Using Health Equity Assessments to Make the Most of Federal Funds

Together with our partners in the Health Equity Network Ohio, sponsored a webinar, OPHA continues to advocate for the use of Health Equity Assessment Tool to help ensure that ARPA dollars are used to not only improve the health and well-being of our communities but to address the disproportionate toll Covid-19 has taken on marginalized…

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State Laws Limiting Public Health Protections: Hazardous For Our Health

The Network for Public Health Law notes in a recent report that following the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than half of the states have passed legislation that restrict public health officials from taking action to protect the health of their communities. The report looks at legislation adopted as of May 2022 and provides…

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Public Health Nurses Convene

The 2022 Public Health Nursing Conference was held on December 1 & 2 in Walnut Creek, Ohio.  This was the first in-person nursing conference since 2019 and nurses were pleased to have the opportunity to network with familiar colleagues and new faces.  There were 97 attendees from across the state who enjoyed presentations on trauma-informed…

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OPHA Updating Climate Report

Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition is in the process of updating the 2017 report on public health impacts of climate change and climate-related weather events in Ohio communities. Potential public health-related impacts associated with climate change include: extreme weather events; decline in air quality; increased production of pollens; heat stroke and heat-related illnesses; altered environmental…

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Dental Equity-Focused Coalition Launched

Ohioans for Dental Equity has announced the launch of a coalition made up of dozens of community based and statewide advocacy organizations, including the Ohio Public Health Association. The coalition will work to shine a light on the disparities and inequities related to oral health. At a press conference announcing the coalition, participants noted that…

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Celebrate American Heart Month: Join the #OurHearts Movement

February is American Heart Month! Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we work on them…

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Racism as a Public Health Crisis a Focus of OJPH Issue

The latest issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health focuses on racism as a public health crisis. Volume 3, Issue 3 features research briefs and commentary including on black youth and infant mortality. The issue is available at the journal’s new site at ojph.org.

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