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Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America
Published on: 1/16/2019
Report examines the links between mass incarceration and health equity. Through pairing data with examples of successful approaches, this report shows how mass incarceration negatively impacts everyone’s health and well-being and also suggests solutions for reducing both incarceration and crime rates and increasing opportunities for all.
Hospital Admissions for Uncontrolled Diabetes Improving Among American Indians and Alaska Natives
Published on: 1/14/2019
Using IHS data, the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (NHQDR) team found significant decreases in hospital admissions for uncontrolled diabetes in the AI/AN population receiving treatment at IHS facilities. However, the declines are not as pronounced in younger age groups.
How Quickly are States Connecting Applicants to Medicaid and CHIP Coverage?
Published on: 1/14/2019
This brief analyzes the CMS application processing time data and uses the 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment policies to examine selected eligibility and enrollment policies by application processing time.
Drug Overdose Deaths Among Women Aged 30–64 Years — United States, 1999–2017
Published on: 1/11/2019
From 1999 to 2017, the death rate from drug overdose among women aged 30–64 years increased by 260%. Drug overdose deaths involving antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids all increased. Among women aged 30–64 years, the average age at death for drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 3 years.
The Role of State Health Leaders in Addressing Substance Use Disorders Among Women, Infants, and Fam
Published on: 1/11/2019
This report highlights six public health approaches for addressing the rising incidence of substance use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome and draws out the critical role that state health leaders play in each.
Assessment of dietary patterns, physical activity and obesity from a national survey: Rural-urban he
Published on: 1/11/2019
Open-access study assesses rural-urban differences in obesity rates in older adults, and the potential for the associations between obesity and physical activity and dietary patterns to vary by rural-urban status.
Data Maps the Impact of Where a Child Grows Up
Published on: 1/10/2019
The Opportunity Atlas allows users to interactively explore data on children’s outcomes into adulthood for every Census tract in the United States. This can inform local efforts to build equitable, prosperous, and healthier communities.
Privacy in the age of medical big data
Published on: 1/9/2019
Article outlines the legal and ethical challenges big data brings to patient privacy.
Measuring Resident Health Outcomes in Affordable Housing
Published on: 1/9/2019
Tool enables its users to measure changes in resident health outcomes most likely to be influenced by healthy housing development.
TOOLKIT: Cervical Health Awareness Month
Published on: 1/7/2019
Cervical Health Awareness Month in January is a chance to share information about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
Published on: 1/7/2019
Site provides getting started guides for the public health preparedness capabilities: Public Health Laboratory Testing, Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, Community Preparedness, Community Recovery, Medical Countermeasure Dispensing, Medical Material Management and Distribution, Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions, Emergency Operations Coordination, Emergency Public Information and Warning, Information Sharing, Fatality Management, Mass Care, Medical Surge, Volunteer Management, and Responder Safety and Health.
How Accountable Care Organizations Use Population Segmentation to Care for High-Need, High-Cost Pati
Published on: 1/4/2019
Brief explores how a group of mature ACOs are seeking to match patients with appropriate interventions by segmenting HNHC populations with similar needs into smaller subgroups.
Improving Oral Health Care Services in Rural America (December 2018)
Published on: 1/2/2019
Policy brief outlines barriers, highlights federal programs and initiatives, and provides policy recommendations to improve oral health care in rural America.
Patients’ Experiences in CAHs: HCAHPS Results, 2017 (January 2019)
Published on: 1/2/2019
This report summarizes reporting rates and performance among all U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey for calendar year (CY) 2017.
Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients (December 2018)
Published on: 1/2/2019
Report was developed to raise awareness, provide vetted cybersecurity practices, and move organizations towards consistency in mitigating the most pertinent cybersecurity threats. The HICP provides guidance on cost-effective methods that a range of healthcare organizations at every size and resource level can use to reduce cybersecurity risks.
2018 in Review: CDC Looks Back at the Year’s Most Pressing Health Threats
Published on: 12/28/2018
From the opioid overdose epidemic to foodborne disease outbreaks and antimicrobial resistance to the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), CDC worked around the clock – and around the globe – to protect Americans from health threats in 2018. Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest health issues that CDC tackled in 2018.
Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities
Published on: 12/28/2018
Report identifies many evidence-based and promising policies, programs, and systems changes to accelerate national progress in reducing deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.
