Chronic Disease

Community Health Workers: System Catalysts in Addressing Hypertension

February 26, 2019

In recognition of American Heart Month, this episode focuses on the important role that community health workers (CHWs) play in Virginia’s statewide approach to addressing health disparities and heart disease, in particular. Across the nation, CHWs serve as linkages between patients and the healthcare system to address health disparities and provide social support. These individuals have a deep understanding of their communities and share personal, cultural, linguistic, and other characteristics with those they serve. With the support of CHWs, the Virginia Department of Health improved its capacity statewide to identify and monitor individuals with hypertension.Read More »

Health Equity Approaches to Preventing Heart Disease and Strokes

January 03, 2019

This episode emphasizes the importance of addressing heart disease and stroke prevention through approaches that center on health equity, including systems-level changes, quality improvement, and community development. CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is partnering with ASTHO to support jurisdictions in successfully integrating efforts with healthcare and community partners and implementing best practices and evidence-based policies to identify, control, and improve blood pressure. Esther Muña, CEO for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the health agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, joins CDC’s Michael Sells and Chip Allen, director of health equity programs in Ohio, to explain how state and territorial health departments can improve health by being more intentional about enhancing community-clinical linkages, budgeting, and policymaking.Read More »

What Do the Midterms Mean for Public Health?

December 06, 2018

The midterm elections may be behind us, but how will our nation’s political dynamics impact the public health agenda? On this episode, we examine opportunities for bipartisanship and forecast what the public health landscape may look like in the next Congress. Emily Holubowich joins us from the Coalition for Health Funding to point out key issues to watch as the federal budget process unfolds. Former Alaska health commissioner Jay Butler also explains why it’s important for health officials to build relationships with their Congressional delegations and remain agile as we prepare for both new and ongoing public health challenges.Read More »

Advancing Cognitive Well-Being Through the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

November 01, 2018

This episode introduces the new 2018-2023 Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map, which offers strategies for public health agencies to promote cognitive health and support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Co-authors from CDC and the Alzheimer’s Association provide details about this initiative and a forthcoming companion guide for Indian Country. Jewel Mullen, former president of ASTHO, explains how state and territorial health departments can advance healthy aging efforts through partnerships and policy, programs, and systems change.Read More »

Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Healthy Communities

October 18, 2018

This episode highlights the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and discusses ways to reduce climbing obesity rates by increasing access to healthy foods and promoting physical activity through community planning and changes to the built environment. Tennessee shares how policies and programs at the local level are working to combat obesity, and CDC examines the landscape of childhood obesity research in America and describes the Active People, Healthy Nation initiative designed to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027.Read More »

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