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American National Public Health Week - 1-7 April

Led by the American Public Health Association whose annual meeting on 'Creating the healthiest nation' is attended each year by BMC, the National American Public Health Week seeks to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues important to improving the nation's health.

National Public Health Week

Below is a collection of recently published articles chosen by our editors related to the themes chosen this year.

Healthy communities

Day 1: Healthy communitiesArchives of Public Health

Associations between environmental quality and infant mortality in the United States, 2000–2005
The first study to report on associations between ambient environmental quality and infant mortality across the United States.

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BMC Public Health

Enhancing safe routes to school programs through community-engaged citizen science: two pilot investigations in lower density areas of Santa Clara County, California, USA
Investigating the utility of a technology-enabled citizen science engagement model to a standard Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to enhance program engagement activities and student travel mode behavior.

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Environmental Health

Environmental justice and drinking water quality: are there socioeconomic disparities in nitrate levels in U.S. drinking water?
This study represents the first nationwide analysis of socioeconomic disparities in exposures to drinking water contaminants.

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International Journal of Health Geographics

Ambient air quality and spatio-temporal patterns of cardiovascular emergency department visits
Assessing the short-term effect of multi-pollutants on cardiovascular risk of the elderly, and the use of community multiscale air quality model-derived spatially and temporally resolved multi-pollutant exposures to an epidemiological study. 

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Nutrition Journal

A multilevel, multicomponent childhood obesity prevention group-randomized controlled trial improves healthier food purchasing and reduces sweet-snack consumption among low-income African-American youth
Research study employs multi-level interventions (to modify food environment) in order to increase low sugar food choices among youth.

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Particle and Fibre Toxicology

Are welders being exposed to harmful levels of zinc oxide?: A Q&A with Dr. Christian Monsé
First author of the article "Concentration-dependent systemic response after inhalation of nano-sized zinc oxide particles in human volunteers" explains that welders who work with thermal cutting, welding, and melting could be exposed to harmful levels of zinc oxide.

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Violence prevention

Day 2: Violence preventionBMC International Health and Human Rights

Supporting ALL victims of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation: guidance for health providers
Guidance for health providers for smaller groups of victims of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.

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Health & Justice

Mental and physical health in prison: how co-occurring conditions influence inmate misconduct
Examining how mental and physical health improvements reduce prisoner misconduct.

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Injury Epidemiology

The domestic violence fatality review clearinghouse: introduction to a new National Data System with a focus on firearms
Domestic violence fatality reviews provide a promising yet underutilized data source to understand the links between firearms and domestic violence related deaths. The nascent Clearinghouse can inform policy approaches to address intimate partner homicide as well as firearm-related violence in the United States.

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Workplace homicides committed by firearm: recent trends and narrative text analysis
Presenting information on all firearm workplace homicides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2011 - 2015. 

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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

Utilizing compassion and collaboration to reduce violence in healthcare settings
Commentary on the nature and social context of Emergency Department violence and some approaches used to address this problem in the US.

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Rural health

Day 3: Rural healthBMC Infectious Diseases

Impact of demographic disparities in social distancing and vaccination on influenza epidemics in urban and rural regions of the United States
A study analyzing the behavioral differences in social distancing and vaccination uptake among different demographic subpopulations in analysis of influenza epidemics.

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BMC Public Health

A multilevel approach for promoting physical activity in rural communities: a cluster randomized controlled trial
The first study of its kind to test a multilevel intervention in a rural setting, address life priorities that compliment health outcomes, and examine moderation between behavioral interventions and the natural environments where people are physically active. 

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Benefits for African American and white low-income 7–10-year-old children and their parents taught together in a community-based weight management program in the rural southeastern United States
The purpose of this exploratory study was to compare whether African American and white children and parents benefited equally from a community-based weight management intervention delivered in two rural counties in southeastern North Carolina.

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Environmental Health

Hospitalizations for heat-stress illness varies between rural and urban areas: an analysis of Illinois data, 1987–2014
Adding to the limited research addressing whether HSI hospitalization risk varies between urban and rural areas.

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International Journal for Equity in Health

Community involvement in design, implementation and evaluation of nutrition interventions to reduce chronic diseases in indigenous populations in the U.S.: a systematic review
The aim of this review was to identify and characterize nutrition interventions conducted with Indigenous populations in the US, and to determine whether and to what degree communities are involved in intervention design, implementation and evaluation.

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Technology and public health

Day 4: Technology and public healthBMC Health Services Research

Development of a 5As-based technology-assisted weight management intervention for veterans in primary care
Describing the iterative development of a technology-assisted intervention designed to provide primary care-based 5As counseling within Patient-Centered Medical Homes without overburdening providers/healthcare teams.

