Author Archives: Bernice Carr

A Third of Children Exposed to Lead in the U.S. Likely Undiagnosed

PEDIATRICS STUDY REVEALS STATES WHERE MORE THAN 80% OF LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN REMAIN UNIDENTIFIED

As concerns about lead exposure peak across the U.S., a PHI study published today in Pediatrics indicates that reporting may be capturing just 2 out of every 3 children poisoned by lead. "Assessing Child Lead Poisoning Case Ascertainment in the US, 1999-2010," from PHI’s California Environmental Health Tracking Program, found states where more than 80% of lead-poisoned children remain unidentified—and researchers expect that testing rates have only declined in the subsequent years.

Read for complete details of this study here.

May Webinars – 5/9 and 5/18

Plan4Health: Nutrition webinar:  Tuesday, May 9

Join us for the third webinar of a three-part series to learn about the Plan4Health Initiative, and the importance of planning and public health to create the healthiest nation. Presenters will talk about nutrition focused policies, systems and environmental strategies that improve access to food and beverage options.

Objectives

·       Discuss policies, systems and environmental strategies focused on access to healthy food and beverages.

·       Describe successes, challenges and lessons learned when implementing policies, systems and environmental change related to nutrition.

Date: May 9

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Webinar Link: https://ampublichealthassoc.adobeconnect.com/_a1127126520/seminars/

Please use your computer audio

Moderator:       Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Past APHA President

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Presenters:   Aaron Mondada   Idaho Plan4Health Coalition

                       Melissa Oden  Plan4Health Tarrant County

Accreditation Webinar: Thursday, May 18

National voluntary public health accreditation is designed to establish a standard for the provision of governmental public health services available to all residents of the United States. This past year, the CDC and APHA provided funding to 6 APHA Affiliates to implement accreditation readiness activities with local, state, tribal and/or territorial health departments. Join us to learn more about the activities and work being conducted in GA, OH, TX, and UT.

Objectives:

·       Provide an overview of current accreditation readiness activities

·       Discuss successes, challenges, and opportunities

·       Discuss needs for PI resources and assistance to health departments that are not seeking accreditation

 Date: May 18

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

RWJF and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute Released the 8th Annual County Health Rankings

A collaborative project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org, show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on more than 30 factors including high school graduation rates, children in poverty, housing, unemployment, access to healthy foods, and much more.

 The Rankings motivate community leaders and citizens to work together in new and creative ways to build a Culture of Health. The Roadmaps offer communities resources and tools to move from awareness to action.

Learn more at www.countyhealthrankings.org

Aetna Foundation’s 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

The Aetna Foundation's 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program is now open. This will be the Foundation's only open RFP this year. The foundation expects to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play.

Click here for further details.

Rutgers 22nd Annual Public Health Symposium 2017

Rutgers School of Public Health announces its 22nd Annual Public Health Symposium; Communicating the SCIENCE of Public Health - A Critical Skill in Challenging Times.

Click here for details and registration information.