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Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Nicotine, Menthol, and Melanin

Lung Cancer Awareness Month ended in November reminding us how many people are still affected by the disease as it continues to impact marginalized populations, most notably African Americans. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, the death rate of lung cancer for African American men was 55.4...

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Ripple effects of domestic violence in infant and maternal health

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it is imperative to understand this public health issue in the United States and Ohio. According to the United Nations (UN), domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV), is “a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or...

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides critical support for birthing people and families
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National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides critical support for birthing people and families

There has been awareness about the 988 National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline since its launch this summer, but little is known about another 24/7 hotline that was implemented beforehand. The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline was launched in May 2022 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The hotline connects pregnant, postpartum people and...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities

Health equity is one of the major public health areas of focus for governmental entities and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to address it as well. They hope to achieve health equity for clients from underserved communities and the providers who serve those areas...

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What it takes to become lead-safe certified

Cleveland City Council passed an ordinance in 2019 requiring residential rental units built before 1978 to obtain a lead-safe certification to ensure that families, especially children, are able to live in safe environments. Landlords and property managers can engage in either one of the two inspections: a Lead Clearance Examination or a Lead Risk Assessment...

Local efforts to address racism as a public health crisis in Northeast Ohio
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Local efforts to address racism as a public health crisis in Northeast Ohio

Since 2020, many municipalities across Northeast Ohio either declared racism as a public health crisis or condemned racism. According to an article from The Land, 10 towns and cities across Cuyahoga County declared racism as a public health crisis (RAPHC) and six cities passed resolutions to condemn racism. Cuyahoga County, for example, established the Citizens...

Racism is a public health crisis that cannot be ignored
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Racism is a public health crisis that cannot be ignored

Over the past three years, racism has been declared a public health crisis in numerous communities across the United States. Milwaukee County was the first to declare it in 2019, with other governmental entities following suit, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Cuyahoga County. Often, governmental entities focus on addressing...

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Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition aims to eliminate menthol cigarettes in local communities

Local initiatives during Lung Cancer Awareness Month November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month when many organizations and individuals are encouraging the public to learn about this disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both women and men throughout the United...

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and how state and local current prevention efforts provide resources for families in poverty

October is known for many health awareness causes such as breast cancer and domestic violence, but lead poisoning is a public health issue that more people are noticing. Established in 1999 by the US Senate, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) occurs during the last week of October each year. A collaboration between the United...

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