February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based network committed to improving the health of our nation, the Asian Health Coalition and its community partners are encouraging Asian Americans in Illinois to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death for Asian Americans. Additionally, 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.
To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Asian Health Coalition (AHC) has teamed up with the American Heart Association to distribute culturally tailored posters in Chinese (download here). The posters are part of AHC’s cardiovascular disease self-management program called Your Health is Golden, an evidence-based program adapted from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) program of the same name. Your Health is Golden is currently offered in Chinese and Vietnamese at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about eating healthier, increasing their physical activity and making other behavior changes with the goal of modifying behaviors to reduce their risk for developing heart disease. Trained community health workers leads the program over a beginning with an initial health screening and 6 weekly group sessions, followed by another health screening after 4 months. Increased physical activity and moderate weight loss not only reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but also have an impact on lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
We are continually looking for new participants for this program. Support for the AHC’s Your Health is Golden program has been made possible with a generous community grant from the Ravenswood Health Care Foundation. Please contact Katherine at (312)372-7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Introduction: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has increased considerably among U.S. youths since 2011. Tobacco use among youths in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. Tobacco product advertising can persuade youths to start using tobacco. CDC analyzed data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey to estimate the prevalence of e-cigarette advertisement exposure among U.S. middle school and high school students.
Methods: The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, a school-based survey of middle school and high school students in grades 6–12, included 22,007 participants. Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements (categorized as “sometimes,” “most of the time,” or “always”) was assessed for four sources: retail stores, Internet, TV and movies, and newspapers and magazines. Weighted exposure estimates were assessed overall and by school type, sex, race/ethnicity, and grade.
Results: In 2014, 68.9% of middle and high school students (18.3 million) were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements from at least one source. Among middle school students, exposure was highest for retail stores (52.8%), followed by Internet (35.8%), TV and movies (34.1%), and newspapers and magazines (25.0%). Among high school students, exposure was highest for retail stores (56.3%), followed by Internet (42.9%), TV and movies (38.4%), and newspapers and magazines (34.6%). Among middle school students, 23.4% reported exposure to e-cigarette advertising from one source, 17.4% from two sources, 13.7% from three sources, and 11.9% from four sources. Among high school students, 21.1% reported exposure to e-cigarette advertising from one source, 17.0% from two sources, 14.5% from three sources, and 18.2% from four sources.
Conclusions and Implications for Public Health Practice: Approximately seven in 10 U.S. middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in 2014. Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might contribute to increased use of e-cigarettes among youths. Multiple approaches are warranted to reduce youth e-cigarette use and exposure to e-cigarette advertisements, including efforts to reduce youth access to settings where tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, are sold, and regulation of youth-oriented e-cigarette marketing.
In a major shift, the American Cancer Society is recommending that women at average risk of breast cancer get annual mammograms starting at age 45 rather than at age 40, and that women 55 and older scale back screening to every other year. The new guidelines, published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), fall more closely in line with guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel of experts that recommend biennial breast cancer screening starting at age 50 for most women.
The USPSTF 2009 recommendations to reduce the frequency and delay the start of mammogram screening were based on studies suggesting the benefits of detecting cancers earlier did not outweigh the risk of false positive results, which needlessly expose women to additional testing, including a possible biopsy.
“Since the last ACS breast cancer screening update for average-risk women was published in 2003, new evidence has accumulated from long-term follow-up of the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies of organized, population-based screening (service screening) programs,” the ACS wrote. “In addition, there is now greater emphasis on estimating harms associated with screening.” So the ACS thought it best to organize an interdisciplinary development group to update the 2003 guidelines.
To access the JAMA publication please go to http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2463258
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today a list of 10 organizations that will receive a share of federal funding to participate in the third year of Get Covered Illinois’ In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the state-run outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois. Asian Health Coalition is leading a consortium of community based organizations and federally qualified health centers serving the Asian and Hispanic immigrant communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. Consortium partners include the Chinese American Service League, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Hanul Family Alliance, Hamdard Health and Human Services, Heartland Health Centers, Indo American Center, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, and Muslim Women Resource Center.
Open enrollment for this year will commence on November 1. For more information please visit https://getcovered.illinois.gov
The full list of lead grantees is below:
Asian Health Coalition
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, Inc.
Greater Elgin Family Care Center
Howard Brown Health Center
Lake County Health Department
Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center
Project of the Quad Cities
Sinai Community Institute
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Inc.
Winnebago County Health Department
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IDPH awarded six different Asian American Public Health Champions during Asian American Heritage Month in May. To read more about the awardees please click here. AHC is proud to congratulate staff from community partners Lao American Organization of Elgin and Korean American Community Services who were among the recipients.