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
Please join me in welcoming Octavia (Nita) Carter, who has been hired as our new Executive Director.
Nita spent most of her career addressing Public Health issues through policy advocacy and systems change. Her passion is strengthening families and communities by advocating for policies that improve health and health equity. Her policy areas of expertise include Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Violence Against Women and Community Health Worker integration. She has experience in working with boards and managing the daily operations of non-profits. She has analyzed and interpreted health policies and health quality measures; developed reports, policy briefs and other materials to educate health providers, policy makers and the general public on health policies; and provided testimony at state level public hearings. Nita has strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including Public Health, health provider organizations, managed care plans, state legislators, state agency leadership, community and faith-based leaders and advocacy organization leadership.
Nita has been working with Lois and Jamie on training and transition planning. The Executive Board is confident that her passion, skills and work experiences are aligned with the mission and goals of the Ohio Public Health Association.
–Joe Ebel, President, OPHA
The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is accepting applications for its 2018 Young
Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research. The Fellowship Program is designed to provide support for outstanding female scientists committed to pursuing biomedical, behavioral or clinical research careers relevant to the mission of Prevent Blindness– to prevent blindness and preserve sight.
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 →
Representative Emilia Sykes will lead a one hour webinar on November 28 at 2pm. She
will be discussing the importance of advocacy to Public Health and Public Policy.
– 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 →
An October 23 webinar will discuss the complementary roles of social determinants of health within behavioral change theory. “Teaching Behavior Change Theory in an Age of Social Determinants of Health” will introduce an updated predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing (PER) framework worksheet. Continue reading Webinar to Focus on Behavior Change Theory →