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Break Free from Smoking Advocacy Association

Freedom from Smoking is a program designed by the American Lung Association that has been helping adults who are ready to quit smoking since 1981. Most people know that smoking is bad for their health, so the program's main focus is on how to quit because participants often have their own reasons for wanting to quit. Freedom from smoking is a group clinic taught by an ALA trained facilitator that meets for eight sessions. They also offer a web-based program available 24 -7. Participants benefit from the support of their peers and the classes review the latest research on the variety nicotine replacement therapies, such as gums and patches, as well as other smoking cessation medications. Each clinic session uses well tested methods aimed at helping smokers gain control over their behavior. In addition to the clinic, ALA has a workbook-style Freedom from Smoking self-help manual that can provide additional reinforcement, motivation and information that might help smokers interested in quitting on their journey. To find local clinics, interested parties can call the ALA, and employers or community organizations can also arrange to host a clinic to promote the health of their staff or members. ... | Read More

Create a Smokefree Workplace Policy Advocacy Association

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Businesses can benefit by understanding the serious impact of tobacco in the workplace and by implementing programs and policies to support a healthier workforce. Healthier workers are more productive workers, and it is clear that non-smokers are healthier workers. ... | Read More

Create Breastfeeding Support Programs Government - Federal

To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding the Surgeon General recommends creating organizations that teach fathers and grandmothers about the importance of breastfeeding so that they can help provide a support for mothers interested in breastfeeding. ... | Read More

Create National Breastfeeding Campaign Government - Federal

Several prominent health professional organizations recommend that women provide their infant solely with breast milk for the first 6 months and continue to breastfeed for the first year. To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding the Surgeon General recommends creating a national campaign using social marketing that educates on the importance of breastfeeding. ... | Read More

Encourage Breastfeeding Government - Federal

Several prominent health professional organizations recommend that women provide their infant solely with breast milk until they are 6 months and continue to breastfeed for the first year. To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding the Surgeon General recommends: -teaching women how important breastfeeding is for both mother and child's health. -Providing training on proper technique to breastfeed child to all health care professionals who interact with mothers to be so that they can in turn properly train the new mother. -Encouraging women to solely breastfeed for first 6 months, but to continue for the child's first year. ... | Read More

Find Free or Reduced Cost Prenatal Care Government - Federal

Every state has a program to help women pay for medical care during their pregnancies. Prenatal care is important to ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy fetal development. Programs give medical care, information, advice, and other services important for a healthy pregnancy. To find out about the program in your state: Call 800-311-BABY (800-311-2229). This toll-free telephone number will connect you to the Health Department in your area code. For information in Spanish, call 800-504-7081. Or contact your local Health Department. ... | Read More

Help Patients Navigate Cancer Care Government - Federal

Research shows that underserved and vulnerable populations experience delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment resulting in worse cancer outcomes compared to patients with better access to health care. In order to address this disparity, the National Cancer Institute initiated the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP), a 9-site program aimed at developing and testing whether Patient Navigator programs can effectively improve cancer outcomes for vulnerable patients and reduce inequalities in cancer care. Patient navigators work with patients who have had an abnormal finding on a screening test to help them navigate the health care system and access social services in order to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment. PNRP focuses on four cancers - breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer - that have been shown to have the worst disparities in screening and follow-up. Qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate these patient navigator programs is on-going at the nine PNRP sites, where the primary outcome under consideration is time to delivery of quality, standard cancer care after identification of an abnormal finding. The results of this research will help us understand how to integrate patient navigators into existing systems for cancer care in order to disparities. ... | Read More

Help Reduce Health Disparities Government - non-federal

This policy brief outlines how five of CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health projects in U.S. communities in South Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma and New York are working to eliminate disparities, how their success is translating into results and how policymakers can work to support and expand such programs in their states and communities. The brief also outlines 10 evidence-based policies for preventing diseases: 1) Promote healthy eating. 2) Get people moving. 3) Discourage smoking. 4) Encourage prevention coverage. 5) Promote health screenings. 6) Protect kids' smiles. 7) Require childhood immunizations. 8) Encourage immunizations for adults. 9) Make chlamydia screenings routine. 10) Promote routine HIV testing. ... | Read More

Implement Smoke-free Legislation Advocacy Association

Toolkit for Implementing Smoke-free Laws This website provides tools, tips and resources to help you effectively implement a smoke-free law, including: -an implementation timeline -downloadable promotional advertising, signage and other materials -business outreach materials -media and public outreach materials -resources to help smokers quit -activities to evaluate the smoke-free law. ... | Read More

Participate in WIC Program Government - Federal

Nutrition is an important part of prenatal health. WIC is a successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention program that is associated with improved birth outcomes, including reduced infant mortality, reduced low birth weight rates, increased duration of pregnancy and increased use of early prenatal care. ... | Read More


People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time

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