Category Archives: Public Health Policy
Alaska Health Policy Review is Alaska’s comprehensive, authoritative, nonpartisan source for health policy matters in the state of Alaska. This month’s issue features community gardening.
We identified seven Alaskans with a particular interest in the topic and asked them each a few individualized questions. What we found especially interesting is that while all of the interviewees genuinely support and promote community gardening, they vary in their assessments of the exact nature of the public health benefits of community gardening.
Here is a sample of one of the interviews. (Follow the GeorgeAnne Sprinkle link to download a .PDF of the interview.) GeorgeAnne Sprinkle is a community garden organizer and Anchorage Farmers Market representative for Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT). One of her projects is Yarducopia, “one part co-op, one part gardening club, and two parts community garden.”
In its fourth year, the County Health Rankings show that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors including rates of smoking, education, and access to healthy food. They also help to lay the groundwork for governors, mayors, business leaders, and citizens across the country to take action to improve health. Some national trends this year show:
- Child poverty rates have not improved since 2000, with more than one in five children living in poverty.
- Violent crime has decreased by almost 50 percent over the past two decades.
- The counties where people don’t live as long and don’t feel as well have the highest rates of smoking, teen births, and physical inactivity, as well as more preventable hospital stays.
- Teen birth rates are more than twice as high in the least healthy counties than in the healthiest counties.
This year the County Health Rankings are easier to use than ever with interactive maps and new county-level trend graphs detailing changes over time for several measures, including premature death, children in poverty, and unemployment.
How healthy is your county? Check it out here!
Confused about the many federal budget steps? Ellen Nissenbaum of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities is leading a live webinar to help provide clarity and an expert explanation of where things stand now. The free webinar is open to the public, and attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions at the end. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
Background: Many are already feeling the impact of the sequestration cuts, and decisions made in the next few months will have a lasting impact on vital safety net programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP/food stamps. If Congress fails to act, the automatic cuts will keep happening. This webinar will cover:
- The ways Congress and the Administration may bridge their differences in the months ahead – and how that affects all of us.
- Practical steps you can take to fight off efforts to slash services.
Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM AKDT
Estimated Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Find out how health reform is already making a difference for the people of Alaska by reading the full article from HealthCare.gov here.
Want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act? Read the full law or view all 10 Titles section by section.
The American Public Health Association Public Health Fellowship in Government is now accepting applications for 2014. This is the seventh year that the American Public Health Association is offering this fellowship, which has been described as an “amazing” and “phenomenal” experience by previous fellows.
Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be interested in spending one year in Washington, D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment or other public health concerns.
The fellowship will begin in January 2014 and continue through December 2014. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience for a public health professional to gain practical knowledge in government and see how the legislative and public policy process works.
Apply now online. The electronic application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, are due to APHA by April 8, 2013.
1. must be citizens of the United States or permanent residents
2. must be APHA members
3. must have five years or more experience in a public health setting. Internships, graduate assistantships, and residencies do not count toward the five-year requirement
4. must have a masters degree or doctorate in a public health or related discipline
For more information, email Charlene Bright or call 202-777-2491.
Finding relevant opportunities to earn continuing education credits and satisfy professional licensing or credentialing requirements can be difficult, particularly for those working in public health. Fortunately, APHA’s Center for Professional Development recently announced its first offering of year-round continuing education credits through its Online Continuing Education Program.
For a minimal fee, public health practitioners can earn up to 12.75 continuing education credits offered for selected 2012 APHA Midyear Meeting sessions. Credits can be earned by physicians (CME), nurses (CNE), health educators (CHES/MCHES), public health practitioners (CPH) and other professionals (CME for non-physicians) by listening to the recordings, passing the quiz, and completing an evaluation.
National Public Health Week is April 1 – 5. This year’s theme, “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money,” recognizes the tremendous value of public health in our lives. Learn more about what is planned to celebrate and how you can be involved in this year’s activities in this interview with Kimberly Moore, director of Affiliate Affairs at APHA.