Healthy Communities

  • Imagine: Training Youth Health Journalists To Advance The Health Policy Discourse!

    I am very excited to share more information about a project near and dear to my heart: The Urban Health Media Project.  Jayne O’Donnell, Healthcare Policy Reporter at USA Today, and I are the co-founders of the Project and it was developed as a resource to augment current public discourse on health policy issues with informed perspectives from adolescents. The Urban […]
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  • Take A Look At The FDA’s Patient Network Newsletter!

    Take a few minutes to learn more about the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Patient Network, which is a comprehensive program that works to expand and sustain communication with patients and their community.  It also helps educate patients, patient advocates, and their healthcare professionals about medical product regulations and we continue to look at ways to involve patients more effectively in regulatory decisions related to […]
  • New National Academy of Medicine Publication Explores The Influence Of Trauma And Violence On Communities

    On January 17, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a publication titled “Community Violence as a Population Health Issue: Proceedings of a Workshop”. This publication synthesizes the presentations and discussions that occurred during the workshop held on June 16, 2016. As shared on the website, “the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop in Brooklyn, […]
  • NCQA Quality Talks 2016: A Smashing Success! Register Now For The 2017 Event!

    On October 25th of last year, I was honored to participate in the NCQA Quality Talks 2016. The first Quality Talks was held in 2015 as part of NCQA’s 25th Anniversary and it was so successful that NCQA made it an annual event. In 2016, the event was even larger and reached an even wider audience … it was a […]
  • I Am Excited About The Launch Of “The Urban Health Media Project”: An Innovative Health Journalism Project For High School Students

    This exciting initiative was recently featured in the following article from The Baltimore Sun: Morgan and Howard Universities Partner on Journalism Program for Local High School Students High school students in Baltimore will soon have the opportunity to learn about and report on persistent health disparities in underserved communities in the city. Under a joint partnership between Morgan State and […]
  • United Health Foundation’s 27th Edition Of The America’s Health Rankings Annual Report: Our Nation’s Health Is At A Crossroad

    Today, I am excited to share with all of you the United Health Foundation’s release of its 27th Edition of the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report®. As highlighted in United Health Foundation’s press release: “Through an analysis of 34 measures of behaviors, community and environment, policies and clinical care data, America’s Health Rankings Annual Report provides a holistic view of […]
  • Take A Look At The NIH News In Health Monthly Newsletter!

    The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, publishes a monthly newsletter, NIH News in Health, which highlights interesting articles on informative topics to promote better health and safety. In the December newsletter, two featured articles include “Making a Healthier Home” and “Tai Chi and Your Health” … I think you’ll enjoy reading […]
  • I Hope To See You At AHIP’s Consumer Experience And Digital Health Forum In Chicago!

    I am looking forward to participating at the America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP’s) Consumer Experience and Digital Health Forum being held in Chicago on December 6-8, 2016! The Forum’s agenda outlines the General Sessions scheduled, which will focus on Next Generation Approaches during AHIP’s three day event. As health plans continue to put the consumer at the center of service, […]
  • It’s Time For This Season’s Flu Shot … Have You Got Yours Yet? No Excuses!

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its recommendations for the 2016-2017 flu season in their website article titled “Get Vaccinated”. The CDC urges persons six months of age and older to get their flu shot every season. The purpose of the annual vaccination is to prevent influenza and they note that the flu shot is important […]
  • Across America, People Are Working To Spread The Health Message … Check Out My Interview With Glenn Ellis In Philadelphia!

    This past Saturday, October 8th, I was privileged to be interviewed by Glenn Ellis, a health and wellness educator and writer, whose work centers around health equity and ethics in medicine; and, host of the radio program, “Information is the Best Medicine”, on WURD 900AM in Philadelphia. During the hour long interview, Glenn and I engaged in a great dialogue touching on the […]