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Health reform law targets dental care for kids, but gaps remain

Even though millions of Americans are joining the ranks of the insured and gaining access to affordable health care, access to oral health care is still expected to lag, according to a new report in the April 2014 issue of The Nation's Health.

Community health centers lead health insurance enrollment

Every day, each certified application consultant at Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic helps about a dozen families or residents navigate the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit The Nation’s Health for the full story.

Workplace wellness programs a growing trend for employers

Kaiser Permanente’s employee workplace wellness activities have only been operating since 2010, but the effort is already returning real health gains. Read more from this story published in the October 2013 issue of The Nation's Health newspaper.

Public health workers at center of Boston bombing response

The unique configuration of the Boston Public Health Commission meant that on April 15, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, public health was on the scene and ready to respond. Read more from this story published in The Nation's Health newspaper.
Opening Session: 'This is the time for celebration of what you are'

Opening Session: ‘This is the time for celebration of what you are’

APHA's 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition, themed "Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span," kicked off on Sunday with an Opening Session featuring addresses from U.S. Rep. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Reed Tuckson of United Health Group and more. Photos courtesy EZ Event Photography

Online-only: Health factors big in 2012 presidential, party platforms

On Nov. 6, Americans will head to the polls to vote for the next U.S. president. Whether voters choose Democratic candidate President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, may depend on which health platforms they support.

For many uninsured Americans, Medicaid expansion is critical: States’ decisions have lifesaving impact

Health officials in Washington have been working to revamp and expand the state’s Medicaid program since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. It is a complex undertaking, expected to bring more than 300,000 residents into the coverage fold.

States struggle with growing prescription drug abuse, overdose epidemic

First the first time, two trends in preventable death have crossed data paths, one highlighting a public health success and the other a growing problem. Poisoning deaths, many attributable to prescription drug overdoses, now outnumber deaths due to motor vehicle crashes, reported officials at the ASTHO annual meeting.

America’s schoolchildren sitting down to healthier meals; hunger continues to grow

Just a few days ago at a school in Sarasota, Fla., USDA's Kevin Concannon saw how a little creativity in the kitchen is helping make a big difference in encouraging kids to eat healthier. Concannon shared his insights Thursday with state health officers at the ASTHO annual meeting.

Health law raising U.S. mental health parity to the next level: Access will widen

Nearly every day, the Mental Health Center of Western Maryland gets calls from people who need care but have no insurance and cannot afford to pay out of pocket.

Online public health education growing in popularity in US

When Mary Casagrande was teaching seventh-grade students in East Palo Alto, Calif., she always found a way to incorporate her passion for health into the lessons. Eventually that passion led her to become a community health advocate, but she still felt like something was missing.

Getting ready to face the future

CDC Deputy Director Judith Monroe kicked off an APHA Midyear Meeting session Wednesday with jellyfish. Not actual jellyfish. A story about jellyfish, as a metaphor for the kind of adaptation and transformation that public health must undergo.