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State Senator Jeremy Nordquist Recognized as Outstanding Advocate for Public Health in Nebraska

2014 Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, MD, Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine The Honorable Jeremy Nordquist, State Senator of Nebraska Public Health Community Advisory – Jeremy Nordquist was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature in 2009 to represent downtown and South Omaha, a diverse and thriving district in Nebraska’s largest city.

Mental Health First Aid-USA … for mental health literacy!

Public Health Community Advisory – Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack—even if you have no clinical training— the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis. In the MHFA course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. MHFA is an in-person training that teaches you how to help… Continue Reading

Wellness at Work

Public Health Community Advisory – In September of 2012, the College of Public Health (COPH) established the COPH Wellness Council (WC) in response to the college-wide strategic planning retreat. The WC consists of volunteer faculty, staff, and students who meet monthly to plan and promote wellness activities that are aligned with the COPH mission “to create an environment to promote optimal health and well-being.” Wellness can be characterized as an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life…. Continue Reading

Million Hearts Aims to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of the Nation

Public Health Community Advisory – The burden of cardiovascular disease in the United States is large and expensive, and the opportunity to improve the heart health of the nation is before us. Million Hearts  aims to bridge the gap between public health and clinical practice through effective public policy, organizational systems change, focused clinical quality measurement, and the implementation of a wide breadth of complementary evidence- and practice-based interventions. Million Hearts is a population-health initiative, jointly led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

Family Dining

Public Health Community Advisory – Families in Omaha are answering a call to action: cook and eat more meals at home together. Sponsored through community collaborations, The Family Dining Challenge aims to support families to be healthier together through shared meals. Why Family Dining? As described by Marino and Butkus, family meals benefit children even beyond healthy eating.[1] Children who eat more family meals have: Better Nutrition: This includes higher intake of fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and key nutrients (e.g., fiber), less intake of high-fat foods… Continue Reading

The ‘New and Improved’ General Educational Development (GED) Test Series

Public Health Community Advisory – A recent report on the upcoming changes to the General Educational Development (GED) series of examinations stated “[In January 2014] the series will be replaced by a new, more rigorous version intended to meet modern expectations for college- and career-readiness.”[1] So, why will this change be important, who will it be important for, and what is the connection to the public’s health? Simply put, it matters to all of us but in different ways. For those seeking a GED, the… Continue Reading

Harvest Season Safety

Public Health Community Advisory – Harvest season arrived a little later than normal this year, but the traditional health and safety hazards of the season did not miss it. Harvest season has different meanings to all of us. If you are an agricultural producer, better known as a farmer, it means harvesting your crops in a timely manner and transporting them to on-farm or local storages and markets. If you are a rural resident or visitor to a rural area, it often means learning how… Continue Reading