Posts tagged "infrastructure"

Aging US systems pose risks to health

The water crisis in Flint shows how infrastructure and public health are linked. Read this story reported in the April 2016 issue of The Nation's Health.

Berwick: ‘The biggest risk of American health care today is that it will fail the moral test’

Former CMS Administrator Don Berwick addressed the 2012 APHA Midyear Meeting this week in Charlotte, N.C, addressing how public health can thrive in a changing health care landscape.

Health department budget woes persist

Ohio has cut back on birth defect surveillance. Maryland has closed a care facility serving people with intellectual disabilities. Alabama has limited eligibility for state-supplied vaccines. These are just a few of the cuts made by state health agencies in the face of ongoing budget challenges, according to new analyses.
Public health accreditation: Q&A with Kaye Bender

Public health accreditation: Q&A with Kaye Bender

New national standards are providing a roadmap for health departments to measure performance and instill a culture of quality improvement, says Kaye Bender, executive director of the Public Health Accreditation Board. Learn how accreditation can help health departments survive, and even thrive, in a time of tight budgets.

APHA president, Maryland Public Health Association promote health workforce in visit to Annapolis

'Doing more with less’ is a familiar refrain among those in the public health field. But for the larger health workforce, the squeeze will be acutely felt in 2014 when 32 million Americans enter the U.S. health system under the Affordable Care Act. And we need to be ready, said APHA President Melvin Shipp.

Budget cuts, job losses continue to undermine local public health

A survey of nearly 700 local health departments shows that more than half have cut services in the first six months of 2011, continuing a troubling trend that has seen local health departments shed 34,400 jobs — roughly one-fifth of their workforce — since 2008.

HHS awards ACA funds to boost prevention, public health

Recent funding announcements from HHS will strengthen the public health infrastructure and support prevention and public health efforts in all 50 states. The grants are supported in part by the Affordable Care Act through its Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Chicago leaders unveil city’s first-ever public health blueprint

While Chicago is known for deep-dish pizza, sausage and hot dogs, those delicacies are not likely to be featured on a heart-healthy menu anytime soon. But a plan unveiled today by city leaders will help transform the health of Chicagoans by addressing everything from the communities in which they live to the food they eat....