Major Health Promotion White Paper Released
Universal Access to Health Promotion: A Sustainable Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities, Improve the Health of an Entire State, and Accelerate the Evolution of Health Promotion
“The three pillars critical to improving the health of the residents of a state or nation are enhancing the social determinants of health, providing universal access to medical care and providing universal access to health promotion.
The missing element for most large-scale efforts is providing universal access to health promotion, even though that may be the most cost-effective method to improve the health of the people of a state and even a nation.
To do this well, we need to deliver a therapeutic dose of scientifically valid health behavior change strategies (summarized here in the AMSO Framework). Funding this effort is likely to cost 10 or more times the amount available through foundations, public charities and public health departments. Therefore, these groups need to focus a portion of their resources on mobilizing funding from entities that have sufficient resources and that will also benefit from improved health status of their constituents.
The most important contribution of this white paper may be the financial analysis that illustrates how sufficient resources might be mobilized and how the overall effort can be maintained by capturing a small portion of these funds to maintain internal operations indefinitely, and in the process, stimulate investments several hundred times the initial investment.”
Michael P. O’Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD
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Mental Health Campaigns Launched in Erie County
On May 30th, the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition launched "Join the Conversation", a public awareness campaign to address the stigma surrounding mental illness. The campaign is designed to start a community conversation to educate the public on the real facts surrounding mental illness and give those who suffer a voice in an effort to reduce or eliminate stigma in Erie County.
According to Michael Ranney, CRC-R, LMHC, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health and coalition member, "Approximately 1 in 5 Western New Yorkers are living with a mental health condition. Yet many of these people suffer in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. Through this effort, we hope that people dealing with mental health challenges will know that they are not alone, help is available and recovery is possible."
The cornerstone of the campaign is the website www.letstalkstigma.org and its social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where individuals can find facts, information, other people's stories and experiences, available resources, and, of course, a place to join the conversation. Additonal community mental health campaigns include the youth focused JUST TELL ONE foucusing on our younger citizens ( visit www.justtellone.org ) and the Workplace health promotion initiative of the Erie County Mental Health Assocaition.
Upcoming Community walks and wellness events
A Grand Idea in a Land Like Oz
From an article written by Carl Francis Penders:
“Is Buffalo a healthy community? asked Philip L. Haberstro (lead image – right), The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo’s executive director. Weighing in too regarding the populace’s health was Larry Brooks, author of Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis and Prescription for Change. Both Haberstro and Brooks referred to the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The 2016 Population Health Institute rated Niagara 58 and Erie County at 50 respectively out of 62 New York State counties. Haberstro indicated that measure is driven by both personal choice and the social,, environmental and economic HEALTH of our communities'
A " healthy community" is measured by civic, economic, biological, and environmental factors said Haberstro. He asked listeners to consider the region’s social capital, a term from "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam which examines the trust people have in one another, and in agencies serving them. Equally important is reciprocity, a social capital yardstick measuring how well people work together. Note BUFFALO DAY 2017 at Chautaqua is Tuesday, July 11th
To read the full article please visit BuffaloRising.com