Healthy Communities

  • From the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: A New E-cigarette Ad Exploited Santa Claus

    Take a minute to read the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids blog regarding the advertising of E-cigarettes to the younger population: “Now one e-cigarette retailer has stooped to a new low in copying Big Tobacco’s playbook. Vapor Shark featured Santa Claus in a billboard ad for its e-cigarettes that was spotted on I-95 in Miami. The company’s products come in a wide […]
  • Finally, We Are Making a Little Progress in Preventing Chronic Illness!

    The just released 2013 edition of America’s Health Rankings indicates that after several years of making little to no progress in overall healthiness, key risk factors are showing encouraging signs. Tobacco smoking has decreased from 21.2% to 19.6%; physical inactivity has gone from 26.2% to 22.9%; and obesity, which was increasing consistently each year, has stabilized at 27.6%. Unfortunately, and not […]
  • Celebrating a Heart Health Hero

    Celebrating A Heart Health Hero By Reed Tuckson, M.D. The heroes in our life rarely proclaim themselves with capes and theme music, and many of them live their lives without ever receiving the recognition they deserve. That’s why our America’s Health Rankings team works year round to recognize the often-unsung individuals who are making real differences in population health. September […]
  • Here Is a Terrific “Emergency Plan” Tool To Be Better Prepared For a Disaster

    I have had too many opportunities in my career as a physician to work with heroic health professionals and community agencies to address the health and social sequela associated with disasters. Preventable suffering from any cause must be addressed. That’s why I recommend this useful new tool  from HHS and FEMA that helps us to plan ahead. It only takes […]
  • New Report Provides Practical Steps to Improve the Health of America’s Children

    A new report released on August 28, 2013, titled “100 Percent of Our Future: Improving the Health of America’s Children,” points to several practical steps to address the unmet health needs of children.    These practical steps include: expanding proven group prenatal support for pregnant women to cut preterm births and reduce health disparities; scaling-up new lifestyle/behavioral interventions that successfully […]
  • Recognizing National Health Center Week

    Our country and our neediest citizens rely on our health centers for life saving care:  let’s give them some applause during National Health Center Week! Volunteerism and philanthropy are privileges that make our lives complete. Too often we take our Community Health Centers for granted, assuming that they will always be there to meet the most challenging needs.  On this, […]
  • National Health Observances …

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated National Health Observances, which are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. At, you have access to National Health Observance (NHO) toolkits, which have been created to help you make a difference. Show everyone that your organization is committed to health and wellness. Use NHO […]
  • I’m Really Excited to Join RWJF’s Commission to Build a Healthier America

    It is not possible to create healthy people if we don’t create healthy communities.  Getting the science and the policies right, and recruiting and organizing resources is essential to the health of America.  RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America is breaking new ground and it’s worth paying attention to!  I urge you to click on the link above and […]
  • You Have a Stake in Creating Healthier Communities

    Much of what influences health happens outside of the doctor’s office or hospital, where we live, learn, work, and play. Raising awareness of the social determinants of health in every sector, including health care, is essential to improving the health of people and their communities. On June 26, the Association of Academic Health Centers released a new, online toolkit to help leaders […]
  • Minnesota Healthiest State for Seniors

    Dr. Reed was quoted in a United Health Foundation report, Minnesota Healthiest State for Seniors. “The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report is a comprehensive portrait of senior health designed to inspire new, effective solutions that meet the health care needs of this rapidly expanding demographic,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., senior advisor to United Health Foundation. “We are measuring senior health in […]