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...
A rising number of U.S. children were covered by public health insurance between 2008 and 2010, according to a report released yesterday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
As public health technology continues to progress, communities have more resources to ensure unparalleled personal safety. Unfortunately, findings from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proving the old adage — that society’s worst enemy might be itself.
A new Institute of Medicine report calls for greater, more efficient public health funding. Find out what the report's recommendations mean for public health practice from APHA's Georges Benjamin in his recent post on the Health Affairs Blog.
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.