Health Promotion News
Monday, November 18, 2013
Publication: Championing Change: Elected Officials Act Locally to Make their Communities Healthier
Prevention Institute and the American Public Health Association have released Championing Change: Elected Officials Act Locally to Make their Communities Healthier. "It examines the approaches local elected officials are taking to improve the health of their communities. Through interviews and case studies, it provides tips and lessons from across the country, providing a resource to help local elected officials and their staff members improve health in their hometowns."
Publication: Impacts and Costs of the October 2013 Federal Government Shutdown
The White House has released a report, Impacts and Costs of the October 2013 Federal Government Shutdown. Among other things, it points out that, "During the 16-day shutdown, Federal government employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than during any previous Federal government shut-down. Employees not on the job could not conduct food, product, and workplace safety inspections; prepare for flu season or monitor other public health issues..."
Request for Comments: Healthy People 2020
A comment period opens on November 13th for Healthy People 2020 for input on proposed new objectives, and/or to offer up suggestions for new objectives. (deadline, December 4th).
Surgeon General Nomination Announcement
President Obama will be nominating Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be the nation's next surgeon general. Dr. Murthy is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, and is a Hospitalist Attending Physician and Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Here is a statement from Dr. Jeff Levi, executive Director of Trust for America's Health and chair of the Advisory Group.