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Public Health Month … and the Nebraska Sesquicentennial!

posted April 6, 2017, 4:31 PM by

It’s time to celebrate! It’s Public Health Month in Nebraska *and* Nebraska’s 150th “birthday!” Coincidence? Well, we’ll leave that up to you to decide! What’s not a coincidence is that we have a great infographic to share, celebrating 150…

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posted April 6, 2017, 4:31 PM by

… to Colleen Svoboda of Children’s Hospital. Colleen is taking the reigns not only in her new role at Children’s, but also as President Elect of the Public Health Association of Nebraska…. and we’re grateful!
Colleen Svoboda recently joined the…

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April Declared Public Health Month in Nebraska

posted April 5, 2017, 12:54 PM by

Gov. Pete Ricketts has declared April Nebraska Public Health. The month starts tomorrow, April 1, 2018. It’s time to share why focusing on public health is so important to Nebraska.
Events are happening throughout Nebraska and throughout the United States….

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Public health taking action as climate change heats up

posted January 10, 2017, 12:39 PM by

In July, scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies released a startling finding: Each of the first six months of 2016 were the warmest occurrences of their respective months in modern history.
Then in mid-November, as higher temperatures continued…

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10 Things to Know about Heritage Health — New Medicaid Delivery System Begins Jan. 1

posted January 3, 2017, 12:38 PM by

Note to Editors:  Included in the following link is helpful information for you about Nebraska Medicaid and Long-Term Care’s Heritage Health managed care program to help answer your questions and provide contacts for the 230,000 participating Nebraskans.

Lincoln –Nebraska’s new Medicaid…

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Medicaid Director Calder Lynch Elected to National Board

posted December 12, 2016, 9:42 AM by

LINCOLN— Calder Lynch, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).

“Calder will serve…

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A Nobel Prize winner says public preschool programs should start at birth

posted December 12, 2016, 9:38 AM by

Nobel Prize winner James Heckman’s research has played an important role in establishing that high-quality public preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds can more than pay for itself over the long term, as low-income children who attend are more likely…

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Four steps to precision public health

posted December 6, 2016, 11:00 AM by

When domestic transmission of Zika virus was confirmed in the United States in July 2016, the entire country was not declared at risk — nor even the entire state of Florida. Instead, precise surveillance defined two at-risk areas of…

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Study: Gut Bacteria May Lead to Parkinson’s Disease

posted December 5, 2016, 11:56 AM by

Parkinson’s disease may be linked to certain gut bacteria, according to a new study.

Writing in the journal Cell, researchers at the California Institute of Technology say: “Changes in the composition of gut bacterial populations—or possibly gut bacteria themselves—are actively…

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