Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The $1.2 trillion in tax and spending cuts known as the sequester is set to take effect on March 1, 2013. These cuts are divided between defense funding and what’s called “domestic” funding, which includes everything from Medicare to education. Under the sequester, about $2.4 billion would be cut from public health programs in 2013 alone, including $545 million from the CDC.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Information about the risk of concussions in sports is everywhere. In 2009, states rapidly began to pass legislation designed to educate and ensure that athletes do not return to play before a concussion has healed properly.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns of the modern era. America faces an intractable epidemic with over two-thirds of adults and nearly a third of children now overweight or obese. The problem has been long in coming.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
New approaches to public health challenges often address unsafe and unhealthy products and behaviors through some form of intervention be it regulation, prohibition, taxation and/or education. This approach focuses more on positive social change to create a healthier community. The old role of public health focused more on preventing injuries or epidemics and other negative aspects and less on improving the public’s overall well-being. The differences in new and old public health were expressed recently in Kentucky, where an appellate court determined that the Bullit County Board of Health had the authority to adopt regulations prohibiting smoking in public spaces.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Increasingly, state and local governments are adopting laws to create legal consequences for providing the place where alcohol is consumed by underage drinkers. These social host ordinances target owners, tenants and landlords of homes and apartments where underage drinking occurs.