Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Mar 1

Today’s News (3/1/18) Transition:  When initiating the idea of a Wellness and Prevention in Health Reform e-newsletter nearly 10 years ago, I had no idea that it would evolve into such a broadly distributed public health resource, which I trust has been useful to you.  As many of you have heard, I’ll soon be transitioning

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 1

Today’s News (2/1/18) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald has resigned. A Washington Post story provides details, and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a brief statement.  Dr. Anne Schuchat will serve as Acting Director, a role she has previously filled at CDC.       Reports and Announcements Today marks the beginning

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 30

Today’s News (1/30/18)        Reports and Announcements The National Partnership for Women and Families has released a 50 state analysis that “reveals a growing need for national paid family and medical leave.” The report highlights consequences for families when individuals “are not able to hold paying jobs while providing and receiving critical care.” According

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 12

Today’s News (12/12/17)  This Friday is the final deadline to sign up for health coverage on Please continue to spread the word through social media channels to make a final push to get the word out so that people who need it can sign up for coverage. Get America Covered has resources and more information. Trust for America’s

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 2

Today’s News (8/2/17)      As you are aware, last week the Senate shut down debate on the health care reconciliation package after a final attempt to pass a so-called “skinny repeal bill” failed by a 49-51 vote, with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joining all Democrats in opposition.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 30

Clearly, another one of those weeks with a vast amount of activity.  You may need to read this one twice, much to digest (no pun intended).       Reports and Materials The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. “The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 30

Today’s News (9/30/16)   Before you shut things down for the weekend: The Vision for a Healthier America has now been signed by over 110 organizations. It is critically important to show an incoming Administration and Congress that improving health should be a top national priority. There are still a number of important public health partners that have yet

Oral HIV Vaccine Undergoing Testing

A new oral vaccine to prevent HIV infection that does not contain the HIV virus is currently being tested in clinical trials at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The study is designed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This novel vaccine that is administered

Low treatment rates for many infected with HIV

A new CDC analysis finds that half of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV are not receiving care and treatment for their infection. HIV treatment can suppress the amount of virus in the body to a level low enough to dramatically improve a person’s own health and to greatly reduce their risk of transmitting

HPV Vaccine Safe, Effective Over Eight Years

A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years. Among the vaccinated preteens in the new study, none developed any of the diseases or conditions associated with HPV during the study period, the researchers reported. After eight years, those who

Preventing HIV infections: HIV Pill Urged for At-Risk Patients

Healthy people at risk of HIV are advised to take daily pills that cut the odds of infection by more than 90 percent, U.S. health officials said in the first formal recommendation on using the drugs as a preventative. The group urged to take the pills includes people with HIV-infected partners and those who inject

Faculty Research Presentation on HIV Infection at Drexel School of Public Health

Subject: You Are Invited – New Interventions to Prevent HIV Infection in Men Dear Colleagues, Please join me for our upcoming School of Public Health faculty research presentation “New Interventions to Prevent HIV Infection in Men” on Thursday, February 13 at 6 pm. For more information and to register, click here— Please feel free to