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. 38, No. 10, December

Affiliate Activities Spotlighted at Annual Meeting: State, Regional Affiliates Take on Advocacy, Capacity Building
FROM workshops to business meetings, APHA's state and regional affiliated public health associations held a wide variety of events during this year's 136th APHA Annual Meeting, which was held Oct. 25-29 in San Diego. At a half-day technical assistance...
Affiliate Awards Honor Members' Contributions to Public Health
The APHA Committee on Affiliates presented three awards honoring outstanding contributions to public health at its annual awards ceremony and reception in October. The event, which took place during APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego, culminated...
Annual Meeting Calls for Reform of Global, U.S. Health Systems: More Than 12,600 Workers Join Together
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Public health workers can join together to dramatically improve health around the world, according to speakers at APHA's 136th Annual Meeting, who underscored that now is the time to work for better health access both in...
APHA Annual Report Highlights Association's 2008 Accomplishments
Wondering how many letters APHA members sent to Congress this past year? How many Sections and Special Primary Interest Groups APHA members can join? What topics APHA is blogging on? The answers to those questions and more can be found in APHA's...
APHA Calls for Proposed 2009 Policy Statements: Full Association Policy Process Now on APHA Web Site
APHA members who want to propose policies for the Association are invited to take part in the 2009 APHA policy process, which is now under way. APHA policy statements--which may be either resolutions or position papers--serve as the voice of...
APHA Expo Booths Compete for Best in Show Prizes: Winners Range from APHA Sections to Local Health Departments
A VARIETY of public health exhibitors were honored for their creative, informative and innovative booths during the Public Health Expo at the 136th APHA Annual Meeting in late October. The expo, held over four days of the San Diego meeting, featured...
APHA Governing Council Adopts 12 New Association Policies: Changes to APHA Bylaws Approved
APHA HAS new policies on the books that will guide its work on public health, covering issues such as smoking in movies, fluoridation and lead in consumer products. During APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego in October, the Governing Council...
APHA Institute Tackles Health Issues in Caribbean: Maternal and Child Health Leadership Institute Continues
One of the greatest challenges to improving maternal and child health in the Caribbean is a lack of accurate data collection on problems such as infant mortality, chronic disease rates, child abuse and obesity, according to participants in an APHA...
APHA Member Groups Present Awards in San Diego: Educators, Students, Researchers Honored for Achievements
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Slade Memorial Advocacy Award: Tom Houston, MD Community-Based Leadership Award: Diane Riibe Lifetime Achievement Award: Ron Davis, MD (posthumous) Section Leadership Award: Tom Greenfield, PhD Student...
APHA Review of Existing Policies Begins Next Month
IN ADDITION TO considering new policies, APHA will continue to review and archive existing policies to ensure that they keep pace with the latest health information. During the review process, which is led by APHA's Joint Policy Committee, APHA...
Arizona Launches Online Registry for Emergency Health Volunteers
THE ARIZONA Department of Health Services is urging health care workers to participate in a new registration system for volunteer health professionals to be used in the event of an emergency. The Arizona Emergency System for the Advanced Registration...
Association Has Successful Year, APHA Executive Board Told
APHA HAS had a successful year for advocacy, finances and other work, the Association's executive director reported to the Executive Board in October. Speaking at the board's session at the 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego, APHA Executive Director...
Concern over Safety of Bisphenol A Leads to More Study, Calls for Ban
A RECENT federal committee report on bisphenol A points to several flaws in the Food and Drug Administration's assessment of the chemical's safety, leading some to call for a ban on the use of the chemical in food and beverage containers. The...
Get Involved Now in Association Leadership: Nominations Being Accepted for APHA Committees, Boards
APHA members who want to help guide the Association in its public health mission are now being sought for leadership roles. APHA's boards and committees, which address a range of public health and Association issues, are seeking new members. The...
Healthy People 2020 Tackling Social Determinants of Health: Input Sought from Health Work Force
In the late 1990s, newly sworn-in U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher traveled the country, lending his ear to stories of prosperity, perseverance and sometimes sorrow. His mission, like those before him, was to help develop another decade of national...
Know Your Family's Health History for a Better Future
So you have your grandmother's curly hair, your father's nose and your uncle's toothy grin. Aside from what you can see in the mirror, you might have other traits passed down from your family, such as your grandpa's high blood pressure or your ...
