Trust for America’s Health has released a report finding that spending on public health is insufficient. Its recommendations include increasing public health funding and preserving and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Continue reading Report details state of public health funding
Last week, many provided testimony at a hearing on Senate Bill 98. This bill would establish licensure for dental therapists and allow the expansion of dental services to children and low-income adults. OPHA was among those submitting written testimony in support. Continue reading Senate Hears Testimony on Dental Therapists Bill →
A recent report notes that 1 million Americans have died of drugs, alcohol and suicide over the last decade, and trends indicate that number could double to 2 million during the next decade. In the report, Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust call for a national strategy to address these “despair deaths”. Continue reading Are Americans Dying of Desperation? →
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing that the number of Americans who died from drug overdoses in 2016 increased by 21 percent over 2015. This represents a 50 percent increase over five years and 225 percent increase since 1999. – From Trust for America’s Health, January 3, 2018. Continue reading Ohio Ranks 2nd as Drug-Related Deaths Rise →
The Clinical Health Section drew a number of attendees at APHA with their poster promoting engagement. The poster demonstrated the mission and work of the section to connect multidisciplinary clinical health professionals with public health.
Continue reading Clinical Health Poster Well Received at APHA →
The American Public Health Association has issued a press release opposing the repeal of the individual mandate and proposals to cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in Congressional tax legislation. The full text of the release follows Continue reading APHA Opposes Repeal of Mandate →
– By OPHA President-elect, Natalie DiPietro-Mager
Ohio and OPHA had a strong presence at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference which was held in Atlanta November 3-8. Over 40 members of OPHA attended, and presented over 11 different programs and posters. The OPHA Leadership Team represented OPHA at meetings of the statewide Public Health associations across the nation and for the Great Lakes region specifically.
A new report published by The Lancet provides data on human deaths, the spread of infectious disease and other health effect directly due to climate change. While the report, titled The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, claims some damage cannot be undone, it also says a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change is “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.
OPHA has released a statement that it does not support Issue 2, the “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.” The Act, among other things, would bar Ohio’s state government from paying more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Continue reading Issue 2: OPHA Does Not Support →
The Public Health Nursing (PHN) Section has published a white paper as guidance for general disaster shelter operations. The paper builds on a survey indicating confidence in PHNs to provide population based services by clarifying their role. It proposes two resource type teams that include PHNS.