Healthy Communities – May 12, 2016

Support National Stroke Awareness Month

strokeMay is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Stroke can happen to anyone at any age, but many people do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke or the importance of calling 9-1-1 right away if someone might be having a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability. On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes. Support American Stroke Month and promote its prevention messages: Act F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9–1–1) if someone is having a stroke.

Community Guide Website Offers Recommendations on Health Equity

The Community Guide’s Promoting Health Equity web page discusses the Community Preventive Services Task Force’s findings in three categories of health equity-related interventions: education programs and policies, culturally competent health care, and housing programs and policies. The Community Guide also published “Promoting Health Equity,” a resource that summarizes the task force’s language on health equity and its findings on systematic reviews in all three categories of health equity interventions. Find more health equity resources on ASTHO’s 2016 President’s Challenge web page.

Making the Business Case for Prevention through Video

CDC Division of Community Health released new videos in DCH’s award-wining video series to help public health advocates demonstrate the positive intersection of public health and business. New topics include: community health impact, corner stores, economic development, grocery stores (English and Spanish), school/community health, and worksite wellness. These roughly 3-minute videos encourage local action by showing that positive changes in community health are achievable and can benefit everyone. They also can help you build support for prevention among audiences across multiple sectors in your own community.

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