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Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
The Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, today announce the launch of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, which will award $1.5 million in prizes...
Congress must finalize Zika legislation before summer recess
Congress must finalize Zika legislation before summer recess
The American Public Health Association strongly urges Congress, before it leaves for a seven-week recess at the end of the week, to send a bill to the president that appropriately funds efforts to combat the Zika outbreak.�
Congress votes to reauthorize CHIP, public health programs for 2 years
Congress votes to reauthorize CHIP, public health programs for 2 years
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate ensured continuing health coverage for millions of children by passing H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
WHO: Emergency health workers, facilities intentionally targeted: Attacks injure 1,500 people ove...
WHO: Emergency health workers, facilities intentionally targeted: Attacks injure 1,500 people ove...
Earlier this year, Doctors Without Borders wanted to reopen a clinic in southern Syria that had been destroyed during bombings. In response, local residents came out to protest � with health facilities being intentionally attacked, they feared that a n...
Education attainment linked to health throughout lifespan: Exploring social determinants of health
Education attainment linked to health throughout lifespan: Exploring social determinants of health
Issues such as equal access to affordable housing and income redistribution may have their political foes, but Anthony Iton said he is hard-pressed to find anyone against high-quality education for everyone.
More research needed to prevent, understand bullying, report finds
More research needed to prevent, understand bullying, report finds
From cyberbullying to ineffective zero-tolerance policies, there are many reasons why bullying prevention research must be a public health priority, according to a recent report.
Lawmakers fall short in Zika response
Lawmakers fall short in Zika response
The American Public Health Association issued a strong rebuke to Congress today for failing to pass legislation that properly addresses the Zika outbreak � without cutting funding for other important public health priorities.�
States, cities raising their minimum age for tobacco sales to 21: Protecting youth
States, cities raising their minimum age for tobacco sales to 21: Protecting youth
New measures that can protect health and prevent potential smokers from lighting up are catching fire across the country. At the center of that work is a tactic that is growing in popularity:?reevaluating the age at which consumers can purchase tobacco.
Menopause may speed up aging in women, scientists say
Menopause may speed up aging in women, scientists say
Hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disturbances make menopause miserable for many women, and new research suggests there's even more bad news for women going through this natural life stage.
Expert panel declines to recommend routine full-body screening for skin cancer
Expert panel declines to recommend routine full-body screening for skin cancer
A panel of medical experts said Tuesday that there�s too little evidence to determine whether routine full-body screening for skin cancer saves lives.
New report: Next generation of seniors may face significant health challenges
New report: Next generation of seniors may face significant health challenges
A future generation of U.S. seniors may be poised for higher rates of chronic disease, according to an annual report ranking their health.
Dental health therapists bringing oral health care to US tribal communities: Opening up access
Dental health therapists bringing oral health care to US tribal communities: Opening up access
The problem of oral health disparities is one that faces every American Indian and Alaska Native community. The ways tribal communities are addressing dental health needs are as different as the communities themselves. But many of them have something i...
House budget resolution undercuts nation�s health, safety and security, says APHA
House budget resolution undercuts nation�s health, safety and security, says APHA
Following is a statement from Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.
Child nutrition reauthorization advances in Senate
Child nutrition reauthorization advances in Senate
A Senate committee unanimously approved legislation today to reauthorize our nation�s child nutrition programs, which include school breakfasts and lunches.
First likely local transmission of Zika in US requires urgent action
First likely local transmission of Zika in US requires urgent action
Today�s announcement from the Florida Department of Health of the first likely non-travel related cases of Zika virus infection in the continental U.S. confirms long-held public health concerns and requires immediate action, the American Public Health ...
FDA tobacco protections are an important first step
FDA tobacco protections are an important first step
The American Public Health Association today applauds the Food and Drug Administration�s new rule extending its authority to cover all previously unregulated tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, gels, and pipe and waterpi...
Senate again fails to pass commonsense gun legislation
Senate again fails to pass commonsense gun legislation
The American Public Health Association expressed sadness today at the U.S. Senate�s failure to pass commonsense gun violence legislation last night. Specifically, the Senate failed to advance APHA-supported amendments by Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Dian...
When checking for skin cancer, partners an extra line of defense, study finds
When checking for skin cancer, partners an extra line of defense, study finds
Patients with melanoma who check regularly for abnormal moles find more new cancer when both they and their partners are trained to spot them, according to a recent study.
Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment
Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment
Several times a month, Jessica Wen, a pediatrician specializing in liver diseases, has a teenager show up at her clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with an unexpected diagnosis: hepatitis C.
APHA applauds Supreme Court for protecting reproductive health
APHA applauds Supreme Court for protecting reproductive health
Today, the American Public Health Association applauded the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman�s Health v. Hellerstedt to safeguard women�s� reproductive health. By striking down a Texas law that imposed harmful and medically unnecessary restrict...
Social determinants take center stage in call for Public Health 3.0
Social determinants take center stage in call for Public Health 3.0
Despite spending more on health care than any country in the world and being home to some of the best, most cutting-edge medicine, the U.S. ranks 34th in life expectancy. In fact, for Americans living in poverty, lifespan is on the decline. The challen...
House Labor-HHS funding bill falls far short
House Labor-HHS funding bill falls far short
The Labor-HHS appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week falls far short of expectations, said the American Public Health Association. While the bill provides increases to some health agencies, including some programs ...
We can build violence-free communities
We can build violence-free communities
This week�s tragedies that have taken the lives of Americans in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas bring to light a significant danger to our well-being: the presence of hate, often fueled by fear, resentment, displaced anger and/o...
Shift toward social determinants transforming public health work: Targeting causes of health disp...
Shift toward social determinants transforming public health work: Targeting causes of health disp...
Several years ago, public health workers in Wayne County, Michigan, embarked on a new endeavor to tackle infant mortality, an issue that affected the community�s black newborns at more than twice the rate of white newborns.
Congress fails to fund Zika response
Congress fails to fund Zika response
The American Public Health Association expressed great disappointment at Congress� failing to reach an agreement yesterday to fund Zika outbreak response before going on seven-week recess.
In US, family caregivers being called on to play greater role: Rise in older population fuels growth
In US, family caregivers being called on to play greater role: Rise in older population fuels growth
They are dietitians, physical therapists, home health aides, personal drivers and accountants all rolled into one.
National Public Health Week 2016 unites health advocates: Community events celebrated nationwide
National Public Health Week 2016 unites health advocates: Community events celebrated nationwide
From diverse panels of public health experts and intimate online discussions with public health leaders to hundreds of other events held nationwide, this year�s National Public Health Week was a success.
Strategy aims to improve health status of world�s women, kids: Targets unveiled
Strategy aims to improve health status of world�s women, kids: Targets unveiled
Setting �ambitious but achievable targets� to improve health and well-being, a new global strategy aims to serve as a road map to ending all preventable deaths among women, children and adolescents.
New report shows walking, biking to school creates healthy habits
New report shows walking, biking to school creates healthy habits
Walking and biking as modes of transportation benefit people, public health and the environment. Walking and biking promote daily physical activity, and reduce emissions and pollution. However, in order for walking and biking to be possible, neighborho...
W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders
W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders
The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions, with a new study lending additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation.