Healthy Communities – January 11, 2013

Healthy Vending

Healthy Vending

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Formed in the spring of 2010, Advancing the Movement is a distributed network of leaders from communities, philanthropy, government agencies, and the private, academic, voluntary and civic sectors – serving across fields, political perspectives and focus areas – collaborating on policy, systems and environmental changes for a healthier, more equitable and prosperous United States of America.

New factsheets: Board of Health Role in Addressing Tobacco Control and Prevention
Looking for information about how boards of health can use their legal authority to address tobacco control and prevention policies? The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) has factsheets on the Board of Health role in…

  • Developing and Implementing a Smoke-Free Air Policy
  • Enforcing a Smoke-Free Air Policy
  • Advocating for a Smoke-Free Air Policy
  • Sustaining Effective Tobacco Control Policies
  • Addressing New Tobacco Products

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program Finding Answers has released The Roadmap to Reduce Disparities, a simple infographic that presents six steps toward reducing health disparities. Click here to access the road map, additional resources on accomplishing the six steps in the roadmap, and information on other strategies for addressing disparities. Related: The FAIR Database, also from RWJF’s Finding Answers project, is a database searchable by health topic or strategy of what works to reduce disparities.

The Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit is now available from the Rural Assistance Center

There is a request for comment by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on proposed recommendations relating to meaningful use for Electronic Health Records.

Oregon county epidemiological profiles are now available. These are the updated profiles reporting county data on alcohol, drugs, gambling and mental health from 2000-2012. These epidemiological reports are valuable resources for prevention program planning, biennial implementation plans , CCO planning etc. These reports are updated every alternate year. Please look at the note below for some additional useful information for when you are looking at the epidemiological reports.

Important note for users:
This report covers a county’s epidemiological profile in such a way that it can be compared to the state of Oregon. While using this report, it is essential to remember that it presents a county’s profile at two levels:

1. The graphs in the report are a simple representation of the rates of the various measures along with the rationale for including those measures.

2. The Data Endnotes (under appendix D) give more detailed data tables on the above mentioned measures, such as rates broken down by gender, total number of respondents for each measure, the confidence intervals for each rate under each measure etc. There is also information about the data sources for the various measures.

A list of measures with their corresponding subjects has been provided under appendix A. A list of measures and their corresponding data sources has been provided under appendix B.  The rate on top of each bar in the graphs has been rounded to a whole number for simplicity of presentation. One might notice some adjoining bars have slightly different heights but are labeled as the same rate, numerically. For example, if the rate for a particular measure is 6.8 percent for the county and 7 percent for the state, the corresponding bars in the graph will be labeled as 7 percent for both county and state. In order to find the actual rate with decimal points please look at the Data Endnotes in appendix D.

Reports and Articles

Report to the Nation shows U.S. cancer death rates continue to drop; Special feature highlights trends in HPV-associated cancers and HPV vaccination coverage levels
National Cancer Institute, January 2013
The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2009, shows that overall cancer death rates continued to decline in the United States among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate.

Why Obese People Have Higher Rates of Asthma
Science Daily, 1/8/13
Extensive evidence shows that obesity can cause narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction).

Nebraska sales tax exemption for soda pop targeted
San Antonio Express-News, 1/7/13
Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery plans to sponsor another measure that would end the Nebraska sales tax exemption for soda pop, which Avery says is illogical and indefensible.

Low Wages Linked to Raised Risk for High Blood Pressure
HealthDay, 01/7/13
The lowest paid workers are at greater risk for high blood pressure than those taking home bigger paychecks, a new study suggests.

Why Do Stars Think It’s O.K. To Sell Soda?
The New York Times blog, 1/5/13
(Beyonce) Knowles is renting her image to a product that may one day be ranked with cigarettes as a killer we were too slow to rein in.


Study: Walking 3 hours each week reduces stroke risk for women
MedCity News, 1/3/13
Women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all, according to new research from Spain.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute Learning Collaborative Practices Selected
Patient Centered Primary Care Institute, 1/4/13
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute has selected 25 practices from across Oregon to participate in its first Learning Collaborative, running from January 2013–October 2013. The Learning Collaborative will incorporate multiple learning methods to maximize opportunities for the selected practices to learn from each other and from technical experts in topic areas aligned with PCPCH Standards.

Workplace Wellness Is Catching on, National Public Opinion Poll Shows
Public Health Institute blog, 12/17/12
You’re not imagining it. Workplace wellness programs have taken off in offices, plants and other worksites across the nation – and are beginning to boost the bottom line, reported speakers at a recent Public Health Institute (PHI) webinar, “Workplace Wellness.”

The American Public Health Association has adopted a policy statement on “Promoting Health Impact Assessment to Achieve Health in All Policies”.


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