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Injury Epidemiology

A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the Make Safe Happen® app—a mobile technology-based safety behavior change intervention for increasing parents’ safety knowledge and actions
A study contributing to the evidence-base on how to increase safety knowledge and actions to prevent home-related injuries in children.

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Implementation Science

A randomized trial of decision support for tobacco dependence treatment in an inpatient electronic medical record: clinical results
This report describes the effect on quit rates of this decision support tool and order set for hospitalized smokers.

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International Journal of Health Geographics

A systematic review of spatial decision support systems in public health informatics supporting the identification of high risk areas for zoonotic disease outbreaks
This systematic review aims to describe characteristics of spatial decision support systems developed to assist public health officials in the management of zoonotic disease outbreaks.

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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

Towards a 21st century health care system: advancing the case for telecare
Telehealth interventions and how to prevent these exacerbating socioeconomic effects on health disparities.

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Climate change

Day 5: Climate changeBMC Public Health

Developing effective communication materials on the health effects of climate change for vulnerable groups: a mixed methods study
This study tested, among vulnerable audiences, whether viewing targeted materials increases knowledge about the health impacts of climate change and strength of climate change beliefs, and whether each are associated with stronger intentions to practice recommended behaviors.

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Environmental Health

Heat/mortality sensitivities in Los Angeles during winter: a unique phenomenon in the United States
The first study to specifically evaluate heat-related mortality during the winter for a U.S. city.

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Globalization and Health

The economics of health and climate change: key evidence for decision making
Examining the availability and strength of economic evidence for policy makers to draw on in making health policy decisions.

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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

Improving public health by tackling climate change
Commentary on integrative article “Climate change and health in Israel: adaptation policies for extreme weather events”. 

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Public Health Reviews

Solving the global climate crisis: the greatest health opportunity of our times?
There is no better time to focus on health as central in the climate negotiations; and in so doing, may we move faster and further with effective actions on climate change and the subsequent health benefits that will arise from a low-carbon society.

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Global health

Day 6 and 7: Global healthBMC Medicine

Disaggregating catastrophic health expenditure by disease area: cross-country estimates based on the World Health Surveys
Research looking at World Health Survey data globally exploring illnesses associated with catastrophic health expenditure.

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Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

Introduction: priority setting in global health
Supplement focusing on how priorities are set in global health.

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Environmental Health

A global perspective on coal-fired power plants and burden of lung cancer
This research hypothesizes that the generating capacity of coal-fired power plants may be associated with lung cancer incidence at the national level.

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Globalization and Health

Managing emerging transnational public health security threats: lessons learned from the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak
Evaluating the characteristics of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak to elucidate lessons learned for managing transnational public health security threats.

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Sustainable Earth

The green soul of the concrete jungle: the urban century, the urban psychological penalty, and the role of nature
A review of the 'psychological penalty' of not incorporating nature into cities and how this influences productivity and mental health.

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Open access Substance Use Research

​​​​​​​Open Access Substance Use Research

Find a quality selection of substance use and related open access journals receiving on average 150,000 article access per year.

Explore open access Substance Use Research

Open access Health Services Research

Health Services Research Open Access
Find over 15 open access journals on Health Care Services and Health Policy receiving on average over 250,000 article accesses per year. 

Explore open access Health Services Research

Collections

Calling for papers: Public mental health

Calling for papers: Public mental health

This collection looks to approach mental health from a global, public, and interdisciplinary perspective. It aims to understand how political, social, and cultural factors co-determine mental health or illness, and to inform effective action to promote mental health.

Submit to our new article collection from Archives of Public Health

Call for papers: Maternal and child health in the sustainable development goal era

Calling for papers: Maternal and child health in the sustainable development goal era

This collection aims to inform further action to address the issues of maternal and neonatal mortality in the SDG era. We invite manuscripts which will help to shed light on the major persisting challenges, the under examined areas of maternal and child health, and cross-cutting or underlying issues related to gender, inequality, and health systems which must be addressed in order for progress to continue and, ideally, accelerate.

Submit to our article collection from Public Health Reviews

Trade and health

Trade and health

Interest in the health implications and impact of liberalized trade and investment agreements has grown significantly since creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995, and the later proliferation of regional and bilateral agreements. This special series in Globalization and Health includes articles that span a range of health and trade issues, examining empirically and theoretically how our new regimes of economic liberalization create some benefit, but portend new risks, for global public health. 

Read articles in this collection from Globalization and Health