Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jan 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

County Health Rankings: Where We Live Matters to Our Health

posted on Wed, Jan 26 2011 1:54 pm by Patrick Remington

County Health Rankings

If you live in Chester County, Pennsylvania you are more likely to live longer, have a high school diploma, lead a tobacco-free life and breathe better air than if you live just a few minutes away, in Delaware County. Where we live matters to our health. That’s what the County Health Rankings tell us.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Privacy Protection vs. Public Health: Walking the Tightrope

posted on Wed, Jan 12 2011 1:42 pm by Mid-States Region

Privacy Protection

When responding to a public health threat, public health officials must understand both their authority and their responsibilities. An important responsibility of public health officials is to protect the privacy of individuals. This responsibility must be balanced against the responsibility to protect the public

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Breastfeeding Moms and Health Reform

posted on Thu, Jan 6 2011 10:35 am by Corey Davis

Breastfeeding Moms

Breast milk has a number of positive effects on the health of both moms and their babies. Despite the positive effects, the rate of American mothers who solely breastfeed for six months is very low. Only 46 percent of moms exclusively breastfeed after birth, and only 17 percent of infants are fed nothing but breast milk for six months. Rates of both beginning and continuing breastfeeding are lower for women of color than for white women. In addition, rates for lower income women are lower than those for higher income women. At least some of this disparity is due to work environments that don't support breastfeeding moms pumping at work.

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