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UNMC Science Café

Public Health Community Advisory – “Science Cafés” are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Science Cafés represent a grassroots movement, exist all over the world and can vary from place to place. Even the names of Science Cafés vary, including Science on Tap, Science Pub, Ask a Scientist, and Café Sci.” 1 In Nebraska, Science Café is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC… Continue Reading

What do I need to know about the Ebola virus?

Public Health Community Advisory- What is Ebola? Ebola is a virus which causes an infection. How does Ebola spread and how do I catch it? You can only get Ebola from: Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. Touching contaminated objects, like used needles or cloth (used sheets or towels) from an Ebola patient. The Ebola virus is spread by direct contact which means that the person who is sick with the virus has… Continue Reading

The Health Center Association of Nebraska – Impacting Public Health by Fulfilling Its Mission

Public Health Community Advisory – Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve over 22 million people in more than 9,000 sites across urban, suburban, and rural America. FQHCs are particularly adept at reducing health disparities by breaking down barriers to health care such as lack of providers, lack of culturally appropriate health services, and unaffordability. Since FQHCs serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay, they save the American health care system $24 billion a year by lowering more costly trips to emergency rooms. Nebraska’s Community… Continue Reading

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