A new competition to build an online app that improves health and health care includes a $5,000 prize and an opportunity to meet with health policy thought leaders at the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference in 2012.
The competition challenges developers to create online applications that “generate results for patients, caregivers, and / or clinicians by providing them with access to evidence-based and relevant information to support more meaningful engagement and real-time decisions.” The competition – the “REACH Challenge” – is sponsored by AcademyHealth, in partnership with Health 2.0. The deadline to apply is August 15.
Participants are encouraged to create or join multi-disciplinary teams and build innovative resources and potential interventions that will advance the lessons of health services research. Competitors are counseled to “think creatively about the types of personal health information that could be sent by secure message via an open platform such as NHIN Direct, and consider ways in which individual data can be presented and “mashed” with other sources of information to create a useful and engaging, application for patients, caregivers, and / or providers,” according a recent announcement.
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Learn what it takes to compete for some of the $31.2 billion in medical research funding that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) doles out each year to researchers and scientists. Attend a free, online Aug. 9 webinar for researchers entitled Constructing Successful NIH Proposals by Thinking Like a Reviewer.
Presented by Nicole Maestas, PhD, Director of the Center for Disability Research and a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, this webinar goes beyond the formal application process to describe what you need to know to successfully compete for funding from the NIH, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers. Learn how to build a successful grant application, including understanding how to design your approach according to NIH scoring criteria.
Date: August 9
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Learn more about the types of NIH grant programs available.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson gave her opinion of California’s progress on environmental health in a recent Los Angeles Times article. So how’s the golden state doing?
According to Jackson, a waiver to enforce tougher emissions standards in California caught the attention of President Obama, who directed the EPA to consider granting the waiver. Additionally the President called for his ‘clean car deal’ - higher federal emissions standards he hopes to introduce in 2017. Jackson believes California played a key role in the “revitalization of the car industry” by setting the standard that many car manufactures now follow in producing a better class of fuel-sippers.
California has also been a leader in setting emissions control standards for ships as well as vehicles. Today, ships as far as 200 nautical miles from America’s coastline must switch to low-sulphur fuel, a change that is being looked at as an international model.
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Nearly three-quarters of California teenagers live or go to school in neighborhoods that are disproportionately crowded with fast food restaurants and other outlets that sell unhealthy food, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
And unsurprisingly, teens who live or go to school in such neighborhoods are more likely to drink soda and eat fast food.
Using data from both the 2007 California Health Interview Survey and InfoUSA, a 2007 database of U.S. businesses, Center Senior Research Scientist Susan Babey and co-authors calculated a “Home and School Retail Food Environment Index,” which measured the number of less healthy food outlets relative to the number of healthier outlets surrounding the homes and schools of California teens, and compared that measurement to teen junk food consumption.
They found that the average California teen has more than seven times as many junk food outlets near home and school as healthier food outlets. And teens in more unhealthy neighborhoods were 17 percent more likely to drink soda every day and 18 percent more likely to eat fast food at least twice a week than their peers in healthier neighborhoods. More…
Read the policy brief.
Susan Babey is a senior research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the author of a new policy brief on the increase in teen junk food consumption in neighborhoods that are crowded with fast food and other unhealthy food outlets. In this brief interview, Babey describes how junk food remains abundant even in places (like schools) that have ostensibly banned it, how having a healthier option matters, and why zoning – and not just education – is important in keeping Californians healthy.
Read the interview.
A recently-released online tool enables Californians to see where they stand on a “human development index” – a composite measure of health, knowledge and standard of living developed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Sciences Research Council. The tool enables you to map your community by zip code and see life expectancy, education and median income, among other statistics. You can also see how California compares to other states.
The tool was launch in conjunction with a report entitled A Portrait of California that used data from a wide range of sources, including the US Census, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Community Survey, to sketch a portrait of well-being in the nation’s most populous state.
The report shows that some Californians are enjoying levels of well-being and access to opportunity the nation as a whole will not reach until the 2060s, while others are experiencing health, education, and earnings levels that characterized the U.S. in the 1960s.
“California is rich in data on social and economic conditions. But too often we use them to identify separate problems requiring separate solutions. The [human development index] provides a way to make sense of economic, health, and education challenges in the interconnected way that people actually experience them,” said Sarah Burd-Sharps, a co-author of the report.
See the online tool: Mapping the Measure of America