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July 2011 Blog Posts (25)

New Community Health Assessment and Health Reform NACCHO Webpage

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act require each non-profit hospital facility in the United States to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and adopt an implementation strategy to meet identified community health needs. In conducting the CHNA, non-profit hospitals are required to take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served,…


Added by MAPP on July 28, 2011 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

NACCHO, ASTHO, and the Association of Health Care Journalists Joint Press Release

Washington, DC (July 20, 2011)—Public health officials and journalists now have guidance on what information should be made public when someone dies or falls ill during a public health emergency, thanks to a unique collaborative effort being made public today.

A new document -- developed by leaders in public health and health-care journalism – provides a framework for releasing such information as the age and location of private individuals who have been affected by an… Continue

Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Twelve Local Health Departments Receive Grants to Focus on Community Health Improvement

Washington, DC (July 25, 2011)—The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced today its selection of 12 local health departments to receive grant funding to initiate and complete a robust community health improvement process in preparation for the new, voluntary, national accreditation process for public health departments  due to launch in September.  With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), each local health department…


Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

IOM Report Recommends Eight Additional Preventive Health Services to Promote Women's Health

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that eight preventive health services for women be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The ACA requires plans to cover the services listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) comprehensive list of preventive services. At the agency's request, an IOM committee identified critical gaps in…


Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

HHS Announces Winners of the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards

Winners of an awards program that highlights innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health of the community within the past three years were announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards winners will receive an award from the HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington, D. C. The winners will also share information on their innovations by presenting at a…


Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

NACCHO Honors 41 Local Health Departments for Innovation and Excellence

Washington, DC (July 22, 2011)—As part of its 2011 annual conference, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) last night honored 41 local health departments across the country for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes in response to an identified public health need. Each project receiving a Model Practice award was reviewed by a committee of peers (other local health department professionals) and selected from…


Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NACCHO Announces 2011-2012 Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2011)—Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, has assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). John Wiesman, director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, WA serves as President-Elect. Terrance Allan, health commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health in Parma, OH, is the newly-elected Vice President. The three NACCHO officers…


Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

New Funding Opportunity: Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project

Fund Number: 4369

Fund Title: Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project

Fund Category:

Other Health-Related


Grant Amounts: Awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Healthy People is a set of topic areas and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of people in the… Continue

Added by MAPP on July 25, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Standards and Indicators for Local Health Department Injury and Violence Prevention Programs

 Today marks the official launch of Standards and Indicators for Local Health Department Injury and Violence Prevention Programs, a new set of guidelines from NACCHO and the Safe States Alliance.


In 2010, a joint workgroup of NACCHO and the Safe States Alliance developed standards for a model local health department (LHD) injury and violence…


Added by MAPP on July 20, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments

New WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic

The World Health Organization released a report on tobacco control called, "WHO REPORT on the global TOBACCO epidemic, 2011: Warning about the dangers of tobacco."


This report, the third periodic country-level examination of the global tobacco epidemic, identifies the countries that have applied effective tobacco control measures that save lives. These countries can be held up as models of action for the many countries that need to do more to protect their people from the…


Added by MAPP on July 15, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

NACCHO Web-Based Interactive Training for Tobacco Control Programs

NACCHO is pleased to announce the debut of a new web-based interactive training on the 2010 Program and Funding Guidelines for Comprehensive Local Tobacco Control Programs (Guidelines). The web-based Guidelines training describes an integrated programmatic tobacco control structure and provides information on determining the recommended level of investment to end the epidemic of tobacco use. In addition to information about the five components of a comprehensive tobacco…


Added by MAPP on July 13, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Kentucky Includes Road Safety Audits in "Healthy Communities" Initiatives

Kentucky’s “Healthy Communities” Initiative was created in response to the state’s growing epidemics of obesity and smoking, and plummeting physical activity levels. It was developed at Kentucky’s 2010 Healthy Communities Conference, and focuses on the idea that a healthy lifestyle depends not only on the decisions of individuals, but on the choices…


Added by MAPP on July 12, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Safe Routes to School National Partnership Releases New Local Policy Guide

The Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide represents an additional effort to bring public health considerations into the development of transportation policies and practices. The guide advocates for a “Health in All Policies” approach, through which it emphasizes the role of schools and local communities in the development of policies and practices that can improve the health of their…


Added by MAPP on July 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New Report Highlights the Importance of Transportation Policies to Civil Rights

The Road to Health Care Parity: Transportation Policy and Access to Health Care, a report released by The Leadership Conference Education Fund, demonstrates the connections between transportation policy, community health, and civil rights. It points to the tendency of transportation policies to exacerbate preexisting disparities in access to health care and exposure to…


Added by MAPP on July 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

U.K. Study Explains How and Why to Encourage Walking

Living Streets, a U.K.-based organization dedicated to “putting people first” in the construction of streets, has recently released a report entitled Making the Case for Investment in the Walking Environment, commissioned from the University of the West of England. This report reviews evidence in studies conducted by advocacy organizations, independent organizations and academic institutions that focus…


Added by MAPP on July 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

PARTNER Presentation at NACCHO Conference July 20-22nd

SESSION TITLE: Contributing Factors to Successful Outcomes in Public Health Collaboratives


SCHEDULED DAY AND TIME: 7/21/2011 at 10:00:00 AM


Brief Description:

A major challenge facing state and local public health agencies is how to partner with other organizations, agencies, and groups to collaboratively address goals in population health while effectively maximizing resource sharing of the partners involved. This research identifies factors that…


Added by MAPP on July 11, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

PHAB Announces Availability of Accreditation Materials for Launch

The following accreditation materials are now posted on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) website:

  • Guide to National Public Health Department Accreditation Version 1.0
  • PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.0
  • PHAB…

Added by MAPP on July 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

PHF Launches Immunization ID Contest

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) launched the Immunization ID Contest.  This contest provides an opportunity to win a box of 16 copies of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (“The Pink Book”), 12th Edition.


The contest is designed to encourage public health professionals to learn about the…


Added by MAPP on July 8, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

New Report: Adult Obesity Increased in 16 States in the Past Year

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.


The obesity epidemic continues to be most dramatic in the South, which includes nine of the…


Added by MAPP on July 8, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

New Campaign to Help Families Prevent Food Poisoning

The Ad Council is joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to debut their first joint national multimedia public service campaign to help families prevent food poisoning in the home.


The Food Safe Families campaign was announced last week by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in…


Added by MAPP on July 8, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

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