Job Opportunities- December 1

Full-Time Tobacco Prevention & Education Coordinator Position Opening for Douglas County

As part of Adapt’s Prevention Department, the Tobacco Prevention & Education (TPEP) Coordinator performs a variety of health education and coordination activities pertaining to tobacco and chronic disease prevention, following guidance and requirements outlined by the Oregon Health Authority, Tobacco Prevention & Education Program. The TPEP coordinator works with a wide network of community partners and stakeholders to promote a healthy Douglas County.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a health or education field with three years of experience working in public health. Candidates may also possess a Master’s degree in public health or education with at least one year of experience in public health. This is a full time position.

Adapt is a nonprofit organization providing world class primary care, addictions prevention and treatment, and behavior health services. Adapt offers competitive salaries and excellent employee benefits.

For more information about this position or to apply, please contact Amy Harris, Adapt HR Representative at or call 541.492.0168. If you’d like to know more about the beautiful area of Roseburg, visit For more about Adapt please visit


Healthy Communities- December 1

New Resource Puts Health Data at Your Fingertips

systems_thinkingCompendium of publicly available datasets and other data-related resources is one-stop shop with 132 data sets from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources (Compendium) is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.


Funding Opportunities- December 1

Voices for Healthy Kids Calls for Open RFA Applications

RFP Applications: December 15, 2016     Apply here

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. Through this collaboration, and in working with a team of experts across the healthy eating and active living movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. Strategic Campaign Funds Open RFA opportunity aims to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be one year or less. Awards of up to $90,000 are available. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign focused on changing public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities.   Award notifications will be sent on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 for funding start dates of February 1, 2017 or March 1, 2017. For questions or assistance, please view the Application Instructions, FAQ, or contact Shannon Melluzzo, Grants Manager at

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Groundwork USA Accepting Letters of Interest

Letters of Interest due: February 1, 2017     Application instructions

Groundwork USA is now accepting Letters of Interest from communities wishing to begin the process of applying for Groundwork USA program funding and technical assistance and to join the Groundwork Network. Funding is currently available to select up to two new communities for the Groundwork Program. They will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding and technical assistance from the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA to plan, establish, and build the capacity of Groundwork Trust organizations in their communities.

For complete details on the application and selection process, including eligibility requirements, submission details, and evaluation criteria, download the Call for Letters of Interest. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Anjali Chen, Trust Services Director at Groundwork USA. For more information about Groundwork USA, please visit

BUILD Health Challenge Calls for Applications

Applications due: February 21, 2017     Application instructions

The BUILD Health Challenge has issued a call for applications for its second wave of $250,000 grants. These 17 awards will support implementation of cross-sector solutions to local health challenges, and require participation by a local health department, hospital, and community organization. Informational webinars are being offered in the next several weeks.

The Public Health Foundation can provide essential services to support and enhance such partnerships, with or without a grant award. These include:

Tobacco- December 1

Article: E-cigarettes Damage Teeth and Gums, New Study Finds

First-ever Study Shows E-cigarettes Cause Damage to Gum Tissue, ScienceDaily, November 16, 2016.

An e-cigarette sits in a tray on the bar at the Henley Vaporium in New York City

Press Release: HUD Secretary Castro Announces Public Housing to be Smoke-free

New rule protects health and safety of residents, saves PHAs millions of dollars in preventable damage

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. In an address to local public housing officials, residents and public health professionals in Boston, Secretary Castro said HUD’s new rule will provide resources and support to more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to implement required smoke-free policies over the next 18 months. Read HUD’s final rule.

Read the full press release.




Healthy Communities- November 17

2016 Weston Awards Celebrate People Making Communities Walkable

Friday, December 2, 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Treasury Ballroom, 326 SW Broadway, Portland 97205

unsafewalkingEast Portland Action Plan (EPAP), a committee comprised of citizen advocates to represent the 150,000 Portland residents between 82nd/I- 205 and Gresham/174th, is the #1 winner of the Weston Awards this year. Adopted in 2009, the East Portland Action Plan provides a comprehensive list of enumerated, tangible objectives to address community-identified issues. EPAP advocates were charged to provide leadership and guidance to public agencies and other entities on how to strategically address implementation and allocate resources to improve livability and prevent displacement in East Portland.

Attend the 6th Annual Weston Awards to celebrate EPAP, and the innovation, leadership and activism of all the Weston Award winners on December 2nd. Tickets are available here.

Oregon Public Health institute announces HEAL Cities Small Grant Recipients

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A growing number of cities are interested in healthy eating and active living, including adopting local policies on issues like zoning for community gardens, creating infrastructure to promote walkability and other environmental changes to prevent and manage chronic disease. Oregon Public Health Institute just completed its third annual HEAL Cities grant opportunity, awarding seven small grants. The interest of these cities in healthy eating and active living may offer opportunities for public health to partner with cities to achieve additional progress on population health. For more information visit the HEAL Cities website here.

In the News: Oregon’s Physical Education Law Takes Effect Next Summer

The Oregon Physical Education Law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017.  As you may recall, the bill  was passed in 2007, and Oregon schools have had ten years to prepare.  The reality of implementing this bill is becoming controversial, and we are likely to begin seeing and hearing the concerns from all sides during the coming months.  Likely, this article from the Portland Tribune may be the first of many to come.


Article: Daily Can of Soda Boosts Odds for Prediabetes, Study Finds

HealthDay News, November 10, 2016

sodacansA study found consuming an average of six 12-ounce servings of a sugar-sweetened beverage per week raises a person’s risk of prediabetes by 46%. The data, reported in the Journal of Nutrition, came from the Framingham Heart Study and included almost 1,700 adults who were followed for 14 years. Read more.

Article: Soda Taxes Win Big Despite Industry Efforts to Defeat the Measures

Souring on sweet? Voters in 4 cities pass soda tax measures. NPR, November 9, 2016.

Tobacco – November 17

Article: Graphic Warning Labels Save Lives

Graphic pictures on cigarette packs would significantly reduce smoking death rate, Science Daily, November 4, 2016.


Article: California approves tax increase on cigarettes

Reuters, November 9, 2016

vape liquid“California voters agreed to significantly increase the tax on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri, according to late Tuesday vote tallies. California’s Proposition 56 will increase taxes on a pack of cigarette from 87 cents to $2.87,” Reuters reported. Read more.


Article: Heavy Smoking Increases Diabetes Risk in Blacks

HealthDay News, November 13, 2016

Researchers found that black people who smoked one pack or more of cigarettes daily were at a 62% increased risk of developing diabetes, compared with those who smoked less than one pack a day, former smokers and those who had never smoked. The findings, presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, were based on almost 3,000 black individuals in the Jackson Heart study, 466 of whom were diagnosed with diabetes. Read more.

Training Opportunities- November 17

Registration is open for the Food, Nutrition, and Health Update 2017 Conference

Thursday, February 23, 2017      Register here

Early Bird Registration on/before Jan. 15: $110

CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

The goals of the conference are to provide updates on the latest research and address important critical issues in nutrition and healthy eating.

Target audience: dietitians, nutrition educators and health professionals in preventive and public health. The tentative program agenda can be viewed here.