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  • 13 Dec 2012 2:23 PM | PPHA Admin (Administrator)

    Exploring Public Health Careers: Making the Most of Your Public Health Career – January 10 3:45pm-7:30pm

    The event includes discipline specific panels, an Executive Panel, a special DUSPH alumni workshop, and a networking reception. Panelists include individuals from local health departments, Federal Government, non-profits, etc. The event is designed to connect you to established public health professionals and to educate you on how to make the most of your career. Both high level and junior level professionals will discuss public health careers with you. Registration is required by January 4.  RSVP at http://publichealth.drexel.edu/Current-Students/Exploring-Public-Health-Careers/5288/
  • 19 Sep 2012 3:55 PM | PPHA Admin (Administrator)
    This training will provide public health staff with an overview of the basic steps of an outbreak investigation. The intended audience is public health agency employees who may not be involved in outbreak investigations as part of their job responsibilities, but who may be called upon to assist with one in the event of a major incident.

    Learning Objectives

    Identify the steps or components of an outbreak investigation
    Define how descriptive data regarding a cluster of illnesses in a population are used to generate hypotheses regarding the cause of that illness.
    Describe how the findings of an outbreak investigation are used to develop and implement control measures.
     Who Should Attend
    Local health department personnel, nurses, sanitarians, and health educators


    Registration

     This event is available in person or virtually through live videoconference and webinar.
     
    Please register at: https://www.paphtc.pitt.edu
     
    Instructions on dialing or logging in will be in the confirmation email.
  • 22 May 2012 3:02 PM | PPHA Admin (Administrator)

    Webinar 3: The Power of Policy
    Strategies for Working with Local Community Coalitions:
    A Framework for Local Health Departments and Community Collaboration

    Tuesday, June 5, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT

    This webinar, the third in a series focused on policy as a tool for population health improvement, will discuss a highly structured step-by-step approach for health departments working with local community coalitions. The presentation will feature representatives from the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, who will provide an overview of the framework along with concrete tools and strategies that are used to inform local community coalition activities. Register today!

     

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    Moderator:
    Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD
    Director, Center for Public Health Policy
    American Public Health Association

    Presenters:

    Linda M. Aragon, MPH
    Program Director
    Tobacco Control and Prevention Program
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

    Rachel A. Tyree, MPH
    Project Director
    Tobacco Control and Prevention Program
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

    Alisha Lopez
    Policy Liaison 
    Tobacco Control and Prevention Program
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


    Brought to you by APHA and the following co-sponsors, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 16 Jan 2012 11:40 AM | PPHA Admin (Administrator)
    PPHA Members receive a 20% discount on PAPHTC events. More information click here.
  • 20 Dec 2011 12:47 PM | PPHA Admin (Administrator)

    HHS NEWS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact:  HHS Press Office Friday, December 16, 2011                                                                                       (202) 690-6343     HHS to give states more flexibility to implement health reform Approach will help ensure consumers have quality, affordable coverage starting in 2014   The Department of Health and Human Services today released a bulletin outlining proposed policies that will give states more flexibility and freedom to implement the Affordable Care Act.     The Affordable Care Act ensures all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. 

    To achieve this goal, the law ensures that health insurance plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges), offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as “essential health benefits.”    

    The bulletin released today describes an inclusive, affordable and flexible proposal and informs stakeholders about the approach that HHS intends to pursue in rulemaking to define essential health benefits.  HHS is releasing this intended approach to give consumers, states, employers and issuers timely information as they work toward establishing Exchanges and making decisions for 2014. 

    This approach was developed with significant input from the public, as well as reports from the Department of Labor, the Institute of Medicine, and research conducted by HHS.   “Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses can be confident that the insurance plans they choose and purchase will cover a comprehensive and affordable set of health services,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “Our approach will protect consumers and give states the flexibility to design coverage options that meet their unique needs.”  

