Whether you reside in Clallam County, Wash., Miami-Dade County, Fla., or somewhere in between, where you live affects your health. That’s the conclusion of the 2014 County Health Rankings report released today.
Protecting against infectious disease is among the world’s greatest health challenges right now. Sadly the U.S. is not ready to prevent or respond to disease outbreak, according to data released today by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In the annual “F as in Fat” report, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week co-released state-by-state data on 2013 obesity rates.
Jennifer Bard, an APHA member, was recently selected for the Scholars in Residence Program and will work with local health officials in Lubbock, Texas, to explore legal options to address bed bugs.
Every year, the County Health Rankings grades the health of Americans living in nearly every U.S. county. The fourth-annual report shows the good — and the bad.
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.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls it “the revolving door syndrome.” In the U.S., one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital is readmitted in 30 days, largely because four out of every five patients have no direct communication with their doctors after leaving the hospital.
Preparedness has been an important topic in public health in light of recent disasters, including Hurricane Sandy. Data released Thursday show that the U.S. is not fully equipped to properly respond to health emergencies.
Prevention is the foundation of public health. Achieving it, however, “requires investments with benefits that might not be realized for many years,” says a new study from an Institute of Medicine committee.
From the developers behind the County Health Rankings comes a new tool that provides a list of policies and programs that can be used to improve health, with a particular focus on policies and strategies that address social determinants of health, including income, employment and education, among others.
“Health care is a national problem, but it is solved locally.”
We all know that obesity rates in the U.S. are climbing in communities across the country among children and adults alike. A report out today by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation warns that if little action is taken to turn the tide on the disease soon, we could be setting...