Healthy Communities- September 4th, 2015

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The Cost of Cancer
Many of the 1.6 million Americans who are diagnosed with cancer annually face not only the distress of a diagnosis, but a dizzying array of bills and crippling financial hardship. The majority of cancer patients have health insurance to help cover treatment expenses, but out-of-pocket costs—such as deductibles and co-pays—can put a big strain on finances and cause many to make trade-offs to continue their care. Resources are available to help cancer patients manage costs

New Toolkit Designed to Help Communities Use and Share Data Responsibly The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) recently released the Toolkit for Communities Using Health Data to assist organizations in looking at data systematically. According to the NCVHS, the primary focus of the Toolkit is health data, which will typically require rigorous attention to all of the elements of data stewardship. However, the principles in the Toolkit may be more broadly applicable to many different types of data and their uses for communities.

Reports and Articles

Native American

Methods for Improving the Quality and Completeness of Mortality Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Historically, problems with the accuracy of race classification for death certificates for American Indians and Alaska Natives led to a lack of information about deaths for this race group. For the first time, CDC linked data on all deaths in the United States from 1990 to 2009 in the National Death Index with the Indian Health Service patient registration file, providing more accurate information about causes of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This information can guide planning and evaluation of public health interventions.  For more information, go to: Espey DK, Jim MA, Richards TB, Begay C, Haverkamp D, Roberts D. Methods for improving the quality and completeness of mortality data for American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Journal of Public Health 2014; 104(S3):S286–S294.

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The DAISY Foundation Partners with Cinnabon, Not For Dollars But For Actual Cinnabons
HPCDP is not promoting Cimmabons- please focus more on the link to the article at the end, where he mentions that nurses have identified unhealthy hospital food environments and pressure to eat junk food as barriers to health in their workplace.

While the story of how and why The DAISY Foundation and Cinnabon partnership came to be is genuinely heart warming, I’m not sure the Foundation is doing nurses a kindness by providing Cinnabon with access to them, and in so doing providing Cinnabon with permission to market and an opportunity to generate tremendous brand loyalty and goodwill, in return for, well, Cinnabons. Nurses are awesome. They’re also under-appreciated. And so recognizing them with awards is a great idea, and given that The DAISY Foundation appears to have plenty of corporate partners who contribute something other than sugar-spiked calorie bombs, I wonder whether or not that appreciation could be delivered in a form that wasn’t a giant sticky pastry? Something they might want to consider given nurses themselves have identified unhealthy hospital food environments and pressure from colleagues to eat junk as two of the main barriers that challenge their abilities to cultivate healthful lifestyles.

Hospital Nutrition Standards News: Cleveland Clinic Cuts McDonald’s From Cafeteria
One of the most prestigious names in health care is taking a stand on food.
This week, Cleveland Clinic announced it would sever ties with McDonald’s. As of Sept. 18, the McDonald’s branch located in the Cleveland Clinic cafeteria will turn off its fryers and close its doors for good. Its lease will not be renewed.
The move is part of a wider effort by Cleveland Clinic leaders to promote a culture of wellness. Employees are offered free gym access and Weight Watchers memberships. And nudging out McDonald’s is one of many steps the medical center has taken in the cafeteria to offer more healthful fare. [Read more or hear the story from NPR…]

City Spotlight 1: Voters in Phoenix approve a plan to raise money for transportation; vastly expand the city’s light rail and bus networks.
Last week, Phoenix voters approved a 0.3% sales tax increase at the ballot for transportation projects in the city, including tripling light rail service and coverage and increasing the frequency of buses. Read More.

City Spotlight 2: High quality infrastructure for walking and biking brings rich economic benefits to cities
Indianapolis’s Cultural Trail has contributed to a 148 percent increase in property values in surrounding neighborhoods. And Indy isn’t alone in seeing fruit from similar investments. Read more.

Want a healthier workforce?
Nearly 80% of U.S. employers now offer workplace health promotion programs, but what happens when employees go home? If they live in unhealthy neighborhoods that lack nutritious food options, or are fighting crime or pollution, the investment that businesses are making in workplace health may have less impact.

85% of Hospitals Committed to Population Health, says AHA/PHI National Survey As the healthcare sector continues to go through tremendous transformation, an overwhelming majority of hospitals now voice a strong commitment to population health, according to a new national survey of hospitals conducted by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and Health Research & Educational Trust, in partnership with the Public Health Institute. Find out more about the survey results.

Washington Program Recognizes Hospitals that Support Breastfeeding On Aug. 3, the Washington State Hospital Association, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, launched the Breastfeeding-Friendly Washington Hospitals project, a voluntary recognition program that acknowledges participating hospitals that complete steps to support breastfeeding.

Georgia Department of Public Health Partners With Local Community-based Organizations and Government Agencies to Create A New Language and Food Nutrition Curriculum Targeting Early Childhood Educators
With funding from the Office of Minority Health, the Georgia Department of Public Health, in a strong public and private partnership with other government agencies and community-based organizations, aims to leverage past collective impact successes in chronic disease and language nutrition to create a new curriculum targeting early childhood educators in three unique urban and rural communities and to reduce health disparities.  Read more

States Work with Partners to Address Million Hearts® – New Success Stories in the What’s Working Database Four states have submitted success stories to NACDD’s What’s Working Database to highlight their Million Hearts® Stakeholder Workshops.  NACDD is a proud Million Hearts partner organization.  One of our most exciting projects is working with state health departments to convene a one-day Million Hearts Stakeholders Workshop.
Read more or to download Million Hearts® Briefing Document click here.

9/1/15  “Happy Meals” Bill could improve healthfulness of fast food meals for kids in New York City
8/31/15      Tahini: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information
8/31/15      Five-color nutritional labelling system is the most effective for consumers 8/30/15      Food may be addictive: Food craving may be ‘hard-wired’ in the brain

School-Level Practices to Increase Availability of Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains, and Reduce Sodium in School Meals — United States, 2000, 2006, and 2014 Caitlin Merlo, MPH, Nancy Brener, PhD, Laura Kann, PhD, et al. CDC researchers analyzed school-level data from the School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) for 2000, 2006, and 2014 to see how well schools are implementing practices related to the nutrition standards for school meals published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012.


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