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Consume Only Pasteurized Milk Published literature

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pregnant women, infants, and children consume only pasteurized milk. They also endorse banning the sale of raw milk and milk products throughout the United States, including fresh cheeses, soft cheeses, and soft-ripened cheeses made with raw milk. They also encourage pediatricians to contact their state representatives to support a ban on sale of raw milk and milk products. Raw milk and raw milk products are a source of several bacterial infections including Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella species, Brucella species, and Escherichia coli O157. These infections affect both healthy and immunocompromised individuals and can lead to life threatening illness and fetal miscarriage. The AAP made these recommendations based on the abundance of data regarding the burden of illness associated with the consumption of raw milk and the strong evidence that pasteurization does not alter the nutritional value of milk. ... | Read More

Get Tested for Chlamydia Government - Federal

CDC recommends yearly chlamydia testing for all sexually active women age 25 or younger and older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections (e.g., women who have a new or more than one sex partner), and all pregnant women. Any woman who is sexually active should discuss her risk factors with a health care provider who can then determine if more frequent testing is necessary. Men who have sex with men (MSM) who have receptive anal sex should be tested for chlamydia each year. MSM who have multiple and/or anonymous sex partners should be tested more frequently. HIV-infected sexually active women who are age 25 or younger or have other risk factors, and all HIV-infected patients who report having receptive anal sex should be tested for chlamydia at their first HIV care visit and then at least annually. A patient’s health care provider might determine more frequent testing is necessary, based on the patient’s risk factors. ... | 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

Increase Immunization Requirements Professional Association

The Community Preventative Services Task Force recommends increasing requirements for immunizations as a way to increase coverage. Requiring immunizations in order to attend schools, child care, and colleges is an effective way to increase immunization coverage in the population. ... | Read More

Increase Immunizations with Incentives Government - Federal

The Community Preventative Services Task Force recommends certain incentives to increase the immunization coverage in children, adolescents and adults. These findings are based upon a systematic review of the literature. ... | Read More

Increase Targeted Immunization Coverage Government - Federal

The Community Preventative Services Task Force recommends interventions for increasing immunization coverage that include specific combinations of intervention strategies. ... | Read More

Protect Adults, Get Vaccinated Advocacy Association

Vaccines are not just for children, and although most people received many important vaccines as infants and children, there are other vaccines that are important to get as adults to continue to protect from illness. Some vaccines grow less effective over time and adults may need boosters to be fully protected. In addition, as adults age and their immune systems weaken, they become more susceptible to deadly infections, such as pneumonia or even the flu. Vaccines can help keep adults healthy long into old age. The Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition (CAIC) is a statewide coalition that seeks to promote vaccinating adults against preventable, life-threatening diseases like influenza and pneumonia. The CAIC Coalition includes state and local public health agencies, a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, members of the business community and concerned citizens who recognize that immunization is an important part of staying healthy for children as well as adults. This group seeks to educate the public on the importance of adult vaccination and serve as a resource for information on how to access local immunization services. The group's website provides information on recommended vaccines, vaccine clinic locations, and immunization education materials for providers. The group conducts mobile vaccine clinics in order to promote vaccination of members of a community or business. CAIC is a great resource for patients and providers as well as public health professionals interested in ideas to improve vaccination rates in their state. ... | Read More

Protect Adults, Get Vaccinated Advocacy Association

Vaccines are not just for children, and although most people received many important vaccines as infants and children, there are other vaccines that are important to get as adults to continue to protect from illness. Some vaccines grow less effective over time and adults may need boosters to be fully protected. In addition, as adults age and their immune systems weaken, they become more susceptible to deadly infections, such as pneumonia or even the flu. Vaccines can help keep adults healthy long into old age. The Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition (CAIC) is a statewide coalition that seeks to promote vaccinating adults against preventable, life-threatening diseases like influenza and pneumonia. The CAIC Coalition includes state and local public health agencies, a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, members of the business community and concerned citizens who recognize that immunization is an important part of staying healthy for children as well as adults. This group seeks to educate the public on the importance of adult vaccination and serve as a resource for information on how to access local immunization services. The group's website provides information on recommended vaccines, vaccine clinic locations, and immunization education materials for providers. The group conducts mobile vaccine clinics in order to promote vaccination of members of a community or business. CAIC is a great resource for patients and providers as well as public health professionals interested in ideas to improve vaccination rates in their state. ... | Read More

Protect Adults, Get Vaccinated Advocacy Association

Vaccines are not just for children, and although most people received many important vaccines as infants and children, there are other vaccines that are important to get as adults to continue to protect from illness. Some vaccines grow less effective over time and adults may need boosters to be fully protected. In addition, as adults age and their immune systems weaken, they become more susceptible to deadly infections, such as pneumonia or even the flu. Vaccines can help keep adults healthy long into old age. The Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition (CAIC) is a statewide coalition that seeks to promote vaccinating adults against preventable, life-threatening diseases like influenza and pneumonia. The CAIC Coalition includes state and local public health agencies, a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, members of the business community and concerned citizens who recognize that immunization is an important part of staying healthy for children as well as adults. This group seeks to educate the public on the importance of adult vaccination and serve as a resource for information on how to access local immunization services. The group's website provides information on recommended vaccines, vaccine clinic locations, and immunization education materials for providers. The group conducts mobile vaccine clinics in order to promote vaccination of members of a community or business. CAIC is a great resource for patients and providers as well as public health professionals interested in ideas to improve vaccination rates in their state. ... | Read More

Protect Adults, Get Vaccinated Advocacy Association

Vaccines are not just for children, and although most people received many important vaccines as infants and children, there are other vaccines that are important to get as adults to continue to protect from illness. Some vaccines grow less effective over time and adults may need boosters to be fully protected. In addition, as adults age and their immune systems weaken, they become more susceptible to deadly infections, such as pneumonia or even the flu. Vaccines can help keep adults healthy long into old age. The Colorado Adult Immunization Coalition (CAIC) is a statewide coalition that seeks to promote vaccinating adults against preventable, life-threatening diseases like influenza and pneumonia. The CAIC Coalition includes state and local public health agencies, a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, members of the business community and concerned citizens who recognize that immunization is an important part of staying healthy for children as well as adults. This group seeks to educate the public on the importance of adult vaccination and serve as a resource for information on how to access local immunization services. The group's website provides information on recommended vaccines, vaccine clinic locations, and immunization education materials for providers. The group conducts mobile vaccine clinics in order to promote vaccination of members of a community or business. CAIC is a great resource for patients and providers as well as public health professionals interested in ideas to improve vaccination rates in their state. ... | Read More

SUCCESS STORIES

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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