Thursday, August 30, 2012
On a recent flight, I found myself sitting between two business travelers who worked in the private sector. The conversation turned to my profession, and when I said that I work in public health one asked me a great question, “Does the state’s public health department do anything that I care about—that affects me?”
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) in Kansas City. This event had been three years in the making as the last NCTOH was held in Phoenix in June 2009.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
August 2012 is a good month for women.
Earlier this month, provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect that will guarantee millions of women access to critical preventive health services including: well-woman visits; HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and gestational diabetes screenings; comprehensive breastfeeding support; domestic violence counseling; and all FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization services.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Western Region has taken the lead role on the topic of Tribal Public Health Law since the inception of the Network for Public Health Law. There are 565 federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments in the United States.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Summer may be synonymous with long lazy days, family cookouts and fresh grown goods, but for migrant farm workers in the United States, summer means hard labor — and even harder living. Migrant farm workers often live in housing camps that are commonly maintained by a farmworker’s employer.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Many families visit public pools and spas year round. In fact, swimming is one of the most popular sporting activities in the United States with over 300 million visits annually to public recreational water venues. Unfortunately, swimming sometimes occurs in facilities with inadequate public health protections.