Issue 155

Report: Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new National Health Statistics Report, "Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011-212." The report estimates autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevalence based on parental reporting using the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), a national sample of families across the country. According to the report, the prevalence of parent-reported ASD among children aged 6-17 years was two percent in 2011-2012 compared to one percent in 2007.

Webinar: Re-purposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on the Main Streets

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

AmericaWalks is hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 28 at 2 pm EST titled "Re-purposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond," to encourage an interactive discussion on the re-purposing of underutilized public spaces into walkable places. This discussion forum will feature “story-tellers” from the audience who can share specific stories re-purposing spaces in their community and those who are interested in participating should contact ysavage-narva@americawalks.org.

An Insider's View of National Strategies to Control the Obesity Epidemic

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The National Institute for Health Care Management has released a new Expert Voices essay, "An Insider's View of National Strategies to Control the Obesity Epidemic," by Dr. William H. Dietz. In his essay, he outlines the range of obesity-reduction efforts developed during his 15 years at the CDC, stressing the importance of policy and environmental strategies designed to make the healthy choice the easier choice.

2013 County Health Rankings Now Available

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2013 County Health Rankings, determining that healthier U.S. counties typically have lower rates of people dying before age 75, children living in poverty, smoking, and teen births. Healthier counties also tend to have more residents attending at least some college. To view the individual county rankings, please visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/.

Toolkit: Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities about Safe Infant Sleep

Published Date: 
Wed, 2013-03-20

The National Center for Cultural Competence is offering a new resource for community health providers to address racial and ethnic disparities in sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS). The "Toolkit for Community Health Providers: Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities about Safe Infant Sleep" provides guidance on engaging the media in ethnic communities. To download the toolkit, visit http://nccc.georgetown.edu/engaging-ethnic-media/Engaging-Ethnic-Media.pdf.

Webinar: Working with Child Support - Effective Strategies from Model State and Local Partnerships

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will host a webinar on March 28 at 12:30 pm EST to provide ideas and resources on meeting the needs of non-custodial fathers and their families. This webinar will feature federal, state and local policies, partnerships and initiative, and explain how fatherhood practitioners can partner with local child support offices.

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice is seeking submissions from researchers, public health practicioners, and students for a special issue on sexual health among heterosexual communities of color across the life span, to be published in early 2014. This issue will explore the spectrum of sexual health among heterosexual communities of color across the life span.

Applications Needed for 2014 APHA Public Health Fellowships in Government

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is seeking candidates with strong public health credentials who are interested in spending one year in Washington, D.C., on legislative and policy issues related to public health. The fellowship will begin in January, 2014 and candidates must be APHA members, have at least five years of experience in a public health setting, a master's or doctoral degree, and be interested in gaining practical knowledge in government.

Apply to Host 2013 Public Health Prevention Service Fellows

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

Applications are now being accepted from state and local health departments interested in hosting 2013 CDC Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) fellows for a two-year field assignment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages health organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to provide a practical learning experience for PHPS fellows and address their organizations' public health priorities. PHPS fellows have mater's degrees in public health and one year of on-the-job training at the CDC.

Toolkit: Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

The Health Resources and Services Administration has released "A Comprehensive Approach for Community-Based Programs to Address Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression," a toolkit that highlights innovative state and community-based strategies and provides a resource that assists community-based organizations with addressing the intersection of intimate partner violence and perinatal depression.

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