Resources from Texas Public Health Association Conference conducted in Waco, March 5th -7th

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  Mar 19, 2018   admin


Mother Friendly Environment:

The conference arranged for a “Mother Friendly Nook” to be provided in the main room of the conference. It was a tent set up with a comfy chair, lighting and insulated bags to store milk. WIC with Waco-McLennan County Public Health District provided resource bags with the following materials:

Chronic Disease Self-Management:

From the FDA Vendor Table had a wide variety of resources that may be beneficial for CDSM classes. The publications are free. Some are available to be ordered at no charge and other materials you can download and make copies for programs. Here is the FDA online source for educational tools and materials: www.fda.gov/educationresourcelibrary

Here is a list of materials that were showcased at the conference that may be of interest:

  • Food Safety for Pregnant Women
  • Food Safety for People with Diabetes
  • Heart Health for Women
  • ABCS of Heart Health
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 -2020: Eighth Edition
  • Eat Healthy. Be Active Community Workshops: Based on the Dietary Guidelines for American 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. (Note: this resource is available in English and Spanish. Includes instructor guide, workshop lesson plans, handouts, and evaluation forms.)
  • Research the website many more materials.

Notes from Sessions that may be helpful:

Implementing Health Goals through Planning. Presented by Doug McDonald – president@apatexas.org

Planning originally included public health until the Industrial Revolution. Then planning split with public health on one side and urban planning on the other. Today there is a shift back to the roots to include health into city planning. Addressed Comprehensive Plans, these provide a 20 to 30-year vision for a city’s future. Helps Policy makers to guide decisions and policies. Texas does not require comprehensive plans. However, some communities have created them, for example Plano. City of Plano recently updated their plan. The Texas Local Government Code Chapter 213 defines the comprehensive plans. FYI Chapter 211 contains re-zoning information. Go to the American Planning Association: Texas Chapter website to view communities in Texas that have plans: https://www.txplanning.org/

Melissa Oden presented on the Planners4Heallth that is supported by CDC. A toolkit has been developed for Rural Disaster Planning and Recovery. It was developed after the April 2017 tornadoes that impacted Van Zandt County, Texas. Toolkit to be available on the TPHA website for free. As of today’s date it has not been posted.

Lastly, Janet Jones with Waco McLennan County Public Health District delivered a great program titled: Just Ask! A community-first approach to improving women’s preconception health in a community. The importance of gaining community input on projects is invaluable. Visit with Ms. Jones about the outcomes of a project that led to the development of Healthy Waco Women.