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Health Literacy Month Sheds Light on Continued Need for Improvement

October is Health Literacy Month. This is the third year in a row we are talking about this topic on the Healthyist, and I wondered if I had anything new to say on the topic. As I began my research, I realized that of course I have more to say because health literacy is something that we must talk about again and again to assert its importance in the health communication and public health arenas. In particular, what stands out to me is that improving health literacy is NOT something… [Read More]

CVS Health Demonstrates Unique Commitment to Tobacco Cessation

This blog post originally appeared on the Global Bridges website. Article 14 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) includes treatment as an essential component of a comprehensive strategy to end tobacco dependence.  I applaud the groundbreaking decision of a major for-profit corporation to embrace this as part of their corporate mission. In February 2014, the United States' second-largest pharmacy chain, CVS Caremark (now CVS He… [Read More]

Housing and Public Health: Tiny Homes May Have a Big Impact

When most people think about public health, they probably think about vaccines, clinics, exercise, nutrition, and smoke-free policies. But what doesn't get much thought in the realm public health is the basic need for shelter: safe and affordable housing. Even among the well-employed, finding affordable housing (especially in the Washington, D.C. area) can be a stressful proposition. Unfortunately, housing prices continue to increase in many metropolitan areas, and economic or health… [Read More]


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