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Visit the  Healthy Communities podcast  homepage!  Welcome to the Learning Network’s Healthy Communities Podcast! In this podcast, I will talk to public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. We hope to create about a 20 minute episode on a specific topic that will change each week. We hope that the podcast provides you with information that is interesting, relevant and encouraging. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave those on the comment section at the bottom of the page. In Episode 8, I talked with Jennifer Sweeney, Senior Advisor at the National Partnership for Women and ...
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Stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect can manifest in many different ways such as the divorce of one’s parents, the death of a family member, a domestically abusive household, an instance of sexual assault, a substance abusive household or the incarceration of a family member. These difficult experiences live on in individuals and can negatively affect an individual later in life.     The concept of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) arose in the 1980s when Vincent Felitti, head of Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, theorized that weight gain might be a coping mechanism for depression, anxiety and fear. ...
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Visit the  Healthy Communities podcast  homepage!  Welcome to the Learning Network’s Healthy Communities Podcast! In this podcast, I will talk to public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. We hope to create about a 20 minute episode on a specific topic that will change each week. We hope that the podcast provides you with information that is interesting, relevant and encouraging. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave those on the comment section at the bottom of the page. In Episode 6, we talk about the health impacts of sugary-sweetened beverage consumption with Dr. Vanessa ...
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Vox Media publishes phenomenal articles on health and wellbeing in their Science and Health section. This is partly because, along with traditional reporting, they integrate data science to graphically display complex information, giving their articles a modernized approach to storytelling. One topic that Vox has been on the forefront of is weight loss. The conversation around weight loss tends to be oversimplified: “Work out, burn calories, eat less.” Losing weight, however, isn’t just X’s and O’s. While, many believe that working out is the cure all to shedding pounds, it is in fact just one factor contributing to your weight. Here are three Vox articles ...
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Visit the new  Healthy Communities Podcast  homepage!  Welcome to the Learning Network’s Healthy Communities Podcast! In this podcast, I will talk to public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. We hope to create about a 20 minute episode on a specific topic that will change each week. We hope that the podcast provides you with information that is interesting, relevant and encouraging. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave those on the comment section at the bottom of the page. In Episode 6, I talked with Public Health Director Dr. Danny Avula and Fitness Warrior Lakeshia ...
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Aha moments are flashes of enlightenment or discovery that occur when the stars align and the dots connect. Whether it’s from planning, data collection or evaluation, these moments can change the course of a program and while unpredictable, these moments should be seized on and planned for, according to Francesca Pillemer, senior policy analyst of the RAND Corporation. On Monday July 16th, dozens of HC50 Finalists gathered at the Healthiest Cities & Counties Institute held at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions, and to cultivate their own aha moments. The Institute, which centered ...
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This year’s HC&CC Institute in Nashville is just days away! The Institute, like its predecessors, is an opportunity for HC50 finalists to learn from subject matter experts and share experiences with their peers. Being the final Institute of the Challenge, the panels will focus on the theme of sustainability. The day’s agenda can be found here . As stated on the agenda, our primary objectives are to recognize and celebrate HCCC communities for their accomplishments and contributions over the past 18 months; explore, advance and broaden Finalists’ understanding of sustainability as well as strategies for achieving it; promote bidirectional learning and networking; ...
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Visit the new Healthy Communities Podcast homepage!  Welcome to the Learning Network’s Healthy Communities Podcast! In this podcast, I will talk to public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. We hope to create about a 20 minute episode on a specific topic that will change each week. We hope that the podcast provides you with information that is interesting, relevant and encouraging. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave those on the comment section at the bottom of the page. In Episode 5: Great Texas Smokeout, we talk about tobacco use and the harms of secondhand smoke ...
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Harrison Hill, Part 3:  Health and Wellness This is the last blog post of a three-part series to tell you about a unique elementary school, nestled in Lawrence: Harrison Hill School.  That part of Lawrence is economically depressed, and its residents frequently struggle with poverty and the challenges that go with it. But Harrison Hill is unusual as a community school:  services that families need are accessible at the school (part 1), and School Community Liaison Neal Gore has developed an exceptionally robust family engagement program (part 2).  The third piece of this work is improving kids' health by creating a healthy environment where making good ...
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Cross-posted from NACo's blog by Blaire Bryant  here . The value of community health cannot be overstated: healthy communities are economically competitive and contribute to an enhanced offering of equitable opportunities for residents. A 2016 Aetna Foundation-supported survey highlighted that 94 percent of Americans are willing to take new action to improve the health outcomes of their communities. To facilitate this action, NACo is excited to unveil a new online resource designed to help build healthier communities! This toolkit, developed with the assistance of the Aetna Foundation, The American Public Health Association, and input from finalists ...
