Health promotion – Surround Health http://surroundhealth.net/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:48:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://surroundhealth.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-68-120x120.png Health promotion – Surround Health http://surroundhealth.net/ 32 32 Golden Gate Express | Promoting Health and Wellness Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin American Art Night https://surroundhealth.net/golden-gate-express-promoting-health-and-wellness-kicks-off-hispanic-heritage-month-with-latin-american-art-night/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 23:31:54 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/golden-gate-express-promoting-health-and-wellness-kicks-off-hispanic-heritage-month-with-latin-american-art-night/ Students celebrated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month Thursday at West Campus Green for Health Promotion & Wellness’ Latin American Art Night. First commemorated in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. The celebration begins in the middle of the month because it is the anniversary of the independence […]]]>

Students celebrated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month Thursday at West Campus Green for Health Promotion & Wellness’ Latin American Art Night.

First commemorated in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. The celebration begins in the middle of the month because it is the anniversary of the independence of five Central American countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Graduated and Acting Deputy Director for HPW Basic Needs Initiatives Liz Gandaracomes from a mixed Mexican family.

“I really like bringing my culture into the community in SF State because almost 30% of our student body is Latinx so I want to make sure they feel included,” Gandara said. “Even from the snacks we provide to the kind of experiences they can see, a bit of their culture is incorporated into the programming.”

Food and snacks such as Gansitos and Turbos Flamas were served while students listened to Hispanic music and painted canvases on the lawn.

Freshman and first-generation Mexican American Celeste Martinez was one of many students celebrating.

“For me personally, it’s [Hispanic Heritage Month] means celebrating my heritage and my culture in the United States because it’s not as accepted,” Martinez said. “It’s a way for many of us Latinos to come together and unite.”

SF State is currently home to 36.75% Hispanic or Latino students. Although Latinx students make up such a large portion of the student population, retention and graduation rates fell every year.

Jamillah Moore, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said the university is committed to closing these equity gaps.

“We continue to work thoughtfully and consciously in our efforts to ensure that every member of the campus community feels a sense of inclusion, significance and belonging,” Moore said in an email to the campus scale.

Earlier this year, SF State welcomed a new Latinx Student Center. The center aims to make students feel comfortable and welcomed whenever they need a helping hand.

Emmanuel Padilla, inaugural director of the Latinx Student Center, views Hispanic Heritage Month as a time to showcase Hispanic culture as a whole.

“Just having a month to put more of a spotlight on the students, staff and community at State to feel noticed, embraced and equally affirmed,” Padilla said.

The Latinx Student Center, located in Student Services Room Breezeway 140, will host an event every Wednesday for the remainder of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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UMass Center for Public Health Promotion COVID-19 Update: UMass Amherst https://surroundhealth.net/umass-center-for-public-health-promotion-covid-19-update-umass-amherst/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:38:20 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/umass-center-for-public-health-promotion-covid-19-update-umass-amherst/ Ann Becker and Jeffrey Hescock, co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC), sent an email to the campus community on Thursday, announcing the availability of bivalent COVID-19 and influenza vaccines on campus and have encouraged faculty, staff and students to receive the COVID-19 Reminder as soon as they are eligible. This email is as […]]]>

Ann Becker and Jeffrey Hescock, co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC), sent an email to the campus community on Thursday, announcing the availability of bivalent COVID-19 and influenza vaccines on campus and have encouraged faculty, staff and students to receive the COVID-19 Reminder as soon as they are eligible.

This email is as follows:

Dear campus community,

The fall semester is underway and we appreciate the collective efforts of our entire community to adhere to campus public health protocols. As the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to change, an important strategy is to keep your vaccine protection up to date by getting a newly formulated COVID-19 booster.

The FDA recently cleared bivalent COVID-19 vaccines. These updated vaccine boosters are designed to give you broad protection, including against the earlier COVID-19 strain and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lines. The BA.4 and BA.5 strains are expected to circulate widely this fall and winter.

The university strongly recommends that all faculty, staff, and students get vaccinated with the new Pfizer or Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible. Anyone with at least two months since the end of their primary or booster vaccine is eligible. The Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is licensed for people 18 years of age and older, and the Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is licensed for people 12 years of age and older.

The Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC), in partnership with the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and University Health Services (UHS), will continue to provide convenient immunization clinics at the lower level of the Center on campus for anyone eligible. Beginning Thursday, September 22, vaccination clinics are scheduled for Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone 12 years of age or older. For children under 12, a clinic will take place every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments will be required for the month of September, then in October walk-ins will be accepted, but we encourage everyone to make an appointment. Additionally, please visit the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaxfinder for other locations in the area.

As flu season is fast approaching, we strongly encourage you to get your flu shot as well. Flu shots are offered at all PHPC COVID-19 clinics. When you come for your COVID-19 shot, just ask to get your flu shot too – it’s quick and easy.

When we return to campus, we see cases of COVID-19 in the community. It is important that all members of our campus continue to follow public health protocols.

Monitor yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to campus. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should wear a mask, stay home and get tested. People who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for at least five days before returning to class or work or attending events, and report the positive test to testing@umass.edu. You must continue to wear a mask for five more days. For more information, see Guidance on Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 or Exposed to COVID-19.

We encourage you to wear a mask whenever you are in a crowded environment and remember to respect an individual’s masking decisions. Free KN95 masks and antigen testing (at home) are available from vending machines located on the lower level of Campus Center and at UHS.

It is our collective responsibility to follow public health protocols for a healthy UMass community and a successful fall semester.

Sincerely,

Co-Directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)

Ann Becker, Director of Public Health
Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environment, Health and Safety

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Lack of funding affecting adolescent health promotion – GHS https://surroundhealth.net/lack-of-funding-affecting-adolescent-health-promotion-ghs/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:18:11 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/lack-of-funding-affecting-adolescent-health-promotion-ghs/ Sherifa Mohammed (left), Program Officer, Technical Communication and Adolescent Health, Ghana Health Service, addressing participants. Photo: Maxwell Ocloo Lack of funding is depriving a significant number of adolescents in the country of necessary interventions to address challenges affecting their sexual and reproductive health, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said. Although the GHS is mandated […]]]>

Sherifa Mohammed (left), Program Officer, Technical Communication and Adolescent Health, Ghana Health Service, addressing participants. Photo: Maxwell Ocloo

Lack of funding is depriving a significant number of adolescents in the country of necessary interventions to address challenges affecting their sexual and reproductive health, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said.

Although the GHS is mandated to provide accurate health information and comprehensive health services to young people, it is unable to do so due to lack of internal and external funding.

GHS Program Officer, Technical Communication and Adolescent Health, Sherifa Mohammed, therefore called for the establishment of a resource mobilization plan for such interventions for young girls.

She was presenting at a workshop on the economics of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (EcASaRH) interventions in the country.

The workshop, organized by the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA), was part of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) interventions in the country aimed at identifying and costing ASRH priority programs to support advocacy for more resources.

Present were speakers from the Ministry of Health (MoH), GHS, UNFPA, UNICEF and researchers.

Among the issues discussed were the costing and validation of EcASaRH project reports.

AfHEA, which is the professional body for health economists and policy makers in Africa, was established in Accra in 2009 to strengthen and improve the efficiency of health systems.

Ms Mohammed said that since 2018 the GHS had been unable to reach many young girls with interventions, such as sexual and reproductive health education and access to support (family planning and contraceptives ), as expected.

“The unmet need for contraception for married and unmarried girls aged 15-19 stands at 36 and 61 percent, respectively.

“Among married adolescent girls aged 15-19, 96.5% have heard of a contraceptive method, but use is very low due to their inability to access support,” she added.

The project’s lead researcher, Dr Ama Pokuaa Fenny, said it was a multi-country program involving Ghana and Senegal, funded by an international development research centre.

She said that until 2021, the main programs that received ASRH funding in the country were capacity building on ASRH and empowerment of adolescents through comprehensive sexuality education.

Policy development

The Acting Head of the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health, Dr Selina Dussey, said the country has over the years made efforts to advance the cause of ASRH in the structure. basic health care delivery.

For example, she said, the National Population Council (NPC) spearheaded the development of an adolescent reproductive health policy, in collaboration with other stakeholders, which provided general guidelines for implementation of ASRH programs and policies.

“Currently, a new comprehensive strategy has been developed under the Ghana Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition Strategic Plan (2020-20250).

