Prevention Policy Matters Blog

The Prevention Policy Matters Blog helps translate public health policy into practice, offering innovative ways to make national guidelines work in communities across the nation. Discover insights and practical tips from experts across all of ODPHP’s divisions, as well as compelling stories from other professionals.

The end of 2015 marks a time for reflection and new beginnings. You may have already started on your New Year’s resolutions. Here at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) we hope that more adults who are not current on the recommended clinical preventive services have made it their New Year’s resolution to get up to date.
The holiday season seems like the perfect excuse to put physical activity on the back burner. Combine cold weather and shorter days with holiday activities and preparations, and it’s easy to see how a physical activity routine might fall lower on the priority list this time of year. Without much extra time and effort, however, your clients can work physical activity into the holiday season, making it fun and healthy for the whole family.
With a fast-paced lifestyle, finding time to get meaningful physical activity can be difficult for anyone. November is American Diabetes Month and according to the Veterans Administration, 25 percent of patients have diabetes. Research shows that active duty service members have a similar incidence of diabetes as civilians.
As members of the ODPHP health literacy team, we are committed to promoting the use of health literacy principles. Recently, we took a deep dive into the online user experience to write the second edition of Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Simplifying the User Experience. We learned a lot about the challenges many people face using health websites.
Recent headlines about antibiotic-resistant superbugs might make people wonder how to stay safe when receiving medical care. With an estimated 1 in 25 patients acquiring infections while hospitalized on any given day, it is important to be aware of the risks. Public health agencies and health care providers, as well as patients and their families, all have critical roles to play in keeping patients safe.
Would you like to let visitors to your website know what recommended preventive services are right for them? The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has made it easy to add customizable information about recommended preventive services to websites, patient portals, and apps with myhealthfinder 2.0, the latest offering in our suite of content syndication tools.
This summer, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) co-hosted HHS’s first Healthy Aging Summit with the American College of Preventive Medicine. The Summit explored the state-of-the-science, policy, research, and care for older Americans across multiple sectors including public health, healthcare, academia, transportation, housing, and environmental planning.
When it comes to eating for health, it's important to make food choices that are backed by robust scientific evidence, packed with essential nutrients, and that can help to prevent us from getting sick. For infants, one food that meets all these requirements is breast milk. During National Breastfeeding Month, we are excited to highlight the Birth to 24 Months and Pregnancy Project.
Every day, media reports about opioid overdose bring attention to growing concerns about the risks associated with this class of medication. Opioid overdose—as the result of unintentional dosage error, aberrant medication-related behavior, and other factors—is just one example of an adverse drug event (ADE) that is a significant cause of drug-related injury