2015 NC Prevention Report Card Released
North Carolina continues to score poorly in health, according to the 2015 NC Prevention Report Card released this week online at http://forprevention.org/p2/2015ReportCard/. Unhealthy behaviors combined with challenging economic factors put North Carolina behind the national curve on life expectancy and chronic disease. Hospitals are working hard to change this especially among their own employees. Three organizations, including the North Carolina Hospital Association, have joined Prevention Partners as lead partners in publishing the Prevention Report Card and in promoting Healthy Together NC, an initiative to bring evidence-based healthy practices to workplaces in every county of the state. NC Hospitals are leaders in building a culture of wellness at the workplace and can serve as a model for other businesses. Learn more about Healthy Together NC at http://forprevention.org/p2/what-we-do/healthy-together-nc/.
NC Hospitals to Implement Wellness Culture and Physically Active Environment
The Duke Endowment awarded NC Prevention Partners a grant to promote a culture of wellness and a physically active environment within all North Carolina hospitals. This program will be implemented in partnership with the North Carolina Hospital Association over the next three years. The Duke Endowment has funded past NC Prevention Partners initiatives to help hospitals achieve tobacco-free campus environments, enhance tobacco cessation efforts for employees and patients, and improve the healthy food environment. See here.
Healthy Food Environment Project Wins 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Award
NC Hospitals and Prevention Partners were recognized with a Healthy Living Innovation Award from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of US Health and Human Services. The Healthy Food Environment Project is one of eight winners of the national Healthy Living Innovation Awards. The Healthy Living Innovation Awards is a new initiative designed to identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community. In 2008, NC Prevention Partners began working with hospitals across the state to create a standard for bringing healthier food to hospital cafeterias/ snack rooms. NCPP’s Healthy Food Environment project is funded by The Duke Endowment and in partnership with NCHA. Congratulations to NCPP and all the participating N.C. hospitals for their inspiring success in promoting and achieving healthy food environments.
Healthy Hospital Initiative
NCHA has partnered with Prevention Partners with funding from The Duke Endowment to implement the NC Healthy Hospital Initiative. Healthy hospitals are a cornerstone of a healthy community. As one of the largest industries in the state, hospitals can affect the health behaviors of thousands of employees, in addition to providing healthcare to patients.
Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative
In 2006, The Duke Endowment funded NCPP, in a partnership with the NC Hospital Association, to help NC hospitals go 100% tobacco-free. As of July 6, 2009, all acute care hospitals in North Carolina have a 100% tobacco-free campus wide policy.
Nearly half of North Carolina hospitals have committed to make their work sites healthier for employees by using WorkHealthy America. With health care costs being a top expense for hospitals, emphasis on comprehensive wellness programs that can level or decrease costs is becoming a priority. WorkHealthy America helps organizations change policies and environments so that employees can make healthy choices throughout their work day. With funding from The Duke Endowment and in partnership with NCHA, Prevention Partners provides North Carolina hospitals access to WorkHealthy America for a reduced license fee. The fee includes the WorkHealthy America assessment, tailored recommendations reports, short- and long-term action steps, resources that will help your organization achieve each recommendation, as well as free online an in-person training.
For more on this initiative, go to http://www.forprevention.org/nationalmap?template=wha
Smoking Cessation Systems
Prevention Partners has developed a comprehensive approach to tobacco cessation, so that every patient, visitor, and employee has the best chance to quit tobacco successfully.
Preventive Health Initiatives
NCHA hospitals work with public health on a variety of evidence-based preventive health initiatives:
The Period of PURPLE Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina
The State of North Carolina was recently named a leader in child abuse prevention and research for its work on The Period of PURPLE Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina. It is the country’s largest and most comprehensive statewide evidence-based shaken baby prevention initiative.To date, more than 5,000 workers at 86 hospitals and birthing centers in North Carolina have been trained to teach parents about The Period of PURPLE Crying.
N.C. Back to Sleep Campaign for SIDS Risk Reduction
The N.C. Back to Sleep Campaign for SIDS Risk Reduction is a public education and awareness initiative designed to increase understanding about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and ways to reduce its risks.
North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Program
The NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation initiative has been developed to recognize those maternity centers that have taken steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organization. A five star system has been developed. A star is awarded for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Baby Friendly USA. The North Carolina initiative encourages maternity centers across the state to promote and support breastfeeding one step at a time.