Looking Forward, Looking Back: Health in the New Year
GREETINGS to all and to your families and coworkers as we begin a new year, perhaps a new era in our history, and a yearlong journey together through this column. For those of you who do not know me, I am a public health nurse and an educational...
Members Choose Nevarez as Next APHA President: Three Executive Board Members, Vice Presidents Also Named
CARMEN Nevarez, MD, MPH, will be APHA's next president, Association members decided in October. The Association's Governing Council elected Nevarez--vice president of external relations and preventive medicine advisor at the Public Health Institute--as...
Mental Health Advocates Laud New Federal Parity Law: Equal Coverage for Mental Health Care
MENTAL HEALTH advocacy groups are applauding a new law that is designed to end insurance discrimination against people with mental illnesses and addictions. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of...
National Public Health Week to Highlight Personal Stories
TO ILLUSTRATE 2009's National Public Health Week theme, APHA is calling on Americans and public health workers nationwide to send in their personal stories about how public health has improved their lives and the health of their communities. ...
New APHA Brief: Transportation Bill Opportunity to Promote Health
THE UPCOMING renewal of a federal transportation bill worth billions of dollars is the perfect opportunity to argue that smart transportation policy can reap long-lasting public health outcomes, according to a new APHA brief. Released in October...
New Standards on Airborne Lead Lauded by Public Health Advocates
ENVIRONMENTAL and children's health advocates are hailing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent move to dramatically strengthen standards for airborne lead. Announced in mid-October, the new standard is a tenfold reduction from the...
Nominations for APHA Public Health Awards Due April 17
APHA is now seeking nominations for its 2009 annual awards, which are given in honor of exceptional achievements in public health. The awards will be presented during the Association's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, to be held Nov. 7-11....
Ohio Public Health Association Named Affiliate of the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DURING APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in October, the Ohio Public Health Association was honored for successfully combining its growth initiatives with its multiple commitments to the initiatives of APHA. The strategy has...
Physical Activity Guidelines Give Tips for Kids, Adults: New HHS Recommendations Pinpoint Easy Ways to Fit in Exercise
CHILDREN need an hour or more of physical activity each day, and adults should be logging at least two and a half hours of moderate aerobic exercise each week, according to new federal physical activity guidelines. Released by the U.S. Department...
Population Section Changes Name to Reflect Work in Sexual Health
ONE OF APHA'S Sections has a new name. At the Association's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego in October, APHA's Executive Board approved the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section's request to officially change its name to...
Public Health Exploring New Frontiers in Technology, Biology
PUBLIC HEALTH workers are often looking for new ways to promote health, prevent disease and raise awareness, so it is no surprise that the field's many new frontiers range from the massive World Wide Web to a microscopic chain of DNA. Such frontiers...
Public Health Leaders Hope for Renewed Health Agenda under New Administration: Health Outlook
With the dawn of both a new presidential administration and Congress, public health leaders across the nation are setting priorities and making recommendations for ways to improve the health of Americans. Health advocates are calling on new leaders...
Public Health Priorities Gain Voter Approval in State Elections
IN ADDITION to being a historic presidential election, Nov. 4 marked victories for public health from coast to coast, with voters taking on issues such as sick leave, medicinal marijuana and reproductive rights. In Milwaukee, Wis., residents...
Sessions Tackle Growing Problem of Overweight among U.S. Kids
THE prevalence of overweight is increasing at an alarming rate for U.S. children. Today, more than 17 percent of the nation's 2to 19-year-olds are at weights above what is considered healthy, but presenters at APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in October...
Summary of 2008 APHA Policies Adopted by the Governing Council in October: New Policies Address Issues Such as Abortion Access, Health Systems, Community Water Fluoridation
THE FOLLOWING are brief descriptions of the 12 policies adopted by the Governing Council at APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Three of the new policies were latebreakers, meaning they were not open to the same review as the other 2008 policies...
Theme of 'Public Health without Borders' Resonates with Presenters
IN THE ERA OF globalization, borders--the dividing lines drawn on maps--have blurred. At APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in October, presenters talked frankly about the many public health concerns these imaginary lines cannot contain, including infectious...
World Health Report Calls for Heightened Focus on Primary Care
PRIMARY health care can tackle the "inequities and inefficiencies" in health systems worldwide through a return to a holistic approach to health, according to the latest World Health Report. Released in October by the World Health Organization,...