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. 39, No. 10, December

Affiliates Honor Outstanding Contributions to Public Health
At its annual awards ceremony and reception in November, the APHA Committee on Affiliates presented two awards honoring outstanding contributions to public health. The event, which took place during APHA's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, culminated...
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Affiliates Tackle Health Reform Via APHA Campaign: Advocates Bring Public Health Concerns to Policy-Makers
As the national health reform debate heated up around the nation this summer, some of APHA's affiliated state and regional public health associations took up the cause of health reform on the homefront. As part of APHA's annual Public Health Action--or...
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APHA Annual Meeting Blog Reports News from Philadelphia
Hundreds of people visited this year's APHA Annual Meeting Blog, making it the blog's most successful year since it began three meetings ago. More than 50 blog entries were posted over five days of the Annual Meeting, which ran from Nov. 7-11, covering...
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APHA Governing Council Adopts Policies, Conducts Business
APHA has new policies on the books that will guide its work on public health, including those that address issues currently being debated in Congress and legislatures nationwide. During APHA's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in November, the...
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APHA Groups Present Awards in Philadelphia: Educators, Students, Researchers Honored for Achievements
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Slade Memorial Advocacy Award: Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH Lifetime Achievement Award: Thomas Babor, PhD Community-Based Leadership Award: Mike Prelip, DPA College-Based Leadership Award: Erin English, MPH Section...
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APHA History Update Project to Link Lessons of Past to Future
IF HISTORY is indeed a portal to the future, APHA members will soon be able to seek guidance from the past. Such is the hope of a group of APHA members who are working to update the Association's historical records. Much has occurred in public health...
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APHA Lauds Prevention in Health Reform Bill
The inclusion of billions of dollars in prevention funds in the U.S. House of Representatives health reform bill is an important step in "moving our health system from one that focuses on treating the sick to one that focuses on keeping people healthy,"...
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APHA Meeting Expo Booths Take Home Prizes: disAbility, Statistics, Podiatric Health Sections Earn Top Honors
A DIVERSITY of public health exhibitors were recognized for their creative, educational and innovative booths during the Public Health Expo at the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The expo, held over four days of the November meeting,...
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APHA Policy Center Debuts New Briefs, Booklet about ATSDR
APHA's Center for Public Health Policy has released a number of new publications in recent months, covering topics ranging from the role of community-based clinics in health reform to public health's role in reducing chemical exposures. In November,...
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APHA's Member Groups Gather for Business, Socials in Philadelphia
Learning, sharing and honoring outstanding accomplishments took center stage in November as APHA's many member groups held a full slate of events at the Association's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. APHA's Sections, Special Primary Interest...
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APHA to Offer Continuing Education Credits for Public Health Certification
APHA has welcome news for the more than 1,000 public health professionals who are certified in public health: Starting next year, the Association will offer continuing education credits at the APHA Annual Meeting for maintaining the certification....
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Cigarette Butt Pollution Project Takes Aim at Tons of Toxic Waste
While most anti-tobacco work focuses on the harms of tobacco smoke and nicotine, a new group of public health advocates is taking on yet another hazardous aspect of smoking: cigarette butts. Launched in 2007 by tobacco researchers, the Cigarette...
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Connecticut Association Named Public Health Affiliate of the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE Connecticut Public Health Association was honored at APHA's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in November for making outstanding strides in the past year, both as a state association and as an APHA Affiliate. The...
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Health Disparities Carry Hefty Price Tag for U.S. Health Care System
Health disparities cost the nation a staggering amount and addressing them should be a major component of health reform, according to recent reports on the issue. Between 2003 and 2006, excess costs linked to health inequities for black, Asian and...
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Hunger Hits 17 Million American Families in 2008, USDA Reports
More families had difficulty putting food on the table in 2008 than ever recorded by the federal government's annual food security report. The report found 17 million households, or 14.6 percent of the U.S. population, were "food insecure" at some...
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IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux: 'First Priority Is to Renew and Strengthen Our Partnership with Tribes': Roubideaux Calls for Stronger Partnerships, Collaborative Work
APHA member Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, the first woman director of the Indian Health Service, took the agency's helm in May. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Roubideaux is a longtime health advocate and has conducted extensive...
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Members Choose Murray as Next APHA President: Three Executive Board Members, Vice Presidents Also Named
LINDA Rae Murray, MD, MPH, will be APHA's next president, Association members decided in November. The Association's Governing Council elected Murray--chief medical officer for Cook County Department of Public Health in Chicago--as APHA president-elect...
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More Preventive Health Services Called for among Adults 50-64
AMERICANS ages 50-64 need a core set of preventive health services to stay healthy, and communities need to promote and deliver such services, according to a new report. Issued in November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AARP...
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More Than 12,000 Attend APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PUBLIC HEALTH professionals have the power to transform the nation's health and influence everything from health reform and health funding to chemical safety and water supplies, according to speakers at APHA's 137th Annual...
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National Public Health Week 2010 to Be Observed April 5-11
IF EVERYONE pitches in, the United States can become the healthiest nation in one generation, according to organizers of APHA's 2010 National Public Health Week celebration, which will be observed April 5-11. With a theme of "A Healthier America:...
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New APHA Book Highlights Chronic Disease Prevention, Control
PUBLIC HEALTH advances have greatly reduced the burden of infectious diseases, but chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic...
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Poor Road Design Contributes to U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A DECADE AGO, St. Petersburg, Fla., was a fairly dangerous place for residents on foot, topping the nation's metro areas for pedestrian deaths. But with commitment from local officials, community support and simple design...
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Protect Your Child's Health with Regular Vaccinations
You're holding your newborn, and you whisper a soft promise that nothing in the world will ever harm her. Sadly, there are some things we can't control, like the common cold or their first broken hearts. But happily, thanks to decades of scientific...
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Push Is on to Improve U.S. Chemical Safety Laws
IN NOVEMBER, researchers released a startling finding: In pregnant women, a study found that developing babies are being exposed to toxic chemicals from consumer products even before they take their first breaths. The finding is yet another confirmation...
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Report Calls for Better Coordination in Detecting Emerging Diseases
The world needs a more sophisticated, better-coordinated system to effectively prevent, detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases such as the current H1N1 flu pandemic, according to a September Institute of Medicine report. Pathogens that...
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State Health Rankings Track Two Decades of Public Health Progress
The 20th anniversary edition of America's Heath Rankings highlights some public health successes in states across the country but also strongly emphasizes the need for prevention in the face of rising obesity rates and chronic disease. The report,...
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Summary of 2009 APHA Policies Adopted by the Governing Council in November
The following are brief descriptions of the 16 policies adopted by the Governing Council at APHA's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. One of the new policies was a latebreaker, meaning it was not open to the same review as the other 2009 policies...
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U.S. Smoking Rates Stagnant; Indoor Smoking Bans a Success
Despite some progress, smoking rates among U.S. adults remained stalled in 2008, with 46 million Americans lighting up. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in November found that about 20 percent of Americans smoke, a...
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Working Together, We Can Move Mountains on Health Reform: APHA's New President Takes Office
AS APHA's new president, I am delighted to begin my term with a note to the membership about some of the issues I hope to elevate during my year with you. For me, one of the most stimulating aspects of public health is the fact that so many events...
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