Life expectancy can vary as much as 25 years within some cities. And our current solutions are barely having an impact.
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There is no thick line between domestic and global poverty; between impovershed neighborhoods and their adjacent middle-class ones. For the poor struggling to provide adequate shelter, access healthy and affordable food and find viable, lucrative employment. We need to rethink the way that we perceive poverty in America. Pulling yourself up by the boot-straps requires straps.
This is a busy day for payroll processors across the country. If you're a payroll processor and you actually got the day off (and you aren't in government union!), then count yourself as one of the few.
PhysBizTech New Guidelines Issued To Improve Cultural Competency Seattle Medium WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its standards for cultural competency in health care, hoping to narrow the racial and ethnic...
The spaces in which we inhabit can have a long term impact on how we develop, the choices we make, the way that we socialize, and how healthy we are. The built environment can promote active living...
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Integrated planning and design have the potential for addressing and preventing many of our nation’s devastating health concerns. Read about what one school district in Viginia is doing to set kids up for success by creating a healthy, fun, learning environment. How is your community using planning and design to foster health and wellness?
Outlook brighter, Maryland mental health advocates say So Md News 10) of Randallstown, that requires insurance plans to demonstrate parity between the way they cover mental health services and other services, in accordance with the federal Mental...
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Promising iniatives being introduced to address mental health in Maryland.
November 19th marks World Toilet Day – a day designated to raise global awareness of the struggle that 2.6 billion people face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. While strolling through Baltimore a few days ago in search of a toilet, I had a “shitpiphany” and was reminded that toilet struggles are not struggles confined to the developing world.
The state-level analysis in this report shows that there is substantial variation across states in the trends that have affected health insurance coverage for children over the past few years. Although the coverage expansions in the Affordable Care Act are primarily aimed at adults, many provisions of the law will have impacts on children, and these impacts will vary by state. Because of variation in economic conditions and state policies, continued analysis of state-level trends is essential to understanding trends in health insurance coverage.
Mobile health technology (mHealth) is changing the way the world approaches health care access and delivery. Text messaging is used to support patient adherence with chronic disease management and mobile health"
"The Journal of the American Medical Association reported this month that the gap between black and white male life expectancy fell from 6.5 years in 2003 to 5.4 years in 2008. For women, the gap fell from 4.6 years to 3.7 years. While the gap has been dropping slowly for two decades, this most recent narrowing drew attention because of its rapid pace.
African Americans are becoming less likely to die because of heart disease or HIV. A national focus on health disparities might have also helped. In Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University established a Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, making information about disease prevention more widely available in communities. Even so, new data could mask a more persistent set of disparities. In Baltimore, for example, there is a 20-year life expectancy gap between the wealthiest individuals, who live 83 years on average, and the poorest, who live 63 years.
Buried in the good news is also a caution. One reason the gap has narrowed is because while some blacks are doing a better job of taking care of their health, some whites are doing a worse job. In particular, deaths from unintentional poisonings, mostly from drug use, rose faster among whites than blacks. Recreational drug use might play a role here, but painkiller and opiate abuse also increased."
A new study highlights some of the reasons the United States is falling so far behind other developed countries by most measures of public health. (New report says poor nutrition and obesity linked to American's health woes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) report on Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health represents a global framework on how to eliminate health disparities.
Healthcare disparities in Michigan tied to poverty, unemployment WKAR The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a massive study that analyzes health care in counties across the country and ranks them based on health data.
In January, the Institute of Medicine released a study that compared American health care outcomes to other industrialized countries. The realities were shocking. Despite spending far more per cap...
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Almost all of our health inequities are attributable to public policy – not only in health, but across all sectors. In other words, changes is possible.
One of the highlights of last week’s symposium was Vincent DeMarco’s, of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, concrete and replicable six-step process for advancing policy change:
Create an evidence based plan. The research is out there. Go find it and use the data to power your campaign.Conduct a public interest poll to gauge public opinion and identify any weaknesses.Build a powerful coalition. Connect with people in the community and across all sectors. People power pushes policy.Use the media to the hilt. We are in the era of social media and nearly everyone is on it. Harness the media to spread the word.Make your issue an election issue.Go to the legislature.
If you’re David trying to take on Goliath, you don’t need a shock-and-awe campaign to advance health for all Americans. You simply need a boots-on-the-ground approach that mobilizes and leverages the creative energies of experts, community leaders, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to change policy.
Inadequate sanitation leads to increased violence against women and girls. One in three women don't have proper access to a toilet. One in three women will experience violence and or sexual abuse. One in three is a staggering figure.
But across the globe, we're rising up and championing change. There's the toilet Lysistrata in Hayrana, India with the "No Toilet, No Bride Campaign."
And the national One Billion Rising event on February 14th where women and those who love them will rise up to demand an end to the violence. Live in Baltimore? Come out and join Baltimore Rising.
It has been estimated that the average person generates 4 1/2 pounds of waste each and every day. Despite the fact that reports show that close to 75% of all solid waste can be recycled, most of this waste ends up in landfills. According to figures, we dispose of 27 million tons of rubbish in landfill sites each year. That’s 7 million more than any other country. Landfills pose a threat to our health and the environment and it’s not a sustainable waste solution. Experts predict that we will run out of landfill space by 2016.
But what can we do about it? The first thing we need do is to change how we think about waste, how and what we consume, and what to do with the waste we generate. Much of this can be done on a grassroots level, but let’s face it…unless the cities, states and government also take a vested interest in reducing waste and finding a viable solution to get rid of the large volumes of waste generated, little will be done on a broad scale. One potential solution being explored in Frederick County: turning solid waste into energy.
Investing in green green infrastructure solutions and low impact development is a great way solution to the looming problem of antiquated pipes carrying our waste. You can read it in line at the poll, before you go, or after you've cast your vote. Seriously.
In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to get in and get dirty to spark conversation about how conditions such as where people live, learn, work and play lead to fundamental inequities in how healthy some people are in comparison to others. I have decided to bypass digging in and dive straight into excreta. I’m talking about poop. Because, holy crap, there’s a lot of shit to talk about.
This week, as I was perusing content for my post, I stumbled upon “Lesser Humans,” a documentary by Stalin K about “manual scavenging.” Have you heard of this? It’s the term used in India for the manual handling and removal of human excreta (i.e. shit) and it was completely shocking and unknown to me. The video is almost ten years old, and is still powerful, as the practice is still happening today.
Each month, Healthy People 2020 will focus on one Leading Health Indicator. This month, learn about social determinants of health – such as environment and socioeconomic status – defined as factors that affect how healthy we are.
"The Cumberland/Salem Health and Wellness Alliance (CSHWA) is paving the way for a healthier and better-informed community with the addition of a database on its website that tracks a multitude of health trends in both counties for comparison to state and national data.
The site, www.gethealthycumberlandsalem.org, was developed to gather information about a variety of factors that influence public health, said Carolyn Heckman, vice president of government relations for South Jersey Healthcare. Its goal is to improve the health and quality of life for area residents by promoting transparency and sharing of best practices."
It would be great if other communities developed similar sites to help gather and dissimenate information on health disparities.
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