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. 41, No. 2, March

APHA Members Travel to Cuba for Insight on Health Strategies
TO LEARN more about Cuba's renowned health system, a delegation of APHA members traveled to Havana in November. The five-day trip featured visits to medical schools, hospitals, schools, research facilities and health care programs. The trip provided...
Drug Takebacks Aim to Prevent Abuse, Protect Environment
THESE DAYS, DOCTORS can prescribe medications that can cure or treat a range of illnesses. But estimates say that one-third of prescription and over-the-counter medicines go unused or expire, creating questions on how to safely dispose of them. ...
Efforts to Tackle Childhood Obesity Nationwide Are Making a Difference
EFFORTS TO improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity while reducing television viewing time and junk food consumption have begun to make a difference. Through its Public Health Grand Rounds on Childhood Obesity, the Centers for...
Electronic Health Information Could Help Surveillance, Prevent Mistakes
IN 2004, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was formed within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of supporting electronic health records for every person in the United States. In 2008,...
Encouraging Breastfeeding on the National Agenda
DESPITE THE known benefits of breastfeeding, many women in the United States continue to experience obstacles, according to a new call to action released in January by the surgeon general. The new "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding," released...
Healthy Relationship Lead to Better Lives
Unless you're shipwrecked on a deserted island, you probably enjoy a handful of close relationships. From spouses to children to friends, parents, siblings and significant others, healthy relationships build self-esteem, improve mental and emotional...
Maine Affiliate Helps Residents Get Ready for All Types of Emergencies
WHEN IT comes to preparing for an emergency such as a bioterror attack, there is nothing handier than duct tape for sealing windows, doors and vents. But the Maine Public Health Association wants people to know that stocking the sticky silver stuff...
Make Plans Now for National Public Health Week
Millions of Americans are injured every year, and of that number, more than 170,000 die. During National Public Health Week in April, public health workers from across the United States will hold events aimed at reducing the toll of injuries and violence....
Making Workplaces Healthier Is Goal of New Accreditation Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS NEWS outlets issue their yearly "best companies to work for" rankings, some public health advocates are hoping health will figure prominently in the equation in coming years. A new accreditation program is being tested...
New Book Highlights Standards for Preventing Childhood Obesity
Today, record numbers of children are tipping the scales in the obesity range. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of obese 2- to 5-year-olds jumped almost 54 percent during the past three decades. With...
Public Health Council Shifts National Focus to Prevention
AN UNPRECEDENTED federal plan to shift the nation from its present sick-care system to one based on prevention and wellness goes into motion this month. With the much-anticipated release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy,...
Report: U.S. Life Expectancy Lagging Because of Smoking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LIFE EXPECTANCIES in the United States lag behind some other high-income countries less because of things Americans are doing now than because of behaviors they have engaged in in the past. Specifically, U.S life expectancies...