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Highlights from The Nation's Health: September 2021

7 Sep 2021 8:35 AM | Vermont Public Health Association (Administrator)

Check out these highlights from APHA's September issue of The Nation's Health: 

Stress of pandemic harming mental health of public health workers

Long work hours, strained resources and vaccine misinformation are leaving public health workers feeling burned out and underappreciated.

Role of arts in public health capturing interest

Given the expanding research on the benefits of the arts to improve physical and mental health, more public health professionals are advocating for painting classes, dance classes and other forms of artistic self-expression.

States pursue government-led health insurance programs

More U.S. states are offering state-sponsored health plans, also known as public options, designed to be more affordable than private health insurance and still offer comparable coverage.

Life expectancy for US Hispanics drops drastically during pandemic

Overall, U.S. Hispanics tend to live longer than whites, Blacks and Asians. But many of the factors that increase longevity for Hispanics also make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

Grouping statistics on Asian American populations masks health disparities

When data from Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander groups are lumped together, important health insights are lost, says UCLA’s Ninez Ponce.

Sugary drink taxes improve health, raise funds

Lowering risks for excessive weight gain and related chronic diseases can be as simple as levying a tax, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Reimagining public places to foster health

During the pandemic in the U.S., urban parks have played an important role in public health. The National Association for Olmsted Parks is celebrating public parks and the opportunities they offer for physical exercise and relaxation.

New book explores the power of policy in public health

“Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times” shares ways policy can be used to achieve improvements in population health.

New podcast: What will the fall flu season bring?

The Nation’s Health talks to Robert Kim-Farley — a UCLA professor and communicable disease expert — about the upcoming U.S. influenza season in the U.S. and the possibility of a flu and COVID-19 "twindemic." Listen now.

Healthy You: Let’s get comfy! Preventing computer pain and strain. Having an ergonomic computer workstation can help you avoid aching joints and back pain. Read Healthy You online, and download and share a PDF in English or Spanish.

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About the association

VtPHA is a membership organization which facilitates collaboration among people who care about public health and are interested in protecting and promoting the health of Vermont residents.

VtPHA is an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org.

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