Protecting Children from Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Alaska
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Protecting Children from Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Alaska

From Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field, a series highlighting communities across the Nation that are addressing the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). Exposure to secondhand smoke contributes to the deaths of 41,000 nonsmoking adults and 400 infants in the United States each year. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at …

Putting the Evidence into Decision Making
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Putting the Evidence into Decision Making

By Stephanie Chang, MD, MPH, Director; Christine Chang, MD, MPH, Deputy Director; and Amanda Borsky, DrPH, MPP, Dissemination & Implementation Advisor Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Evidence-based Practice Center Program At the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program, we place a high priority …

Close Up on Pathways to Safer Opioid Use: A Provider’s Perspective
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Close Up on Pathways to Safer Opioid Use: A Provider’s Perspective

Prescription opioid-related deaths are considered to be one of the leading preventable public health problems in the United States. To help the health care community address this critical issue, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) developed the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use training. This online, interactive training …

Download New Eat Healthy • Be Active Community Workshops, based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
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Download New Eat Healthy • Be Active Community Workshops, based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

By Holly McPeak, MS, Nutrition Advisor Health professionals, nutrition educators, local community leaders, and wellness instructors can now download the revised Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops (EHBA), developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The six one-hour workshops feature …

Download Updated Eat Healthy Be Active Community Workshops, based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
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Download Updated Eat Healthy Be Active Community Workshops, based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

By Holly McPeak, MS, Nutrition Advisor Health professionals, nutrition educators, local community leaders, and wellness instructors can now download the revised Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops (EHBA), developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The six one-hour workshops feature …

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet!
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Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet!

By Joyce Yu, PharmD, ORISE Fellow and Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Division of Health Care Quality, ODPHP March 20 marks the first day of spring. With it comes tidings of new life, warm weather, and — last but not least — National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day! We know …

A Pharmacist’s Perspective on Pathways to Safer Opioid Use
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A Pharmacist’s Perspective on Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time for the health care community to come together for a conversation about specific strategies for keeping our patients safe. And as the number of opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs) in the United States has been on the rise, it’s also a great opportunity …

2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Scientific Report
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2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Scientific Report

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of nationally recognized experts in physical activity and public health, has submitted its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary and disbanded. The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report describes findings from the Committee’s …

Help Your Patients Build Healthier Eating Patterns in 2018
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Help Your Patients Build Healthier Eating Patterns in 2018

By Kellie Casavale, PhD, RD, Nutrition Advisor, ODPHP Many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, but they often need strategies and support to stick with healthy habits throughout the year. That’s why now is a great time for health care professionals to talk with patients and clients about …

Reducing Prescription Opioid Misuse in North Carolina
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Reducing Prescription Opioid Misuse in North Carolina

From Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field, a series highlighting communities across the Nation that are addressing the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). Prescription opioids continue to factor significantly in the epidemic of deaths from opioid overdose in the United States. In 2016, more than 46 people died each day from …

Helping Doctors Communicate with Patients About Preeclampsia
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Helping Doctors Communicate with Patients About Preeclampsia

Rates of preeclampsia are rising in the United States. Preeclampsia, a condition that some women develop during pregnancy, can cause serious complications for women and their babies — and may even be deadly. Women with preeclampsia develop high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Rarely, preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, …

Evaluating the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Online Training
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Evaluating the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Online Training

Millions of adverse drug events (ADEs) happen every year, and opioids are one of the most common causes of medication-related harm in both inpatient and long-term care settings. In addition, data from 2013 to 2014 found that opioids — along with two other drug classes — were involved in an …

Action Planning: Breaking Down Health Goals into Manageable Steps
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Action Planning: Breaking Down Health Goals into Manageable Steps

By Cindy Brach, MPP, Senior Health Care Researcher, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Ever have a patient who knows he needs to lose weight, but the amount of weight is so daunting that he doesn’t know how to get started? Or a patient with high cholesterol who is having …

Syndicated Wellness and Prevention Information for Your Website, Blog, or App from healthfinder.gov
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Syndicated Wellness and Prevention Information for Your Website, Blog, or App from healthfinder.gov

By Linda M. Harris, PhD, Director, Division of Health Communication and eHealth, ODPHP healthfinder.gov was the first federal health website and has been a trusted source of health information for over 20 years. The user-friendly site was designed based on health literacy and usability principles with over 700 users’ input. …

Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Illinois
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Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Illinois

From Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field, a series highlighting communities across the Nation that are addressing the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults ages 50 to …

Partnering to Reduce Obesity in Delaware
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Partnering to Reduce Obesity in Delaware

From Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field, a series highlighting communities across the Nation that are addressing the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). Across the United States, more than 1 in 3 adults have obesity—making it a serious and costly health issue. In the state of Delaware, obesity rates rose from 13% in …

Healthy People 2020 and Diabetes Advocacy Alliance Celebrate 5 Years of Partnership
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Healthy People 2020 and Diabetes Advocacy Alliance Celebrate 5 Years of Partnership

By The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance As American Diabetes Month comes to a close this November, we’re looking back and celebrating the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance’s (DAA) strategic partnership with Healthy People 2020. The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) is a coalition of 22 members, representing patient, professional and trade associations, other nonprofit …

Promoting Nutrition Counseling as a Priority for Clinicians
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Promoting Nutrition Counseling as a Priority for Clinicians

By Kellie Casavale, PhD, RD, Nutrition Advisor, and Richard D. Olson, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Prevention Science, ODPHP The evidence is clear that nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining good health and helping to prevent chronic disease. And yet when people visit the doctor, they’re unlikely to receive …