Healthy Communities

  • Stop Smoking Today … Visit the CDC’s “I’m Ready to Quit” Resources … Free to Everyone!

    Everyone is aware of the devastating health effects of smoking … both personally and for those individuals and pets around a smoker who inhale second hand smoke. Make a personal choice today to STOP smoking … take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “I’m Ready to Quit!” resources available for free to everyone online! The CDC features […]
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  • The First Day Of Summer Has Arrived … Time For My “Annual Sun Safety” Reminders!

    Last week brought us the first day of Summer! With that, comes my “annual” reminders for “sun safety” for all … we all want to enjoy the “sun and fun” associated with the summer season; however, we also need to be responsible and follow some simple safety measures to protect our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. NIH’s National […]
  • I Am Very Excited About The National Academy Of Medicine’s “Vital Directions for Health and Health Care”

    The President of the National Academy of Medicine, Victor J. Dzau, MD, recently released his President’s Letter announcing the release of “Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Priorities from a National Academy of Medicine Initiative,” which is the conclusive final publication in the Vital Directions series. As a member of the Health Sciences Policy Board of the National Academy […]
  • May 31st is World No Tobacco Day!

    I want to share an interesting blog article titled, “World No Tobacco Day: Economic Development is Human Development”, authored by Tom Novotny, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In his article, Tom shares some key insights regarding the tobacco epidemic and its effects on the United States economy. World No Tobacco Day is an […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]