The Foundation for the Public’s Health

The Foundation for the Public’s Health We build local, sustainable, and accountable sources of support for public health. The Foundation for the Public’s Health believes America's communities need diverse experiences and expertise to advance the public's health.

We help create collaborative solutions capable of achieving collective impact by connecting influential individuals and organizations across philanthropy, government, business, and academia. Local health departments, foundations, businesses, individual philanthropists, public schools, social workers, transportation departments, and law enforcement are all part of the solution.

04/01/2016

Join the American Public Health Association (@publichealth) for National Public Health Week April 4-10. #NPHW

As frustrating as it can be, in the realm of political discourse, evidence isn't necessarily enough to move the needle. ...
02/23/2016
The political significance of public-health progress

As frustrating as it can be, in the realm of political discourse, evidence isn't necessarily enough to move the needle. To make a difference, we must tell our stories differently. The intellect is easily scared and fickle, but stories have the power to ease anxieties and inspire ideas that will last a long time.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-political-significance-public-health-progress

The HPV vaccine is saving lives. It'd save even more lives were it not for the far-right's culture war.

02/05/2016

We're proud that our website was honored with a 2015 Davey Award. Sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier industry professionals, the Davey Awards honor outstanding creative from the best small agencies and companies worldwide. The Foundation’s website was designed by creative agency Constructive, formerly known as MSDS. See the site at http://tfph.org

In addition to serving as a resonant anti-smoking campaign, these narratives also provide us with powerful examples of s...
01/28/2016
Kane County Health Department

In addition to serving as a resonant anti-smoking campaign, these narratives also provide us with powerful examples of storytelling, replete with specific, vivid details and the experiences of individuals. Even though the campaign intends to strike a blow at Big Tobacco, it makes us care by honing in on 5 particular individuals. What can we learn that we can incorporate into our own public health marketing strategies?

Read these graphic stories from ex-smokers. You can learn from them and know that it's never too late to quit! http://www.cdc.gov/features/smokers-stories/index.html

Here in DC, we will be in a State of Emergency beginning at 9:30 am tomorrow, 1/22/16. This article has some interesting...
01/21/2016
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

Here in DC, we will be in a State of Emergency beginning at 9:30 am tomorrow, 1/22/16. This article has some interesting and great information on keeping yourself healthy if you plan on shoveling snow. Stay safe, everyone!

With several inches of snowfall expected to blanket the region, many of us will be shoveling this weekend. This article shows why you need to be careful before heading outside for this chore.

While the news of rising vaccination rates is always good news, this reflects a challenging (and perhaps scary) reality.
01/21/2016
Voices for Vaccines

While the news of rising vaccination rates is always good news, this reflects a challenging (and perhaps scary) reality.

More Kindergartners are vaccinated in this one county than have been in ten years. What has changed?

“Vaccination rates among Orange County kindergartners – and those throughout the state – have hit 10-year highs. Figures released this week by the state Department of Public Health show that 93 percent of California kindergartners who enrolled in public and private schools in the fall had all of their required shots. And Orange County is not far behind: Of the 42,007 children who enrolled in kindergarten here in the fall, 92.5 percent were fully immunized for the 2015-16 school year. For both the county and the state, that’s about a 2-percentage-point bump from 2014-15. The measles outbreak that started in December 2014 at Disneyland Resort, and the new, stricter vaccine law it triggered, have changed perceptions about vaccines for the better, said Dr. Eric Troyan, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Mission Viejo.”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-700619-percent-year.html

Here are some ideas from the advertising experts about promoting vaccinations. Finding a new angle can be fun and effect...
01/13/2016
9 Ad Campaigns Promoting Vaccines

Here are some ideas from the advertising experts about promoting vaccinations. Finding a new angle can be fun and effective.

We asked marketing execs how they would sell vaccines—and they dreamed up apps and celebrity cagefights

Does anyone else find dialogues with anti-vaccine folks tiresome, exhausting, and utterly unproductive? When talking isn...
01/13/2016
Informed Parents of Vaccinated Children

Does anyone else find dialogues with anti-vaccine folks tiresome, exhausting, and utterly unproductive? When talking isn't enough, we must lead by example. Though anti-vaxxers are still a small minority of Americans, social media has given them an alarmingly loud megaphone. We must respond by normalizing vaccinations and appropriate vaccination practices. The majority of parents have their children vaccinated on-time and need to feel empowered to let the public know. How would you encourage this in your communities?

Follow this example! I #vaccinate too. #vaxwithme #vaccineswork.

Devastating but still incredibly apropos.
01/12/2016
Read Roald Dahl’s Heartbreaking Pro-Vaccination Letter

Devastating but still incredibly apropos.

Roald Dahl, the author of such childhood favorites as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach lost his daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. He wrote the following letter in 1988, twenty-six years after her death, in a pamphlet...

Some very useful information this time of year.
01/12/2016
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department

Some very useful information this time of year.

