Training Opportunities – September 22, 2016

Webinar: Programs for Active Adults: What Really Works?

September 22, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:00 PM       Register here

The National Recreation and Park Association is hosting a free webinar titled “Programs for Active Adults: What Really Works?” The webinar will cover parks, recreation departments and local government’s role in improving the wellbeing of older adults with chronic conditions through evidence-based arthritis intervention programs such as Walk with Ease (WWE) and Active Living Every Day (ALED).


Forums for Public Involvement: Oregon Public Transportation Plan

White City: September 27, 2016 – 10:00 AM to noon       Register here

Portland: October 13, 2016 – 10:00 AM to noon       Register here

Salem: October 18, 2016 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM       Register here

Online: open through October 28, 2016      Participate here

ODOT is inviting public transportation providers, local government staff and officials, interest groups, the general public, and other interested parties to discuss challenges and opportunities for public transportation at meetings around the state in September and October or by participating in an online open house. Learn more here.

Public transportation connects many communities in Oregon, provides options for travelers, and often serves as the only way for people to get where they need to go. The Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP) will provide a statewide vision and policy foundation for decisions about public transportation in and between Oregon communities. This plan will not identify projects or local investments, but it will set priorities and policies to guide future decisions and investments by state and local agencies. Access a printable OPTP factsheet here and information about public involvement here.


Webinar: Using Text Message Campaigns to Connect Hispanics with Tobacco and Cancer-Related Information and Services

September 28, 2016 – 12:30 to 1:30 PM (3:30 – 4:30 pm EST)       Register here

Please join the Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) National Hispanic Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities for Using Text Message Campaigns to Connect Hispanics with Tobacco and Cancer-Related Information and Services. This webinar is free and open to all, but requires registration.

Register for this free webinar here. Learn more details about the Network’s efforts to address tobacco and cancer-related health disparities here.

Expo: American Lung Association Lung Force Expo

November 4, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM       Register here

Early registration until October 7, 2016

The LUNG FORCE Expo is a program designed for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD and asthma. The Expo will be at the Monarch Hotel & Conference Center in Clackamas, Oregon. Scholarship opportunities are available.

Healthy Communities – September 22, 2016

Community Highlights from the CDC’s Beverage Bulletin (Summer 2016):


Policy in Practice: Berkeley’s Tax on Sugary Beverages

Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption. Falbe J, Thompson HR, Becker CM, Rojas N, McCulloch CE, Madsen KA. Am J Public Health. 2016

This study evaluated the impact of the excise tax on SSB intake among adults (≥18 years) in Berkeley, California, which implemented a tax ($0.01/oz) in March 2015. A beverage frequency questionnaire was administered to 990 participants before the tax and 1,689 after the tax (approximately 8 months after the vote and 4 months after implementation) to examine relative changes in consumption. This study reported that consumption of SSBs decreased 21% in Berkeley and increased 4% in comparison cities. Water consumption increased more in Berkeley (+63%) than in comparison cities (+19%). Read more.


A Comprehensive Evaluation of School District Wellness Policies

School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children’s Health Eight Years after the Federal Mandate. School Years 2006-07 through 2013-14. Piekarz E, Schermbeck R, Young SK, Leider J, Ziemann M, Chriqui JF. Bridging the Gap Program and the National Wellness Policy Study, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016

According to the report authors, this report updates data published in February 2013, and is the most comprehensive, ongoing, nationwide evaluation of written school district wellness policies. It includes data from school years 2006-07 through 2013-14, the first eight years following the required implementation date for wellness policies. Using a nationally representative sample of school districts, this report provides details about the characteristics of these districts as well as the individual components of wellness policies and related provisions. Detailed data on competitive food and beverage provisions are available. Read more.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2016

The U.S. FDA announced the availability of a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) and draft guidance to help businesses comply with the agency’s final rule on calorie labeling for vending machine foods and beverages. Read more.