2018 The Forces of Change in America's Public Health System
Published on: 12/28/2018
Local health departments (LHDs) face both challenges and opportunities as the public health environment evolves, and NACCHO has periodically surveyed LHDs to assess the impact of this changing environment on their budgets, workforce, and activities. The 2018 Forces of Change survey was distributed to a stratified random sample of 966 LHDs in the United States; 591 completed it for a response rate of 61%. The survey included six topics: Budget Cuts and Job Losses, Response to Opioid Use and Abuse, Population Health Activities, Influenza Preparedness and Response, Informatics Capacity, and Environmental Health Activities.
Newborn Screening: More Than a PKU Screen (November 2018)
Published on: 12/28/2018
Newborn Screening: More Than a PKU Screen (November 2018)
Teens using vaping devices in record numbers
Published on: 12/28/2018
America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017. These findings come from the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of a nationally representative sample of eighth, 10th and 12th graders in schools nationwide, funded by a government grant to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dissemination & Implementation Science for Public Health Professionals: An Overview & Call to Action
Published on: 12/21/2018
Dissemination and Implementation Science for Public Health Professionals: An Overview and Call to Action
Child Trauma and Opioid Use: Policy Implications
Published on: 12/21/2018
Provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of how substance use and trauma effects children, adolescents, and families; substance use-related impaired caregiving; and the impact of the opioid crisis on children and families. This policy brief offers recommendations for clinical interventions and training, as well as prevention efforts. (National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Health Care, Family,& Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral,& Developmental Disorders
Published on: 12/21/2018
Parent-reported data from 2016 showed that a higher percentage of children in lower-income households had ever received a diagnosis of an MBDD and a lower percentage had seen a health care provider in the previous year, compared with children in higher-income households. Most children in lower-income households were in families receiving public assistance benefits.
Naloxone: The Opioid Reversal Drug that Saves Lives (December 2018)
Published on: 12/20/2018
Guidance for healthcare providers and patients detailing how naloxone – the opioid overdose reversal drug – can help save lives and should be prescribed to all patients at risk for opioid complications, including overdose.
6 Charts About Public Opinion On The Affordable Care Act
Published on: 12/19/2018
Chart pack explores views and attitudes on the individual mandate, pre-existing conditions coverage, and state protection of pre-existing conditions.
America's Health Rankings Annual Report 2018
Published on: 12/19/2018
America’s Health Rankings® presents its 29th Annual Report, continuing the United Health Foundation’s dedication to providing data that can help build healthier communities nationwide. The longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis provides updated data to serve as a benchmark for states and spark data-driven discussions on opportunities to promote the health and well-being of our country.
How far Americans live from the closest hospital differs by community type
Published on: 12/19/2018
Rural Americans are more likely than people in urban and suburban areas to say access to good doctors and hospitals is a major problem in their community. Nearly a quarter (23%) of Americans in rural areas say this, compared with 18% of urbanites and 9% of suburbanites, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.
Overview of U.S. Hospital Stays in 2016: Variation by Geographic Region (December 2018)
Published on: 12/19/2018
Brief presents statistics on hospital inpatient stays in 2016, with a focus on geographic variation based on the nine U.S. census divisions.
What Is the Status of Women’s Health and Health Care in the U.S. Compared to Ten Other Countries?
Published on: 12/19/2018
This brief compares U.S. women’s health status, affordability of health plans, and ability to access and utilize care with women in 10 other high-income countries by using international data.
Roundup of 2018 Approved State Telehealth Legislation (December 2018)
Published on: 12/19/2018
Fact sheet summarizes 2018 state telehealth bills that have passed.
Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
Published on: 12/17/2018
On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. FDA published the final rules in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016.
Vital Statistics Online Data Portal
Published on: 12/17/2018
This page is a portal to the online data dissemination activities of the Division of Vital Statistics, including both interactive online data access tools and downloadable public use data files.
What's New for 2019 MeSH
Published on: 12/14/2018
MeSH is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus that is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the library. Post highlights changes to MeSH for 2019.
The Electronic Health Record Problem
Published on: 12/14/2018
Blogpost discusses the failing in current EHR systems and highlights potential benefits in their improvement.
