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PCD News Summary for July 6, 2017

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About the Journal: Published every Thursday, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed online journal established by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The News Media Branch prepares press summary packets each week. To receive these press summaries on an embargoed basis, send an e-mail to Please note that this e-mail list is for credentialed journalists only. All others, please visit Hookup to Health to sign up for e-mail updates.

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A Community Resource Map to Support Clinical–Community Linkages in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Childhood Obesity, Eastern Massachusetts, 2014–2016

Melissa Newton

This special-topic report identifies challenges and opportunities for scaling up pharmacist-led medication therapy management (MTM) and other comprehensive medication-management interventions. In 2014, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health received federal funding to improve the prevention and control of hypertension in the population through team-based health care delivery models, such as pharmacist-led MTM. Pharmacist-led MTM is a distinct service or group of services that optimizes therapeutic outcomes for individual patients to inform this work, the department conducted a three-part needs assessment, and will use the findings to help steer efforts to improve hypertension prevention and control in Los Angeles and other jurisdictions.

Pharmacist-Driven Strategies for Hypertension Management in Los Angeles: A Community and Stakeholder Needs Assessment, 2014–2015

Melissa Newton

Community-resource mapping tools can improve childhood obesity interventions by linking families to healthy and affordable resources in their communities. After interviewing parents, community partners, and experts on child obesity and the built environment, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital created an online interactive map to identify healthy resources in areas with high rates of childhood obesity and assess the value of providing parents with information on healthy resources in the community to improve childhood obesity outcomes. Resources for nutrition, physical activity, and social supports were identified as important to parents of children who had succeeded in improving their BMI despite living in obesity hotspots. After using print and online versions of the map, families found new places to enjoy physical activities, shopped at new locations, and reported a high satisfaction level with the information they received.


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