Healthy Communities- August 23, 2013

Save the date! Wednesday, September 25th, 12:30-4:30pm,
Portland State Office Building
Understanding Oregon’s Cancer Data and Putting It To Use

Meeting planners: Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control
To take action to create healthier communities, we must understand what the data tell us about chronic diseases. At this meeting, we’ll dive deep into Oregon cancer data – the leading risk factors, the most common cancers, cancers with highest death rates, and populations at increased risk. Meeting objectives include: describing key cancer-related data resources in Oregon; using data to define disparities; providing examples of how data can be used for decision-making and policy change; and highlights from the OPCC Taskforces. Watch for registration information coming soon.  Webinar access is being planned for those who cannot attend in person.
For information, contact Patricia at

Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Awards
Save the Date: The 2013 Genius Awards will be held on October 25, 2013.
Nominations for 2013 Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Awards are due September 6th.
Nomination guidelines can be found here.

Each year at our Annual Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Awards event, OPHI celebrates our public health colleagues in each of the following award categories:
Lifetime Excellence
Emerging Leader
Exceptional Group
Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships are now available.
There are several levels of opportunity for sponsorship:
Individual Tickets: $50

To purchase a ticket or sponsor a table, please contact Liz Baxter or Pattie Carlin or call 503.227.5502 x221. More sponsorship information can be found here.
The annual Genius Awards recognize individuals and groups who labor tirelessly, usually “behind the scenes,” to make the places where Oregonians live, work, learn and play support optimum health of
individuals and communities. Often the work of the awardees is focused on Oregon’s most vulnerable residents who suffer multiple disparities in health outcomes.

Past awardees have included some well-known and recognized individuals, including Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, Ben Duncan of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Multnomah County, and  Village Gardens, an organization focused on providing healthy food and promoting equity in their community. All award recipients  have done amazingly creative, innovative and effective prevention work that help us all live more healthful and fulfilling lives.


Million Hearts® Collaboration Releases State Engagement Guide
The Million Hearts® Collaboration unveiled the State Engagement Guide on August 20, 2013, with a webinar co-sponsored by NACDD and ASTHO.  The purpose of this guide is to assist states with opportunities and actions to engage in Million Hearts®.  Read more…

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Report on State-Level Patterns of Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Medicare Beneficiaries
This report was generated in conjunction with the HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions.

Reports and Articles

Early Introduction of Solid Foods and Infant Nutrition
The publication Pediatrics recently released a study that found 40 percent of mothers fed solid foods to their infants before the minimum recommended age of four months. Premature introduction of solid foods to an infant’s diet can cause numerous health problems. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), along with new provisions in the Affordable Care Act, offer potential opportunities for addressing this issue.Read about policy options to improve infant nutrition.

Making Strides Toward Active Living:  The Policy Research Perspective
The Physical Activity Policy Research Network is showcasing the works of its network members in a supplemental edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice in May/June 2013.  The articles in this issue demonstrate the breadth and scope of research on policies that can influence population-level physical activity.  All levels of policy research are represented in this supplement.

Adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for Arkansas in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health.
Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, but over the last few years there has been some evidence that the rate of increase has been slowing. This year’s report also shows that rates remain highest in the South and Midwest, among the Baby Boomer generation, and for adults with less education and lower incomes.
Visit for more information about the report, including interactive maps of state-by-state obesity rates.

CDC Reports Decline in Obesity Among Low-Income Preschoolers in Many States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that after decades of rising rates, obesity among low-income preschoolers declined slightly in 19 states and U.S. territories from 2008 through 2011.


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