Cancer Mortality in Rural America: 1999-2016
Published on: 12/13/2018
For scholars and policymakers alike, understanding the burden of cancer on society is a critical topic for investigation. Cancer consistently ranks as the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, and colorectal areas are particularly problematic. This policy brief from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center works to understand the scope of cancer mortality in rural and urban areas of the U.S. and across census regions. It finds that age-adjusted mortality rates are higher for lung, prostate, and colon cancer in rural areas than in urban areas but also that mortality rates are lower for breast and cervical cancers in rural areas than in urban areas. In addition, this brief identifies important discrepancies in cancer mortality across regions, with lower rates in the West for all analyzed cancer types except prostate cancer, and higher rates for most cancers in the rural South.
Five-Year Trends Available for Median Household Income, Poverty Rates and Computer and Internet Use
Published on: 12/12/2018
The U.S. Census Bureau just announced the release of the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, which features more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics, including homeownership rates and costs, health insurance, and educational attainment.
Early Childhood Education and Care
Published on: 12/12/2018
This report summarizes 17 selected federal programs that are particularly important for early childhood education and care.
Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths: United States, 2011–2016 (December 2018)
Published on: 12/12/2018
This report identifies the specific drugs involved most frequently in drug overdose deaths in the United States from 2011 through 2016.
NASHP Launches Health Equity and Disparities Resource Page
Published on: 12/11/2018
Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing the social and economic conditions driving them — is at the heart of many of these efforts. NASHP’s new resource page highlights current research and showcases successful state efforts to improve health equity, address the social determinants of health, and reduce health care disparities.
Research roundup: What does the evidence say about how to fight the opioid epidemic?
Published on: 12/7/2018
This post summarizes recent research on how to reduce opioid abuse and opioid-related mortality.
Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Health and Housing Outcomes: Resource Guide (October 2018)
Published on: 12/7/2018
CDC, HUD, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) brought together public, private, and nonprofit leaders on Nov. 29-30, 2016 to explore how they could work together to improve health and housing outcomes. This convening identified existing partnership, financing, and data-sharing approaches for cross-sector partnerships among healthcare, housing providers, and other sectors that improve health and housing outcomes. This resource guide synthesizes the lessons learned from the 2016 convening and provides public health leaders with strategies to build effective partnerships.
Business Engagement to Promote Healthy Communities Through Child and Family Well-Being
Published on: 12/4/2018
Paper explains how businesses can significantly bolster efforts to promote the well-being of children and families and why they should.
Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2018
Published on: 12/4/2018
Chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to compare health care systems and performance on a range of topics, including spending, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceuticals, prevention, mortality, quality and safety, and prices.
Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women
Published on: 12/3/2018
A study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health confirms the rise in meth use among pregnant women and provides new data illustrating the scope of the problem. The research, which analyzed hospital discharge records between 2004 and 2015, found that as opioid use among pregnant women has grown in recent years, so has their use of amphetamines, and particularly methamphetamine.
MEDLINE Data Changes—2019
Published on: 12/3/2018
This article collects the notable data changes made to MEDLINE during the National Library of Medicine (NLM) annual maintenance known as Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2019.
Medicare Laboratory Tests: Implementation of New Rates May Lead to Billions in Excess Payments
Published on: 12/3/2018
This report addresses, among other objectives, (1) how CMS developed the new Medicare laboratory test payment rates; (2) challenges CMS faced in setting accurate payment rates and what factors may have mitigated these challenges; and (3) the potential effect of the new payment rates on Medicare expenditures.
Evidence Brief: Use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Measurement Based Care in Mental Health
Published on: 12/3/2018
Brief highlights measurement based care (MBC) delivery practices in mental health care, specifically in the context of using standardized patient-reported outcome measures in shared decision-making with individual Veterans.
Environmental Biodetection and Human Biosurveillance Research and Development for National Security
Published on: 12/3/2018
This report examines the Department of Homeland Security's chemical and biological defense research and development portfolio to identify priorities for future investments to effectively address biological threats.
Addressing Incidents of Bias in Schools: A Guide for Preventing and Reacting to Discrimination Affec
Published on: 12/3/2018
This guide is designed to bring together a school community in order to address and prevents incidents of bias, discrimination and hate crimes. It includes suggestions for facilitating the discussions so that they are safe, illuminating and productive, as well as for organizing the process so that it fits in the daily rhythm of the school community.
Big Ideas for HIV Prevention and Treatment
Published on: 12/3/2018
In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1st, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law has released two new reports on emerging HIV issues in the United States, including policy ideas for states and local communities and for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The reports were written by two leading HIV/AIDS policy experts, Jeffrey S. Crowley, Distinguished Scholar and Director of Infectious Disease Initiatives at the O’Neill Institute, and Sean Bland, a Senior Associate at the O’Neill Institute.
