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By: Rosa Riley As part of the Plan4Health project, the American Public Health Association hosted three webinars in January, March, and May to focus on the areas where Plan4Health projects had success during the three-year grant period. January: Coalition Building During the coalition-building webinar, we heard from Tim Gibb and David Edgell from the Delaware Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL) coalition and Sandra Cummings from Health By Design to talk about coalitions and how they form and function to do the type of work being done with the Plan4Health project. The presenters discussed coalitions and collaborations and used them interchangeably ...
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August Health News

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by Matt Makara - MPH, Program Manager, Affiliate Affairs, American Public Health Association Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from August: 8/1/2016 – Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later? You might be able to cut your calorie intake by ordering meals before you’re actually hungry, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the lunch orders of 690 employees using a corporate cafeteria and 195 university students choosing catered lunch options. 8/1/2016 – ...
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August 16, 2016 5:24 PM Category: Health Equity by Matt Makara - MPH, Program Manager, Affiliate Affairs, American Public Health Association This past week Plan4Health coalitions from around the country came together in Sacramento to participate in a multi-faceted meeting over the course of three days. Here, attendees had opportunities to meet and learn from one another as well as many guest speakers, share experiences and get out in the community to see the impact of the work that the Sacramento coalition is involved in. We were very fortunate to have a number of guest speakers throughout the three day meeting to provide ...
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by Elizabeth Hartig - Project Coordinator, Planning and Community Health Center This entry is from Jed Hinkley, Healthy Foods Coordinator, Partnerships to Improve Community Health, Albemarle Regional Health Services Starting and running a farmers market in rural, northeastern North Carolina is very different than starting and running a farmers market in the urban areas of the state such as the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) or other urban centers across the country. In many ways a paradox exists in agricultural areas because often people have limited access to farmers markets and local fruits ...
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June Health News

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June Health News by Matt Makara - MPH, Program Manager, Affiliate Affairs, American Public Health Association Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from June: June 1: Draft guidance to food industry for voluntarily reducing sodium in processed and commercially prepared food Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for public comment that provides practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The draft short-term (two-year) and long-term (10-year) voluntary ...
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June is Men’s Health Month by Matt Makara - MPH, Program Manager, Affiliate Affairs, American Public Health Association “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, this old adage may not be actively taken to heart for a large part of the U.S. population – Men. In the U.S., men have higher rates for many of the leading causes of death, including heart disease and diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). Unfortunately, men are more likely to not have healthcare coverage compared to women and typically visit the doctor far less frequently ...
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We live in violent times. Americans are seven times more likely to die of homicide and twenty times more likely to die from shooting than people in other developed countries. 1 Stephen J. Schoenthaler, PhD, a professor of criminal justice at California State University, researched the effect of nutrition on cognition and behavio r in school children, prisoners and institutionalized juveniles. He reported a significantly lower level of antisocial behavior after dietary modifications which involved decreasing sugar consumption during a three-month and nine-month period respectively. In fact, as of 1983, at least nine separate institutions in three ...
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Affiliate CTG awardees

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In 2013, APHA awarded funding to the following nine Affiliates to support partnerships that advance community transformation in local communities. A summary of each Affiliate's activities and links to their recorded presentations can be found on APHA's website at http://www.apha.org/membergroups/states/leaderscorner/. You may also read more about their efforts via the Everything Affiliate resource library. Iowa Public Health Association Maine Public Health Association Massachusetts Public Health Association Minnesota Public Health Association Montana Public Health Association Oklahoma Public Health Association ...
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The American Public Health Association is pleased to announce that it has awarded funding to eleven Affiliates to support activities that prepare local, tribal, state and territorial health departments for national accreditation. Proposed activities include surveys that assess staff capacity, knowledge and barriers to accreditation; educational sessions and peer-to-peer sharing opportunities on best practices and lessons learned from accredited health departments; technical assistance hours; and the development of resources and modules on national accreditation. APHA would like to thank the review panel for its assistance and guidance in the grant review ...
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Courtesy of Public Health Newswire: November 21, 2013 - University of Pennsylvania professor and newly minted APHA President-elect Shiriki Kumanyika tells us about her work, why she's so hopeful about the future public health workforce and why the new APHA will lead to greater impact for health. http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=892
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Courtesy of Public Health Newswire: October 14, 2013 - As the third week of the government shutdown begins, public health’s workforce is increasingly strained to provide vital services. State and local health departments are bearing the brunt of the consequences, as they rely on federal agencies to help maintain a variety of health activities. APHA’s Affiliates shared their stories with Public Health Newswire. To learn about the impact of the goverment shutdown on the Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota Public Health Associations, click here .
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Today is Get Ready Day

