Healthy Communities – August 24, 2012


Each month the White House hosts a conference call to give an update on various disability issues as well as to introduce persons who work on disability issues in the Federal government. To be added to the White House Disability Group email distribution list, visit and fill out the “contact us” form in the disabilities section.

The Center for Medicare and & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) is seeking input from interested stakeholders and the public on how educational opportunities for providers interested in participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or other coordinated care initiatives could be designed.

On the call, CMS staff will provide a brief introduction and then open the phone lines for members of the public who wish to contribute to the dialogue.

This call will take place Monday, August 27 from 10 AM – 12 PM (Pacific)

No prior registration is necessary.
Phone Number: (866) 501-5502
Conference ID: 1602701

Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a feature from CDC’S Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide facts and news from state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies.

Reports and Articles

Boston Market to take salt off table, cut sodium in 3 dishes, ABC News, 8/20/12
Boston Market is announcing plans to remove salt shakers from guest tables at all 476 locations. The chain will also unveil plans to reduce sodium levels in its three signature items by 20% in the next six months.

Businesses experiment with wellness programs to cut costs, increase productivity, The Washington Post, 8/19/12
As employers look to trim health care costs and increase the productivity of their workforces, an increasing number of them are experimenting with wellness programs that reward workers for healthy lifestyle choices or penalize unhealthy ones.

Lawyers From Suits Against Big Tobacco Target Food Makers, The New York Times, 8/18/12
More than a dozen lawyers who took on tobacco companies a decade ago have recently filed 25 cases against industry players asserting that food makers are misleading consumers and violating federal regulations by wrongly labeling products and ingredients.

CDC to Baby Boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C, Associated Press, 8/17/12
U.S. health officials report all Baby Boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus.

Most Americans Still Eating Too Much Salt, Reuters, 8/16/12
“People are trying to follow the guidelines, but it’s difficult because there’s so much sodium in the processed and restaurant food we eat,” said Dr. Mary Cogswell who led the study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

What Are the Links Between Housing and Health? Youth Today, 8/16/12
“Your ZIP code is more important than your genetic code,” said David Erickson, director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Oregon’s new Medicaid system a beacon for nation,Street Roots, 8/15/12
Oregon is poised to show the country that there can be a better system, one that actually encourages health care access, rather than discourages its use. The goals to cut costs mean avoiding the failures in the system. That means keeping patients out of emergency departments and hospital beds and psychiatric wards.

Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being, Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, June 2012
This report provides the latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.


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