Monthly Archives: April 2014

African American Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites (with a special focus on infant mortality)

This infographic from Families USA shows some of the more prevalent health disparities that afflict African Americans in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites). http://familiesusa.org/product/african-american-health-disparities-compared-to-non-hispanic-whites

One health outcome I am particularly interested in is the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). Wisconsin has a much greater disparity than the rest of the nation. I used data from WISH to calculate relative risks regarding IMR in Wisconsin.

Black/African American women in Wisconsin:

  • have a relative risk 5.2 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of short gestation or low birth weight;
  • have a relative risk 1.7 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal anomalies;
  • have a relative risk 5.0 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of SIDS;
  • have a relative risk 3 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of an accident (including falls, suffocation, and drowning).

Does anyone have any information about what is being done to reduce disparities in the IMR in Wisconsin (or anywhere else for that matter)?

Public health professionals can lead the way to a healthier nation

Public health professionals can lead the way to a healthier nation by helping communities identify the resources and information available to keep everyone healthy and safe. TRAIN, the nation’s premier learning management network, provides distance learning opportunities for local, state, and national jurisdictions. With over 29,000 public health courses, TRAIN offers training relevant to NPHW, including: Healthy Children, Healthy Communities: A Learning Series on Childhood Obesity and CDC Public Health Grand Rounds – Preventing Youth Violence. https://www.train.org/DesktopShell.aspx

 

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Help me increase the “likes” on the Wisconsin Public Health Association facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Public-Health-Association/469400169769650 

For even more resources and information, follow WPHA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIPublicHealth

The Healthiest Nation?

For the final day of National Public Health Week 2014, the theme is “Be the healthiest nation in one generation.” So what exactly does this mean? Check out this short video. I think you will be both surprised and moved to action! http://www.aphaportal.org/generationpublichealth/pg_gphvideo.htm 

Follow The Healthiest Nation in One Generation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Healthiest-Nation-in-One-Generation/63203397982

 

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Help me increase the “likes” on the Wisconsin Public Health Association facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Public-Health-Association/469400169769650 

For even more resources and information, follow WPHA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIPublicHealth

6 Healthy Eating Apps That Are Worth a Download

Check out these great apps that can help you find famers markets in your area, count calories, and plan healthier meals: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2014/04/05/6-healthy-eating-apps-that-are-worth-a-download/

 


This National Public Health Week post is from the Wisconsin Public Health Association: http://www.wpha.org/

Help me increase the “likes” on the Wisconsin Public Health Association facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Public-Health-Association/469400169769650

For even more resources and information, follow WPHA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIPublicHealth

Dangerous food safety mistakes!

Dangerous food safety mistakes! How many are you guilty of? http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/basics/mistakes/index.html

 


This National Public Health Week post is from the Wisconsin Public Health Association: http://www.wpha.org/

Help me increase the “likes” on the Wisconsin Public Health Association facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Public-Health-Association/469400169769650

For even more resources and information, follow WPHA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIPublicHealth

Eat well!

Day 4 of National Public Health Week is all about food! Eating healthy is not just about quantity (“eat more fruits and vegetables!”), it’s also about quality (“food safety”). With that in mind, the tips and resources shared today from the Wisconsin Public Health Association are about eating well and eating safe. 

But we’re starting off with something fun. I love watching the Food Network, and I discovered their healthy eating blog. It’s full of great recipes that celebrate foods that are currently in season, and it’s a good way to introduce yourself to some new fruits and vegetables. You’ve seen them at the store: leeks, fennel, tomatillos and cherimoyas… but what do they taste like, how do you prepare them, what do you serve with them? These recipes and videos will get you cooking like a master chef in no time. The best part is, their recipes are healthy and offer alternatives to lowering salt and fat that we are so accustomed to in our diet. So check it out at http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/

Health First Wisconsin

Since today’s NPHW theme is about prevention, here’s a great way to work toward a healthier Wisconsin! http://hfw.healthfirstwisconsin.org/

“Get out ahead”

It’s day 3 of National Public Health Week, and the theme is “Get out ahead” … and that means prevention! Transform Wisconsin, a project of the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources, created a website that features videos and stories about public health promotion and prevention initiatives taking place across the state. Check out what’s going on in your county, get inspired, volunteer! http://transformwi.com/

 


This National Public Health Week post is from the Wisconsin Public Health Association: http://www.wpha.org/

Help me increase the “likes” on the Wisconsin Public Health Association facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Public-Health-Association/469400169769650

For even more resources and information, follow WPHA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIPublicHealth

Survey shows most older Americans are not prepared for natural disasters.

As severe weather season approaches for much of the country, a recent University of Iowa study finds that, compared to younger adults, older adults are more vulnerable when natural disasters hit. Yet the majority of adults age 50 and older in the U.S. may not be prepared for a serious flood, earthquake, tornado, or other natural calamity. http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-older-adults-us-not-prepared-natural-disasters

If you have parents, grandparents, or other family members or neighbors who are older, help them to be better prepared for severe weather and other natural disasters. Here’s a helpful resource: http://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency/preparedness.htm


This National Public Health Week post is from the Wisconsin Public Health Association: http://www.wpha.org/ 

For even more resources and information, follow WPHA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIPublicHealth 

Help me increase the “likes” on the Wisconsin Public Health Association facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Public-Health-Association/469400169769650

Be prepared!

Another emergency preparedness tip from WPHA: A battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio, as well as a commercial radio and flashlights (with extra batteries), are important tools for your home emergency kit. A Wisconsin family tells their story of how a NOAA Weather Radio helped to keep their family safe during a tornado in Kenosha County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSSXu3EjtTE