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APHA's Get Ready Campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. APHA brings increased attention to the importance of emergency preparedness by recognizing every third Tuesday in September as Get Ready Day . This year, APHA hosted its second annual blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. We also prepared snacks for our fellow neighbors and employees using items that could be found in an emergency stockpile. These tasty treats include "Lights out s'mores" and canned brown bread with rhubarb ...
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Courtesy of APHA's Annual Meeting Blog: Packing our bags for Boston It's the week after Labor Day, which means it's good-bye summer and hello fall. (Sort of. This blogger is still simmering in 100-degree weather — summer, it seems, is having a hard time sharing the calendar year.) But while we wait for the leaves to turn, hope for the breeze to cool and desperately try to convince ourselves that it's never too early — or too unhealthy — to buy a giant bag of Halloween candy corn, we can keep ourselves busy by preparing for APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition ! The world's largest gathering of public health professionals ...
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There is still time to get involved in the PHACT campaign ! This summer, the ongoing debate over the federal budget and the threat of ongoing, across-the-board cuts under sequestration are putting funding for programs that protect our health at risk. Additionally, we need your help in urging Congress to move forward with legislation to reduce gun violence this year! Members of Congress need to know that supporting public health funding and reducing gun violence are vital to improving and protecting the public’s health. Affiliates such as Montana, Iowa, Rhode Island, Kansas, Arizona and Ohio have met with their representatives and are in the process ...
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Courtesy of Teddi Nicolaus, PHAB Communications Manager: Fourteen agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments Alexandria, VA — The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced today it has awarded five-year accreditation status to three public health departments. PHAB is the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program. To read the full news release, visit http://www.phaboard.org/general/public-health-accreditation-board-awards-national-accreditation-to-three-public-health-departments/
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Washington, D.C., April 1, 2013 – The American Public Health Association and its partners kick off National Public Health Week today, an annual health observance dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary contributions of public health. This year’s theme — “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money” — highlights the important return on investments made in public health that prevent disease, save lives and curb health care costs. To read the full story, visit http://www.apha.org/about/news/pressreleases/2013/National+Public+Health+Week+recognizes+the+value+of+public+health+in+everyone’s+lives.
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Courtesy of Public Health Newswire: The public health world just reached a historic milestone. The Public Health Accreditation Board – a program founded in 2011 to set performance standards for the more than 3,000 U.S. public health departments – announced today five-year accreditations for 11 public health departments. To read the full story, visit http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=6750 .
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Courtesy of Public Health Newswire: Washington, D.C., March 1, 2013 – The following is a statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "The American Public Health Association expressed grave concern over drastic across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration that takes effect today. This law raises the risks to our health by undermining many of the public health protections we have in place today. A projected 5 percent reduction in resources to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and many other public health agencies ...
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State of the Union highlights: Obama addresses public health priorities When it came time to discuss public health during his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama saved his loudest statement for last. http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=6512 7 steps to rewire public health for the future Tight budgets, workforce shortages, increasing demands. There is no lack of challenges facing the public health community. But with those challenges come opportunities. A new APHA report from its Midyear Meeting offers recommendations to transform the delivery of public health services and improve health outcomes. ...
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