“All of these have contributed significantly to the improvement of ASRH in the country over the years,” Dr Dussey said.

teenage pregnancy

A United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) program analyst, Ishmael Kwesi Selassie, said issues around the high number of teenage pregnancies were a major concern for the organization as they had implications for production overall economy of the country.

“We are working in different parts of the country to prevent child marriage and also to help protect the rights of young adolescents,” he added.

For her part, the NPC’s Executive Director, Dr. Leticia Appiah, stressed the need to develop action plans for adolescent wellbeing.

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The Minister of Health launches the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026 https://surroundhealth.net/the-minister-of-health-launches-the-national-health-promotion-strategy-2022-2026/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 00:28:52 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/the-minister-of-health-launches-the-national-health-promotion-strategy-2022-2026/ Health news for Saturday September 10, 2022 Source: classfmonline.com 2022-09-10 Kwaku Agyeman-Manu The Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu launched the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026, at the second Ghana Health Service Senior Management Meeting, in Accra. The theme of the meeting, “Promoting healthcare, planning for healthy lives: where health systems meet healthy behaviors”, resonated […]]]>

Health news for Saturday September 10, 2022

Source: classfmonline.com

2022-09-10

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

The Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu launched the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026, at the second Ghana Health Service Senior Management Meeting, in Accra.

The theme of the meeting, “Promoting healthcare, planning for healthy lives: where health systems meet healthy behaviors”, resonated with the theme of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 which states “ Enabling healthy lives for all and promoting well-being for all ages”.

The Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026 is expected to improve the quality of health promotion services at all levels, improve the health of communities in Ghana, and increase collaboration and partnerships for health service delivery.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu in his keynote address said that “The capacity and leadership of the Ghana Health Service to coordinate the development of this meeting and the launch of the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026 is a major step to ensure that we have a roadmap to achieve the integration of demand generation, behavior change and health service delivery It is these essential elements that when effectively planned and implemented, lead to measurable improvements in key health indicators and a healthier society.

During the meeting, the Director of the Health Promotion Division, Dr. Aboagye DaCosta, said the strategy will aim to build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, strengthen community action, develop personal skills and to reorient health services.

He also expanded on the goal of the strategy, to educate Ghanaians on how to stay healthy and to support initiatives in communities that influence health and well-being.

He remarked that this will increase the capacity of Ghanaians to better control and improve their health, to involve the population in the context of their daily lives and to carry out activities aimed at health promotion and disease prevention rather than focus on those at risk. for specific diseases.

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Ghana: GHS launches National Health Promotion Strategy 2022 – 2026 in Accra https://surroundhealth.net/ghana-ghs-launches-national-health-promotion-strategy-2022-2026-in-accra/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 11:54:36 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/ghana-ghs-launches-national-health-promotion-strategy-2022-2026-in-accra/ The Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service yesterday launched the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026, which aims to improve the quality of health promotion services in the country. The strategy, which is a review of the previous one that ended in 2019, outlines opportunities and strategies to further improve health promotion in Ghana, […]]]>

The Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service yesterday launched the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026, which aims to improve the quality of health promotion services in the country.

The strategy, which is a review of the previous one that ended in 2019, outlines opportunities and strategies to further improve health promotion in Ghana, through a comprehensive approach that leverages efforts and resources to sustain the impact.

Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who launched the program at the opening of the second Ghana Health Service senior management meeting in Accra said that the capacity and leadership of the GHS to coordinate the development of the meeting and the launch of the National Strategy for Health Promotion 2022-2026 was a major step towards the establishment of a roadmap to achieve the integration of demand generation, change of behavior and health service delivery.

“It is these essential elements that, when effectively planned and implemented, will lead to measurable improvements in key health indicators and a healthier society,” he added.

The Minister reminded the GHS leadership to recommit to effective health service delivery saying, “The lives and health of our people are in your hands.”

GHS Director Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said the strategy would improve the quality of health promotion services at all levels, improve the health of communities in Ghana and strengthen collaboration and partnerships for health delivery. health services.

He reiterated that as health workers carry out their duties to improve health care service delivery, it was important to link health care planning and systems strengthening to health promotion. , behavior change and risk communication efforts.