How AIDS (almost) stopped teen pregnancy in the US: So where do we go from here?
Teen fertility in the U.S. has progressively declined over the last couple of decades. To understand this trend, it is helpful to examine historical U.S. and global changes in fertility, social and economic conditions and public policies that may influence teen fertility. Although social forces such as poverty and educational opportunities are critical in shaping adolescent reproductive choices, public policies related to HIV prevention, sexuality education and condom and contraceptive access have played critical roles in influencing teen pregnancy risk. This webinar describes how the AIDS epidemic influenced teen fertility in the U.S. It also describes how school-based health centers have played a strategic role in teen access to health, promoting services and information, including those associated with sexual health, and have had a favorable impact on high school graduation.
Slides and recording from the September 12, 2013 webinar.
Slides only (pdf).
Tracking Webinar Series- Part III: How Environmental Public Health Tracking Assists in Providing Safe Community Water
This is the last in a three-part series of Environmental Public Health Tracking Program webinars. In May 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tracking Branch released new data with 36 new measures and 6 new contaminant profiles for community water. These water data came from the 23 states that are part of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. This webinar demonstrates how water data from the Tracking Network can help state and local agencies monitor and provide safe community water and explains how the most common contaminants affect different areas of the country. This webinar series was co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Slides and recording from the August 8, 2013 webinar.
Slides only (pdf).
Healthy Communities: Neighborhood Planning through a Health Equity Lens
The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn, and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. This approach is particularly critical in communities with the greatest health and economic disparities. This webinar featured stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, and demonstrated the positive impact attention to health equity has in neighborhood planning.
Slides and recording from the July 18, 2013 webinar.
Beth Althshuler's Presentation (pdf).
David Goldberg's Presentation (pdf).Tracking Webinar Series- Part II: Incorporating Environmental Public Health Tracking into Health Impact Assessments
Eric Fladager's Presentation (pdf).
Lou Brewer's Presentation (pdf).
This is the second in a three-part series of Environmental Public Health Tracking Program webinars. It featured the Minnesota Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate & Health Programs describing their successful use of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease data in Health Impact Assessments. Speakers discussed opportunities for intersection between HIA and Tracking data and also provided participants with a national perspective on the uses of Health Impact Assessments and the Tracking Network. This webinar series was co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials
Slides and recording from the June 27, 2013 webinar. Slides only (PDF). Transcript forthcoming.
Affordable Care Act implementation one year post-decision: Medicaid expansion, preventive services, and public health implications
In June 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, but made the law’s Medicaid expansion effectively optional for states. One year later – just months ahead of the ACA’s planned coverage expansions – experts from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) offer an update on states’ decisions regarding Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges and discuss the implications for public health. NHeLP experts also discuss the current challenges to other parts of the ACA, including the requirement that most health plans cover contraceptive services and supplies, and briefly discuss implementation of other ACA provisions regarding public health. This webinar is intended to answer questions the public health community may have about these important but complex implementation issus.
Slides and recording from the June 26, 2013 webinar. Slides only (PDF). Transcript forthcoming.
Beating the Heat: Preparing for Extreme Heat Events at the State and Local Level
In this first of a two part webinar series, the CDC discussed ways state and local health departments can be prepared for the coming extreme heat season and highlighted available extreme heat products that can be used for various audiences. Particular emphasis was given to the recently released extreme heat guidebook. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene discussed syndromic surveillance efforts in New York City. The Minnesota Department of Health discussed Minnesota’s extreme heat toolkit, heat-related data they have collected and their work with local public health groups to prepare for extreme health events.
Audio from the May 23, 2013 webinar.
Tracking Webinar Series – Part I: Successfully Integrating Environmental Public Health Tracking and Environmental Health Assessments.
In this first of a three-part webinar series, the Florida Department of Health described its use of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network as an integral component of conducting community-based environmental health assessments. Participants learned how Environmental Public Health Tracking can enrich the environmental health assessment process by providing indicator data to support community-identified issues. Florida shared its experiences, valuable lessons learned and planning tips for other states and jurisdictions to assist them with their own current and future environmental health assessments. This Environmental Public Health Tracking webinar series is co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Slides and recording from the May 14, 2013 webinar
Audio only. Transcript (Word).
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 featured 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., described their model for collaborative public policy planning and implementation and discussed 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 Bradenton, Fla., discussed 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 only (MP3). Slides only (PDF). Transcript (Word).
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. This webinar featured Harry Goodman, DMD, MPH, director of the Office Oral Health, who gave an overview of the law; Deborah Levy, MS, founder of SuccessLinks, LLC and evaluation consultant who discussed the evaluation and Sue Camardese, RDH, MS, the public health dental hygienist at Chase Brexton Health Services in Columbia, Md., who spoke about how the law has affected their dental program.
Slides and recording from April 9, 2013 webinar.
Recording only (MP3). Slides only (PDF). Transcript (Word).
Notes from the Q&A period (PDF).
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.
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
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.
Slides and recording from the April 5, 2012 (WMV). Slides only (PDF), and Notes from the Q&A period (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, recording, and transcript from the September 6, 2012 webinar.
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, recording, and transcript 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. Slides only (PDF). Transcript (Word).
Power of Policy Webinar Series
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."
Webinar recording. Notes from the Q&A period (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