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November 23, 2012
Coordinated Chronic Disease Program Leads and Chronic Disease Program Directors:
Welcome to the Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program’s (CCDP) weekly update featuring news, tools, and resources that may be useful for your state-based chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts.
Should you have any questions about the update, please feel free to contact me using the information located at the end of the update. Enjoy!
Features highlighted in this update include:
· Population Health Improvement Learning Collaborative
· Information You Can Use Newsletter (IYCU): Attached
· National Forum Launches New Platform for Cardiovascular Health Policy Professionals
Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:
· USDA Expands Food Compass
· NASBE Releases Two Critical New School Health Policy Guides
· You’re Invited! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-Course Report is Now Available for Public Comment
· MMWR: Indoor Air Quality at Nine Large-Hub Airports With and Without Designated Smoking Areas — United States, October–November, 2012
· New Publications - Past Week
· Lung Association’s Helping Smokers Quit 2012 Report, December 3 (Webinar)
· FDA Accepting Public Comments on R.J. Reynolds’ Citizen Petition
· Guide to Effectively Educating State and Local Policymakers
· Free Training Opportunity: Measuring Health Disparities Course
· Workplace Wellness: A Discussion of New Findings and Efforts to Advance Healthier Communities, December 6 (Webinar)
POPULATION HEALTH IMPROVEMENT LEARNING COLLABORATIVE
The Population Health Improvement (PHI) Learning Collaborative is a community of clinicians focused on health coaching and chronic care management and improvement. On the first Friday of each month, from 11:30 am-12:45 pm ET, the Health Sciences Institute and the Partnership Improvement alliance host free skill-building webinars featuring expert presentation and discussion. Topics for upcoming sessions include:
- December 7: Patient-Centered Care: A Cross-Cultural Approach
For more information and to register, go to www.healthsciences.org/Population-Health-Improvement-Learnign-Collaborative-Events.
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER EDITION (ATTACHED)
"Information You Can Use” (IYCU), is a newsletter that provides information on diabetes and related cross-cutting issues, including updates on programs and initiatives at CDC, journal articles, resource materials, highlights of successful state programs, continuing education, and much more!
NATIONAL FORUM LAUNCHES NEW PLATFORM FOR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH POLICY PROFESSIONALS
The Policy Depot is a new, innovative social network and resource clearinghouse created specifically for cardiovascular health policy professionals. Developed by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and CINDI, the Policy Depot provides a place for discussion, sharing, and learning among professionals working on heart healthy policies at the local, state, national, and global levels.
The Policy Depot provides a tailored user experience by matching content, resources, and other members to an individual’s unique policy experience, interests, and environment. After answering a short series of questions, the Policy Depot builds each member a personal network of other Policy Depot members – called a cohort. Members can then connect, discuss, and share with professionals throughout the world, as well as find events, conferences, and trainings relevant to their policy work. A library of resources – from best practices to online discussions – is available in a forum-like space to help members learn what drives successful policy development and implementation.
After more than two years of development and with input from individuals representing more than 25 US and international organizations, the National Forum will launch the Policy Depot on World Heart Day at the International Union of Health Promotion and Education's 9th European Conference on Health Promotion in Tallinn, Estonia.
To learn more about the Policy Depot, or to become a member, please visit www.policydepot.org.
NUTRITION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND OBESITY
USDA EXPANDS FOOD COMPASS
Did you know that the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor, EPA and many other federal agencies have resources to support local food systems? That's why USDA has just expanded our Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass!
The Compass is a narrative and searchable map of projects that have received federal support for local food work. We recently updated the Compass to include data and resources from other federal agencies. Learn about resources from USDA and beyond and see how others are using these tools in their communities. Check out the updated map and other new info here: www.usda.gov/kyfcompass
As you know, demand for local and regional foods is strong and getting stronger. In 2009, USDA developed the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative (KYF2) to support producers, businesses and communities that are building local food systems and to help consumers learn more about where their food comes from.
NASBE RELEASES TWO CRITICAL NEW SCHOOL HEALTH POLICY GUIDES
New Chapters of Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn Series Focus on Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Arlington, VA — As states and districts mobilize to fight childhood obesity, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is releasing two new chapters in its Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides. Developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these updates to chapters on physical activity and healthy eating are especially timely given recent and coming changes to federal policies and initiatives.
Leadership from education policymakers is critical to ensuring that education policies support healthy school environments, and Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn is a valuable resource for them to use. The updated chapters Policies to Promote Physical Activity and Physical Education and Polices to Promote Healthy Eating can aide state and local policymakers and administrators as they create these environments.
"Research has repeatedly shown that healthy students have a greater chance at academic success than those who are not,” said NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos. "While families naturally have primary responsibility for their children’s well-being, schools also have a vital role to play, and effective programs begin with sound policy. Physical activity and healthy eating need to be looked at as complementary policy areas to best help students lead healthier, more active lives.”
The guides are rich with recent scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practices, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states. The guides also cover a wide array of topics, ranging from creating healthy eating environments and nutrition-related school services to what makes a quality physical education program, promoting active commuting to school and the importance of recess and other physical activity breaks. These chapters, which have been completely revised since their first editions were published in 2000, are essential tools for education leaders and school health professionals at all levels.
