The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health- Workshop

12/18/2015 12:00 AM

There is a large and diverse body of practical work and research demonstrating that authentic community engagement is a critical ingredient in efforts to improve the social determinants of health and the built environment, said David Kindig, the emeritus vice chancellor for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and a co-chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.

On April 10, 2014, the Roundtable held a public workshop at the California Community Foundation's Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles which featured invited speakers from community groups that have taken steps to improve the health of their communities. For background, Kindig referred participants to the brief summary of a related roundtable workshop held in December 2013, Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity: Workshop In Brief (IOM, 2014). The April 10, 2014, workshop, titled The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health, was designed to facilitate discussion about important ingredients, effective strategies, and other lessons learned in three contexts: youth organizing, community organizing or other types of community participation, and partnerships between community and institutional actors (e.g., universities, public health agencies).

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"Culture Matters"

10/9/2015 12:00 AM

A documentary film on Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander behavioral health care. We travel to the South Pacific Island of American Samoa, the pristine wilderness of Alaska, and the continental United States talking with indigenous people and listening to their stories.Funded through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA, produced by Wide Angle Studios in association with First Nations Behavioral Health Association.

"Culture Matters" a documentary from Wide Angle Studios on Vimeo.


Brooklyn's Volunteer Ambulance Service

5/15/2015 12:00 AM

Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood is well past the notoriety it had in the 1980s and 1990s, when the area was neglected and crack dealers violently ruled the streets. Back then, two men began providing much needed help to their underserved community. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp was founded in 1988 by Captain James "Rocky" Robinson, an EMS tech, and Specialist Joe Perez. Rocky is still at the helm today, 26 years later, training a new generation to follow in his footsteps. With the community now much safer and better served, he has changed the BSVAC's original mission of saving lives to changing lives — helping young men and women who may not have any other options receive free training and eventually find jobs in the medical field. More

A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA

4/17/2015 12:00 AM

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys." More

Bringing the Public into Public Health

4/17/2015 12:00 AM

Dr. Michael Johansson of the CDC Dengue Branch describes the use of internet-based participatory surveillance to collect community health data. Participatory surveillance is a public health surveillance method that directly questions people in a community about their health rather than relying on more traditional physician based health reporting. More

Combating Resistance: Getting Smart About Antibiotics

2/13/2015 12:00 AM

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Lauri Hicks discuss the problem of excessive and inappropriate antibiotic use and explore the actions providers, patients and public health professionals can take to promote better antibiotic use. Providers must ask themselves: Does this patient have a bacterial infection? What are the harms vs. benefits? Is this the right medication, at the right dose, for the right duration? More

Aging Safely and More Independently

2/6/2015 12:00 AM

In this session of Public Heath Grand Rounds Beyond the Data, Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Lynda Anderson discuss aging and technology and how technology can help older adults age safely and independently. Additional concepts include aging populations as a public health concern, challenges of using technologies, and receptivity of older adults to technology. More

The Future of Cancer Screening

1/23/2015 12:00 AM

In this CDC Grand Rounds - Beyond the Data video, Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Marcus Plescia discuss the approaches necessary to improve cancer prevention screening rates such as widespread access to affordable health insurance, continued provider recommendations, and strategic approaches to reaching the public. More

Hypertension: Detect, Connect, Control

12/23/2014 12:00 AM

Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Janet Wright discuss why hypertension is such a major problem and outline a simple recipe for success: Learn about and improve on the ABCS of Million Hearts and foster collaboration between public health and clinical health.

Reducing Teen Pregnancy in the United States

12/17/2014 12:00 AM

In this CDC Public Health Grand Rounds -- Beyond the Data, Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Wanda Barfield discuss key points about teen pregnancy prevention: Healthcare providers must build trust with teens to open lines of communication; LARC is safe and effective; Educate boys and young men; We are all in this together.