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New CDC Report Released: 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) Results

Today, Cdc.gov released district-level findings from the 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) on the Healthy Youth Web site. SHPPS is a national study periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices.

These new district-level data suggest that while improvements are being made in practices around some health issues, there are issues that still need improvement. SHPPS data show:

• The percentage of districts with school health policies and practices related to violence, bullying, and suicide prevention has increased since 2000.

• The majority of districts require high schools to provide health education on HIV, STD and substance use prevention, however, fewer districts require elementary and middle schools to provide age-appropriate education in these areas.

• Less than 2% of districts had policies requiring schools to provide health services such as testing for HIV, STDs, and pregnancy.

School policies and practices play an important role in supporting student health. Reversing the decline of school policies and practices regarding substance use, HIV, and STD prevention is critical to addressing these priority public health issues.


Included in this new report are results on school policies and practices, such as health education; health services and counseling, psychological and social services; and healthy and safe school environment. Additional materials include two fact sheets highlighting key 2016 results and trends over time (2000-2016). To access these materials and learn more about SHPPS, visit: www.cdc.gov/shpps/

Please share this new report and related resources with education and public health partners implementing teen HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention programs and stay in touch by following CDC on Twitter at @CDC_DASH. http://ow.ly/EJz130fidzp
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As #BreastfeedingWeek continues, check out this infographic from theOffice on Women's Health - U.S. Department of....
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Hamilton County Public Health Honored for Excellence in Public Health

WeTHRIVE! Initiative One of 25 Nationally Recognized

Hamilton County, OH…….. Hamilton County Public Health’s (HCPH) WeTHRIVE! initiative was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need.

WeTHRIVE!, launched in 2009, creates partnerships between communities and public health to generate broad-based support for creating healthy environments where residents live, work, learn and play. The WeTHRIVE! movement encourages long-lasting change through creation and adoption of community health and wellness policies.

There are currently 21 communities throughout Hamilton County participating in the initiative. Communities develop working teams of citizens and leadership and select a “pathway” to target community health needs. Pathways include emergency preparedness, chronic disease, environmental health, injury prevention, social health and substance use/abuse.

“The beauty of WeTHRIVE! is that it puts communities in charge of health,” says Tim Ingram, Hamilton County health commissioner. “Hamilton County Public Health provides data and organizational support for their teams, but ultimately, the communities drive long-lasting changes for their health improvement,” Ingram says.

NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards honor programs, resources and tools that demonstrate how health departments and community partners can effectively collaborate to address public health challenges. WeTHRIVE! is now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas ranging from immunization and maternal and child health, to chronic disease and emergency preparedness.

To read more about these award-winning programs, visit: https://application.naccho.org/Public/Applications/Search. For more information on the WeTHRIVE! initiative, visit: www.hcph.org or http://www.watchusthrive.org/.

Following are comments about the WeTHRIVE! initiative from members of participating communities:

“ WeTHRIVE! has given Mt. Healthy the guidance and infrastructure to focus our attention on the health needs of our community. Through this collaboration, Mt. Healthy has secured the funding and resources necessary to revive youth athletic programs, introduce adult fitness programs, expand community gardening, promote diabetes prevention, and generate a new excitement for community health. WeTHRIVE! has succeeded to create an effective model for public health advocacy, community empowerment, and civic engagement that should be duplicated in other government agencies.”

James Wolf, Mayor, Mt. Healthy

“The WeTHRIVE! team in general is a joy to work with. They are always positive, poised, and community-focused. I thank WeTHRIVE! for being a blessing to the City of Forest Park!”

Jermaine L. Hill, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Forest Park

“WeTHRIVE! has formed a partnership with our community to work on health and drug abuse issues. They have helped us to raise awareness and implement prevention plans that are making a significant impact in our community.”

Pastor Darin Fowler, Lockland WeTHRIVE! team

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Join us on tomorrow for National HIV Testing Day, from 12-3p at Jacob Hoffner Park. We will offer FREE STD/STI testing. #HIVtestingDay
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Join us on June 27, National HIV Testing Day, from 12-3p at Jacob Hoffner Park for FREE STD/STI testing. #HIVtestingDay
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The life expectancy gap between white and black Americans is narrowing, but challenges remain. http://ow.ly/dWwn30csmPg
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Three in four adult cigarette smokers in the United States tries several quit methods. Read more>> https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2017/16_0600.htm
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The Guide to Community Preventive Services issues new guidance on strategies and interventions to improve physical activity levels. Recommendations include improving pedestrian or bicycle transportation systems with one or more land use and environmental design interventions (such as street connectivity or parks) to increase physical activity. http://ow.ly/662n30csmBN And check out what WeTHRIVE! can do at WatchUsThrive.org.
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Three clinics partnered with a community organization to reduce hypertension in at-risk groups in south Los Angeles. Learn how this collaborative model sped up the implementation of evidence-based interventions in safety net settings. http://ow.ly/o3im30csmlA And check us out online to see what WeTHRIVE! can do in your community! WatchUsThrive.org
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