You’re sniffling and maybe you have a fever or a dry cough. You feel tired.
Is it a cold or do you have the flu?
Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms may be similar to those of the cold, but are usually more severe. Visit us to read more at http://ow.ly/WVwvu.

01/11/2016
Faces of Public Health: Dr. Estella M. Geraghty

In a new installment of our Faces of Public Health video series, Dr. Estella M. Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer at Esri and Foundation Board Trustee, explains how The Foundation for the Public's Health is spurring innovation by providing much-needed resources to local health departments. Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z0oFSNKQyw

Estella M. Geraghty, MD, MPH, MS, Chief Medical Officer, Esri, and NACCHO Board Member, explains how the Foundation for the Public's Health is spurring innov...

How do we get past the echo chambers perpetuating misinformation and driving dangerous health choices? The only reasonab...
01/08/2016
Voices for Vaccines

How do we get past the echo chambers perpetuating misinformation and driving dangerous health choices? The only reasonable first step is to develop a complete understanding of how scientific sophistry spreads and persists. Without grasping that, we will never find the common ground and build the trust within communities necessary for addressing many important public health challenges of the day. Sometimes we need to listen (and hear) before we take action.

You might wonder how anti-vaccine information spreads so quickly online when most of the people you know in person vaccinate their children. Researchers have found what many of us already know: conspiracy theorists like anti-vaxxers segregate themselves online and create echo chambers where others will tell them that their misinformation is true and that their conspiracy theories are real.

“Researchers conducted their study by examining the diffusion of content on Facebook, examining the spread of both conspiracy theories, or ‘alternative, controversial information, often lacking supporting evidence,' (for example, the idea that vaccines can cause autism) and scientific news. They found that highly segregated communities, or echo chambers, existed around each type of content, and then content tends to circulate only within its own community.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/01/04/heres-how-scientific-misinformation-such-as-climate-doubt-spreads-through-social-media/

What role should public health education have in medical training? http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-isnt-health-lar...
01/06/2016
Why isn't learning about public health a larger part of becoming a doctor?

What role should public health education have in medical training? http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-isnt-health-larger-doctor.html

Chronic conditions, such as Type II diabetes and hypertension, account for seven in 10 deaths in the United States each year. And by some estimates, public health factors, such as the physical environment we live in, socioeconomic status and ability to access health services, determine 90% of our he…

Simple but vital!
01/06/2016

Simple but vital!

Healthline
12/22/2015
Healthline

Healthline

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, Chicago has had 192 mass shootings, if you include incidents in which at least three people were shot. These statistics for Chicago are staggering, but they don’t show the entire damage done to communities by gun violence.

How do we connect our community’s public health resources to the people who need them most? This story from the field ex...
12/22/2015
Health Navigation: Dallas County’s Beacon of Health - Foundation for the Public's Health

How do we connect our community’s public health resources to the people who need them most? This story from the field explores the successes and challenges of Dallas County (IA) Health Department’s Health Navigation program. Health Navigation helps members of the community—including newly arrived immigrants, the chronically ill, and people with disabilities—receive vital health and social services. Read more at https://tfph.org/2015/12/15/health-navigation-dallas-countys-beacon-of-health/

How do we connect our community’s public health resources to the people who need them most? In Iowa, the Dallas County Health Department established Health Navigation to help community members through the complex and often daunting process of receiving health …

12/17/2015

Our Public Health's Promise blog features articles written by thought leaders about how to build on the promise of public health. In the second installment of the series, NACCHO Executive Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck stresses the importance of collaboration for public health and urges local health departments to build relationships with one often overlooked group: philanthropists. Read more: https://tfph.org/2015/12/15/unifying-the-assets-of-our-communities-to-strengthen-public-health/

12/16/2015

Our President and CEO Paul Yeghiayan shares his thoughts on the tragic shooting in San Bernardino, CA, two weeks ago, which left 14 people dead and 21 wounded. He reflects, “We must talk to one another, give our condolences, and reassure our friends, family, and colleagues that the confusion, fear, and outrage we feel is natural, expected, and a potent sign of our uncompromising humanity. Our empathy links us. Even in heartbreak, we find a core value of public health.” Read more at https://tfph.org/2015/12/15/our-thoughts-are-with-san-bernardino/

"'Public health infrastructure has a history of being there when necessary, but on the other hand increasingly being mar...
12/08/2015
Public health gets least money, but does most

"'Public health infrastructure has a history of being there when necessary, but on the other hand increasingly being marginalized and under-funded year after year after year,' said DeSalvo, a former health commissioner of New Orleans. 'We are starving the infrastructure.'"

Historical trends in governmental spending won't change overnight. But our understanding and appreciation for the role of philanthropy in the public health sector can.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/12/07/public-health-gets-least-money-but-does-most/76888180/?utm_campaign=KHN%3A+First+Edition&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=24382063&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9ZRtBBacydDw8ns-WkjU25NAOyEGf1GUXHcphfVVpeRiZaBXc7AEfLmB6QJ1Hy8iRk7efhwyddyiWVFJNBfOYsxDCKrg&_hsmi=24382063

Just three cents of each U.S. health care dollar goes to public health even though it plays a far bigger role in keeping Americans well than medical care, a top federal official said at a forum sponsored by USA TODAY and insurer Cigna.

