Disability & Public Health News

Week of April 10

County Health Rankings Published The Robert Wood Johnson and the University of Wisconsin have published mortality and morbidity ratings for each U.S. County. The “Roadmaps to Health” portal is available here. CDC Publishes Funding Profiles by State CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control) has published funding profiles for each U.S. state. Learn more now. […]

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Week of April 3

The health media during this past week continued to be dominated by the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court hearing Affordable Care Act (ACA) arguments. IOM Encourages Primary Care-Public Health Integration On March 26, IOM (Institute of Medicine) (National Academy of Science) issued a report encouraging CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and HRSA (Health Resources […]

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Week of March 26

IOM Provides Catastrophic Disaster Health Care Standards Details On March 21, IOM (Institute of Medicine) provided details to its 2009 health crisis standards in catastrophic disaster responses. Learn more now. April 9 Deadline for Public Comments on Disability Web Accessibility On March 19, the White House announced its desire for public comments to assist in […]

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Week of March 20

ADA Requirements for Swimming Pools-Recreation Delayed On March 15, Disability Scoop reported that the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to an American Hotel and Lodging Association request to delay new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility requirements related to recreational facilities, including swimming pools at hotels. Learn more now. Deaf People Have More Mental Health […]

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Week of March 13

Disability Unemployment Continues To Increase While employment has improved in the U.S. economy, the March 9 Disability Scoop documents that unemployment rates for persons with disabilities continue to increase. Learn more now. Finding Long Term Supports in Your State Disability.gov has promoted the state specific resources of the National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information. […]

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Week of March 6

HUD Charges Bank of America – Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities On February 27, Disability.Gov announced that HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) has accused Bank of America of discriminating against homebuyers with disabilities. The Charlotte Observer, Fox News, Fox Business, Loan Safe, Care2.com, and the Winston-Salem Journal all had articles on this filing. […]

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Week of February 28

Longer Spanish Speaking Immigrants Are in the US, The Higher Risk of Premature Birth A study presented at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine annual meeting finds that longer U.S. residence for immigrants is associated with a higher risk of premature birth. The study was reported by Medical News Today.com and National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies […]

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Week of February 21

Characteristics of Effective Wellness Programs for Persons with Mental Illness Research findings from the SAMHSA-HRSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Health Resources and Services Administration) and the Dartmouth Health Promotion Research Tea. Learn more now. VA Disability Claims Grow More Complex On February 15, the Air Force Times reported on Veterans Administration disability claims. […]

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Week of February 14

Joint Commission Announces Patient Safety Goals The Joint Commission (formerly Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) has announced its patient safety goals for 2012. Learn more now. CMS Announces Strong Start for Healthy Births On February 9, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) announced the Strong Start initiative to increase healthy deliveries and reduce preterm births. Learn […]

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Week of February 7

States Increasing Managed Long Term Services and Supports The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUDAD), AARP, and Health Management Associates have issued a report on the “Transformation of Long Term Services and Supports.” Learn more now. Understanding Your Choices About Long Term Care A radio podcast by AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare […]

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