Issue 143

Grant Opportunity: Obesity Prevention in Young Children

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

As part of the overall effort to increase obesity prevention efforts, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity (DNPAO) announces the opportunity to apply for funds to improve the quality of obesity prevention practices in ECE facilities.

Webinar: Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing-The Role of the Health Care System

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

This webinar on the role of the health care system in fostering healthy living environments for families will feature health and housing experts discussing the following topics: the effects of unstable housing on children's health and the scope of the problem across the nation; the potential impact of health system changes, including Medicaid expansions and new funding for community health workers; the efforts of health plan foundations to improve access to stable housing; and additional opportunities for health care stakeholders to advance the health of at-risk families.

Webinar: Community Collaboration: Establishing Partnerships in Challenging Times

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

The National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center and Community Access to Child Health Program at the American Academy of Pediatrics will host a free webinar on how to build successful strategic partnerships and connections with families and the community. Healthy Tomorrows grantees and CATCH grantees and facilitators are especially encouraged to attend. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 1 pm - 2:30 pm CDT.

Call for Proposals: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

The Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages the use of health impact assessments (HIA) to help decision-makers identify the potential health effects of proposed policies, projects, and programs, and make recommendations that enhance their health benefits and minimize their adverse effects and any associated costs.

Deadline Approaching to Nominate a Young Leader

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

As a part of the recognition of its 40th anniversary, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor up to 10 leaders age 40 and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans. The Young Leader Awards will be given to individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in health and health care. The deadline for nominations is July 16th.
For more information about the Young Leader Awards, visit: http://www.rwjf.org/40years/index.jsp

Travel Scholarships Available for the 18th Annual MCH EPI Conference cohosted with the Annual CityMatCH Conference

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

Limited travel scholarships will be available for some conference participants who wish to attend the 18th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference cohosted with the 2012 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference. Priority will be given to applicants who are conference speakers, participants with an accepted abstract, those who are currently conducting MCH EPI work, and students. Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Submission of an application does not guarantee automatic receipt of a travel scholarship.

One in Twelve Teens Has Anger Disorder

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that almost eight percent of adolescents experienced bursts of anger extreme enough to warrant a diagnosis of "intermittent explosive disorder," an adolescent mental illness. Researchers say the results warn of a "highly prevalent and seriously impairing disorder," according to the study, published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
To view the abstract, visit: http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1206777

Childhood Abuse May Fuel Obesity Rates

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

A new study suggests sexual and physical abuse during childhood and adolescence may influence obesity during adulthood. Investigators reviewed the Black Women's Health Study, an epidemiological study that has followed a large cohort of African-American women since 1995, on early life experiences of abuse in relation to obesity. They discovered the risk of obesity in 2005 was approximately 30 percent greater among women in the highest category of physical and sexual abuse than in women who reported no abuse.

Consuming Fast Food Even Once a Week Increases Health Risks

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

Minnesota School of Public Health researchers found that people who consume fast food even once a week increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent in comparison to people who avoid fast food. The risk increases by 50 percent for those who eat fast food two to three times each week and by 80 percent for those who eat fast food four times or more per week.

Minority Patients with Heart Failure Less Likely to Use Hospice Care

Published Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13

Minority patients with heart failure are less likely to use hospice care than whites, new research finds. Overall, use of hospice care is increasing, according to researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine. Their study found that nonwhite Medicare patients with heart failure were 20 percent less likely to enroll in hospice than white patients. Nonwhite patients were also more likely to drop out of hospice care than whites. The study was published in the June issue of the American Heart Journal.

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