Publication of Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn was made possible with support from the CDC. For more information about how to order these chapters and for downloads, go to www.nasbe.org/fhrtl. Orders for hard copies will be shipped in early December.
YOU’RE INVITED! THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS MID-COURSE REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-Course Report: Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity Among Youth summarizes evidence-based intervention strategies for increasing physical activity in youth age 3 to 17.
The report describes interventions for increasing activity in several key settings where youth live, play, and learn, including:
- Preschool and Childcare
- Family and Home
- Primary Care
For more information and to download the draft report: Health.gov/PAGuidelines/Midcourse
MMWR: INDOOR AIR QUALITY AT NINE LARGE-HUB AIRPORTS WITH AND WITHOUT DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS -- UNITED STATES, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER, 2012
Among the 29 large-hub U.S. airports, five currently allow smoking in specifically designated indoor areas accessible to the general public. To assess indoor air quality at the five large-hub U.S. airports with designated indoor smoking areas and compare it with the indoor air quality at four large-hub U.S. airports that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas, CDC measured the levels of respirable suspended particulates, a marker for secondhand smoke. This report summarizes those measurements. Read full article.
NEW PUBLICATIONS – PAST WEEK
- The American Lung Association has made the following issues briefs available on the "Tobacco Policy Reports and Resources” page on lung.org along with a number of other tobacco-related reports and issue briefs:
WEBINAR: LUNG ASSOCIATION’S HELPING SMOKERS QUIT 2012 REPORT, DECEMBER 3, 2:00PM (ET)
The American Lung Association will be releasing its fifth annual Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage report on Monday, December 3. A webinar, also on the 3rd, will discuss highlights, trends and hot topics in tobacco cessation policy that are featured in the report. Click here to register. The Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage report provides an overview of smoking cessation services and treatments offered in each state by Medicaid, state employee plans, and private insurance. It also discusses past and future federal government actions to help smokers quit. This year the report analyzes federal and state actions implementing the Affordable Care Act, which will be a hot topic in the coming months and years.
FDA ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON R.J. REYNOLDS’ CITIZEN PETITION
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has provided information about an opportunity for the public to submit comments on a citizen petition filed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. If the FDA follows R.J. Reynolds' suggestions, it would propose a new rule that would change the textual warning label on smokeless tobacco products. According to the Legal Consortium, it is important to support the FDA and encourage it to make the protection of public health a priority, especially when the tobacco industry attempts to use the regulatory system to accomplish its own agenda. Please take a few moments to learn about the petition and how to submit comments that reflect your knowledge and perspective on the issue. R.J. Reynolds' Citizen Petition asks the FDA to change the text warning on smokeless tobacco products.
- Read a comment submitted by several public health organizations including the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.
- Read suggested talking points.
- Submit your own comment.
There is no deadline to submit comments to this petition. However, as soon as the FDA takes action, it will stop accepting public comments. It is critically important to submit comments as soon as possible. Visit the Legal Consortium’s FDA Tobacco Action Center to learn about other opportunities to comment on FDA actions.
GUIDE TO EFFECTIVELY EDUCATING STATE AND LOCAL POLICYMAKERS
New from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this timely resource guide facilitates the action steps needed to educate policymakers on the latest policies and research in chronic disease prevention and control. The guide is comprised of 6 chapters that contain a wealth of information on the topics such as the role of professionals and legislators, acquiring stakeholders and partners, framing messages, creating policy action plans and kits, and more. Click here to access this guide.
FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: MEASURING HEALTH DISPARITIES COURSE
Michigan Public Health Training Center Social Epidemiology and Population Health
This free, interactive, computer-based course focuses on some basic issues for public health practice -- how to understand, define, and measure health disparity. The course has been made possible through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan Public Health Training Center, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, and Prevention Research Center of Michigan. Click here for more information, and to access the course.
WORKPLACE WELLNESS: A DISCUSSION OF NEW FINDINGS AND EFFORTS TO ADVANCE HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES, DECEMBER 6, 11:30 (PT)
Join us for a lively discussion on how to bring prevention to work through workplace wellness programs. Presenters will share innovative strategies and tried and true approaches to solving community health challenges through workplace wellness--including key partnerships in place to advance these efforts and how to support small businesses.
During the Web Forum, the presenters will:
- Share new workplace wellness survey findings not previously released;
- Highlight workplace wellness efforts happening around the country through the Community Transformation Grant Program;
- Discuss recent innovations from the Healthy Worksites Program;
- Feature findings and recommendations on implementation of workplace wellness programs in California small businesses, particularly those run by people of color; and
- Demonstrate how you can apply these findings to your work and efforts at the state and local level.
Sponsored by Prevention Institute, the Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health
Special Guest Speakers
· Dr. Jeff Levi, Trust for America’s Health
· Tom Mason, Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota
· Jason Lang, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
· Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, University of Rochester Medical Center
· Jeremy Cantor, MPH, Prevention Institute
· Carla Saporta, MPH, The Greenlining Institute