Public Health News Roundup: December 21
Study: Doctors Say they Need Help Counseling Obese Patients
A survey by researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found that only 44 percent of primary care physicians reported success in helping obese patients lose weight. The survey included 500 general practitioners, family practitioners and general internists and the responses show that primary care physicians overwhelmingly support additional training such as nutrition counseling and practiced-based changes such as having scales report body mass index to improve obesity care. Read more on obesity.
New Allocations for School-Based Health Centers Announced
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced awards of more than $80 million to 197 school-based health center programs around the country. School-based health centers generally provide primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, case management, dental health, nutrition education, health education and health promotion activities. Read more on school health.
Department of Transportation Offers Research Grants for Universities
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Transportation Administration is providing $72.5 million in funding for eligible colleges and universities to establish and operate University Transportation Centers (UTCs). Past projects have included a study that identified economic benefits using public-private partnerships for construction of the I-73/74 National Highway System Corridor in West Virginia, and a study from the University of South Florida that helped developed an app for GPS-enabled cell phones to assist riders with disabilities navigate public transportation systems. Read more on transportation.