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Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health
The built environment — our neighborhoods and communities where we live, learn, work and play — has an impact on physical activity levels, access to healthy food, transportation behaviors and, ultimately, health outcomes. This webinar will feature two counties that have taken different approaches to changing the built environment around them in order to improve the health of their communities. Public health and development officials from Kane County, Ill., will describe their model for collaborative public policy planning and implementation and discuss the implementation of their 2040 Master Plan, which fully integrates public health into land use and transportation decisions. Representatives from Manatee County Health Department in Florida will discuss the development of a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking.
Slides and recording from May 9, 2013 webinar.
Recording from May 9, 2013 webinar, slides only (PDF).
Evaluating Legislation Impact: The Maryland Public Health Dental Hygiene Act
Beginning on Oct. 1, 2008, the underserved in Maryland, especially children, gained increased access to oral health services through the Public Health Dental Hygiene Act of 2008. The act allows a dental hygienist working in a public health setting, including schools, to practice dental hygiene and apply sealants or fluoride agents, mouth rinse or varnish without a prior examination by a dentist or physician. In 2012, the Maryland Office of Oral Heath was awarded funding by the American Public Health Association to evaluate the law’s effects.
This webinar featured Harry Goodman, DMD, MPH, director of the Office Oral Health, who will give an overview of the law; Deborah Levy, MS, founder of SuccessLinks, LLC and evaluation consultant who will discuss the evaluation and Sue Camardese, RDH, MS, the public health dental hygienist at Chase Brexton Health Services in Columbia, Md., who will speak about how the law has affected their dental program.
Slides and recording from April 9 webinar.
Recording from April 9 webinar, slides only (PDF).
Read notes from the Q&A period.
Affordable, Healthy Food = Good Public Health:
Promising Practices and Systems Change Strategies to Improve Access to Healthy Food
A food system that supports access to affordable, healthy and sustainably produced foods is essential in promoting overall health in all communities. This is especially important in low-income communities that are surrounded by food deserts (lack of access to healthy food) or food swamps (over-abundance of cheap, unhealthy foods), or are negatively affected by food production methods in their communities.
Slides and recording from the September 28, 2012 webinar available here.
Climate change is one of the most serious health threats facing our nation. Public health professionals have a key role to play in responding to and preparing for these health threats. APHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a six-part webinar series that has been translated into a practical guidebook. These sessions brought together experts in the field of climate change to discuss topics such as climate science, health risk communication, adaptation strategies and more.
Climate Change Webinars - Series 1 , Series 2 , 2012 Sessions
Collaboration Multiplier: Maximizing the Power of Partnership to Achieve Healthy Communities
There is increasing need for public health to engage diverse community leaders, transportation and land use planners, parks and recreation, schools, economic development agencies, violence prevention experts, and others in order to make meaningful strides in transforming communities to foster health. New partnerships are forming, yet many are challenged with the complex nature of working with non-traditional partners. Understanding partner intentions and motivations, perspectives on the issue at hand, communication styles, professional and community cultures, and varying interests, values, and missions can lead to more effective collaboration.
This webinar, hosted by APHA and Prevention Institute, instructs community stakeholders and decision makers how to utilize Collaboration Multiplier, a framework and tool to delineate potential roles and identify opportunities for diverse partners to work towards the goal of achieving healthier communities. This presentation shares the lessons learned from various community efforts to address healthy eating, physical activity, and violence prevention utilizing multi-field collaboration.
Collaboration Multiplier webinar (WMV), slides (PDF), and Q & A (PDF).
Health in All Policies: Lessons Learned from California
Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improve health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. This webinar provided an overview of the Health in All Policies approach and reviewed the work of California’s Health in All Policies Task Force - the first state-level, United States effort to institutionalize this approach.
Slides and recording from the September 6, 2012 webinar available here.
Intersectoral Collaboration for Health: Reports from Local Health Departments
Increasingly, local communities throughout the U.S. are adopting a Health in All Policies (HiAP) framework to improve health and equity by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors. This 90-minute webinar includes a short overview of the HiAP approach, and an introduction to the work of Baltimore’s Cross Agency Health Taskforce and Sonoma’s Health Action, including history, accomplishments, and a discussion of the lessons learned from these exciting local initiatives.
Slides and recording from the November 15, 2012 webinar
The Supreme Court's Decision on the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Prevention and Public Health
One week after the Supreme Court's June 2012 upholding of the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, APHA and several partner organizations co-sponsored a webinar on the ruling and its implications for prevention and public health. Public health law experts from the National Health Law Program, the Network for Public Health Law, and George Washington University joined the discussion. The webinar was sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Public Health Institute, the Prevention Institute, Trust for America's Health, and PolicyLink. For more information and resources, visit our health reform and Supreme Court pages.
Slides and recording from the July 5, 2012 webinar available here. Slides only (PDF).
Power of Policy
Policy is critical tool for creating the physical and social environments that promote health. APHA, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presents series of webinars aimed at improving the capacity of state, tribal, local or territorial health departments to use policy as a tool to improve population health.
Power of Policy webinars
Reducing the intake of sodium is an important public health goal for Americans. The U.S. population still consumes more sodium than is recommended, placing individuals at risk for various chronic diseases. APHA, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine hosted a webinar to discuss the rationale on the need for sodium reduction, map out the landscape of current activities on sodium reduction, and discuss the recommendations of the 2010 IOM Report, " Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States ." Q & A from the webinar is also available . (PDF)
Public health and transportation professionals have the opportunity to view our archived four-part webinar series that covers how transportation systems impact health in diverse communities across the nation and highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health.
When Every Drop Counts
This year, the U.S. is dealing with the most extensive and prolonged drought conditions in more than 50 years. The occurrence of drought-related health impacts is challenging many communities for the first time. This four-part webinar series will provide information about the preconditions leading up to the current drought situation, discuss the significant overarching public health issues related to drought, and highlight how states, locals and American Indian and Alaska Native communities are responding.
The Public Health Implications of Drought
Slides from Webinar 1
State and Locals Respond to Drought
Slides from Webinar 2
When Every Drop Counts: Adapting to Drought – What Next?
Slides from Webinar 3
When Every Drop Counts: Initiatives in Indian Country
Slides from Webinar 4