Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Immunization Week

Immunization Week

This week is World Immunization Week and National Infant Immunization Week. This years world theme is Protected Together, #VaccinesWork. Immunizations can prevent illnesses, disability and death from numerous preventable diseases. This includes but is not limited to cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rota virus diarrhea, rubella and tetanus. Worldwide, approximately 19.5 million infants are still missing out on basic vaccines. From this, at least 1.5 million deaths per year could be avoided is immunization coverage is improved. In order to make improvements, the World Health Organization has been diligently working with many countries that are most in need of immunization improvement. 

Here in the US, we recognize this week as National Infant Immunization Week. This week highlights the importance of immunizing children 2 years and younger. According to the CDC, routine childhood immunization in one birth group prevents an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes, at a net savings of $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total societal costs. The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels. Not all diseases in the US are totally wiped out. In recent years, many cases of measles in the US have been on the rise despite the fact that this can be prevented due to a vaccine. 

For information on how you and your organization can highlight both immunization weeks, go to:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

This week is Distracted Driving Awareness Week, and it highlights the whole month of April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 660,000 drivers per year are using a cell phone while driving during the daytime. In 2015, 14 percent of fatal accidents involved a cell phone! According to the DMV and a survey that was conducted, 96% of the study's participants admitted to using a cell phone while driving. 

Ways that you can practice safe driving would be to:

  • Designate a passenger to respond to text and phone calls
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Drive sober
  • and ALWAYS wear your seat belt

For more safety tips, check out some suggestions from Nationwide. 

To see other distracted driving statistics, go to the DMV, CDC, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites. 

If you would like to spread more awareness, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov for more information!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Cost of Preventing Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association estimates that the average cost for a person diagnosed with diabetes is about $7,900 per year in the United States. Studies have shown the cost of preventing diabetes is well worth paying for a program which can help patients who have been identified as prediabetic. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is based on the results of a DPP study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The study found that lifestyle changes resulting in modest weight loss sharply reduced the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk for the disease. A study presented by CMS showed that over the course of 15 months, Medicare-eligible individuals who participated in a version of the DPP, the Y-DPP, avoided $2,650 in healthcare costs. Additionally, the average cost of the DPP is $500 per person even without a disease specific diagnosis, and in Ohio we’ve seen the cost as low as $279 to $300 per person to enroll in a year-long DPP.  Enrollment in a DPP by high-risk individuals results in important health benefits and represents a good value for money out of the patient’s pocket.

Medicare began covering the cost of patients enrolling in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) as of April 1, 2018. This program is an expanded model of a structured intervention with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes in individuals with an indication of prediabetes. The program consists of 16 intensive “core” sessions of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved curriculum, over six months in a group-based setting that provides practical training in long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, and behavior change strategies for weight control. After the core sessions are completed, less intensive follow-up meetings continue monthly in order to maintain the patient’s healthy behaviors. The primary goal of the MDPP is for at least 5 percent weight loss by participants. The final rule on MDPP coverage by Medicare appears in the November 2, 2017, Federal Register and can be downloaded from the Federal Register here. Additional information and resources can be found on the CMS MDPP website here.

To read more about steps to prevent your patients from being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, see the presentation from the American Medical Association, hosted by OACHC on March 27, 2018, here.


·       Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology20151:9
·       AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) DPP
Economic costs of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care. 2013;36:1033–46.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

National Public Health Week

April 2nd thru 8th is National Public Health Week! 

This week highlights different public health topics that are critical to creating the healthiest nation in the world! Daily themes include: Behavioral Health, Communicable Disease, Environmental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, and Ensuring the Right to Health. Many national as well as world organizations participate in this celebration as it also kicks off a month of many health awareness-es such as World Immunization Week, National Distracted Driving Month, National Youth Violence Prevention Week and National Donate Life Month, just to name a few. What public health issues concern you the most? 

Check out all the events taking place nation wide and learn how you can get involved!

Learn about all the things the American Public Health Association has to offer in ways to keep people educated in the community about public health!

See what the CDC' has to say about National Public Health Week here!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

In March, we wear blue 

Its Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States even though it is highly preventable. This form of cancer can be detected multiple ways. Colorectal cancer comes from pre-cancerous growths that form in the colon. If it is detected early enough, the growths can be removed and stop the cancer from spreading. 

Both men and women are at risk for Colorectal cancer and it primarily affects people over the age of 50. It is important for people over the age of 50 to get a colonoscopy at least every 10 years. Another form of cancer screening  is the Fecal Immunochemical Test. This can be done annually by testing a stool sample. 

For more information about Colorectal Cancer please visit colon.cancer.gov

For ways to spread awareness this month, check out this toolkit!

Check out this blog by HRSA too!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Annual Conference

Thanks for attending this year's Annual Conference!

We had almost 500 people in attendance this year including attendees, exhibitors, OACHC staff and speakers! 

Our opening keynote speaker, Peter Anderson, 
spoke about how to fix professional burnout 
and allowed for audience participation.

For a couple of our staff, this was their first Annual Conference, but they were pumped for all the sessions and excitement that 3 day event brings!

Some of our sessions had alternative teaching methods to keep our attendees intrigued and engaged. 

Everyone really enjoyed using the app too!

Attendees were able to make their own schedules, check in to sessions, and fill out evaluations. 

And, what is a conference without fun food and games!

OACHC is so appreciative to everyone that made this conference amazing. We cannot wait to see you all in the fall! Save the date! September 27th & 28th, our Fall Conference will be at the Marriott OSU.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Are you sleeping enough?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month

The majority of Americans only get less than 6 hours of sleep per night but in reality, they need 7 to 9 hours per night. Sleep is a very important factor in your overall well being. A lack of sleep can cause:

  • Accidents (such as car accidents)
  • Major health problems like
  • Heart disease
    • Heart attack
    • Heart failure
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Ages your skin
  • Makes you forgetful
  • Impair your judgement

Sleep is just as effective to your health as diet and exercise. A lack of sleep can cause you to actually gain weight. You will have a lack of energy and struggle mentally to get through daily tasks. If you want to get a better night of sleep, here are some tips:
  • Try keeping a regular sleep schedule
  • Control your Exposure to light
  • Exercise during the day vs night
  • Avoid big meals and caffeine at night
  • Wind down before bedtime
For more resources on how to get a better night of sleep, check out this article! 

To learn more about how forty winks can affect your body, go to www.sleep.org

If you would like to spread awareness about "land of Nod," check out the Sleep Foundation and World Sleep Day's websites!

Rest easy everyone!