What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

10/9/2015 12:00 AM

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. More

How to live to be 100+

6/22/2015 12:00 AM

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100. http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_buettner_how_to_live_to_be_100# More

Ten Distinguishing Ideas for Health Communication in the 21st Century

3/8/2015 12:00 AM

This presentation draws upon my book, Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, Second Edition, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley, 2013. It was given as part of a Sept. 10, 2014 Author's Night at the New York Academy of Medicine. More

Elderhood Rising

2/6/2015 12:00 AM

William H. Thomas, M.D. is an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. A graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1986, he completed graduate medical training at the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency.

While pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine, a part-time position as the medical director of a small rural nursing home turned into a full-time and life-long passion for improving the well-being of older people. In the early 1990's, he and his wife Judith Meyers-Thomas developed the Eden Alternative, now a non-profit organization with international reach, which includes affiliates in Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and across the United States. Dr. Thomas' groundbreaking work in person-directed care also led him to imagine a new approach to long-term care that became known as the Green House. He oversaw the construction of the nation's first Green Houses, and this model of care is now being replicated nationwide as an alternative to traditionally-designed nursing homes.

The author of six books, Dr. Thomas is also the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors, among them, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, 2009 Picker Award for Excellence® in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, and being named as one of the ten most influential people in long-term care.

Health Belief Model

6/6/2014 12:00 AM

An overview of the Health Belief Model, one of the most common models in the public health field. More

Teens & Taboo: A Look at Prevalence and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

5/29/2014 12:00 AM

Sexual health is an often taboo and untouched topic of conversation, which leads to misunderstanding and lack of education amongst young people today. According to the American Sexual Health Association, one in four teenagers will contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) each year. Despite the fact that STIs are preventable, prevalence rates are ever-increasing and can have a lifelong impact on those infected.

This broadcast will explore current trends in sexually transmitted infections on both a national and local level and will increase participant’s knowledge of issues in adolescent sexual health. It will highlight prevention methods, as well as the impact of sexuality education in public schools. In addition, this program will take a culturally competent look at education and diversity, and examine how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth are often marginalized and excluded from conversations regarding sexual health.

Teens & Taboo: A Look at Prevalence and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections from Public Health Live! on Vimeo.


Strengthening the Exemption Process to Obtain Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions for Children

5/16/2014 12:00 AM

Soraya Ghebleh, MPH, from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, presents her Critical Opportunity at the PHLR 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.


Healthy Beverage Standards at Head Start Centers a Success

5/9/2014 12:00 AM

CA4Health, the statewide Community Transformation Grant at Oakland-based Public Health Institute covering rural and small California counties, has released a new video capturing the success of its partner Madera County in working with Head Start Centers across 4 Central Valley counties who adopted strong new healthy beverage standards. More than 44% of children in Madera County are obese or overweight. The new standards went into effect on September 1st and will have 1500 children through age 5 drinking water and unflavored milk (and breast milk for those up to 12 months) instead of soda, sports drinks, juice and juice drinks, and chocolate or other flavored milk. Children 4-5 will be allowed 100% juice twice a month. The Madera County Public Health Department led the effort in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership of Madera County, who operate Head Start Centers in Madera, Fresno, Merced and Mariposa Counties. California Project Lean, who provide technical assistance and leadership to all CA4Health counties on efforts to reduce consumption of sugary drinks, helped guide development of the strong new standards. The video was produced by Youth Speak Media Solutions, an organization based in the northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles that pairs youth with working professionals in the visual and production arts to give them hands-on experience and career skills. For more information about CA4 and its work in rural and small communities across California, please contact Program Director Robert Berger at robert.berger@phi.org.

CA4Health/Madera County Healthy Beverages at Head Start Centers from CA4Health/PHI on Vimeo.


Put Your Hands Together

3/31/2014 12:00 AM

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy.

Learn more about hygiene for a healthier life from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Learning How to Improve Health from Interprofessional Models across the Continuum of Education to Practice: Workshop Summary

3/13/2014 12:00 AM

Over the last 100 years, much of the landscape has changed with regards to the health professions and the settings in which these professionals work. There are many more types of health specialists addressing treatment and prevention of disease; the demographics of societies and the burden of disease have shifted; and technology is transforming health and educational systems. These demographic shifts and technological advances are causing many educators and health professionals around the world to call for new models for educating health professionals that better reflects the diseases and societies these students will be serving.

In 2010, a study from the global independent Commission on Education on Health Professionals for the 21st Century (the Lancet Commission) called for the formation of national forums as a way of bringing together educational, professional, and government leaders to share and gain perspectives on instructional and institutional reforms. This recommendation led to the formation of the IOM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.
In 2012, the global forum held its first two workshops, focusing on linkages between Interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice. The workshops set the stage for defining and understanding IPE and provided living histories of speakers from around the world who shared experiences working in and between Interprofessional education and Interprofessional or collaborative practice.

To read the workshop summary of full report, click here.