Tobacco – September 22, 2016

Tobacco at Every Turn: Making Healthier Communities with Fewer Tobacco Stores

Why are there more tobacco stores in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color? In 2008, a team of young people from the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) asked this question as they began to recognize disturbing patterns in where tobacco was sold throughout San Francisco. Why do the districts with the lowest median incomes have the most tobacco retailers? Why are so many tobacco stores packed together in neighborhoods with large populations of Latinos, Asians, or African Americans?

Read how the YLI is addressing this social justice issue here.

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Achieving Health Equity in Tobacco Control, a report from The Truth Initiative

This report is a joint publication of a consortium of organizations (Dec 8, 2015). This paper sets forth the reasoning and conclusion that in order to improve America’s health, we must find and treat tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases where they are most prevalent.

Learn more here about how the Truth Initiative inspires tobacco free lives.

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Tobacco Companies Renew Old Tactics to Hook Young Smokers

This Wall Street Journal article, “Newport’s ‘Pleasure Lounge’ Aims to Ignite Cigarettes Sales,” looks at how Reynolds American Inc. is targeting young smokers. An increasing percentage of young smokers prefer menthol cigarettes, and Reynolds is reviving old tactics to push Newport menthol cigarettes with young people. The WSJ article reports that “this is the first time in at least 15 years Newport representatives are directly engaging consumers.”

From the Wall Street Journal:

Newport’s ‘Pleasure Lounge’ Aims to Ignite Cigarettes Sales: Reynolds targets young-adult smokers with aggressive promotions and mobile lounges at concerts, bars

The coupon giveaways have been a boon to smokers like Jackie Hauri. The 23-year old expected to spend $14 on two packs of cigarettes during the three-day Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wis. Instead, she went to the Newport Pleasure Lounge, a mobile, air-conditioned trailer in the festival’s sponsor village, and bought 40 cigarettes for $2. She also got to play virtual darts and other games. Read more.

Healthy Communities – September 8, 2016

september-20c1vkoSeptember is …

….Healthy Aging Month: Check out the website of the National Council on Aging to find resources to promote healthy aging.

National Cholesterol Education Month: Visit this CDC website to learn about the role of screening for cholesterol and how can you prevent or treat high cholesterol

Senior Center Month: Use the National Institute on Senior Centers’ 2016 Program Guide to plan community activities that celebrate the theme, Find Balance at Your Center!

World Alzheimer’s Month: Find resources to raise awareness and challenge stigma about Alzheimer’s disease in your community.

…Rheumatic disease awareness month: Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, launched by the American College of Rheumatology, raises awareness about rheumatic diseases like arthritis, lupus, gout, and the lesser known rheumatic diseases. Learn more about strategies to manage these diseases and how rheumatic diseases can impact and complicate the management of other chronic conditions.

September 22 is the National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 22 — the first day of fall. Use these tools and resources to raise awareness about how to prevent falls-related injuries and deaths among older adults. Plan activities and share resources on falls prevention strategies.

Importance of system thinking and health

systems_thinkingSystems change includes collaborating across sectors to improve systems at the federal, state and local levels to influence a variety of key levers.

Watch a short video here that illustrates systems change in action and discusses the importance of system thinking and health.

New CDC state maps show many Americans still struggle with obesity

CDC released its 2015 state- and territory-specific maps on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

The 2015 state data maps show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States continues to remain high. Check out the new state data maps to see how Oregon compares to other states.

Obesity is a serious societal problem

obesityMillions of American adults have obesity, putting them at risk for many serious chronic diseases and health conditions. There is not one simple solution to address the high levels of obesity in the US. It will take a societal effort. Community leaders, employers, government agencies, and many others can create places that make it easier for adults and families to move more and eat better. Find out how.

Cancer replaces heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states, including Oregon

The gap between heart disease and the second-leading cause of death, cancer, has been narrowing since 1968, according to an August data brief published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for 22 states in 2014. Cancer is now the leading cause of death for some minority groups. See key findings and the map showing the leading causes of death for each state.

