American life expectancy continues to decline, with high mortality rates largely fueled by suicide and drug overdoses — both growing public health crises that reflect deficiencies across many social determinants of health.
Public health is tackling disparities in asthma severity and management by going to the source. Home visits, in which community health workers come to people’s homes to assess potential asthma triggers and offer holistic solutions to illness, can be especially beneficial to low-income families who may lack the resources and support to make their homes conducive to easy breathing.
A community that promotes health equity provides adequate modes of transportation for all users. Pedestrians, public transit riders, bicyclists and others can all get around safely and easily in such an environment. A “complete streets” approach ensures that such mobility conditions are met, making for more liveable communities.
As the national conversation on sexual violence amplifies, the public has become more aware of the scope of the problem and its detrimental toll on survivors.
While recent discussion has largely focused on issues of consent and accountability, it has also opened the door to envisioning a culture in which sexual violence is not committed in the first place — a goal that can be worked toward through principles of public health.
With rates of homelessness going up, the housing first model has gained momentum among public health and homelessness advocates as a solution to the crisis.
Q&A with Surgeon General Jerome Adams: Gaining better health through better partnerships: Report to highlight links between US health, economy
Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, in September was sworn in as the 20th surgeon general of the United States. As the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Adams is tasked with promoting and advancing the country’s public health priorities. He previously served as the state health commissioner in Indiana, where he dealt with an opioid epidemic and HIV outbreak. The Nation’s Health spoke with Adams about what he plans to accomplish in his role.
In 2017, police shot and killed almost 1,000 people in the U.S., according to a tracking project from The Washington Post. Julia Haskins, reporter for The Nation’s Health newspaper, interviews Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, about the problem of police violence in the U.S., and how it affects the health of the public.
Thanks to a partnership between APHA and the American Planning Association that was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts in public health and planning across the country now have a deeper understanding of how each side plays a role in creating healthy communities.
Since the new presidential administration assumed power this year, USDA has changed its tune on school nutrition guidelines. Experts in public health and nutrition are concerned that the rollbacks could undermine children’s health.
Low-income people continue to smoke at disproportionately high rates compared with the general population. For Americans whose incomes fall below the federal poverty threshold, rates of smoking still hold at more than one-quarter of the group.
Healthy People 2030 to create objectives for health of nation: Process underway for next 10-year plan
Now entering its fourth decade, work on the latest iteration of the federally led Healthy People initiative is underway, continuing to outline evidence-based health goals for the nation.
Faith-based groups making climate, health a priority: Public health joins faith groups on food access, sustainability
As climate change threatens communities in the U.S. and throughout the world, public health and faith-based groups are relying on each other to create a safer, healthier environment.
Good public health comes about through good planning, a lesson community members in Umatilla County, Oregon, have taken to heart with an initiative that combines both outlooks.