April is Minority Health Month! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health (OMH), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Minority Health, is celebrating Minority Health Month. This year, the theme is “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” Take a few minutes to...April 24, 2015
If You Care About Healthy Communities: Please Read the New IOM Report “Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters”
Did you realize that every year in America, we spend millions, if not billions, of dollars rebuilding our communities after the tragedy of disasters. Amazingly, there is very little and rare consideration given to intentionally using those dollars to create healthy communities. As a result, the Institute of Medicine was commissioned to create a Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a...April 15, 2015
I am pleased to serve on the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth’s Inaugural Conference, Concordium 2015 – Data and Knowledge Transforming Health. AcademyHealth is now accepting abstracts for Concordium 2015, a new conference – taking place September 21-22, 2015 - focused on best practices to integrate evidence, practice, and policy. With core support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,...April 14, 2015
As seen in recent news reports, the annual season for destructive and dangerous weather conditions, which can cause unexpected devastation without notice, is upon us! These natural disasters can include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and floods … all of which can be life threatening. And, these conditions are not limited to the midwest region of our country as in years past...April 13, 2015
I Am Really Excited By the New IOM Report “Dying in America”: Valuable for Patients and Health Professionals!
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recently released a new and valuable report that we call can relate to titled “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life”. As stated in the report’s description: “For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the...April 6, 2015
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiated its national tobacco education campaign, which has prompted millions of smokers to quit. On March 30th, they launched their 2015 “Tips From Former Smokers” Campaign, which features former smokers who have suffered from smoking-related illnesses. The ads also highlight the benefits of quitting cigarettes entirely, not just cutting down. Take a...March 30, 2015