Healthy Communities – August 25, 2016

Sugary drinks are sweet, cheap and easy to get

Nearly half of the added sugar in the average American diet is consumed in the form of sodas and sugary drinks. Oregonians drink more than 177 million gallons of this “liquid candy” yearly, and they spend around $1.6 billion in medical expenses due to obesity-related issues. Read about the crushing impact on our healthcare system and quality of life from sugary beverages. 


It looks like the soda tax paid off in Berkeley

Consumption of sugary drinks has slid by 21 percent in Berkeley since a one-cent-per-ounce tariff was imposed on sweetened beverages as of March 2015, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Proponents pointed to sugar as a culprit in chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Intervening to curb consumption, they argued, would lead to a public health windfall.  Read more about this study here.

Applying a health equity lens to school health

During August and September each year, schools across the country open their doors to usher in another academic year. According to the US Department of Education approximately 50 million students attend public elementary and secondary schools. These students eventually will become adults that may be impacted by chronic diseases. Health behaviors and approaches to health developed during these stages of human development can last a lifetime. Read more about the importance of promoting health and preventing chronic disease in children and adolescents.

How city planning can prevent obesity

Read about the concept of mixed use development, a model in urban design where the physical layout of a city–the streets, roads and built structures–is composed of numerous interconnected, pedestrian accessible neighborhoods.


Antidote for deadly diseases

High levels of physical activity are linked to lower risk for two cancers, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Read about a new study demonstrating that people with high levels of weekly physical activity had a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Job Opportunities – August 25, 2016

LGBT HealthLink is seeking Director

CenterLink is looking for a dynamic individual to lead our CDC funded LGBT HealthLink project.  The organization is looking for someone with solid grant oversite and teambuilding experience who also brings a strong background in cancer and tobacco control LGBT health Disparities.  With two years left on this project, CenterLink wants to make sure that they maintain the stellar performance bringing resources and assistance to the strong network that has been built over several years. The position will be based in Fort Lauderdale at the CenterLink offices. Attached you will find the position description. Resumes and a cover letter should be sent to Donna Solomon Carter at  The interview process is anticipated to begin in early September.

Health Educator position in Linn County Public Health

This position will focus on tobacco-related health promotion and disease prevention activities. Linn County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) focuses on moving policy, system and environmental changes forward in specific sectors using evidence based practices to reduce second-hand smoke exposure, and reduce tobacco use and initiation. TPEP supports the community in creating environments where the healthier choice is the easier choice for all who live, work and play in Linn County. Visit the Linn County Employment webpage to learn more about the position.

Tobacco – August 25, 2016

Disparities in retail environment factsheets

Two new Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center factsheets outline tobacco industry practices in the retail environment. Specifically, they focus on how environmental and social factors, as tobacco is marketed heavily in lower socioeconomic communities. The factsheets highlight the influence of retail environment and retailer density on tobacco initiation, marketing of tobacco products, price promotion, tobacco use, burden of disease, and smoke-free rules. Ongoing evidence of industry-driven tobacco marketing disparities further highlights the need for policies to reduce and prevent tobacco use in disadvantaged communities.

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Adolescents who wouldn’t have smoked may be drawn to e-cigarettes

A recently published study noted that some adolescents who otherwise would never have smoked are using e-cigarettes. The findings suggest that adolescents are not just using e-cigarettes as a substitute for conventional cigarettes but that e-cigarettes are attracting new users to tobacco products. The FDA recently finalized a rule extending its regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes.

Rethinking what we think we know about tobacco economics

New research from the Schroeder Institute® shows that too many estimates of the economics of tobacco control are based on out-of-date data. Find out more about the need for better data on the full costs of tobacco use and the benefits of tobacco control.

Training Opportunities – August 25, 2016

Webinar: Local school wellness policies

September 1, 2016, 10am                              Register here.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is co-hosting a webinar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition about the local wellness policy final rule. Learn how schools and districts can start making changes before the implementation deadline (June 30, 2017) and what tools and resources are available to support those efforts.

Webinars: new webinars presented by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Sep. 8, Sep 20, and Sep. 22, 2016                   Register here   

RWJF has three webinars coming up in September for you to register for and learn something new:

  • Rankings in Action: Violence Reduction, Sept. 8
  • Using the Rankings Data: On beyond your county snapshot!, Sept. 20
  • 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications Informational Webinar, Sept. 22

Webinar: Nutrition Decisions – Med Instead of Meds for Better Health

September 9, 2016, 9am                                    Register here

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is hosting a webinar on eating healthy food choices, such as the role of artificial sweeteners and the difference between conventional and organic milk.

Webinar: Successful strategies to expand chronic disease self-management education programs encouraging health, housing, transportation, and social service partnerships

September 20, 2016, 11am                                  Register here

This webinar will highlight a joint initiative of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Transportation focused on livable communities for underserved populations.

DELTA Program

The DELTA program is a comprehensive health equity and inclusion leadership program that strategically provides training, coaching and consultation to health, community and policy leaders in Oregon. DELTA is proud to announce recruitment for the next cohort. The training will be for eight months and participants will meet for one or two full days per month, from Oct 2016 – May 2017, while concurrently working on health equity-related projects to bring back to their respective organizations. Applications are open for this DELTA for health leaders from all Oregon counties. Apply by Sept.16th at 5:00 pm. For more information, visit OHA’s Office of Equity and Inclusion’s website or attend the DELTA informational webinar on September 2nd at 2pm

Population Health Management Certificate Program for Oregon Rural Health Care Leaders

This program was created to engage hospitals, health clinics, and other rural providers and help them transition to a value-based, population health management environment. This certificate series is offered at no cost to attendees.

The program will take place over three webcasts: Sept. 27, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. The foundation of the program will be three 60-minute webcast lectures. Each webcast will be immediately followed by a 45-minute small-group coaching session. Each webcast includes a self-assessment to help you determine your organization’s readiness for population health management and compare your results with the full group of attendees.

Leaders and managers of rural hospitals, clinics, FQHCs or other health care settings, and those that work directly with these organizations are encouraged to register. To register, visit If you have questions about this program, or would like additional information, please contact Katie Harris, director of program management at or 503-479-6027.


Funding Opportunities – August 25, 2016

Call for applications: Culture of Health prize

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recognizes the impact of communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health – and now the Call for Applications for the 2017 Prize is open. Apply now to receive up to $25,000 and have your story and success celebrated broadly to inspire others toward locally-driven change.

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.