Friday, October 23, 2020

HITEQ Tool on Telehealth Strategies for Serving Rural Patients

Telehealth provision in rural communities is particularly important and in-demand during the COVID-19 pandemic as many health centers quickly transitioned to providing remote services. While telehealth has the potential to improve healthcare access, many rural areas lack the reliable broadband connection and devices necessary for high-quality telehealth provision. This resource outlines a number of considerations and strategies to address barriers.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Latino Health Certificate Lecture: Impact of COVID-19 on Latinos

Join the Latino Research & Policy Center at the Colorado School of Public Health for a lecture on the Impact of COVID-19 on Latinos, featuring Carlos del Rio, MD, Executive Associate Dean, Emory School of Medicine & Grady Health System.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Funding Available for a Shared Risk and Protective Factor Approach to Substance Misuse Prevention

The purpose of this Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications from local organizations and agencies to implement an evidence-based shared risk and protective factor approach to preventing substance misuse in Colorado. There are two options for funding: Option A allows you to organize your community to be prepared to address any upstream prevention needs. Awardees develop the community coalition’s skills so they are prepared to review data and address solutions over time, no matter what the solution may be. Option B allows you to organize your community for one specific solution you have already identified. You are ready to act on this one strategy, and the funding may end sooner than Option A since your community already knows the solution you will seek. Both options will continue to emphasize our commitments to community mobilization, data-informed and evidence-informed decision-making, and a focus on racial and social equity.Find more information at

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Sixty and Me Senior's Guide to the 10 Best National Parks

The Senior's Guide is useful reading for anyone who plans to take advantage of the National Park Service America the Beautiful Seniors Pass, a discount pass available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over, or one of the free entrance days in the National Parks. The next free entrance day is November 11: Veterans Day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Dental services for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHP drops nearly 70% due to pandemic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found there was an almost 70% drop in children receiving dental services during the COVID shutdown months. This “precipitous decline in services remains a cause for concern. Not only must state and local agencies, providers, schools, and other key stakeholders work on returning to prior year treatment levels, they must also strive to treat the millions of children who have already missed important medical services.”

Monday, October 12, 2020

Addressing Social Determinants of Health October 2020 - February 2021

The goal of this course is to equip public health professionals with the information and skills they need to apply a systems thinking approach to in order to: 
  • Identify upstream determinants impacting specific health outcomes
  • Identify shared risk factors across multiple health outcomes
  • Describe metrics by which to measure change in upstream determinants
  • Identify strategies to impact upstream determinants
  • Communicate with partners to identify common goals and collective funding approaches
Participants will also assess organizational readiness or barriers to authentically engaging the community, applying a shared risk approach, braiding funding, and engaging in cross-program and cross-sector partnerships for upstream impact. Working in teams of 2 of their choosing, participants will take their understanding of social determinants of health to the next level as they identify actionable steps to impact the root causes resulting in poor health outcomes in their communities. Read more and participate.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Control Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke—two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly half of US adults have hypertension, and only about 1 in 4 has it under control (<130/80 mm Hg). 

More concerning is that our progress in hypertension control has stalled and racial and geographic disparities persist. Greater hypertension control is possible, but we must increase our efforts, explore new interventions, and expand our partnerships with different sectors to make a difference.

This week, the CDC released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension, which summarizes recent data, identifies goals and strategies to accelerate national efforts, and outlines how different sectors, beyond public health and governmental agencies, can work together to promote control across all populations. This report is timely and critical, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the impact of chronic conditions, such as hypertension, on African American, Hispanic, and other minority populations that experience health inequities.

The Call to Action bolsters HHS’s Healthy People 2030 goals to increase hypertension control among adults, while also promoting and identifying proven strategies that can be replicated, adapted, and scaled across diverse settings. The report outlines three goals to support improvement, each with strategies to accelerate progress:
  • Goal 1. Make hypertension control a national priority.        
  • Goal 2. Ensure that the places where people live, learn, work, and play support hypertension control. 
  • Goal 3. Optimize patient care for hypertension control.
We have the tools and resources to substantially improve hypertension control.  You can help spread the word that hypertension control is possible. Download, share, and use the Call to Action report and the Partner Toolkit to promote hypertension control.