Over the last few months, diners in New York City may have noticed a change to menus at chain restaurants. A salt shaker inside a small triangle now appears next to some menu items to let New Yorkers know that item has 2,300 milligrams or more of sodium – more sodium than should be consumed in an entire day.
With Zika virus dominating headlines, we reached out to Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County and Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington to discuss some of the unique challenges in the U.S. arising from the sudden emergence of this virus.
Welcome to the Big Cities Health Coalition's Front Lines Blog! We’re excited to launch it, and in future months, you’ll find posts from our members, the leadership of 28 of the nation’s largest, most urban health departments, and other key leaders in the field of public health. Here at the Coalition, we focus on research, policy and systems change, and advocacy. Integral to all of these is the availability of timely, accurate local data that is comparable across jurisdictions, so that we can gain insight into conditions on the ground. While there are plenty of resources for data at the state or county level, city level data is hard to come by. And that’s one of the gaps in the field that we’re seeking to fill. We recently published the Big Cities Health Inventory, where we gathered public health data from 26 member cities, and for the first time, put them in one place to allow for comparisons on various health indicators. The inventory also offers 12 “Winnable Battles Case Studies” that highlight some of the ways cities are tackling key health battles by executing cutting-edge public health practices with large-scale impact.
Welcome to The Big Cities Health Coalition Front Lines Blog. Here, you will find insights written by our members, the leadership of the nation's largest urban health departments. They will share first hand accounts of their work on the greatest challenges in American public health, as they fight to make their combined 51 million city residents healthier and safer. Stay tuned to hear about solutions that are working in our nation's big cities, and how these leaders are solving real public health problems every day.