Increasingly dangerous shifts in climate worldwide — including an unprecedented national number of extreme weather events last year such as fatal heat waves, droughts, floods and snowstorms — are threatening the livelihoods of local communities everywhere.
Deborah Klein Walker is a vice president and senior fellow at Abt Associates, and former APHA president Walker attended the 13th World Congress on Public Health, held April 23-27 in Ethiopia. She reflects on the meeting and discusses leading challenges in global public health and what is needed to achieve health equity for all.
Last week marked the release of the third annual County Health Rankings, an online report that lets residents in every U.S. county learn more about their communities' overall health. Hear what factors determine a county's ranking and why geography matters when measuring population health from researcher Patrick Remington.
After years of tenuous public health funding that has forced critical programs and services to the backburner, a new report out today offers guidance on how key investments in public health ought to be directed to improve U.S. health outcomes – or at least bring them up to par with healthier nations.
State, local and federal health officials from across the county unite this week to celebrate National Public Health Week, an annual health observance aimed at educating the public, policy-makers and the public health community about critical public health challenges facing the nation.
While using game-related challenges in public health endeavors is not new, video games and avatar-based simulations are emerging as an effective way of teaching healthy behaviors. Read more about this story in the March 2012 issue of The Nation’s Health newspaper.
APHA adopted 23 policies at its 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in late 2011. Passed by APHA’s Governing Council, the newly adopted policies address a broad range of public health issues, from reproductive health to public health education and workforce. Learn more about the policies.
It's Public Health Thank You Day. As we pause as a nation this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, Alan Baker, interim executive director of APHA, reminds us to also pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of public health professionals who work tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our communities.
Illustrating the tremendous impact the environment has on health, APHA’s Environment Section has produced a new short film that presents a historical overview of public and environmental health in the U.S. over the past century.
Public health interventions have led to dramatic improvements in health and safety for people across the globe. But some increasingly argue that those interventions represent too much of an intrusion into people’s lives.
Think your mobile phone can keep you healthy? The October 2011 cover story of The Nation’s Health takes an in-depth look at the wide array of public health apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Plus, be sure to download the new app for The Nation’s Health today.
Lillian Shirley is director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon and recently began her term as president of NACCHO. We asked her about her work, the challenges and opportunities facing public health and her goals for the year ahead. (Video image courtesy RWJF)