Healthy Communities- July 12, 2013



NACCHO has just released a new resource center that simplifies how LHDs can integrate evidence into their planning and assessment efforts. The resource centerserves as a “one-stop-shop” for population-based public health tools and resources including  the National Prevention Strategy, The Community Guide, Healthy People 2020, Health in all Policies, and offers guidance for integrating the resources into a uniform approach for achieving health and wellness. Click here to visit the resource center.

According to the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), lowering out-of-pocket medication costs can help control high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This new recommendation is based on a systematic review conducted, with Task Force oversight, by scientists and subject-matter experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with a wide range of government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners. Learn more about the recommendation here.

Million Hearts®
Million Hearts now has an online community for you to connect, collaborate, and highlight the work you’re doing in support of the initiative! Since the launch of Million Hearts®, we’ve heard your requests for an online space where you can share resources and ideas with others in your state, community, or sector. We believe we’ve created such a space on the mapping and networking site Community Commons and invite you to register and join the Million Hearts® Group page.

By joining the Group, you can:

  • Highlight the work your organization is doing to prevent heart disease and stroke
  • Connect and collaborate with organizations in your state, community, or sector
  • Learn about other organizations’ successes to guide your organization’s work
  • Share heart disease and stroke prevention resources and best practices

Reports and Articles

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Barack Obama loves broccoli. So does America!
The Washington Post: July 9, 2013
President Obama made a shocking revelation Monday night: the country’s 44th president favorite food is…broccoli.
Who chooses broccoli as their favorite food? Well, we don’t have the answer to that. But we can tell you that Americans are actually really big fans of the much-maligned vegetable, which, most recently, took on a starring role in the Supreme Court’s health law decision.

How Oregon Is Getting ‘Frequent Fliers’ Out Of The ER
Shots: Health News from NPR; July 10, 2013
Forty-year-old Jeremie Seals has had a tough life.
He left home at 14, and his health isn’t good. He had a heart attack when he was 35. He has congestive heart failure, and nerve pain in his legs that he says is “real bad.” “Long story short, I’m terminal,” he says, matter-of-factly.
Seals is unwilling to divulge too much about his past. But over the years, he says his health has deteriorated to such a degree that he can no longer hold a job.
By 2011, he was sleeping in his car, and that’s when his medical problems started having a big financial impact. That year, he visited the emergency room at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland 15 times and was admitted to the hospital 11 times.

New Study on U.S. Health an Urgent Call to Action, Says the American Heart Association
Washington, D.C. July 11, 2013
The American Heart Association today says a new study, “The State of U.S. Health, 1990-2010: Burdens of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors” released in The Journal of the American Medical Association is a wake-up call for our nation.
The study reinforces that Americans are living longer but not necessarily healthier. It also stressed that while the United States continues to spend more on health care, our health outcomes are persistently behind other countries. The researchers pointed to poor diet and inadequate physical activity that leads to obesity and other risk factors as two key reasons why Americans are lagging globally.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an updated version of its 2001 report: Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality. This report is the EPA’s most comprehensive review to date on how development patterns affect environmental and human health. In the report, travel behavior is emphasized as one of the most important indirect effects on how and where we build our communities. From 1950 to 2011, the population has nearly doubled, but vehicle miles traveled have increased six fold. The report provides information to help state and local governments decide how to accommodate growing populations in an environmentally respectful manner. 



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