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Health in Public Housing Advisory Group November Call
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Health in Public Housing Advisory Group consists of thought leaders working in health centers located in or immediately accessible to public housing. They provide input, react to issues and ideas, make suggestions  about the training and technical assistance, outreach, and research services of NCHPH, and offer insight on other matters relevant to residents of public housing. In this first call, Advisory Group members discuss mental health and substance abuse, smoking cessation services, and programs for the aging population.

Housing and Health: Building Partnerships to Support Public Housing Residents
Friday, October 27, 2017
This learning collaborative explores best practices for partnering with Public Housing Authorities and find opportunities to expand health services for vulnerable, isolated communities. Through improved communications and collaborations with housing partners, additional opportunities may emerge to meet the needs of public housing residents and increase access to health care services for populations not currently served.

Smoke-free Public Housing Workshop
Monday – Tuesday, September 25 – 26, 2017
Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program Directors and Tobacco Control Program Managers were invited to participate in a Smoke-free Public Housing Workshop on September 25 and 26, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. This activity was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).  The one-and-a-half (1.5) day workshop enhanced the capacity of states to implement a new landmark smoke-free policy aimed at providing a smoke-free environment for public housing residents. Six (6) state teams comprised of representatives from seven (7) organizations were selected to attend the workshop.

Opioid Crisis: Problem, Treatment and Prevention
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Opioid misuse, including the non-medical use of prescription opioids, e.g., OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet and the use of non-pharmaceutical or illicit opioids, e.g. heroin and fentanyl, is a fast growing public health problem and primary cause of unintentional deaths nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day 44 people die of a prescription drug related overdose. The National Center for Health in Public Housing, SAMHSA-HRSA for Integrated Health Solutions and Baltimore Department of Public Health recently discussed the opioid epidemic with public housing residents and residents services managers. We offered them educational resources and demonstration of the use of intranasal Narcan (Naloxone) for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose

Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation in Public Housing Community Health Centers: Beyond Policy Adoption and Implementation
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Recording | Slides
On December 5, 2016, HUD published a final rule requiring all Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) administering low-income, conventional public housing to initiate a smoke-free policy. The Rule was effective on February 3, 2017 with an 18-month implementation period. Currently, more than 600 PHAs and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) have already voluntarily adopted smoke-free policies, resulting in 228,000 public housing units that are smoke free. Once the Rule has been implemented, another 940,000 public housing units, including more than 500,000 units inhabited by elderly residents and 760,000 units with children, will become smoke free. This learning collaborative offers valuable information on the HUD’s rule implementation, Health Center’s tobacco cessation services, Smoking Cessation best practices from a PHPC grantee, and ALA’s resources. 

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Strategies for Diabetes Awareness, Prevention and Control: Focusing on Prediabete/Addressing Socioecological Determinants of Prediabetes and Diabetes
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The world is in the midst of parallel and rapidly advancing epidemics – obesity and type 2 diabetes – that begun in the latter of the 20th century and continue to grow, unchecked. Currents prevalence rates are staggering and are expected to climb over the ensuing decades. In 2015, health centers in or immediately accessible to public housing served 590,393 diabetics, 186,268 (32 percent) of these patients have a HbA1c>9. This learning collaborative addresses strategies for diabetes awareness, prevention and control, and the socioecological determinants of prediabetes and diabetes. 

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