The Nation's Health

The Nation's Health is a trade magazine published 10/yr. by the American Public Health Association. Founded in 1971, the magazine features stories on public health policy, research and legislation.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 6, August

American Public Health Association 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition: November 4-8, 2006 * Boston, MA
The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier Public Health Educational Forum! Learn from the experts in the field, hear about cutting edge research and exceptional best practices, discover the latest public health products and services,...
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Any Amount of Secondhand Smoke Is Unhealthy, Report Says
ANY level of exposure to secondhand smoke puts nonsmokers at an increased risk for life-threatening disease, a federal report issued June 27 concluded. The Finding is particularly concerning coming just weeks after a report from the National Institutes...
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APHA Governing Council to Vote for New Executive Board Members: The Executive Board Has 12 Elected Members, with Three Elected Annually to Four-Year Terms. the Governing Council Will Elect Three New Executive Board Members during APHA's 134th Annual Meeting in Boston in November. Voters Will Choose from the Slate of Six Candidates, Whose Biographies Follow
Olivia Carter-Pokras OLIVIA CARTER-POKRAS, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine,associate faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns...
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APHA Hails Health Funding Victory
APHA members helped secure a victory for public health funding in May on Capitol Hill. In late spring, Association members were among the many public health advocates who contacted their congressional representatives and urged them to provide vital...
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APHA Members: Reach out to Your Legislators This Month
APHA IS calling on its members to take action for public health this month in their home states. U.S. congressional law-makers are back home during their long Congress recess through Sept. 5, and as part of APHA's Public Health Action--or PHACT--campaign,...
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APHA Takes Action on Medicaid, Nutrition
APHA has taken action on a number of other public health issues in recent months, including Medicaid enrollment, nutrition in schools, abstinence-only education and the rising numbers of uninsured. Among its actions, APHA: * expressed concern about...
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Chiropractic Health Care Section Publishes Its Own APHA History: Publication Celebrates Decade as a Section
THE American novelist and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck once said that "if you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." Those words hit home this year when the Chiropractic Health Care Section commemorated 10 years of Section status by...
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Commission: U.S. Prisons, Jails in Need of Reform: Problems Include Violence, Safety, Lack of Mental Health Care
CORRECTIONAL facilities in the United States fail to provide proper safety, health care and living conditions for inmates and lack adequate funding and oversight, according to a new report that calls for major reforms. Released June 2 in conjunction...
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Degutis, Saylor Nominated to Fill Role as APHA's Next President-Elect
The following are biographical sketches and personal statements from the candidates for APHA president-elect. The member elected by the Governing Council will become president-elect at the close of the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting and assume presidency...
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Disparities Found in Government Funding for State Health Programs
FEDERAL funding for disease prevention and other important public health programs varies widely among states, a June report released from the Trust for America's Health found. The report, "Shortchanging America's Health 2006," looked at the amount...
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Executive Board: APHA Annual Meeting to Return to New Orleans: Board Conducts Business at May Meeting
APHA'S Executive Board in May made good on the Association's promise to return to New Orleans, choosing the city as the site of the 2014 APHA Annual Meeting. The decision means that APHA will be able to bring the strength and spending power of the...
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Global Family Planning Efforts Struggle with U.S. Funding Cuts: Programs Vital to Women's Health
THE UNITED STATES has been funding international family planning programs for decades, subscribing to the belief that such services are "vital to safe motherhood and healthy families," according to the U.S Agency for International Development. But...
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Global Leaders Discuss Measures to Mitigate Climate Change Effects
GLOBAL leaders met in May to hammer out ways to further strengthen international cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the United States was one country conspicuously absent from the discussions. At the Framework Convention on Climate...
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Health, Human Rights on Agenda for 2006 APHA Annual Meeting
THE SUCCESSES and challenges of human rights efforts in the United States and around the globe will be in the spotlight during APHA's 134th Annual Meeting, which will be held Nov. 4-8 in Boston. The meeting's events, which will include scientific...
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Learning from Public Health Heroes, Becoming an Inspiration for Change
IN MY 40 years of working in public health, few things have given me greater pleasure than learning from the individuals that have put our profession on the world stage. Those who have stayed with me include social scientist Godfrey Hochbaum, PhD,...
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More Postpartum Depression Programs Reaching Mothers: Navy, State Screening Programs Launched
IN JANUARY 1984, Richard and Mary Jo Codey got the best news of their lives: They were going to become parents. At no time during that day of celebration could the couple have imagined that one year later, Mary Jo, overcome by the devastating effects...
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New $5.9 Million Grant Will Strengthen APHA Affiliates: ALPHA Receives Funding from W.K. Kellogg Foundation
APHA'S STATE AND REGIONAL affiliated public health associations will be able to strengthen their infrastructures and become stronger voices for public health, thanks to a new $5.9 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant, which...
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New APHA Book Sheds Light on Mistreatment of the Elderly
ELDER ABUSE has been called America's hidden social problem, but as the population ages it will emerge from the shadows to pose a serious public health issue and shatter the idealized visions long associated with the golden years, according to an APHA...
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New APHA Web Site Features Influenza Facts: Resources Include Influenza Fact Sheets, News, Resources
APHA HAS created a new Web site that serves as a one-stop resource for influenza information, including material on flu types, symptoms, complications and prevention. The site, online at <www.apha.org/flu>, answers common questions about influenza--such...
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New Health Regulations to Address Pandemic Influenza
THE threat of a global influenza pandemic has led to new health regulations from the World Health Assembly. Meeting in Geneva in late May, delegates at the World Health Assembly agreed to immediately begin implementing parts of the International...
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New Jersey Mayors Taking Steps toward More Active Lifestyles
A LITTLE exercise can have a big impact on health. That is the message that New Jersey's mayors are sending out to their communities as part of a statewide physical activity campaign. Last year, New Jersey began the Mayors Wellness Campaign, a program...
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New Vaccine for Cervical Cancer Virus Raises Access Questions: Vaccine Approved
NOW THAT a cervical cancer vaccine has won federal approval and has been recommended for routine vaccinations, questions remain over who will actually receive the vaccine and when. A new vaccine against the two most dangerous strains of the human...
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Preventive Services a Good Investment for Health
SCREENINGS for blood pressure, colorectal cancer and alcohol use are among the top preventive services that can bring Americans the most health gains for their investments, according to a new study from the Partnership for Prevention. The study,...
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Public Health Credentialing Effort Hopes to Raise Professional Bar
THE diversity of educational backgrounds among public health workers can be both a blessing and a curse: It reflects the broad range of skills needed in building a comprehensive public health infrastructure, but it also means the field's work force...
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Report: Americans Want, Deserve Universal Health Coverage
ACCESS to affordable health care for all Americans, guaranteed financial protection against high health care costs and a "core" benefits package for every individual are among the recent recommendations released in a report from the national Citizens'...
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Report: Restaurants Must Do More in Fight against U.S. Obesity
RESTAURANTS AND CAFETERIAS should promote lower-calorie foods, decrease portion sizes and provide customers with nutritional information to help combat the rising U.S. obesity epidemic, according to a new report. The report, prepared by the non-profit...
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U.S. Seniors Navigating New Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: Some Beneficiaries Encounter Problems
MILLIONS OF OLDER Americans have been settling into the new Medicare prescription drug program in recent months, discovering its advantages and navigating its pitfalls. However, while health care advocates agree that Medicare sorely needed a prescription...
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