Healthy Communities

  • 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 […]
  • “Families Caring for an Aging America” … A Report From The National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine

    Recently, with the support of 15 sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to examine what is known about the nation’s family caregivers of older adults and to recommend policies to address their needs and help to minimize the barriers they encounter in acting on behalf of an older adult. The findings of the […]
  • Please Read The CDC’s Article “Don’t Fall Behind On Falls” …

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an informative article titled “Don’t Fall Behind on Falls”, which highlights the important statistics related to older Americans and the incidence rate of their falling, along with the results from such. Each day, more than 10,000 older Americans turn 65 years in age and the number of fall-related injuries and […]
  • September Is National Childhood Obesity Month

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced September is National Childhood Obesity Month. In the United States today, approximately 1 in 5 children (17%) has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern in […]
  • Join Me And My Colleagues At The NCQA Quality Talks In Washington, DC On October 24th!

    As a panelist at the upcoming National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Talks: Inspiring the Future of American Health Care on October 24th in Washington, DC, I want to share some information with you about the event and encourage you to attend. The event is being held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC from […]
  • Let Me Introduce You To An Amazing Organization Doing Important Work: EVERMORE!

    I want to share some information with you about a marvelous organization founded by my colleague and friend, Joyal Mulheron, called EVERMORE. As a parent who has experienced the loss of a child, Joyal created this organization to provide support to parents and families who have lost a child, regardless of age or cause of death, and share information, resources […]
  • Great News: The Smoking Rate Of High School Students At A Record-Low 10.8% In 2015!!

    My friend, Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, recently released an article titled, “Historic Decline in Youth Smoking Is Terrific News, But High Rate of E-Cigarette Use Must Be Addressed”. Highlighted points in Matt’s article include the following: “The historic decline in youth cigarette smoking reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will save […]
  • Take A Look At The FDA’s Website “Heart Health For Women” … YOU Need To Take The Best Care of YOU!

    Did you know … according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … one in four American women will die from heart disease? This is an astonishing statistic … more women in the U.S. will die from heart disease than from any other cause. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published an article titled “For Women: The […]
  • AHRQ’s “Questions To Ask Your Doctor” … Take A Minute to Review These Suggestions!

    I have been very fortunate to work with the leadership of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality over the years; and, for those of you unfamiliar with their work, AHRQ’s mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]