Women’s Health

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 28

Today’s News (9/28/17) As you all have likely heard by now, the Graham-Cassidy Amendment to the American Health Care Act was not brought to a vote this week, lacking sufficient support for passage. Politico provides a good breakdown.  Thanks for all your support, including those organizations sending letters opposing the legislation. Current budget reconciliation instructions expire this Saturday, so any

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 25

Today’s News (7/25/17)         Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that the Senate is still scheduled to hold a vote today to consider some version of the budget reconciliation package, which would repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  As you know, all the bills we have seen so

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 21

Today’s News (6/21/17)         Rumors abound about the timing of Senate consideration of health care legislation.  The American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health have released a statement urging Congress to protect healthcare access and prevention funding.       Take Action Several call to action related to

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 16

Today’s News (5/16/17)        Federal Action On final chance to join Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on a sign-on letter to the Senate in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In light of passage of the American Health Care Act in the House, TFAH is planning to send virtually the same letter previously

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 9

Federal Action As you know, the House of Representatives voted this past Thursday, 217-213, to approve the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  It now moves on to the Senate for consideration.  It has been widely reported that 13 Senators are working on an alternative health

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 28

Federal Action By now, you have likely seen the most recent amendment (thanks Politico) to the American Health Care Act, offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur, which would allow states to waive preexisting conditions and essential benefits. The bill would also still eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund and could result in the loss of health insurance

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 21

Reports and Materials STAT published an op-ed by TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Prevention Efforts Can Ward Off Many Chronic and Expensive Condition: So Why Aren’t We Investing in Them?  “It’s a pretty simple equation: Continued budget cuts equal a decrease in the ability of public health organizations to protect and improve the nation’s health.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 21

The House of Representatives is currently scheduled to begin consideration of the American Health Care Act on Thursday, March 23rd (Rules Committee on Wednesday). A manager’s amendment reflecting a series of changes from the original legislation has been filed.       Reports and Materials Safe Kids Worldwide has released Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Jan 18

Today’s News (1/18/17)       Affordable Care Act Trust for America’s Health has released a special analysis (including state by state fact sheets) finding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would lose 12 percent of its annual budget if the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were repealed.

Preparing Californians for Community Based Participatory Research on Breast Cancer

Invitation to apply for QuickStart: Preparing Californians for Community Based Participatory Research on Breast Cancer Deadlines to apply: Individual community members or scientists: January 31, 2017 Community/Scientist teams: March 31, 2017 The California Breast Cancer Research Program and Commonweal invite you to apply to QuickStart an innovative three-month program that supports community-academic teams in conducting community based participatory research

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 14

Today’s News (9/14/16)         Reports and Announcements Boise State University and Healthy Eating Research have released a new report on school fundraising policies and practices. “Following the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools are required to meet updated nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold at fundraisers during the school day, unless their state

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 9

Today’s News (9/9/16)     Every four years, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) releases a Blueprint for a Healthier America, which makes the case that improving health should be a top priority for the country.  The Blueprint will include recommendations for the next four years, as well as a series of mini-briefs with policy recommendations for priority public health issues. As part

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 7

Today’s News (9/7/16)     Back with a vengeance, post Labor Day!  Lots to report below.       Reports and Announcements Last week, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 13th annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.  The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 3

Today’s News (8/3/16)               Reports and Announcements At the same time local mosquito infections are being reported in a neighborhood of Miami, FL (see CDC travel advisory) the CDC will be releasing the Zika Topic of the Week, “a coordinated communication approach to highlight a simple prevention message each week. The prevention message

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 10

Today’s News (5/10/16) Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 10

Today’s News (3/10/16)       Reports and Announcements Nemours has produced a short video highlighting the National Early Child Care Collaboratives program, “which promotes healthy eating and physical activity in child care centers.”  The program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  The video features testimonials from

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 19

Today’s News (2/19/16)       Reports and Announcements The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its action plan for the next four months of the Zika response – Zika: Strategic Response Framework & Joint Operations Plan.  And from the Network for Public Health Law, a new publication,  Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness Concerning Zika Virus. Prevention Institute and

Institute of Medicine’s Top 10 Most Read Reports for September

IOM reports provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes IOM reports published after 1998. A complete list of IOM’s publications, from its establishment in 1970 through June 30, 2014, is available as a PDF. http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Global/News%20Announcements/what-youre-reading-september-2015.aspx Opportunities to Promote Children’s Behavioral Health: Health Care Reform and Beyond: Workshop Summary Released:

$13 million gift launches new MCH Center at UCB

Dr. Helen Wallace, a world-renowned professor, mentor and advocate known for her passion for improving the lives of women and children, has left a bequest valued at more than $13 million to UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The funds will launch the Wallace Maternal and Child Health Center, the campus announced  on Monday, March

Mental Health among Women of Reproductive Age

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Reproductive Health works to improve the mental health of women of reproductive age (aged 15-44) through surveillance and research. For an update and report on mental health among women of reproductive age please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/Depression/PDFs/Mental_Health_Women_Repo_Age.pdf

Disparities and Cervical Cancer

While cervical cancer does not fall within the top ten most commonly diagnosed cancers among all women in California combined during 2008 to 2012, it does fall within the top ten most commonly diagnosed cancers for females in the following specific race/ethnicity groups during this time frame: American Indian/Alaska Native (cervical cancer ranked 10th) Filipino

Cervical Cancer Screening Tests Continue to Evolve

Between 1955 and 1992, it is estimated that the rate of cervical cancer mortality decreased by about 70%, due largely to the widespread adoption of the Pap smear as part of the annual Ob/Gyn or well-woman visit. The first big change to the well-woman visit came several years ago when the United States Preventive Services

Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program Conference in SF in November

The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program Conference will be held in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero on November 20-21, 2014. This is an opportunity for scientists (including students), clinicians and community advocates to come together to discuss the latest research on the role of the environment and genetics in breast cancer,

Millions of Children Not Getting Recommended Preventive Care

Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement. Clinical preventive services are various forms of important medical or dental care that support healthy

Preventing Tobacco Use During Pregnancy

CDC has created a new fact sheet for health professionals on tobacco use during pregnancy—”Information for Health Care Providers and Public Health Professionals: Preventing Tobacco Use During Pregnancy.” It provides useful information and resources for healthcare and public health professionals on the health effects and prevalence of tobacco use during pregnancy and what can be

Zero Breast Cancer Celebrates Breast Cancer Heroes

15th Annual Honor Thy Healer Awardees Announced Awards Ceremony: May 8, 2014 at Mill Valley Community Center Zero Breast Cancer, a community based non-profit organization in Marin County, CA, will present five awards to heroic individuals and organizations that have been effective, compassionate and proactive in addressing breast cancer. Honorees have contributed in diverse ways

Draft Research Plan on screening for breast cancer posted by USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted yesterday for public comment a draft Research Plan on screening for breast cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from November 14 through December 11, 2013. In addition to the draft Research Plan, the Task Force has posted an informational video presentation, which

White House: With Obamacare, Women Stay Healthy & Save Money

How the Affordable Care Act Improves the Lives of American Women Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spent some time explaining how the Affordable Care Act protects women’s access to quality health care. Under Obamacare, no one can be denied health insurance coverage because of a preexisting health condition, such as breast cancer,