    Under the Department’s intended approach announced today, states would have the flexibility to select an existing health plan to set the “benchmark” for the items and services included in the essential health benefits package.  States would choose one of the following health insurance plans as a benchmark:   ·        One of the three largest small group plans in the state; ·        One of the three largest state employee health plans;  ·        One of the three largest federal employee health plan options; ·        The largest HMO plan offered in the state’s commercial market.     The benefits and services included in the health insurance plan selected by the state would be the essential health benefits package.  Plans could modify coverage within a benefit category so long as they do not reduce the value of coverage. 

    Consistent with the law, states must ensure the essential health benefits package covers items and services in at least ten categories of care, including preventive care, emergency services, maternity care, hospital and physician services, and prescription drugs.  If a state selects a plan that does not cover all ten categories of care, the state will have the option to examine other benchmark insurance plans, including the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, to determine the type of benefits that will be included in the essential health benefits package.     

    The policy proposed today by HHS would give states the flexibility to select a plan that would be equal in scope to the services covered by a typical employer plan in their state.  States and insurers would retain the flexibility to evolve the benefits package with the market as innovative plan designs are developed and advancements in care become available, and meetthe needs of their citizens.   “More than 30 million Americans who newly have insurance coverage in 2014 will have a comprehensive benefit package,” said Sherry Glied, PhD, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation.  “In addition to assuring comprehensive coverage for the newly insured, many millions of Americans buying their own insurance today will gain valuable new coverage, including more than 8 million Americans who currently do not have maternity coverage,  and more than 1 million who will gain prescription drug coverage.”   The bulletin issued today addresses only the services and items covered by a health plan, not the cost sharing, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.  The cost-sharing features will be addressed in future bulletins and cost-sharing rules will determine the actuarial value of the plan.      Public input on this proposal is encouraged.  Comments are due by Jan 31, 2012 and can be sent to:  EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov.   For the essential health benefits bulletin, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/regulations/index.html#hie   For a fact sheet on the essential health benefits bulletin, visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/12/essential-health-benefits12162011a.html   For a summary of individual market coverage as it relates to essential health benefits, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2011/IndividualMarket/ib.shtml   For information comparing benefits in small group products and state and Federal employee plans, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2011/MarketComparison/rb.shtml  

  • 06 Dec 2011 3:53 PM | PPHA Admin (Administrator)

    As the Penn State child abuse scandal continues to dominate headlines and newscasts, it seems like people are interested in finding new, more effective ways to serve and protect at-risk children in the Keystone State.

    So perhaps the timing is good for a new, statewide initiative aimed at improving our system of care for troubled children and adolescents. Beginning in January, the Governor’s Commission for Children and Families plans to carry out a statewide series of strategic planning meetings aimed at gathering input on ways to reduce barriers to effective service delivery to children with emotional disabilities.

    Who, exactly, are these troubled children? Ellen DiDomenico, executive director of the commission, says the term applies to any child, age 8 to 18, who has significant mental health needs or who has come in contact with the child welfare system or the state’s juvenile justice system.

    The statewide initiative is designed to build upon smaller programs pioneered previously in Chester, Erie, Lehigh, Montgomery, and York counties. It’s being funded with an almost $800,000 grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    “We want to find out from folks on the ground, what are the barriers that keep different groups from collaborating,” DiDomenico said in a telephone interview. “What keeps you from doing your work in the most effective and efficient way?”

    To find answers, DiDomenico is planning six regional meetings, including at least one here in the southeast portion of the state. She plans to invite everyone on her core mailing list to attend, including people who work in the community mental health system, the juvenile justice system, the schools, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation system, and children and family members who are clients of these agencies or recipients of these services.

    Dates, times, and locations for these meetings haven’t been determined yet.

    If someone can’t attend a meeting, then a letter to DiDomenico or an e-mail with suggestions would be fine. She can be reached via the Governor’s Commission for Children and Families. The mailing address is PO Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675. The phone number is (717) 772-4131 and her e-mail address is edidomenic@pa.gov.

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