Helping Seniors Standing Strong

The 65-years and older population is falling and in some cases, not getting back up. Falls among older adults account for more than 25,000 deaths, 2.5 million emergency department visits, and 700,000 hospitalizations per year nationally. In Connecticut falls are the third leading cause of…

Seattle-King County Health Department Leads in Transformation

This blog draws from NACCHO’s 2015 site visit to Seattle-King County Health Department as well as Janna Wilson’s article featured in NACCHO’s Winter Exchange issue. Local public health systems and practices are often adapting and transforming in response to the forces of change within their…

Managing Chronic Conditions in Stone County, MO

Stone County Health Department wanted to help their community take charge of their chronic disease conditions, but they faced some considerable barriers. Stone County is a long, skinny county in Missouri that borders Arkansas with a population of 32,154, stretched over approximately 511 square miles.…

Understanding Health Literacy to Improve Service Delivery

Health literacy is one of the best predictors of health status. It affects an individual’s ability to seek appropriate healthcare services and adhere to treatment. Poor health literacy contributes to high healthcare costs, overuse of emergency departments, and underuse of preventive services. Low health literacy…