“Know Your Status” - States and Communities Fight STDs and HIV; April 7, 2010, 1-2 p.m.
“Know your status” is the message public health officials promote to encourage everyone to know their STD and HIV infection status as a component of their general personal health care. Confronting the health disparities in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS depends on everyone knowing their status, since higher levels of untreated infections in communities can lead to more people becoming infected. This webinar presents innovative state and community approaches to overcoming stigma and encouraging people to get tested.
David B. Johnson , STD disparities coordinator, National Center for HIV, STD, & TB Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses how policymakers can help address health disparities
Thomas Liberti, chief, Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the Florida Department of Health, describes how communities and health providers contributed to an expanded state testing initiative
Bambi Gaddist, executive director and founder of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, examines how faith-based organizations can help reduce stigma by sponsoring testing and support programs
CSG Health Policy Forum: Cancer, Stroke and Pandemic Flu, Dec. 10-12, 2009 San Francisco, CA
Using Comparative Effectiveness Research and other Evidence in Health Care Policy, Dr. Martha Gerrity, clinical evidence specialist, Medicaid Evidence-Based Decisions Project, Oregon Health and Science University
Health Policy Forum on Cardiovascular Health and Wellness, Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 27-29, 2006
Research shows that heart disease and stroke are the most common cardiovascular diseases affecting both men and women in the United States, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all annual deaths. In addition, more than 70 million Americans currently live with a cardiovascular disease which often leads to premature and permanent disability. Economically, the impact of cardiovascular diseases on our health care system continues to grow and has been projected to cost $403 billion in 2006. State health leaders want to provide key strategies for addressing cardiovascular diseases, but are acutely aware of how expensive such care can be. This forum offered attendees a chance to learn more about cardiovascular care and proven strategies to offset the economic burden placed on states. Through discussion with experts and other state leaders, attendees developed an action plan they can take home to their states.
This forum was held for innovative and trendsetting leaders from state executive and legislative branches to discuss active living and healthy eating policies. The conference was sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It focused on childhood obesity and highlighted effective policies that promote school and community-based wellness.
This exciting forum discussed targeted public health policy solutions addressing health disparities in adolescents, graduated driver's licensing for teens, the impact of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV in adolescents and new vaccines being licensed for children and youth. Legislators also attended other workshops that addressed autism and early detection programs, state laws to promote STD and HIV prevention, monitoring systems for environmental and public health linkages, and flu vaccines for adults.
This conference allowed state legislators to exchange ideas and learn more about innovative policies to prevent chronic diseases and improve the health of children and adults in the communities where they live, work and play. The conference covered topics about children and adolescents in schools and the community, as well as adults in the workplace, in the community and health care settings.
State legislators from across the country came together to discuss and promote public health policy with peer legislators and national experts during CSG's Pre-Conference. This conference allowed state legislators to address public health issues and identify innovative, collaborative programs for their states.
Health Policy Forum on Mental Health Care and Wellness
May 31, 2006 - June 2, 2006
Research shows in a given year about one in four adults - 57.7 million people - suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Mental disorders are also the leading cause of disability in the United States for those ages 15-44. Long delays to diagnosis and even longer delays to initial treatment are typical and lead to unnecessary severity and disability. Legislative leaders want to provide access to quality care, but are acutely aware of how expensive such care can be. This forum will offer attendees a chance to learn more about mental health care and the difficulties people with mental illness face in accessing and navigating the complex mental health care system.
This Web cast, sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), took another look at Childhood Obesity Issues for State Policymakers. Click the link above to view the archived Web cast and hear from Yibo Wood (USDA), state Sen. Rosa Franklin (Washington) and Wanda Shockey (Arkansas Department of Education) who discussed the vital role schools play in addressing the epidemic of childhood obesity.
This Web cast was the first in our 2006 Web Cast series on Childhood Obesity Issues for State Policymakers, sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). These Web casts were free to state policymakers and staff through the RWJF grant. This initiative offers a closer look at the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and other public health issues. It also affords us the opportunity to analyze and address innovative policies and programs to improve childhood nutrition and physical activity leading to a healthier and more productive adult life. Click the link above to view the archived Web cast. The speakers who addressed child nutrition in the U.S. were John Perkins (Texas Department of Agriculture), state Sen. Deborah Ortiz (California) and state Sen. Dan Foster (West Virginia).