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October 2011 Blog Posts (24)

New Report Finds Children in Rural Areas Face Different Health Challenges

Children in rural areas are more likely to face different challenges to their health and have less access to care when compared with children in urban areas, according to a new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH):  The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation in 2007, which is published every four years, examined the overall health of rural children in the United States from…

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Added by MAPP on October 28, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

HPV Vaccine Myths Put Health, Lives at Risk, Say Health Leaders

Article from the Nation's Health:

 

Vaccination rates for human papillomavirus are lagging for teens, and a complicated web of confusion and misinformation may be to blame, according to public health leaders.

 

Several strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, and two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, have been shown conclusively to defend against those strains. The Food and Drug Administration recommended in 2006 that girls receive the vaccine…

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Added by MAPP on October 28, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Healthy People 2020-NACCHO Partnership

NACCHO's partnership with Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020) is designed to support and increase the use of HP 2020 among local health departments (LHDs) and other organizations related to community health assessment and improvement processes. All programmatic activities will be designed to support the HP…

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Added by MAPP on October 27, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Upcoming Webinar: Creating and Implementing a Meaningful Use Action Plan

Meaningful Use Readiness: Creating and Implementing a Meaningful Use Action Plan

 

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 ET



Millions of dollars in Medicaid and Medicare incentive funds have been set aside for organizations that meet the criteria for “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Eligible organizations, including local health departments, can receive incentive funds beginning in 2011 if they meet the Meaningful Use…

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Added by MAPP on October 26, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Archived Webinar: The Launch of Public Health Accreditation

Now that the national voluntary accreditation program has officially launched, David Stone shared the latest from PHAB to help participants know how to prepare for accreditation, learn the benefits, and the key steps to get ready.



Find an overview of the launch, the current status of PHAB accreditation, strategies and processes used in the accreditation process, and how the NPHPSP connects with accreditation in this webinar.

 

This webinar was presented by the…

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Added by MAPP on October 24, 2011 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Network for Public Health Law

The Network for Public Health Law provides legal assistance, helpful resources, and opportunities to build connections for local, tribal, state, and federal officials; public health practitioners; attorneys; policy-makers; and advocates. Organizations and individuals committed to improving public health can join the Network.



The Network can access a variety of experts on a wide-range of public health law topics. A core…

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Added by MAPP on October 21, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Roots of Health Inequity: A Web Course and Learning Collaborative

Roots (http://rootsofhealthinequity.org/) considers the root causes of inequity in the distribution of illness, disease, and death. The course, based on a social justice framework, is a conceptual introduction to ground public health practitioners in concepts and strategies for taking action in everyday practice.

 

What can you expect? What will you be able to do on the site?

Expect a rich…

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Added by MAPP on October 21, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the Association of State Health Officials (ASTHO), the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), has established this Fellowship to train recent graduates in the expanding field of applied public health informatics. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide a high quality training experience and to…

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Added by MAPP on October 21, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

Request for Applications: NACCHO's Model Practices Program and Healthy People 2020

If your local health department uses Healthy People 2020 in community health assessment or other processes, consider applying for NACCHO’s Model Practices Program. NACCHO’s Model Practices Program honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practices and shares these practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, LHDs contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods. This year, the Model Practices Program is…

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Added by MAPP on October 20, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Accreditation Preparation Resources for LHDs

NACCHO is excited to announce new APQI resources that are available now or coming soon. More information can be found about these resources online:

 

  • NACCHO Accreditation Preparation & QI Trainings:…
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Added by MAPP on October 20, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

MAPP Story from the Field: Putting Public Health on the MAPP in Will County, IL

In 2009, Will County, IL, looked in many ways like much of the country: more and more people, fewer and fewer resources, and, for those in the field of health and healthcare, a seemingly unending stream of paperwork. At the local hospital, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, community service was an unquestioned priority. But in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had been increasing its reporting requirements for community benefits, including detailed documentation of how the…

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Added by MAPP on October 20, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Healthy People 2010 Final Review

In 2000, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2010, a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

 

On October 6, 2011, Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Director of National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS) Dr. Edward Sondik released the Final Review of Healthy People 2010. The Healthy People 2010…

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Added by MAPP on October 18, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

November Performance Improvement TA Call

NACCHO is pleased to announce the third call in its new teleconference series on LHD performance improvement (PI). These calls are designed to respond to timely, common technical assistance (TA) requests related to accreditation, community health assessment (CHA) and improvement planning processes, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) and more!

 

The November 10th call will be structured slightly differently than previous calls to meet the needs of the…

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Added by MAPP on October 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Take Action to Improve Health Literacy

Limited health literacy results when people are not able to find and use the health information they need. As many as 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty understanding everyday health information available in health centers, on Web sites, in the media, and from community organizations.

 

Health literacy impacts all of us. As public health professionals, we are responsible for communicating vital information to protect people's health. Too often, this information is technical and…

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Added by MAPP on October 17, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

APHA's Get Ready Campaign

Have you seen the movie Contagion?  Would your family and community be prepared to protect itself in case of a pandemic disease outbreak?  Many would not fare well.

 

APHA's Get Ready campaign is holding a video contest to help students in grades six through 12 learn how to keep themselves, their families and their community healthy and safe in times of disaster.  It's easy to enter! Students should create…

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Added by MAPP on October 17, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Upcoming PARTNER Events

PARTNER is a tool that allows people/organizations that work together as a “network” to measure and monitor collaborative activity over time. Using social network analysis, network measures indicate progress of collaboration by assessing which partners are involved, the ways that partners exchange resources, and provide a better understanding of the amount of effort required to sustain a collaborative. Additionally, outcome measures related to the process of collaboration are provided.…

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Added by MAPP on October 12, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Call for applications: Safe Routes to School mini-grants

The National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These SRTS mini-grants support programs to enable and encourage children of all ages and abilities to safely walk and bicycle to school. The funded activities should occur between January 1, 2012, and the end of the spring 2012 semester. Applications are due on October 19, 2011, so visit the online mini-grant…

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Added by MAPP on October 11, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

New Funding Opportunity: Accreditation Support Initiative

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in coordination with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, NACCHO is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for public health departments and organizations that provide technical assistance for accreditation (e.g. Public Health Institutes and SACCHOs) to prepare for or undertake accreditation activities. This opportunity is intended to…

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Added by MAPP on October 10, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Affordable Care Act Helps Improve the Health of the American Workforce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced awards of approximately $9 million for comprehensive workplace health programs across the nation. The initiative, funded by the Affordable Care Act, aims to help workplaces support healthy lifestyles and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases in order to improve the health of American workers and their…

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Added by MAPP on October 7, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

NACCHO October Performance Improvment TA Call

NACCHO is pleased to announce the second call in its new teleconference series on LHD performance improvement. These calls are designed to respond to timely, common technical assistance (TA) requests related to accreditation, community health assessment and improvement planning processes, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) and more! 

 

The topic of the October 13th call will be working with local public health system partners to collect, analyze, and…

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Added by MAPP on October 5, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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