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America’s Health Rankings® is an annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. It is produced in a partnership between the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. It has many dimensions that you can explore, but since May is Mental Health Month, we’re examining Frequent Mental Distress, which refers to the… Read More »
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, harms the immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infections. It’s most often spread through unprotected sex, but it is also spread through sharing needles or coming into contact with blood of an infected person. While annual HIV infections and diagnoses are declining, progress has been uneven,… Read More »
National Rural Health Day exists to promote awareness of the unique healthcare needs in rural areas of America. 60 million people, or 1 in every 5 Americans, currently live in rural areas of the United States. Receiving medical care is not always easy for those living in these areas due to a potential shortage of… Read More »
September is National Preparedness month. Disasters can be devastating and our region has certainly experienced this firsthand. What can you do to prepare? FEMA has offered the following tips: Make and practice your family’s preparedness plan so your family knows how to reconnect and reunite when an emergency strikes. Learn life safety skills. Neighbors and coworkers are… Read More »
Last week, I attended the Louisiana Public Health Association annual meeting for the first time. I had the privilege of also being a presenter there, premiering a session I’ve been developing on mHealth to a packed room. It was a two-day conference with a crawfish boil at the President’s Reception on the first night. My… Read More »