Health Care Topic: Public Health

Aug 7, 2012

The all-permeating factor at the center of discussions after the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act is the unchecked growth of the cost of care.

Jul 19, 2012

This year, public health stakeholders have launched three key communication pieces to refocus the problem of obesity. Although these pieces are standalone efforts, they show how powerful coordinated efforts between researchers, local public health professionals and the American public can be. Together, these three pieces can give stakeholders at multiple levels concrete actions they can take to combat the problem of obesity.

Jul 17, 2012

Palladian worked closely with NIDA staff to develop the first-ever, easy-to-read website on drug abuse, designed for adults with low reading literacy (eighth grade or below reading level).

Jul 3, 2012

According to a new report, many states and the federal government do not have policies or laws that we know can protect citizens from injury, the leading cause of death for Americans under 44.

Jun 12, 2012

The challenges facing the public's health today are as serious as they have ever been. Obesity and diabetes are significant health issues for a large proportion of the U.S. population, more than 2 million—mostly preventable—heart attacks and strokes occur annually and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

May 29, 2012

In reading Dr. Hua Carroll’s January post here in the Health Policy Forum on the "Cultural Differences in the Treatment of Pain," two statements stood out to me:

1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic, and
2) Fighting prescription pain medication abuse is an uphill battle. (1)

May 17, 2012

The promise of public health surveillance based on near real-time health data is based on the notion that there will be uniform participation among providers, the systems will be easy to utilize, the data will be timely and standardized and the information gained for the systems will be useful.

May 15, 2012

Today, more Americans are dying from viral hepatitis than HIV/AIDS.

May 3, 2012

With the rapidly changing economic trends within the United States, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has ballooned recently. As of April 2, 2012, the total number of individuals participating in SNAP in the United States was 46,449,850. SNAP is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest food and nutrition assistance program and the cornerstone of the nation’s programs for reducing food insecurity and hunger.

Apr 17, 2012

Your health shouldn’t be determined by where you live, but two new reports show that where you live, learn, work and play have a major impact on how healthy you are and how long you live. Disease rates and factors that influence health vary dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood and region to region—and funding for public health and disease prevention programs also vary significantly from community to community and state to state.

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