CDC Update on Investigation of Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine L
Published on: 12/3/2018
CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are now advising that U.S. consumers not eat and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California.
Better Clinical Care for Obesity and Diet-Related Diseases Requires a Focus on Social Determinants o
Published on: 11/30/2018
The complications of obesity and diet-related diseases challenge the traditional model of health care delivery, in which care primarily rests with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. These conditions instead require health systems to restructure care delivery to consider underlying drivers, which have traditionally fallen to professionals outside of the health care delivery system. Key among these underlying drivers are the social determinants of health.
Association Between Health Insurance Literacy and Avoidance of Health Care Services Owing to Cost
Published on: 11/30/2018
Study assesses the association between health insurance literacy and self-reported avoidance of health care services owing to cost.
Reducing Low-Value Care: Saving Money and Improving Health (November 2018)
Published on: 11/30/2018
Despite the multitude of studies on the dangers and costs of providing low- and no-value care to patients, our healthcare system still delivers low-value care services. To help address this source of waste and inefficiency, this brief defines low-value care, describes who is likely to receive this care, and identifies strategies to reduce it.
Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2017
Published on: 11/30/2018
This data brief uses final mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update trends in suicide mortality from 1999 through 2017 and to describe differences by sex, age group, and urbanization level of the decedent’s county of residence.
High-Value Care: Strategies to Address Underuse
Published on: 11/30/2018
This brief reviews circumstances where high-value care is under-consumed and the strategies that can ensure patients receive proper levels of care, including provider incentives and consumer nudges.
What is "Affordable" Health Care? A review of concepts to guide policymakers (November 2018)
Published on: 11/30/2018
This brief considers affordability as an economic concept, as a kitchen-table budget issue for individuals and families, and as a threshold in current policy. It reviews a range of measures that capture the cost burden for individuals and families with different forms of coverage, in different financial circumstances, and with different health concerns.
Strategies to Address High Unit Prices: A Primer for States
Published on: 11/30/2018
This brief explores state options for controlling healthcare costs and notes that policy options vary in effectiveness depending on the presence (or absence) of competition between providers, prescription drug companies and device manufacturers.
Eighth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services
Published on: 11/30/2018
In this annual report, the USPSTF highlights seven recent topics related to cancer prevention and cardiovascular health, the leading causes of death among adults in the United States, for which more research is needed. The report also calls for more research in populations who are disproportionally affected by these conditions, yet often underrepresented in studies. Future research in these areas can help fill these gaps and could result in important new recommendations that will help to improve the health of Americans.
Nation’s Progress on Children’s Health Coverage Reverses Course
Published on: 11/29/2018
For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States increased. Recently released data shows an estimated 276,000 more children were uninsured in 2017 than in 2016. No state (except for the District of Columbia) experienced a significant decline in the number of uninsured children in 2017.
World AIDS Day is December 1
Published on: 11/29/2018
The federal theme for the 2018 observance is “Saving Lives through Leadership and Partnerships”. Established in 1988, World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the ongoing effort to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS and a recognition of successes, including recent evidence from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that those who get treatment can live a healthy life.
Health and Housing Toolkit Offers Resources to New Administrations
Published on: 11/27/2018
Incoming state administrations seeking to improve health and control costs by aligning their states’ health and housing agendas will find numerous successful strategies and valuable information at NASHP’s Housing and Health Resources for States. This robust toolkit explores successful state efforts to combat homelessness, develop financially-sustainable health and housing programs, and promote housing free of health hazards like lead -- while breaking down state agency siloes. It also highlights the work of NASHP’s Health and Housing Institute, supported by a cooperative agreement with the US Health Resources and Services Administration.
Six Slides to Help New Governors Improve Their States’ Health
Published on: 11/27/2018
Eighty percent of what affects health – such as housing, education, and income – is beyond the reach of clinical care, yet drives those costs higher. Incoming governors and their transition teams are making critical decisions about what kind of leaders they want and how to create and fund programs to implement effective health care policies. These six slides can give governors and their transition teams insights into what they need to know to promote prevention, ease health care costs, avoid lost productivity, and balance budgets to make their states among the healthiest.
Obesity Among High School Students in the United States: Risk Factors and Their Population Attributa
Published on: 11/19/2018
The prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States is high. The aim of this study was to assess the association between modifiable risk factors and obesity and to estimate the population attributable fractions (PAFs) of modifiable risk factors among high school students in the United States.
Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2017
Published on: 11/19/2018
In 2017, an estimated 47.4 million U.S. adults (19.3%) currently used any tobacco product. Among current tobacco product users, 86.7% (41.1 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19.0% (9.0 million) used two or more tobacco products.
From Local Action to National Progress on 5 Major Health Challenges: The Bloomberg American Health I
Published on: 11/19/2018
The articles in this supplemental issue of Public Health Reports provide insight into what it will take for the field of public health to tackle 5 of the most complex and difficult health problems of our time: (1) large numbers of adolescents disconnected from work and school; (2) violence (including gun violence), intimate partner and sexual violence, and suicide; (3) opioid addiction and overdose; (4) a dysfunctional food system associated with obesity; and (5) threats to the environment.
American Indians and Alaska Natives must be included in research on adverse childhood experiences
Published on: 11/19/2018
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are an increasing area of interest among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. As this field of study grows, an equity lens can facilitate a greater understanding of the structural, historic, and systemic contexts that relate to limited ACEs data for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), as well as disparate exposures to ACEs among this population. Three factors are important to consider in support of more equitable outcomes: AI/AN population characteristics, historical trauma and resilience, and tribal sovereignty.
The Great American Search for Healthcare Information
Published on: 11/16/2018
Results from a survey of 1,700 American adults on healthcare information seeking.
Rural Communities: Age, Income, and Health Status (November 2018)
Published on: 11/15/2018
Recap identifies rural disparities in age, health status, and income.
The Future of Health Services Research: Advancing Health Systems Research and Practice in the United
Published on: 11/14/2018
Publication identifies the range of issues that health services research must consider, address, and potentially overcome to transform the field to meet the needs of a 21st-century health care system.
HUD Policy Brief on Housing Choice Vouchers: Understanding the Impact And Potential for Health Cente
Published on: 11/14/2018
Brief explores the role that health centers can play in linking eligible individuals to sustainable, affordable housing and providing health care to participants in HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
Children's Day at the Capitol set for January 15, 2019
Published on: 11/14/2018
Planning is underway for Children's Day at the Capitol. The 2019 Children's Day at the Capitol will be held on January 15, 2019 and the theme will be Building Resiliency. Sponsors of this important event: Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota, Children's Home Society and Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford.

Legislators, advocates and citizens join at the Capitol Rotunda for the event which highlights the need for communities to be proactive in preventing child abuse and promoting a safe home for children.
Save the Date for the SDPHA 2019 Conference
Published on: 11/13/2018
Please save the date to for the SDPHA conference!
Tuesday June 25th 2019
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

More information to follow spring 2019.
Watch for calls for oral and poster presentation abstracts.
Uninsured Rates in Urban and Rural America
Published on: 11/8/2018
A collection of interactive graphics providing data on uninsured rates for people under age 65 in completely rural counties, counties that are mostly rural, and counties that are mostly urban. Includes state and county-level data.
USDA and ONDCP Unveil Latest Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Epidemic
Published on: 11/8/2018
Rural Resource Guide is the One-Stop-Shop Listing of Federal Programs That Can Support Grassroots Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic and Build Resiliency
Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices: An Overview (November 2018)
Published on: 11/7/2018
Report analyzes three basic telehealth activities as practiced by consumers age 15 or older: (1) online health research; (2) online health maintenance (communication with health providers, including communicating with medical practitioners, maintaining records, and paying bills); and (3) online health monitoring via devices that exchange data remotely with medical personnel.
Early Childhood Education to Promote Health Equity: A Community Guide Economic Review
Published on: 11/7/2018
Economic review examines how the economic benefits of center-based early childhood education programs compare with their costs.
Nutrition Facts Label Reboot: A Tale of Two Labels
Published on: 11/5/2018
The Nutrition Facts label that you may read when buying packaged foods or preparing a meal has undergone a makeover. It’s been updated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reflect updated scientific findings.
One Health
Published on: 11/5/2018
One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. It is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.
The 2018 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Published on: 11/5/2018
Report card assesses the levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and health outcomes related to physical activity.
Opening Up Access to Research Findings
Published on: 10/24/2018
In celebration of international Open Access Week, editor of eGEMs’ section Better Decisions Together Jessica S. Ancker highlights progress in breaking down paywalls to make sure that research is available to everyone.
Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model
Published on: 10/24/2018
Model addresses fragmentation in the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD) through state-driven transformation of the delivery system surrounding this vulnerable population. By supporting the coordination of clinical care and the integration of other services critical for health, wellbeing, and recovery, the MOM model has the potential to improve quality of care and reduce costs for mothers and infants.
State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies (Fall 2018)
Published on: 10/24/2018
Report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals a freshly redesigned summary guide of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
SUPPORT for Families & Communities Act:New Funding & Flexibility for States to Address Substance Use
Published on: 10/24/2018
Brief outlines Medicaid provisions in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a wide-ranging bill seeking to address the opioid crisis. The bill contains numerous provisions that affect how state Medicaid agencies structure and administer services and supports for individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUD).
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018
Published on: 10/22/2018
NLPPW, held October 21-27, 2018, is a call to action to bring together families, individuals, community-based organizations, state and local governments and others, to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness and increase efforts to reduce childhood exposure to lead.
Best Practices&Innovative Solutions to Overcome Barriers to Delivering PSE Changes in Rural
Published on: 10/19/2018
To better understand the barriers to implementing policy; systems; and environmental (PSE) change initiatives within Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) programming in U.S. rural communities; as well as strategies to overcome these barriers, this study identifies: (1) the types of nutrition-related PSE SNAP-Ed programming currently being implemented in rural communities; (2) barriers to implementing PSE in rural communities; and (3) common best practices and innovative solutions to overcoming SNAP-Ed PSE implementation barriers.
Life in Rural America (October 2018)
Published on: 10/17/2018
This “Life in Rural America” report is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The survey was conducted June 6 – August 4, 2018, among a nationally representative, probabilitybased telephone (cell and landline) sample of 1,300 adults ages 18 or older living in the rural United States. The purpose of this survey was to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.
How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation
Published on: 10/17/2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl’s popularity didn’t take off until 2013, propelling what the agency now calls the third wave of the opioid epidemic, after painkillers and heroin.
Health Care in America: The Experience of People with Serious Illness
Published on: 10/17/2018
Report examines the experiences of Americans with serious illness — the sickest of the sick — and those who help care for them, with the goal of understanding whether our health care system is doing all it can do not just to treat illness but to help people cope with illness.
Five Things to Know About CDC's 6|18 Initiative
Published on: 10/16/2018
This blog post, authored by CHCS along with CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice blog, highlights five things to know about the 6|18 Initiative now underway in 34 states, territories, and localities across the country.
Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural America (October 2018)
Published on: 10/16/2018
Brief explores how census data are used to determine which areas are considered rural, to inform other surveys that characterize rural residents, and to make funding decisions for federal programs that serve those residents.
Data Sources and Data-Linking Strategies to Support Research to Address the Opioid Crisis (September
Published on: 10/16/2018
This report presents findings from a scoping study to assess the types of data sources and data-linkage efforts that are currently being used or could potentially be leveraged to support research and evaluations relevant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Priorities to combat the opioids crisis.
City Health Dashboard
Published on: 10/9/2018
ODP Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023, Prevention Research: Building a Healthier Future
Published on: 10/9/2018
Plan includes six strategic priorities that will guide the activities of the Office over the next 5 years. To better integrate disease prevention into trans-NIH initiatives, we’ve introduced three new cross-cutting themes: leading causes and risk factors for premature mortality and morbidity, health disparities, and dissemination and implementation research.
Investing in Rural America: Bringing Progress and Economic Opportunity to Rural Communities
Published on: 10/3/2018
Report highlights the state of rural America and provides recommendations on improving financial security, education, infrastructure, affordable housing, and access to affordable healthcare.
Federal report on health, well-being of America's children and youth now available
Published on: 10/2/2018
The latest annual report of federal statistics on the health and well-being of America's children and youth is now available. The 2018 America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, highlights six measures on the status of children and youth who face heightened risks to their well-being.
HRSA releases new data on child health across the U.S.
Published on: 10/2/2018
HRSA has released the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data from nearly 21,000 households across the U.S. This voluntary survey, funded and directed by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being.
Updated State Medicaid Fact Sheets Highlight the Role of Medicaid in the U.S. Health Care System
Published on: 10/1/2018
An updated collection of state Medicaid fact sheets from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes Medicaid coverage and spending nationally and in each state. The fact sheets for each state are accessible via an interactive map of the U.S. and display a wide range of data
Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion
Published on: 9/28/2018
This paper examines the status of insurance coverage for low-income citizen adults in the 46 states with significant rural populations.
