Thursday, May 16, 2019

Peer-to-Peer Learning Series: Engaging Youth to Create Healthy Communities.

Greetings Community Leaders,

We heard you! Many of you have asked for an opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the country to share successes, challenges, ideas, and solutions for effective youth engagement. 

We are excited to tell you about County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ next Peer-to-Peer Learning Series: Engaging Youth to Create Healthy Communities.
As you know, young people play a powerful role in leading positive community change. They often bring new ideas, new energy, and their own lived experiences that help foster inclusive communities for everyone. Finding ways to reach out, create seats at decision-making tables, and support leadership development among youth and young adults is an important part of building healthy communities for generations to come.

Please join us for this two-part peer-learning series on engaging youth to create community change. Youth and adult colleagues from around the country will come together to share successes, challenges, and ideas for effective approaches to youth participation in planning and decision-making. 

This will be a facilitated conversation rather than a formal presentation. Please come ready to share your own work and bring things you want to learn from others working in the youth engagement space.  

In the first session, you will discuss and share strategies and resources to strengthen partnerships with young people.

In the second session, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own work, explore ways to build your youth engagement skills, and enhance your professional network. 
Please forward this invitation to colleagues and community leaders in your state who work with youth and young people to create healthy communities. Youth and young adults are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is limited to ensure space and time for sharing.

In community,

Janna, Karen and Joe

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

REPORT The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America's Public Health System

The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America's Public Health System
Persistent underfunding leaves the nation vulnerable and puts lives at risk.
The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2019 examines federal, state, and local public health funding, and recommends needed investments and policy actions to prioritize prevention, effectively address 21st century threats, and ultimately achieve optimal health for all Americans.
Key Findings:
  • Over the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s program funding—more than half of which goes to states, localities, and other nonfederal partners—decreased by 10 percent, after adjusting for inflation. At the same time, substance misuse has skyrocketed, the incidence of obesity and related health problems are up sharply, and the threat of weather-related emergencies is on the rise.
  • Federal funding cuts negatively impact state health departments as these funds are a primary source of state public health money. Similarly, these spending cuts trickle down and have serious consequences for local health departments and the communities they serve, given that such allocations also constitute a substantial portion of local health departments’ budgets.
  • Multiple years of funding cuts contributed to more than 55,000 lost jobs at local health departments from 2008-17. These cuts undermine efforts to hire, train, and retain a strong public health workforce, which in turn limits governments’ ability to effectively protect and promote the health of their communities.
Topline Recommendations:
  • Increase federal investments in public health.
  • Provide sufficient full-year funding for federal agencies to avoid interruptions in funding for critical health security programs.
  • Increase state and local investment in public health, prioritizing prevention and the social determinants of health.
  • Work across sectors to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public health investments.
  • Ease coordination of funding from multiple streams.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

WEBINAR Advancing Health Equity Through Mixed-Income Communities

Join us for our next Network Commons

Advancing Health Equity Through Mixed-Income Communities

June 4, 2019 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific

Join us June 4th at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific for a special Network Commons online discussion exploring the latest research and advances on the connection between mixed-income communities and the social determinants of health.
Register for the Network Commons here!
How can mixed-income community interventions best be used as a lever to create equitable, healthy places to live? How can mixed-income community efforts cultivate an inclusive community where everyone feels they belong and can thrive?
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Hear how residents, developers, city agencies, foundations, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders are creating and sustaining inclusive communities through purposeful planning and practices and discuss ways to push toward further inclusion and equity.

With implications for all organizations seeking to promote health and racial equity, our speakers will explore how communities that intentionally steward diversity across income, race, and ethnicity can create stronger and more resilient neighborhoods.
Register here
Moderated by Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH, executive director of the Build Healthy Places Network.
Register for this free event
Network Commons is a live online discussion series on cross-sector strategies to improve neighborhood health and well-being.

Friday, May 10, 2019

New from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is pleased to announce the release of Prevention in Practice: Care Transitions at New Hampshire Hospital. This success story details how the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire (NAMI NH) and New Hampshire Hospital established a program to help youth inpatients safely transition between the hospital, other health care settings, and their community. Read how they got the program off the ground, sustained it long-term, and leveraged key partnerships for success.

Research has shown that a patient’s suicide risk increases immediately after discharge from an inpatient hospitalization—providing follow-up support to the patient at this time can help reduce risk. Learn how supporting safe care transitions is a key part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this resource with your colleagues.  Here are some suggested social media posts and newsletter blurb:

  • Twitter: Check out SPRC's latest success story on a #caretransitions program for youth inpatients established by @NAMI_NH and #NewHampshire Hospital: @SPRCtweets #suicideprevention

  • Facebook: SPRC's latest success story describes how NAMI NH and New Hampshire Hospital established a #caretransitions program for youth inpatients: @naminh1 @SuicidePreventionResourceCenter

  • Newsletter blurb: SPRC has released Prevention in Practice: Care Transitions at New Hampshire Hospital. This story details how the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire and New Hampshire Hospital established a care transitions program for youth inpatients. Read how they started and sustained the program, and leveraged key partnerships for success.

To read other success stories, visit our website, and look for more in the coming months!