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- The Practical Playbook provides free toolsExternal, guidanceExternal, and success storiesExternal for public health and primary care integration.
- Improvements in population health take place in tandem: primary careExternal provides real-time data, and public healthExternal promotes community wellness and education.
- First steps to improving integration include learning the value of working togetherExternal and searching for models among successful projectsExternal.
- Traffic-related air pollution is highest near major roads. In 2010, 5.0% of Hispanics, 5.4% of Asians/Pacific Islanders, and 5.1% of foreign-born persons lived within 150 meters of a major highway (vs. 3.7% of the overall US population).
- Exposure to traffic-related air pollution leads to asthma attacks and may lead to onset of childhood asthma, other respiratory symptoms, and cardiovascular disease and death.
- Improved access to alternative transportation, financial incentives to reduce traffic, diesel retrofitting, and other measures could help reduce exposure to traffic emissions.
- According to a new Surgeon General’s report, smoking and secondhand smoke cause 480,000 deaths annually in the US, and for every smoking-related death, more than 30 people live with a smoking-related illness.
- CDC’s 2012 Tips from Former Smokers campaign led to an estimated 1.64 million Americans trying to quit smokingExternal, and at least 100,000 of those smokers are expected to stay smokefree.
- The 2014 Tips campaign features new diseases and conditions in former smokers: HIV and stroke, gum disease/tooth loss, and premature birth.
- Healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.
- Ten of the highest prescribing states for painkillers are in the South.
- States can take steps to address the overprescribing of painkillers. Learn about changes in Florida’s laws and enforcement actions, after which painkiller prescribing and overdoses dropped.
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