Healthy Communities – November 2, 2012


Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives infographic
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives” infographic tells a visual story on the role of transportation in the health of our communities.

APHA Public Health Infographic
The Oregon Public Health Association is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. APHA is pleased to share their new public health infographic. The infographic is an excellent tool to help explain the positive impact public health has on the health of our communities and the importance of sustained funding for public health programs across the nation.

Reports and Articles

Check out The Oregon Quality Connection newsletter – which aims to support a culture of continuous improvement across the public health system by sharing success stories and best practices related to quality improvement, performance management and accreditation initiatives. The newsletter is published by the PerformanceManagement Program of the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division.

Current Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Women of Reproductive Age — 14 Countries, 2008–2010
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control
Tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in reproductive-aged women can cause adverse reproductive health outcomes, such as pregnancy complications, preterm delivery, stillbirths, and infant death.

The National Public Health Week 2013 theme will be “Public health is ROI. Save lives, Save money!”. The National Public Health Week theme for 2013 was announced at APHA’s Annual Meeting Opening Session. This year’s National Public Health Week theme is Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money! Get involved with National Public Health Week by downloading the 2013 brochure and signing up for updates at

Sedentary time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: systematic review and meta-analysis
PubMed, November 2012
The authors of this study conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the association of sedentary time with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Eighteen studies were included in the analysis, with 794,577 participants.

Employers, Unions Jointly Demand Health Care Price Transparency
Kaiser Health News (Blog),  11/01/12
Employees who feel completely mystified by the prices they’re charged for medical procedures might be surprised to know their employers feel the same way.

Op-Ed: How Obesity Could Impact Our Health and Economy 20 Years from Now
Washington Post (Blog), 10/31/12
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health recently released our annual report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.”

The Problem with Soda Taxes
Los Angeles Times, Editorial, 10/31/12
When it comes to so-called sin taxes, tobacco is simple.

Tobacco Ban on UCLA Campus Coming in Spring Semester
Los Angeles Times, Staff Writer, 10/30/2012
The days of lighting up a cigarette between classes or of a smoke break outside the dorm will soon be over at UCLA as the campus prepares to become tobacco-free.

Making Prevention a Priority
Huffington Post, Kathy Lim Ko, 10/29/2012
Prevention and wellness across the lifespan: That’s the theme for this week’s American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

Working with Non-traditional Partners on Complete Streets
NewPublicHealth, 10/29/12
Marissa Sheldon, MPH, a Public Health Prevention Service Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who is temporarily working at the Manatee County Complete Streets project in Bradenton, Fla., spoke at a session today during the APHA annual meeting on working with non-traditional partners to improve community health. Sheldon heads the county’s APHA Power of Policy Complete Streets Work Group.

Policymakers Consider More Attention to Health Impact
Columbia Daily Tribune,  10/25/12
Cities across the United States, including Columbia, have been looking at the potential health impact of decisions in areas such as transportation or city planning. Those health impact assessments can be used to make recommendations to policymakers.

How 4 States are Fighting Obesity
American Medical News, 10/29/12
In states like Mississippi, old food habits die hard.

Active Design in Offices Gets Workers to Move
USA Today,  10/28/12
The push to reverse the obesity epidemic and promote physical fitness is spilling into design and architecture and beginning to target one of the nation’s most sedentary environments: the office.

South Tucson Gets Center Teaching Healthy Eating
Arizona Daily Star, 10/26/12
A former Mexican restaurant in South Tucson is now a taxpayer-funded public community center with an anti-obesity focus.

U.S. Cuts Estimate of Sugar Intake
New York Times, 10/26/12
It was repeated so often it was accepted as true: the typical American consumed 95 to 100 pounds of sugar each year.

What’s New with Community Benefit?
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10/18/12
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) establishes standard requirements for nonprofit hospitals concerning community benefit reporting, community health needs assessments, and strategies to improve the health of the communities they serve. These strategies for population health improvement have the potential to bring key partners together in communities to work toward identifying and addressing important health priorities.

The Past 200 Years in Diabetes
The New England Journal of Medicine, 10/4/12
If current trends continue, one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050. The author notes that timely prevention of this disease at the population level is essential, and that strategies such as policy and legislative initiatives, lifestyle modification, advances in basic immunology, and identification of diabetes-susceptible genes will be key.


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