Implementing healthier food service guidelines in hospital and federal worksite cafeterias

CDC supported a project by the North Carolina Institute of Public Health (NCIPH) to examine five hospitals and four federal worksite food service operators across the country. The findings are published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

school-healthy-eatingSchool Nutrition Environment and Services 

As students return to school, it’s important that they eat healthy and stay physically active. Healthy students are better learners and are better on all levels of academic achievement—academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes. This new Comprehensive Framework for Addressing the School Nutrition Environment and Services is a framework and tool for school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents working on a healthy school nutrition environment.

Training Opportunities – September 8, 2016

Webinar: Promoting health equity through programs and policies

September 22, 2016, noon-1pm                               Register here

This webinar will discuss how to use policy and administrative levers to make an impact on population health and health inequities and how to apply health equity lens when reviewing proposed bills.

Workshop: The future of obesity prevention and treatment

September 27, 11:30am-7pm                                 Register here

The entire workshop will be webcast live here.

Leaders from health policy, philanthropy, business, health care, early education, and other sectors will present visions on taking actions to improve opportunities for Americans to move more and eat better.

Tobacco – September 8, 2016

CDC publishes report on tobacco advertising and sporting events 

A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report details tobacco companies’ advertising and promotional expenditures at sporting events from 1992 to 2013.

Walgreens Shareholders Want Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco

Another drugstore company may follow CVS and remove tobacco products from their shelves. Shareholders in Walgreens Co. and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, concerned about the impact the sale of tobacco products on Walgreens’ brand image as a company focused on health, filed a shareholder proposal requesting that the board of directors review the risks of tobacco sales in Walgreens pharmacies. Read more here.walgreens

Attitudes toward prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacy stores among U.S. adults

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health released a tobacco-related article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine entitled, “Attitudes Toward Prohibiting Tobacco Sales in Pharmacy Stores Among U.S. Adults.”

In this study, authors found that most adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco products. By eliminating tobacco sales, pharmacies can also help bring public awareness to the health consequences of smoking, and provide enhanced clinical management of tobacco related diseases. Other key messages in the article:

  • Pharmacy stores are positioned to cultivate health and wellness among patrons.
  • Two thirds of adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco products, including nearly half of cigarette smokers as well as nearly half of tobacco users who don’t smoke cigarettes.
  • Not allowing the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies helps to promote wellness and reduce the desirability, acceptability, and accessibility of tobacco.

More proof that the FDA needs to put an end to flavors

New research recently came out underscoring the need for the FDA to get rid of flavored tobacco products. While it’s encouraging that many teens are not seeking nicotine, see how many teen vapers could be getting nicotine without even knowing it.

Partnering to help snuff out flavors

flavorsTruth Initiative® recently joined the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council in a joint letter to President Obama calling on the FDA to issue a rule banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products. Learn the truth about the role flavored tobacco plays in smoking initiation among youth and young adults. Read more.

Shining a light on tobacco’s financial impact

The truth® campaign is highlighting the “smoker’s wage gap” with its new ad, #SQUADLESS, set to premiere during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28th. Spread the truth about the fact that smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers. Click to read more.

Job Opportunities – September 8, 2016

Public Health Fellowship

A research fellowship opportunity is currently available in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), based in Seattle, Washington.

OASH Region X encompasses the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This position will support HHS/OASH/Surgeon General and Region X Priorities and Initiatives related to disease prevention and health promotion.  This project will focus on the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI), Adult Immunizations/Adult Immunization Plan, Opiate Use Reduction, Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties (LMCTC) and other public health programs.  The fellow will participate by providing support and/or leadership under the direction of the Regional Health Administrator (RHA) in collaboration with the OASH Region X staff on various projects of public significance and function as a member of the Region X OASH Team. More information about this job opportunity can be found here.