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As we build a culture of health in Jersey City, we see health in all policies. Everything affects health , for good or ill.  This led to our initiative to treat violence as a health issue, using public heath methods to understand causes, and use intervention strategies to prevent new cases. As with other health campaigns, public support is an important part of mobilizing resources to combat the problem.  Watching TV news (or TV dramas), it is easy to think that violence is common.  Actually, violence is not normal or common.  Violence is the  exception  to the way most people live their lives. 2018 Jersey City Unity Walk, passing the City Hall ...
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Sustainability will be at the forefront of next month’s Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Institute. To clarify, we’re not referring to solar panels or wind turbines, but rather programmatic sustainability. We’ll focus on how HC50 projects can sustain their work and achieve long-term success, even after the Challenge concludes. Do you remember the Project Sustainability Technical Assistance Survey we sent out a couple months ago? The responses from that survey have been incredibly useful. Those answers have shaped discussion questions and resources, guided the Ask the Expert Webinar with Jennifer Sweeney, and helped craft the Institute themes and agenda. ...
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A couple of Fridays ago, roughly 80 volunteers descended on an eight-acre patch of land on the southeast side of Lawrence.   The land is owned by Monarch Beverage, which already has an impressive campus just to the north.  These eight acres Monarch has pledged not to develop; they are the grounds of the  Lawrence Community Gardens , founded and led by Sharonna Moore.   Sharonna Moore is a woman with a vision to bring healthy, fresh, garden-grown produce for free or reduced cost to neighbors on the far east side of Indianapolis who don't normally have access.  I have yet to meet someone who doesn't follow up a mention of Sharonna with, "she's amazing."  ...
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Welcome to the Learning Network’s Healthy Communities Podcast! In this podcast, I will talk to public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. We hope to create about a 20 minute episode on a specific topic that will change each week. We hope that the podcast provides you with information that is interesting, relevant and encouraging. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave those on the comment section at the bottom of the page. In Episode 4, we talk about health literacy and the importance of community health workers. I talked with Dr. Bradi Granger, Professor at the School of Nursing ...
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This is part two of a three-part series to tell you about a unique elementary school, nestled in Lawrence: Harrison Hill School. This part of Lawrence is economically depressed, and its residents frequently struggle with poverty and the challenges that go with it. Thanks to Community Liaison Neal Gore, family engagement is front and center at Harrison Hill, and that engagement has enabled the school to teach families healthy habits regarding nutrition and physical activity on a collaborative scale that we at Jump IN haven’t seen at any other schools.  Neal is interested in not only creating a healthy school, but he’s also trying to create a healthier neighborhood.   ...
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Photo courtesy of Smart Growth America Today, May 18, marks an interesting confluence; it is Bike-to-Work Day, Infrastructure Week and a fitness #4health4body themed-Mental Health Month. A logical marrying of the three: biking, infrastructure and fitness for mental health, is Complete Streets. The Complete Streets approach is  challenging the conventional pedagogy of urban planning and design by shifting the focus from a car culture to a holistic people-oriented culture. The Department of Transportation calls this approach , “safe use and support mobility for all users.” This means that the pedestrian, the biker, the car and the bus share ownership of ...
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Welcome to the Learning Network’s Healthy Communities Podcast! In this podcast, I will talk to public health experts about common health issues in our communities, and how HC projects aim to address them. We hope to create about a 20 minute episode on a specific topic that will change each week. We hope that the podcast provides you with information that is interesting, relevant and encouraging. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave those on the comment section at the bottom of the page. In Episode 3, I talked with Moria Nagy, DeKalb County Community Gardens co-president, about hunger and food insecurity. We’ll see how healthy food delivery ...
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Photo Courtesy of Mental Health America When we train, play sports or work out, we build up stamina, our physical ability to respond to physical stress. David Shern, PhD, senior science advisor at Mental Health America, looks at treating mental health similarly, to “develop strong mental health which gives us increased resilience to deal with the adversities that we experience in life, to concentrate better, to be more productive, and to be more emotionally well balanced.” However, to treat mental health, we must bring awareness to its prevalence and to destigmatize its negative connotation. Mental health affects everyone. According to the Health and Human ...
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This is part one of a three-part series to tell you about a unique elementary school, nestled in Lawrence: Harrison Hill School.  That part of Lawrence is economically depressed, and its residents frequently struggle with poverty and the challenges that go with it.  Family engagement is front and center at Harrison Hill, and that engagement has enabled the school to teach families healthy habits regarding nutrition and physical activity on a collaborative scale that we at Jump IN haven’t seen at any other schools.  The driver of this engagement is Neal Gore, the school’s Community Liaison.  Neal’s wife has been a teacher at the school for a long time, and their ...
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In 1986, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act in efforts to accomplish two goals: to protect individuals renting or buying a home from discrimination and, second, to integrate racially segregated communities. Fifty years have passed since that day and while we may be quick to see visible inequities and disparities among racially separated communities, it’s important to highlight some of its successes. Semantics matter. In the Act’s fifty years, progress has been slow and has a long way to go; however, the conversation today is dramatically different from the one back then. Looking at the 2010 census tract, the average white resident lives in a tract that is ...
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