Healthy Communities- June 19, 2015


CDC Foundation announces launch of the Million Hearts® “Healthy is Strong” campaign
“Healthy is Strong” will raise awareness about lifestyle changes and medical condition management among African-American men for prevention of cardiovascular disease, including talking to a health care provider about the ABCS of heart health.

The campaign promotes patient engagement with the healthcare system and includes a suite of culturally-tailored educational materials for consumers and health care providers. “Healthy is Strong” includes an ongoing evaluation of the program to determine if this model could be used in other communities to reduce health disparities.

Help us prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by using the resources, tools, and promotional materials on the “Healthy Is Strong” website to promote the launch.

Reports and Articles


U.S. Life Expectancy Up, But Still Ranked 34th Globally
U.S. life expectancy is at a new high, at 78.8 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, but the nation still trails behind many of its high-income peers. According to the 2014 America’s Health Rankings, the U.S. is ranked 34th globally in life expectancy.
Countries such as Australia, Singapore and Canada all have longer life expectancies than the U.S., and 18 countries have life expectancies that are at least three years longer, according to the rankings.  The article in The Nation’s Health takes a close look at the rankings and the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Healthiest Nation in One Generation campaign.  For more information on APHA’s Healthiest Nation in One Generation campaign, visit

Strategies needed for community health worker programs to solve healthcare challenges
Science Daily: June 10, 2015
Community health workers (CHW) are expected to be a growing and vital part of healthcare delivery in the United States as the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. A slate of steps detailing how CHW programs can maximize their effectiveness and impact on patients and healthcare spending is provided in a new perspective piece in The New England Journal of Medicine by experts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and New York University. The piece offers guidance for the growing number of organizations who are looking to community health workers (CHWs) as a strategy for improving health outcomes and reducing costs.

Movement in ADHD may help children think, perform better in school
Science Daily: June 11, 2015
The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting — but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

The study of pre-teens and teenagers with ADHD examined how movement — its intensity and frequency — correlated with accuracy on cognitively demanding tasks requiring good attention. It found that participants who moved more intensely exhibited substantially better cognitive performance

FDA Cuts Trans Fat in Processed Foods
You may have seen the amount of trans fat listed on a Nutrition Facts label, but were uncertain why it’s there.

Trans fat intake has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease by contributing to the buildup of plaque inside the arteries that may cause a heart attack. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration requires that the trans fat content of food be declared on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers determine how each food contributes to their overall dietary intake oftrans fat. Many processed foods contain partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the major dietary source of industrially-produced trans fat in processed food.

Now, the FDA is taking a step to remove artificial trans fat from the food supply. This step is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.

Lynne Saxton Speaks Out on Public Health
Lund Report
Sustaining coordinated care organizations financially “dovetails with public health modernization,” according to Lynne Saxton, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “Modernization is the single greatest opportunity to integrate into the CCOs. The way to do that is the way it’s always done — with optimism, collegiality and data.”

Saxton’s appearance before the Public Health Advisory Board came one day after the Legislature passed a $528.7 million public health budget for 2015-2017, nearly half of which comes from federal funds often earmarked for programs such as WIC.

“Public health is engaging in the conversation at the wrong level due to categorical funding,” said Loreen Nichols, director of community health services for Multnomah County. “We hope for additional funding” from the state to be able to try more upstream public health innovations.

Patrick Luedtke, who described himself as working half time for Lane County public health and half time at the Eugene area’s five federally qualified health clinics, said his CCO is discussing how to “cut out a couple joint replacements” to save money instead of asking a public health question such as “what’s behind all the joint replacements – obesity.”

If you cut out two joint replacements this year, it won’t help next year’s budget. “We’re getting older and fatter,” Luedtke said. “Public health needs a seat at the table” on CCO boards.

Modernization of public health seeks to improve quality of life and increase years of healthy life; promote and protect safe, healthy and resilient environments; strengthen public health capacity; and integrate with healthcare transformation.


Columbia Gorge ‘Veggie Rx’ program writes prescription for free food
The Oregonian: June 11, 2015
Even as farmers markets and CSAs — community supported agriculture programs — become more common in the Columbia Gorge, about 30 percent of people in the area reportedly worry about running out of food. Gorge Grown Food Network, a nonprofit made up of farmers and advocates, is trying to bring that number down with a program that gives families vouchers for free vegetables.

Understanding today’s uninsured
A new poll finds that most of the uninsured population values health insurance but many see cost as a barrier. In fact, 58% uninsured individuals have $100 or less left over every month after paying bills.

How five miles can mean living 13 fewer years
Read about Atlanta’s approach to addressing health equity.

Transforming care for rural, underserved populations
Nurse practitioners are more likely than primary care physicians to practice in rural areas, and to treat Medicaid recipients, and other vulnerable populations.


San Francisco approves health warning on sugary drink ads
Daily Astorian: June 10, 2015
San Francisco supervisors approve health warning on ads for sugary sodas, some other drinks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

It’s believed that San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require such a warning on ads for soda if it receives a second approval from the Board of Supervisors next week and the mayor does not veto it.

John Maa, a general surgeon and member of the board of the American Heart Association in San Francisco, which lobbied for the ordinance, said it will seek to expand the warning requirement beyond the city.

Redmond biking boom?
The Bulletin
UO students present bike/ped ideas: from “walking school buses” to better bike access to Dry Canyon
Published Jun 14, 2015 at 12:03AM
Bike boulevards, “walking school buses” and more cycling access points into Dry Canyon could all be in Redmond’s future.

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Oregon presented city staff with a bike-load of ideas last week on how to make Redmond more cycle- and pedestrian-friendly. The bike/ped project was the first collaboration between the city and the university as part of UO’sSustainable City Year Program .

“I was really impressed with the quality of the work,” Redmond City Councilor Anne Graham said. “My university days didn’t produce that kind of quality output.”


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