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American Public Health Association;
It focuses on the connections between people and the environment; promotes health and well-being; and helps create healthy, safe communities. Environmental health professionals work to reduce exposure to harmful substances in air, water, soil and food. This work is especially important for the protection of children.Because they eat more food, drink more water and breathe more air for their size than adults do, children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. Further, children of color and children living in poverty bear an even higher burden of environmental hazards. Any yet, there are no laws or protections dedicated to children in the environments where they may face harmful exposures. This can be at home, school, child care facilities, playgrounds, parks —anywhere children live, learn and play.In response to member outcry over the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, APHA set out to study the situation nationally. With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, APHA launched the project that has culminated in this report.
Urban Indian Health Institute;
This brief examines the health outcomes, structural barriers, and the action steps to break these barriers and achieve health equity for AI/AN.
Center for High Impact Philanthropy at University of Pennsylvania;
There has never been a more urgent time to address mental health and addiction. In Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice identifies approaches that are most effective at preventing, treating, and supporting the recovery or long-term management of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. In it donors will find:Five strategies you can use to address mental health and addictionEvidence for the opportunities that have the greatest potential for impactA range of solutions and philanthropic opportunities for each strategy
Research has shown that youth living within the juvenile justice system have higher instances of unplanned teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, few sexual health education resources are available to meet the needs of this special group.The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, as part of a multi-year study, partnered with the Oregon Youth Authority and app-creator Efficacity to create Healthy U, a tablet-based app.Healthy U is designed to curb unplanned teen pregnancy by educating young males, ages 14-19, who are living in juvenile justice facilities. Through games, interactive scenarios, and short videos, the app provides information about puberty, sexual health, sexual consent, and healthy relationships.In this archived webinar, you will learn about the Healthy U app.Who Will BenefitIndividuals interested in low-cost, innovative methods for teaching sexual health educationIndividuals serving justice-involved youthOfficials from state or county offices serving justice-involved youthStaff from federal agencies and foundations that fund innovations and studies in health and/or justiceWhat You Will LearnDuring this webinar, participants will:Learn about the Healthy U app and how it was tailored to target youthful offendersDiscover how the Oregon Youth Authority has been using the app to provide sexual health educationHear about current study findings on Healthy U
Approximately one-quarter of the global population are women of reproductive age, most of whom menstruate every month.A core function of a woman's reproductive system, menstruation is a healthy and normal occurrence in the female body. However, it can—and often does—become a challenge when individuals lack access to the resources, infrastructure, and social support they need to appropriately manage it.This report captures key changes in the menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) space that have happened since the publication of An Opportunity to Address Menstrual Health and Gender Equity in 2016. We pay particular attention to the remaining gaps and highlight opportunities for further action and investment.
National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc.;
The New York State (NYS) Department of Health's Healthy neighborhoods Program (HNP) "funds county health departments to provide in-home assessments and interventions to improve the environmental health and safety of residents in selected high-risk communities." County health departments that receive funding from the HNP conduct door-to-door visits and use the HNP Home Intervention Form to collect real-time data. The form addresses numerous environmental health and safety hazards with a focus on the four core objectives of lead poisoning, indoor air quality, asthma, and fire safety. For potential hazards identified during the visit, outreach workers provide education (written and verbal), referrals, and services to help residents correct or reduce housing hazards. The HNP asks county health departments to revisit at least 25% of homes three to six months after the initial visit. During a revisit, the home is reassessed, and any new or ongoing problems or hazards are addressed. Other state-funded services related to childhoodlead poisoning primary and secondary prevention and healthy homes are the subject of additional case studies in this series.
For individuals experiencing housing insecurity—and other hardships associated with poverty, such as low rates of health literacy, food insecurity, lack of transportation, and restricted access to quality health care—an HIV diagnosis exacerbates an already burdened quality of life. These larger structural barriers may inhibit HIV+ participants from feeling able to change individual-level behaviors which may complicate their HIV status. One counseling intervention that addresses obstacles to change is Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a collaborative, client centered approach that fosters communication between a service provider and their recipient with the goal of identifying and resolving the change goals identified during the counseling session. Studies on healthcare outcomes for chronically ill individuals who received MI interventions indicate that, when followed properly, MI can effect long-term, positive behavior changes. This paper defines MI, explores it's applications among HIV+ participants, describes an MI fidelity monitoring tool, and situates MI relevance while acknowledging the influence of social determinants of health.
National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc.;
Isles, Inc. operates a project called ReHEET (Residential Health, Energy and Environmental Transformation) with funding from the New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC). ReHEET was created to pilot the joint provision of weatherization, structural repair, and healthy homes services in Trenton. The program collaborates with community groups to identify old, substandard, leaky homes in the Trenton region. It tests and repairs occupied homes for energy and health hazards. ReHEET received funding from 2010-2016 and completed 179 units over this period.
National Health Care for the Homeless Council;
This fact sheet was developed by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Network to End Family Homelessness, an initiative of The Bassuk Center on Homelessness and Vulnerable Children and Youth. The purpose is to ensure clinicians working with people experiencing homelessness understand the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in health outcomes as well as the options for responding.
National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc.;
In 2015, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1720 (HB 1720), which expanded the purpose of theMatchmaker Low-Income Residential Weatherization Program to include healthy housing improvements. The Enhanced Wx+H pilot represented a new approach to leveraging state and local resources and support to expand measures and services available through Low Income Weatherization. One long-term objective was to develop integrated service models eligible for reimbursement from Medicaid or other sources that engaged medical and public health services.
National Collaborative for Health Equity;
Building Public Health Capacity to Advance Equity is an environmental scan funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to explore governmental public health's role in advancing health equity with racial equity as a major priority and community engagement as a central strategy. The project team consisted of ten partner organizations collaborating to examine the federal landscape and the capacity of local, state, and Tribal health agencies to play a role in promoting equity. Through literature reviews, in-depth interviews and focus groups with health officials,public health experts, and community leaders across the country, we have identified a variety of opportunities for governmental public health to advance equity. Public health can support and lead change efforts by partnering acrossand within departments, creating and leveraging opportunities for community input, buy-in, and collaboration, and aligning the work of public health with broader social movements and other community efforts to build transformational partnerships that restructure power dynamics and build political will for racial and health equity.
Campaign for Black Male Achievement;
CBMA's Health & Healing Strategies initiative aims to improve the health outcomes of Black males by promoting self-empowerment and wellness education among leaders in Black Male Achievement. Launched in 2016, these strategies are designed to ensure that leaders in the Black Male Achievement field have the tools and resources to facilitate and sustain their health and healing, and that of the Black males and broader communities that they serve. With seed support from The California Endowment, BMA Health and Healing Strategies (BMA HHS) implements education and broader community-based strategies to work with school districts in providing capacity-building, strategic communications and community-building tools.