −0.14 ± 0.37 1 year after end of intervention compared to baseline (comparing intervention vs. 1 year later P = 0.010). Extremely obese children ≤10 years demonstrated a significantly greater BMI-SDS reduction than obese children ≤10 years (−0.24 ± 0.38 vs. −0.16 ± 0.38, P = 0.021). Extremely obese adolescents >10 years demonstrated a significantly lower BMI-SDS reduction compared to obese adolescents >10 years (−0.05 ± 0.30 vs. −0.15 ± 0.39, P < 0.001). Comparing the BMI-SDS reduction between obese children 10 years revealed no significant difference (P = 0.195) in contrast to the comparison between extremely obese children 10 years (P < 0.001). The same findings were observed in the follow-up period after the end of intervention.
Conclusions: Our study demonstrated an encouraging effect of lifestyle intervention in extremely obese children ≤10 years at the end of intervention and 1 year later, but only a limited effect in extremely obese adolescents >10 years.

Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act
IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2015. Strategies to improve cardiac arrest survival: A time to act. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Each year, cardiac arrest strikes more than half a million people and contributes to avoidable death and disability across the United States; it affects seemingly healthy individuals of all ages, races, and genders, often without warning. Following a cardiac arrest, each minute without treatment decreases the likelihood of survival with good neurologic and functional outcomes. The Institute of Medicine conducted a study on the current status of, and future opportunities to improve, cardiac arrest treatment and outcomes in the United States. This report examines the complete system of response to cardiac arrest in the United States and identifies opportunities within existing and new treatments, strategies, and research that promise to improve survival and recovery of patients.

Guiding Community Health Outcomes through Evidence
In this 2014–2015 Annual Report to Congress, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) helps to build the evidence base for public health programs, policies, and services. This report includes past accomplishments and lays out future priorities and plans. The report also includes areas where more research and programs are needed to prevent and reduce cancers.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Report: “How Do You Measure Up?
The report summarizes and evaluates state policies designed to prevent cancer related mortality, highlighting state efforts in tobacco prevention and cessation, cancer screenings, tanning restrictions for minors, access to healthy foods, and Medicaid coverage expansion. It also provides guidance on how states can implement federal healthcare laws and discusses strategies to improve access to preventive care.

Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act
The Institute of Medicine conducted a study on the current status of, and future opportunities to improve, cardiac arrest treatment and outcomes in the United States. This report examines the complete system of response to cardiac arrest in the United States and identifies opportunities within existing and new treatments, strategies, and research that promise to improve survival and recovery of patients

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–March 2015
The National Center for Health Statistics rapidly releases reports on health insurance coverage each quarter, called “Early Releases.” The latest report shows continued decreases in the proportion of the U.S. population that is uninsured overall, and among all demographic groups:

Protein-packed breakfast prevents body fat gain in overweight teens
MNT
High-protein breakfast also improves teens’ glycemic control
Approximately 60 percent of young people habitually skip breakfast up to four times a week, previous research has shown. Although health experts recommend breakfast as a strategy to reduce an individual’s chance of obesity, little research has examined if the actual type of breakfast consumed plays a significant role in one’s health and weight management. University of Missouri researchers compared the benefits of consuming a normal-protein breakfast to a high-protein breakfast and found the high-protein breakfast – which contained 35 grams of protein – prevented gains of body fat, reduced daily food intake and feelings of hunger, and stabilized glucose levels among overweight teens who would normally skip breakfast.

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Risk of heart disease increased with Southern diet
MNT
Eating a southern-style diet rich in fried food, eggs, organ meats – such as liver – and sugar-sweetened beverages could increase the risk of coronary heart disease, according to the findings of a new study.
The study, published in Circulation, explores the relationship between heart disease risk and dietary patterns.
“While individual foods and nutrients (e.g., red meat and saturated fat) have been studied extensively in relation to CHD [coronary heart disease] risk, the relationship between overall diet and CHD risk may be more informative because foods typically are eaten in combination, not in isolation,” the authors write.

ASTHO Releases Issue Brief on Expanding Access for Preventive Services: Key Issues for State Public Health Agencies
This issue brief gives a broad overview of strategies to expand preventive services, and highlights opportunities for state public health departments to influence and lead such efforts in their states.

Arizona Diabetes Program Launches Text-Based Engagement Program
This initiative will target patients with diabetes or diabetes risk factors, as well as at-risk women and children, through the use of automated text messages that reinforce healthy behaviors such as exercise, diet, and care plan adherence. The program will expand to other FQHCs under CDC’s 1305-Public Health in Actions cooperative agreement.

“Flexibility” on School Sodium Targets Not an Option, Says American Heart Association
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown recently commented on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that would delay the sodium requirement for school foods under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The dietary recommendations “are evidence based and critical for ensuring the cardiovascular health of our nation,” Brown said. – HealthCanal

Five reasons why sugar is added to food
Science Daily
From a food science and technology perspective, sugar (sucrose) plays several roles when it comes to the functional properties in food. Experts explain the functional properties of sugars and why they are often added to foods.

Funding Opportunities- August 7th, 2015

ASTHO Releases Request for Proposal for Creating Community-Clinical Linkages to Reduce Disparities in Hypertension ASTHO, with CDC’s support, is offering a request for proposal to help states achieve the Million Hearts goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through hypertension identification and control. The 2015-2016 ASTHO Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative will focus on creating, refining, and enhancing collaboration between clinical, public health, and community partners to create “systems of care” across clinical, community, and public health settings that identify individuals with hypertension and help them control their blood pressure. For more information and to view the list of eligible states, visit ASTHO’s Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative web page. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4. On Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. EDT, ASTHO will host a teleconference regarding this funding opportunity; pre-registration is recommended.

Job Opportunities- August 7th, 2015

OHA Tribal Affairs Director position:
Duties & Responsibilities
The Tribal Affairs Director functions as senior advisor to the OHA Director, Program Directors, and other OHA staff in the planning and implementation of the department-wide policies and programs that will develop mutually respectful and accountable working relationships with the nine federally recognized Oregon tribes.

The Tribal Affairs Director develops and provides training for OHA leadership and staff to ensure knowledge and understanding of the nine federally recognized Oregon tribes, including their unique histories and cultures.  The training will be developed in consultation with individual tribal representatives and shall include an overview of relevant OHA agreements with the tribes

The Tribal Affairs Director advises, consults, and problem solves with the Tribes, department programs, community partners, and others in tribal relationships and involvement in OHA programs.  Appoints, convenes, and manages work groups, as necessary, to facilitate implementation of Senate Bill 770, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and other department policies and procedures related to tribal issues.

The Tribal Affairs Director acts as liaison to provide access and resource for Tribes and tribal members who have concerns, questions, ideas, or suggestions about OHA clusters and programs.  Identifies and informs the Director, Program Directors, and key staff of emerging issues, patterns of concern, and solutions to issues related to program or policy.

Job Opportunities: Oregon Healthiest State
Oregon Healthiest State has a strong commitment to equity and while we know we have a long way to go, we also know that as major investments and initiatives occur in Oregon, the more that individuals from communities of color can serve in leadership roles, the better we will do as a state in improving the health of ALL Oregonians.

With that in mind, I want to share with you that one of our partners, Cambia Health Foundation is bringing the Blue Zones Project to Oregon and they are aggressively recruiting team members in Portland to lead the statewide initiative.  I’d love for this opportunity to reach your network and would be grateful if you would pass it along.  As you may have heard, this work makes healthcare, community health, planning, and public health fun.  Similar to the work you are committed to, it works to builds a social movement based on the possibilities rather than the problems.   People can learn more by watching either/both of these TEDTalks:  http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_buettner_how_to_live_to_be_100?language=en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waGHi6aMzh8The job postings can be found at this link: https://healthways.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en with a search for Oregon jobs using the keyword “blue”. They are hiring a state team that includes: Executive Director Program Manager Organization Lead Engagement / Marketing Lead These are great jobs and I strongly believe that with the right leadership this work can help improve equity and reduce disparities in Oregon.  Last note, they are moving very quickly so people should get applications in this week.

Exciting positions recently posted at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The positions are Assistant Commissioner and Director of Policy for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control in the Division of Prevention and Primary Care. The NYC DOHMH is the largest local health department in the United States and is known globally for its cutting-edge policy and programs. The Division of Prevention and Primary Care works to advance population health through supporting access to quality health services and introducing system changes that promote disease prevention and control.  Division initiatives include a diverse portfolio such as electronic health record implementation and clinical quality care improvement in medically underserved communities, Medicaid enrollment assistance and advocacy for overcoming barriers to health care access, and innovative nutrition and tobacco policy development and implementation.  We work to advance the Agency’s broader mission of addressing health inequities and improving the health of all New Yorkers, and pursue opportunities to model the integration of clinical and population health strategies.

The Assistant Commissioner and Policy Director are two high-level positions in the Division’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control. They offer exciting opportunities to lead and inform public health programming and policy. The Bureau spearheads programs and initiatives to reduce the burden of chronic diseases by addressing chronic disease risk factors, such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use.  The Bureau has created and implemented programs and policies with national and international impact, including policies to reduce youth access to tobacco; hard hitting tobacco and sugary drink media campaigns; a city-wide policy to incorporate Active Design principles into City construction projects; the creation of healthy food standards for City agencies; restricting trans fat use and posting calorie counts in restaurants; and the development of a national framework to reduce sodium in foods through the voluntary National Salt Reduction Initiative.

The City of New York and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are equal opportunity employers committed to hiring a diverse workforce.   I encourage you to consider these positions and to distribute these postings widely within your networks. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.  You can view the positions here: Director of Policy, Bureau of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control and Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control and the attached job descriptions explain how to apply.