Our thoughts are with our friends at NACCHO member San Bernardino County Department of Public Health today, the location...
12/03/2015
Community Preparedness Resources for Active Shooter Incidents

Our thoughts are with our friends at NACCHO member San Bernardino County Department of Public Health today, the location of Wednesday's mass shooting. NACCHO has compiled a variety of community resources for active shooter events at http://nacchopreparedness.org/community-preparedness-resources-for-active-shooter-incidents/

In the aftermath of recent active shootings – including today’s shooting in San Bernardino, CA and last week’s Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado Springs, CO – we are providing the following res...

In an installment of our video series, Faces of Public Health, Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director at Harris Coun...
12/01/2015

In an installment of our video series, Faces of Public Health, Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director at Harris County (TX) Public Health & Environmental Services, and a NACCHO Board Member, discusses how to better promote public health's message. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoHRKqe5ux8

"Today, the Clean Air Act and its amendments stand as proof that smart environmental policy can protect public health an...
11/20/2015
Protecting Public Health and Growing the Economy

"Today, the Clean Air Act and its amendments stand as proof that smart environmental policy can protect public health and the environment while allowing industry the space to innovate and expand."

Sometimes when you struggle to tell your stories in a way that does justice to your hard work, it's beneficial to remember the impact public health continues to have on our nation.

The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 demonstrate that a vibrant economy and strong public health protections can go hand in hand.

We're proud to announce that Dr. Reed Tuckson has joined our Board of Trustees. He brings a wealth of experience and a p...
11/19/2015
The Foundation for the Public’s Health Appoints Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, to its Board of...

We're proud to announce that Dr. Reed Tuckson has joined our Board of Trustees. He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for public health. Learn more at https://tfph.org/2015/11/19/the-foundation-for-the-publics-health-appoints-reed-v-tuckson-md-facp-to-their-board-of-trustees/

WASHINGTON – The Foundation for the Public’s Health President and CEO Paul Yeghiayan and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, today announced the appointment of Dr. Reed V. Tuckson to …

Today the Big Cities Health Coalition, an independent initiative of NACCHO, released an interactive data platform and re...
11/18/2015
Data and Research Center

Today the Big Cities Health Coalition, an independent initiative of NACCHO, released an interactive data platform and report that examines data for 26 cities across 34 health indicators. The data set is the first open-access format to provide a broad, comparable view of city health. The report reveals the progress cities have made in reducing mortality rates for diabetes and cancer, improving adult obesity rates, and other winnable battles. Learn more at http://www.bigcitieshealth.org/data-and-research-center.

The Health Inventory Data Platform is an open data platform that allows users to access and analyze health data from 26 cities, for 34 health indicators, and across six demographic indicators. It enables users to explore data both by city and by indicator, facilitates comparisons among urban areas,…

In the first installment of our video series, Faces of Public Health, LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Executive Director, NACC...
11/17/2015

In the first installment of our video series, Faces of Public Health, LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Executive Director, NACCHO, and Board Trustee, The Foundation for the Public's Health, explains the importance of building a culture of philanthropy in public health. Watch the video and subscribe to our YouTube page at http://bit.ly/1HWJa93

"Per capita public health spending has dropped 9.3% since 2008, reflecting a $40.2 billion loss to disease prevention an...
11/16/2015
Public health spending down 9.3% since 2008

"Per capita public health spending has dropped 9.3% since 2008, reflecting a $40.2 billion loss to disease prevention and related programs from 2009 through 2014, according to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health."

It is critical that we find our voice and tell our stories so that Congress, community members, and other sectors appreciate the incredible impact of public health services on our nation's well-being. In the meantime, we must learn to become self-sustaining by connecting with philanthropists who share our passion for the public's health.

Spending on public health is down 9.3% since 2008; increasing amounts are spent on treatment while spending on prevention is falling, according to a new study.

11/09/2015
Philanthropy and the Public's Health Podcast: Episode 1 - Foundation for the Public's Health

What are the major types of philanthropists and why should local health departments care? Learn by listening to the first episode of our podcast at https://tfph.org/2015/11/05/philanthropy-and-the-publics-health-podcast-episode-1/

In the inaugural episode of the Philanthropy and the Public’s Health podcast, The Foundation for the Public’s Health President and CEO Paul Yeghiayan explains what philanthropy is, explores the reasons why people give, and describes the seven major types of philanthropists.

11/03/2015

We're getting ready to launch our first newsletter next week. We'll share stories from the field, a philanthropy podcast, videos with public health leaders, a blog post authored by our President, and more. Subscribe using the form in the footer of our website: https://tfph.org/

Interested in learning more about the Foundation for the Public's Health? Visit our website at tfph.org and subscribe to...
08/28/2015

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07/01/2015

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