New Public Health Resources
APHA Press offers new book on management and leadership in public health
APHA Press recently co-published with Jones & Bartlett Learning Essentials of Management and Leadership in Public Health, a new book by Robert E. Burke, PhD, and Leonard H. Friedman, PhD, MPH. Driven by recent events and new trends, public health training increasingly requires new and more advanced information-leadership and management skills drawn from business, industry, education and government. This text offers a basic foundation for students entering the field of public health management with a specific focus on developing knowledge and skills in the cross-cutting competency domains identified by the Association of Schools of Public Health. Discounted member price is $58.45, and listed price is $64.95.
New report reveals public health job loss and program cuts
Just-completed analysis of a new survey on local health department job losses illustrates the uphill battle that local health departments continue to fight as they struggle to keep Americans safe and provide basic disease prevention and emergency preparedness services in the face of budget cuts. The full report, which expands on preliminary survey results released by the National Association of County and City Health Officials in March, found that from January 2008 to December 2009, local health departments lost 23,000 jobs to layoffs and attrition, roughly 15 percent of the entire local health department workforce. Read the full report on NACCHO’s Job Loss and Program Cuts survey. Follow news about budget cuts and job losses in local health departments across the country at www.naccho.org/newsmap.
Connections between health, transportation featured in new APHA report
APHA recently released a condensed version of “The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation,” a publication that addresses how our nation’s current transportation system contributes to today’s soaring health costs and impedes progress toward improving public health. Some of the more hidden costs of transportation include physical inactivity, rising asthma and obesity rates in both adults and children, and degraded air quality. All are increasing to staggering levels and negatively impacting Americans. To learn more, check out the report here.
First in a series of reports on climate change released
The first three in a series of America’s Climate Choices reports were recently released by the National Academy of Sciences. Advancing the Science of Climate Change focuses on the scientific evidence regarding human-induced climate change and future research needs; Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change assesses options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and taking other actions to reduce the magnitude of climate change; and Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change focuses on options to improving the nation's capacity to adapt to climate change. The series includes two additional reports that will be released later this year on providing decision makers with information on climate change, and an overarching report on the challenges and opportunities in confronting climate change.
Alcohol-impaired driving is topic of Community Guide review
A new case study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Guide to Community Preventive Services examines the translation into policy of evidence on the effectiveness of laws to reduce the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of drivers. Published as part of a series of case studies in the June issue of the Annals of Epidemiology, this case study describes the Community Guide’s scientific processes and collaborative efforts that contributed to the passage of legislation that led to all 50 states adopting 0.08 percent BAC laws, which save 500 U.S. lives each year.
TRAIN offers education, learning resources for public health professionals
With more than 16,000 course listings from over 3,250 providers, TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network — or TRAIN — is the most comprehensive catalog of distance learning for public health professionals. A free service of the Public Health Foundation,TRAIN provides a searchable nationwide database of on-site and online courses. To learn more, register as a user or register as a course provider, visit https://www.train.org.
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