The state of West Virginia works to stay above other states like Alabama and Mississippi in the bottom of most health rankings. Unfortunately, we have a lot of issues where the state ranks 50th out of 50 states. One of our bright spots is childhood immunizations. It is an area we rank number one. InContinue reading “Vaccines are Safe, Effective, & Save Lives”
Nearly every public health or medical association has shown support for universal helmet laws. I understand the arguments legislators make for freedom, but we live in a society with laws meant to protect the public. As someone who has laid a motorcycle down while riding, I can share with you a small scar on myContinue reading “Helmet Laws Protect Life”
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In the above diagram, if you look at the left, it shows that policies & programs can influence health factors which will then influence health outcomes. At the top, health outcomes are basically half and half length of life and quality of life. We all want to have longer more fulfilling lives. The thing thatsContinue reading “County Health Rankings: What can we do?”
Over the course of a year, we experience many holidays. If you work in state government you get more than I do off from work, and I do miss that part of government work. Some of them are merely days off, some are religious in nature. Thanksgiving has come to be my favorite. We takeContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving”
The name T21 sounds like the subtitle to an Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel. However, its a public policy sweeping across states and has even received some support from President Trump. T21 or Tobacco to 21 is an effort to raise the legal purchasing age to 21. Over 500 city/county jurisdictions and 18 states have enacted thisContinue reading “T21”
Last week, I had the privilege of meeting some of the finest minds in the addiction treatment and recovery world at the Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference. This is timely, as we are in the midst of an addiction crisis. Politicians are threatening to lock up offenders and want to further regulate medicationContinue reading “Be Patient, Be Kind and You Can Help Someone with Substance Abuse Disorder”
This week, a diverse group of professionals in the field of addiction gathered at the Marriott in Morgantown, WV.
In this country, we have a debate over whether healthcare is a right or a privilege. My guest this week on the AHP proved that health is a right, at least it is on the East End of Charleston and the surrounding areas she and her team serve. WV Health Right was founded andContinue reading “Bernie Sanders Should Meet Angie Settle”
Vaccines on Offense and Defense. A guest post from my friend, Dr. Lisa Costello.