Modern Healthcare‘Show me the money’ is not the right approach in preventive care (with APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin)
A white paper released Thursday by the Bipartisan Policy Center calls for increasing the evidence base for what works in preventive health. It also calls for incentivizing prevention and public health measures and challenging physicians to work more closely with community organizations to improve health. A panel discussion followed the release of the report, at which Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s preventive and population health models group, highlighted a new CMS initiative that will do some of what the BPC’s paper called for. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the report has the right message at the right time.

“The findings are right on the mark,” Benjamin said, adding that the BPC paper should spark dialogue on the time it takes to see a return on investment in preventive and public health efforts. “There is an enormous return on investment,” Benjamin added. “Some of it is money, some of it is better health, and it doesn’t always take 20 years to see.”

APHA Get ReadyEnter APHA’s 2015 Get Ready Photo Contest by Monday, June 1
Do you have a unique pet, or just a really cute one? Take a photo and enter Ready, Pet, Go! APHA’s Get Ready Photo Contest. The contest is using animals — of any kind — to promote emergency preparedness.

Washington PostWomen of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says
Women in every age group in the United States were more likely than men to have serious mental health problems, according to federal health statistics released Thursday. The report from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also found that more than one-fourth of people age 65 or older who are afflicted with these mental health problems have difficulty feeding, bathing and dressing themselves.

Times of IndiaSleep can fix deeply rooted attitudes in people
What if race and gender biases and prejudices can be fixed during sleep? According to researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, a good night’s sleep can help modify deeply rooted attitudes in people. Scientists have known that sleep boosts memory formation by resuscitating faint neuron activity shaped during earlier periods, when an individual was awake.