Child and School Health Resources
Community Transformation Grants, one major initiative funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund, are targeted at addressing the leading causes of chronic diseases to improve the health of Americans and reduce health care costs over the long term. The investments being made are critical to make sure people can take personal responsibility for their health care, outside of the doctor’s office, and allow individual communities to address their greatest health needs. CTGs will benefit more than one in three Americans, approximately 145 million people.
Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.
A Major Gap in More than Half of the States' Disaster Preparedness Regulations for Child Care Facilities Puts Many Vulnerable Children at Risk, Save the Children Reports. Called "The National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters," the report assesses all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for children in child care and at school. Three of the standards focus on child care facilities and the fourth is for schools.
Prevention saves lives, reduces health care costs, and makes the country a healthier, more productive place. More than half of Americans live with at least one serious preventable health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, which forces taxpayers to spend billions of dollars a year on health care. And, today’s children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. The Prevention and Public Health Fund enables communities around the country to invest in proven strategies to improve health. That’s why the Fund has the support of more than 760 national, state and local organizations.
Shouldn’t America try to prevent diseases, instead of just treating people after they’re already sick, and it’s often too late? Just three of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
Just 10 of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
Allies Against Asthma
Allies Against Asthma is a national initiative to improve asthma control for children and adolescents. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction provided by the Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan, Allies supports seven community-based coalitions and their efforts to improve the way asthma is managed in their communities and provides resources to support other asthma groups throughout the United States.
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is dedicated to increasing awareness of childhood smoking. Their website includes information, statistics, research and advocacy efforts aimed at increasing the number of non-smokers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--Lead Poison Prevention Program
CDC's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is dedicated to eliminating elevated blood lead levels by 2010.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--Vaccine Safety and Adverse Events
The CDC vaccine safety website discusses the importance of vaccinations while also listing concerns and potential side effects from vaccinations. There is also detailed information about the safety of vaccinations and the process of how vaccines are licensed, monitored, and how risks are communicated to the public.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--Vaccines and Immunizations
The website focuses on the importance of obtaining maximum immunization coverage for all populations, establishing effective partnerships, conducting reliable scientific research, implementing immunization systems, and ensuring vaccine safety.
Childhood Obesity in Rural America
Facts from F as in Fat 2008 Report
Coordinating and Integrating Community Prevention, Public Health, and Primary Care: Building an Inventory of Evidence and Developing the Business Case
Over the last several years, a growing consensus has emerged that our health system, to succeed, must commit to an approach that incorporates what has become known as the triple aim: improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations. Through implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and through experiments generated in communities across the nation, policy makers, health systems, and public health officials are all struggling with how to define each element of the triple aim, including what it means to – and how we should go about – improving the health of populations. To that end, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and the Kresge Foundation, held a convening with key stakeholders designed to move from anecdote to evidence in order to build the business case for integrating and coordinating primary care, public health and community prevention – with the goal of improving population health and reducing health care costs.
EPA--Office of Children's Health Protection
Because children are more susceptible to environmental hazards, the EPA has dedicated a portion of its website to the specific health hazards that disproportionally affect children.
Fast Food FACTS
Fast food companies speak to children early, often, and when parents are not looking. Fast food is the most unhealthy food product marketed to children, other than sugar-sweetened beverages, and is relentlessly and aggressively targeted toward children starting as young as age two. Food marketing to children negatively influences the dietary choices and health of society's most vulnerable citizens. Given the childhood obesity epidemic at hand, we need meaningful solutions and real change. We're here to give you the FACTS. It's time for action. FACTS - the Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score - was developed by health researchers at Yale University. Please explore the Fast Food FACTS website to learn more about the restaurants, menu items, fast food nutrition scores, food marketing techniques, and the science behind the FACTS.
Keep You and Your Family Safe: An Information Guide on Second Hand Smoke
"Non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke anytime they are around a smoker. It is known as passive or involuntary smoking. When a non-smoker breathes in the secondhand smoke, he or she is taking in the nicotine as well as other toxic chemicals. The same chemicals the smoker inhales. The more often a non-smoker is exposed to secondhand smoke, the higher the level of harmful chemicals that gets into his or her body. There are over 4,000 compounds of chemicals in tobacco smoke and over 60 of them are either known to or suspected to be a cancer-causing agent."
Local Health Departments in the News
“Local Health Departments in the News”, a first-ever, ongoing, publicly-available collection of news stories about public health issues facing communities across the nation. News clips are searchable by state or in the following subject areas: budget cuts, County Health Rankings, H1N1, good news and more.
March of Dimes
The March of Dimes Perinatal Center provides maternal and infant and health statistics, research information, medical references, continuing education for parents and many other resources for infant and maternal health.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network works to improve the quality of surveillance information, promote scientific collaboration, provide technical assistance for the development of uniform collection techniques, and facilitate communication among organizations regarding birth defects.
National Childhood Cancer Foundation
CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising private funds for childhood cancer research for the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest cooperative cancer research organization.
National Children's Cancer Society
The National Children's Cancer Society seeks to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial and in-kind assistance, advocacy, support services and education.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The Center provides information to the public regarding children with disabilities, including IDEA--the law regarding children and disablities, No Child Left Behind, and research-based information on effective educational practices.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The website includes various information about the health and human development of children, and research regarding children and the environments in which they develop.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Foundation's primary goal is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. In order to meet this goal, the Foundation provides grants to help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.
U.S. Department of Education
The Department of Education works to promote student achievement and preparation by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access to all children.
U.S. Dept. of Education--Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
The OSDFS oversees physical education, mental health, drug education, and anti-violence campaigns designed to promote national student health and a safe school-going experience
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