Prescribing Parks for Improved Health Outcomes: National ParkRx Day 2018

By Justin Cutler, Recreation Services Manager, City of Westminster, CO On National ParkRx Day this Sunday, April 29th, communities across the country will celebrate in local and national parks with events such as Walk with a Doc, Zumba in the Park, and Tai Chi to…

National Infant Immunization Week: Q&A with Houston Health Department

From April 21-28, 2018, local health departments (LHDs) across the nation will celebrate National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). Established in 1994, NIIW is an opportunity to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities.…

Sexual Health Awareness Month 2018: The Value of a Community of Practice

Written by Nikole Gettings, Intern on NACCHO’s HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Team The State of Sexual Health in African-American Men As rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among racial and ethnic minorities continue to rise, local health departments and community-based organizations are continuously exploring…

Does Ending Plastic Pollution Mean the End of Plastic Straws?

For the last 5,000 years, people around the world have been sipping their drinks out of straws. Only recently have straws come under serious debate. The gold and lapis straws of the ancient Sumerians evolved over the millennia into the plastic straws ubiquitous in restaurants,…