Healthy Communities – November 3

Oregon Department of Transportation Awards $1.1 million to school “safe routes” programs

Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school. The funds are specifically set aside for non-infrastructure investments, aimed at education and encouragement, and include things like teaching students safe practices, developing action plans around schools and more. Awardees and awards for 2017 – 2019 are the cities of Gresham, Hillsboro, and Portland; Clackamas and Jackson counties; Lane Transit District Point2Point; Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments; and Commute Options of Central Oregon.

Safe Routes to School Program goals are based on the “6 E’s” – Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, Engineering and Equity. While this award program does not pay for engineering or infrastructure, the work it does support can lead to those kinds of investments, in partnership with local transportation agencies. For example, action plans involve activities such as identifying what barriers exist in the infrastructure surrounding schools. These plans also look at ways to increase the physical activity level of children while safely going to and from school. For more information about Safe Routes to School grants, visit the ODOT website here.

sodaArticle: Does Big Soda Employ Big Tobacco Tactics?

A fiery new report makes a convincing case that Big Soda is the new Big Tobacco, Business Insider, October 10, 2016

Call for Story Ideas: Translating Evidence into Action to Improve Population Health

healthy livingThe 2017 issue of Northwest Public Health, the magazine of the University of Washington School of Public Health, is seeking story ideas that show the inseparable ties between social determinants and population health outcomes, and identify the best practices for improving health at a population level.

Articles will explore how researchers, public health organizations, and communities are working together to develop and deploy evidence-informed strategies. Special emphasis will be placed on successful policies, reforms, systems, interventions, and innovations that improve population health.  Example topic areas and populations include, but are not limited to: Social determinants like income and wealth, racism, and exposure to trauma; Impacts of health reform, including new models for health care delivery or payment; Environmental health, including climate change, lead, air pollution, and water quality; Mental and behavioral health, including drug use; Using data or technology to monitor health outcomes.  Populations include: Mothers, Children, Communities of color, Older adults, Farmworkers, People experiencing homelessness or incarceration, Immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ communities, People with limited English, Tribal communities.

If your story idea is selected, one of our writers will contact you to develop the idea into an article for publication. We welcome story ideas on the topics mentioned above or any other areas related to improving population health. For more information and how to submit your story idea, visit the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

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