Healthy Communities- October 30th, 2015


What’s New in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control?
The Community Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations in favor of self-measured blood pressure monitoring – a strategy also supported by Million Hearts®. Specifically, the task force supports:

  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring interventions when used alone
  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring interventions when combined with additional support (i.e., patient counseling, education or web-based support)

An estimated 70 million US adults – nearly one out of three – have high blood pressure. Only about half have their blood pressure under control, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. By monitoring blood pressure at home, then sharing those readings with healthcare providers, patients and clinicians can partner to improve blood pressure control

Resource: Active living in small towns
Stories from Small Towns
is a project of the National Physical Activity Society. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that structural changes to make walking easier can be carried out in America’s thousands of small towns and not just its big cities. The project focuses on advice from towns that have made some changes, with the aim of inspiring town leaders across the country to see such infrastructure as possible and worthy.

2015 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting Event highlights, photos & more! OPHA 2015 Highlights The Annual OPHA Conference & Meeting is the networking event of the year for Oregon’s public health community. Nearly 440 public health professionals and students attended this two day educational and networking event. Physicians, Administrators, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Researchers, Non-profit Executives, CCO Executives & Partners, and Students all gathered in Corvallis, Oregon on October 12th & 13th to learn about and discuss the latest research, programs and developments in Oregon public health.

Want to learn more or see what you missed at OPHA 2015? The Annual OPHA Conference & Meeting always offers a variety of topics to choose from. The 2015 agenda included 68 oral presentations, 36 poster presentations, 8 panels and much more! Click here to view the OPHA 2015 Program.

A big thank you to all the presenters at the 2015 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting! There were a broad range of interesting topics discussed during this year’s concurrent sessions. Some presenters have chosen to share the slides from their presentations.

Click here to download your favorite presentations now!

*Please contact Kim Krull if you would like to post your presentation slides online.

Community Preventive Services Task Force releases new recommendation/publications on self-measured blood pressure monitoring
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) has released recommendations in favor of self-measured blood pressure monitoring (or SMBP) – a strategy also supported by Million Hearts®. Specifically, the task force supports:

  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring interventions when combined with additional support (i.e., patient counseling, education or web-based support)
  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring interventions when used alone
  • Team-based care includes the patient, a primary care provider, and other professionals like pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and community health workers.
  • What Works Fact Sheet – Use this informational handout summarizing Community Guide recommendations on this topic.
  • SMBP monitoring One Pager – Use this informational handout summarizing The Community Guide review on self-measured blood pressure monitoring interventions for improved blood pressure control
  • Content syndication—Post automatically-updated Community Guide content on your website, such as a list of all Task Force findings on this topic

Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Clinicians
Reports and Articles
Can’t Touch This?
The WHO says red meat “probably” causes cancer. Here’s why you don’t have to give it up entirely. Eating bacon and hot dogs raises a person’s risk of getting colon cancer, the World Health Organization said Monday, and eating non-processed, red meat might do so as well. The agency classified the consumption of red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and processed meats as “carcinogenic to humans,” based on evidence linking the foods to colorectal and other cancers.

The new status puts processed meat, such as ham and sausages, in the highest-risk “group 1” category, along with substances like tobacco and asbestos. In a statement, the agency said its experts “concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.” Red meat is in the level below, called “2a” by the organization, and it encompasses beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat.

Eating lots of fruits, veggies may protect arteries, study finds
A study found young adults who ate the most fruits and vegetables were 26% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries 20 years later, compared with those who had the lowest consumption. The study published in the journal Circulation said women who ranked in the top third for fruit and vegetable consumption averaged almost nine servings per day, while men in this group averaged more than seven servings. HealthDay News (10/26)

Trends in Metastatic Breast and Prostate Cancer — Lessons in Cancer Dynamics
H.G. Welch, D.H. Gorski, and P.C. Albertsen | N Engl J Med 2015;373:1685-1687
This thought-provoking article uses cancer registry data to investigate the link between screening and metastatic prostate and breast cancer. It concludes by urging careful consideration of the variability in cancer dynamics, with regard to screening programs.

Blue Zone Project Looks to Improve Oregonians Well Being
The Lund Report
Klamath Falls first to take on project that gets community, schools involved in healthy choices
The Blue Zone Project, a national effort with the goal of raising life expectancy and lowering healthcare costs has reached Oregon and is already underway in Klamath Falls.
Based on principles developed by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author, the project focuses on working with community leaders, schools, government officials, corporations and others to help people make healthier choices so they’ll live longer, be healthier and have higher quality lives. Buettner traveled the world to find commonalities among communities where people remain healthy until they reach 100.

National and State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption Study Release Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a new study released in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). Read more…

American Cancer Society, in a Shift, Recommends Fewer Mammograms
American Cancer Society, which has for years taken the most aggressive approach to screening, issued new guidelines, recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer start having mammograms at 45 and continue once a year until 54, then every other year for as long as they are healthy and likely to live another 10 years.
The organization also said it no longer recommended clinical breast exams, in which doctors or nurses feel for lumps, for women of any age who have had no symptoms of abnormality in the breasts.

This year, 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 deaths are expected in the United States.

A separate article and editorial on the subject were also published in another journal, JAMA Oncology.(

Community-Based Breastfeeding Support: Lessons from the Field
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) coordinated the development of the newly published Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) Special Issue on community-based support for breastfeeding. DNPAO also released a set of program based highlights that offer high-level summaries of topics addressed in the JHL Issue.

Surgeon general: Americans need safe places for walking
The new call to action supports physical activity and community involvement.

The World Health Organization recently came out with a study explaining the cancer risks associated with consuming processed meats, but the Oregon food processing and meat industries quickly responded to the news, discounting the impact of the report. The Oregonian

CDC’s Katherine Lyon Daniel: ‘Public health communication is changing. Are we?’ Public health communication is changing, CDC Associate Director for Communication Katherine Lyon Daniel told Public Health Newswire.


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