A community-based approach to rural health research
Published on: 9/27/2018
The Collaborative for Rural Primary Care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) is dedicated to making research more accessible through its community of practice activities. Rural PREP programs bring people together in a community of practice around education, training, and research.
State Snapshots Provide a Fresh Look at State-Specific Health Care Quality Trends
Published on: 9/26/2018
AHRQ has just released its 2017 State Snapshots, a set of online dashboards that each year provide updated, detailed analyses of how each State, plus the District of Columbia, is performing in important areas of health care quality.
FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids about the dangers of e-cigarette use
Published on: 9/24/2018
“The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign will target nearly 10.7 million at-risk youth through digital platforms, social media, and in-school ads nationwide
The State of Obesity: 2018
Published on: 9/24/2018
Each year, the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report highlights the latest obesity trends as well as strategies, policies, programs, and practices that can reverse the epidemic.
HHS Sponsors Development of Intranasal Form of Long-acting Opioid Overdose Drug
Published on: 9/21/2018
To help save lives in the current opioid epidemic or following a deliberate attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica, California, to develop a fast-acting, long-lasting intranasal, potentially improved form of an opioid overdose drug.
Measuring Community Stress
Published on: 9/20/2018
Report investigates whether a community that experiences challenges—for instance, high unemployment, community violence, segregation, or high opioid use—could develop community allostatic load, which, in turn, could affect how it responds to future traumatic events.
Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Factsheets
Published on: 9/20/2018
This series of four fact sheets emphasizes the importance of continuing a mother's treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. The series includes information on OUD and pregnancy, OUD treatment, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and considerations to address before hospital discharge.
HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Published on: 9/20/2018
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the crisis ravaging our country. The awards support HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week. New data unveiled recently by HHS suggests that efforts are now yielding progress at the national level.
CDC provides new funds to battle the opioid overdose epidemic
Published on: 9/20/2018
To address the opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC is increasing support to states, territories, tribes, and non-governmental organizations working to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes. CDC has awarded $155 million in new funding to states and four U.S. territories to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to scale-up prevention and response activities, including improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data.
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids
Published on: 9/20/2018
The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder.
MAP Rural Health Final Report - 2018
Published on: 9/19/2018
More than 59 million individuals—approximately 19 percent of the U.S. population—live in rural areas. Data indicate that those living in rural areas in the U.S. are more disadvantaged, collectively, than those in urban or suburban areas, particularly with respect to sociodemographic factors, health status and behaviors, and access to the healthcare delivery system. In recognizing the lack of representation from rural stakeholders in the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) pre-rulemaking process, CMS tasked the National Quality Forum (NQF) to establish a MAP Rural Health Workgroup. Between November 2017 and July 2018, the MAP Rural Health Workgroup focused on two primary tasks: (1) identifying a core set of the best available rural-relevant measures to address the needs of the rural population and (2) providing recommendations from a rural perspective regarding measuring and improving access to care.
7 States Now Report Obesity at or Above 35%
Published on: 9/17/2018
Today, CDC released new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The 2017 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that adult obesity prevalence across the country remains high and differs by race, ethnicity, and education.
Surgeon General's Call to Action: “Community Health and Prosperity”
Published on: 9/17/2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the opening of a docket to obtain comment on an upcoming Surgeon General's document/Call to Action with a working title “Community Health and Prosperity”.

CDC is the lead agency to support the Office of the Surgeon General to publish a Call to Action that will be science-informed and actionable, outlining a conceptual framework with case examples and available evidence on the business case for investing in community health. The goal of the Call to Action is to: Clearly demonstrate that investments in community health have the potential to improve the health and prosperity of communities and issue a call to action to the private sector and local policy makers for investment in communities, unilaterally or as part of multi-sector or other consortium, to improve community health.
Speak for Health is how APHA members stand up for public health interests.
Published on: 8/30/2018
APHA believes public health professionals deserve a stronger voice in public health advocacy. Together, we can change the narrative and turn the tide.

APHA is the leading voice for public health in Washington. The policies we advance are based in science, research and member-led processes.

Join us and Speak for Health — for today and future generations.

APHA's Speak for Health campaign gives you the tools you need to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of public health.
Public Health ACTion Campaign South Dakota
Published on: 2/20/2018
Simple facts on Ebola
Published on: 10/29/2014
Information on Ebola from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin