Tuesday, October 6, 2015

¡Viva la Nutrición! Nutrition & SNAP Enrollment Campaign

Countless Latino families in Utah face barriers to incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets. Many members of our community cannot afford expensive fruits and vegetables sold at grocery stores, and lack transportation to local markets where healthy food can be purchased at inexpensive prices. As a result, the Latino community in Utah encounters high rates of hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions related to poor diets.

In an effort to mitigate the pitfalls of poor nutrition, Comunidades Unidas is launching the "¡Viva la Nutrición!" Nutrition & SNAP Enrollment Campaign! It's our goal to sign up as many qualifying community members as we can in the SNAP program, which will give them the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, and make sure their families stay healthy! The campaign will last from October 1st to October 30th, and SNAP enrollment services will be provided for free at CU's office (1750 W. Research Way Suite 102 in West Valley City) from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.Monday-Thursday.

For more information about the SNAP enrollment campaign, contact Comunidades Unidas' SNAP Enrollment CounselorYehemy Zavala at (801) 487-4143.

Open Enrollment 2016 is coming soon: Nov 1

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Open Enrollment 2016 starts November 1. Stay informed by signing up for email and text reminders then following us on social media. After you’re signed up, we’ll tell you about upcoming changes, deadlines, and new features. Plus, we’ll let you know as soon as 2016 health plans and prices are available to preview.
Here are 3 simple ways to stay connected:
  1. Sign up for email and text reminders.
  2. Follow us on Twitter.
  3. Like us on Facebook.
The HealthCare.gov Team

How racism hurts children's health

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RegisterRacism and its Impact on Children’s Health
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015  I 1-2 p.m. EDT

Recent research paints a stark picture of the impact of racial discrimination on children’s health. Join the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics for a webinar discussion about racism as an adverse childhood event and a cause of toxic stress, and the role of racial socialization in helping children learn to navigate race issues. Register today.

Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAP
University of California, Riverside

Roy Wade Jr., MD, PhD, MPH
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Addressing racism is a critical step in creating the healthiest nation. Building on APHA’s four-part webinar series, The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation, APHA will continue to bring new partners and different expertise to the table to continue the discussion. Visit our website for more webinars on this topic.


Regina Davis Moss
Associate Executive Director

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ready, Pet, Go! Prepare for disasters with Get Ready’s 2016 calendar

APHA’s Ready, Pet, Go! APHA’s Get Ready Photo Contest was an enormous success! The winning photos are being used to promote preparedness via our 2016 calendar. Check out the winners below and share them with your friends and family!
The Ready, Pet, Go! calendar can be downloaded now for free.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CMS: Welcome to ICD-10

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Welcome to ICD-10

October 1, 2015 By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare
Welcome to ICD-10
Today, the U.S. health care system moves to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision – ICD-10. We’ve tested and retested our systems in anticipation of this day, and we’re ready to accept properly coded ICD-10 claims.
The change to ICD-10 allows you to capture more details about the health status of  your patients and sets the stage for improved patient care and public health surveillance across our country. ICD-10 will help move the nation’s health care system to better, smarter care.
You may wonder when we’ll know how the transition is going. It will take a couple of weeks before we have the full picture of ICD-10 implementation because very few health care providers file claims on the same day a medical service is given. Most providers batch their claims and submit them every few days.
Even after submission, Medicare claims take several days to be processed, and Medicare – by law – must wait two weeks before issuing payment. Medicaid claims can take up to 30 days to be submitted and processed by states. Because of these timeframes, we expect to know more about the transition to ICD-10 after completion of a full billing cycle.
Because we know this is a major transition, we’ll be:
  • Monitoring the transition in real time.
  • Watching our systems.
  • Addressing any issues that come to the ICD-10 Coordination Center
The Coordination Center is a dedicated group of Medicare, Medicaid, billing, coding, and information technology systems experts drawn from across CMS. They have the full support of the entire CMS staff to address any issues quickly and completely.
It’s important that you know help’s available if you have problems with ICD-10:
For general ICD-10 information, we have many resources on our Road to 10 webpage;
This important moment is possible because we’ve all worked together to make it happen. We’re grateful for your support and look forward to working with you as we make this transition.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mid-life Obesity Linked to Earlier Age of Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

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A higher body mass index (BMI) during mid-life is linked to an earlier age of onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Analyzing data from cognitively normal adults who later developed Alzheimer’s, researchers found that each unit increase in BMI at age 50 lowered the age when Alzheimer’s symptoms first appeared by six and-a-half months.

The authors also found that a higher BMI at mid-life may be associated with a greater amount of Alzheimer’s-related brain changes. Specifically, higher mid-life BMI was associated with increased levels of tau tangles – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s – even among people who did not develop the disease.

This study adds to the body of scientific evidence linking mid-life obesity and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in later life. And, it complements the growing scientific consensusthat managing cardiovascular risk factors – such as obesity – can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and possibly dementia. 

Public Health Roadmap E-05The Public Health Road Map, a guide for public health officials to promote cognitive health – which was jointly developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Aging Program and the Alzheimer’s Association – encourages integrating brain health messages into existing prevention and awareness campaigns. Since many cardiovascular risk factors – including obesity – are modifiable, incorporating cognition concerns into existing obesity prevention and control campaigns and/or heart health efforts may not only improve cardiovascular outcomes but also future cognitive decline.