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    Jones and Bartlett Learning Author Eliot Sorel to Participate in Book Signing Event at APHA

    Posted by admin on Oct 26, 2012 9:36:56 AM

    Eliot Sorel, MD, author of the just-published 21st Century Global Mental Health will be part of a book signing event at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco next week. The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists.

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    Thank You for Visiting Jones & Bartlett Learning at the AUPHA Annual Meeting

    Posted by admin on Jun 5, 2012 10:19:30 AM

    At last week’s Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, Jones & Bartlett Learning displayed more than 100 leading titles for the study and practice of Health Administration. With topics ranging from health care marketing, to law, ethics, finance, and health reform, AUPHA members flocked to our tables to find just the right textbooks for their courses.

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    Topics: health administration, marketing

    New Online Course Facilitates Undergraduate Public Health Instruction

    Posted by admin on Apr 5, 2012 9:30:37 AM

    Navigate Public Health 101 Combines Proven Textbook Content with Interactive Learning Exercises and Course Management Tools

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    Topics: public health education, Richard K. Riegelman, Author, Navigate Public Health 101, Online Learning, Public Health, interactive learning, Public health management, assignment management, automated grading, course content scheduling, course management, exportable grade book

    Celebrate National Public Health Week with Jones & Bartlett Learning

    Posted by admin on Apr 2, 2012 2:30:04 PM

    Every year since 1995, communities across the United States have observed the first week of April as National Public Health Week (NPHW) - a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

    Organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) , NPHW is a national campaign that strives to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to that year’s theme. This year, APHA will continue its broad vision to make America the healthiest nation in one generation by addressing the importance of prevention and wellness through the theme "A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement".

    With over 100 titles designed for the successful study and practice of Public Health, Jones & Bartlett Learning shares this mission of preventing disease and promoting health. Browse our best-selling textbooks at

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    Topics: public health education, Public Health, National Public Health Week (NPHW), Public health management, American Public Health Association (APHA)

    One-On-One With Eric Golanty, Co-Author of Human Sexuality: The Basics

    Posted by admin on Mar 22, 2012 11:25:06 AM

    Author Eric Golanty talks about what inspired him and co-author Gordon Edlin to write Human Sexuality: The Basics and addresses what makes their book standout in the crowd.

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    Topics: Author, author, Health Science, Human Sexuality

    Thoughts from Anti-Tobacco Expert Dr. Michael Siegel on New CDC Anti-Smoking Campaign

    Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2012 10:25:41 AM

    The above 30-second PSA is part of a $54 million campaign called Tips From Former Smokers launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday. Using graphic, true-to-life images, the ads are intended to shock people into giving up their smoking habit. The CDC says the campaign is an attempt to counter the more than $100 billion that tobacco companies spend on marketing and promotion.

    But how effective will the campaign be in convincing smokers to quit? For the answer, I turned to Jones & Bartlett Learning author, Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, and an expert in cigarette advertising and marketing, tobacco control polices, and their effects on youth and adult smoking behavior:

    “On the one hand, this campaign uses actual survivors of tobacco-related illnesses, which makes it potentially strong for current smokers,” said Dr. Siegel “On the other hand, the imagery is so horrific that it is unlikely to engage the attention of young people. The ads also combine fear and shaming, which can sometimes be counterproductive. All in all, my feeling is that this campaign will probably have some effect on current smokers, but little to no impact on youth, who seem impervious to messages about harms that likely will not take place until far in the future.”

    Looking at this through the lens of human behavior theory, Dr. Siegel put his finger on a particular concept that affects youth in particular:

    “This concept is called 'discounting,' which means attributing less weight to things that happen in the distant future. Many studies have shown that youth have very high rates of discounting. Adult smokers are a different story, and I think they will be impacted by these commercials.”

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    New Edition of Best-Selling Health Policy Textbook Examines Health Care Reform & More

    Posted by admin on Mar 13, 2012 11:05:59 AM

    Below is the preface for the highly anticipated Second Edition of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, by Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM and Sara E. Wilensky, JD, PhD from School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University.

    Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Second Edition will be publishing April 1, 2012.  Visit us to request your complimentary review copy today.

    Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Second Edition

    Health policy and law are matters of national and local focus and concern.  Public opinion polls, media coverage, and policy debates at all levels of government and in private industry attest to the important place that health care and public health hold in the minds of the American public, policymakers, and lawmakers.  The constant attention showered on health policy-related topics also highlights their complexity, which stems from multiple factors.

    First, like most challenging public policy problems, pressing health policy questions simultaneously implicate politics, law, ethics, and social mores, all of which come with their own set of competing interests and advocates.  Second, health policy debates often involve deeply personal matters pertaining to one’s quality—or very definition—of life, philosophical questions about whether health care should be a market commodity or a social good, or profound questions about how to appropriately balance population welfare with closely guarded individual freedoms and liberties.  Third, it is often not abundantly clear how to begin tackling a particular health policy problem.  For example, is it one best handled by the medical care system, the public health system, or both?  Which level of government—federal or state—has the authority or ability to take action?  Should the problem be handled legislatively or through regulatory channels?  The final ingredient that makes health policy problems such a complex stew is the rapid developments often experienced in the areas of health care research, medical technology, and public health threats.  Generally speaking, this kind of rapid evolution is a confounding problem for the usually slow-moving American policy- and lawmaking machinery.

    Broadly defined, the goal of health policy is to promote and protect the health of individuals and of populations bound by common circumstances.  Because the legal system provides the formal structure through which public policy—including health policy—is debated, effectuated, and interpreted, law is an indispensable component of the study of health policy.  Indeed, law is inherent to the expression of public policy: major changes to policies often demand the creation, amendment, or rescission of laws.  As such, students studying policy must learn about the law, legal process, and legal concepts.  The range of topics fairly included under the banner of “health policy and law” is breathtaking.  For example, what effect is health care spending having on national and state economies?  How should finite financial resources be allocated between health care and public health?  How can we ensure that the trust funds established to account for Medicare’s income and disbursements remain solvent in the future as an enormous group of Baby Boomers becomes eligible for program benefits?  What kind of return (in terms of quality of individual care and the overall health of the population) should we expect from the staggering amount of money we collectively spend on health?  Should individuals have a legal entitlement to health insurance?  How best to attack extant health disparities based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status?  What policies will best protect the privacy of personal health information in an increasingly electronic medical system?  Can advanced information technology systems improve the quality of individual and population health?  Should the right to have an abortion continue to be protected under the federal Constitution?  Should physician assistance in dying be promoted as a laudable social value?  Will mapping the human genome lead to discrimination based on underlying health status?  How prepared is the country for natural and man-made catastrophes, like pandemic influenza or bioterrorism attacks?  What effect will chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity-related conditions, have on health care delivery and financing?  How best to harness advancing scientific findings for the benefit of the public’s health?

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    Topics: public health education, Author, health policy, Public Health, Health care, George Washington University, Joel B. Teitelbaum, Public health management, Sara E. Wilensky, Essentials of Health Policy and Law, public opinion, School of Public Health and Health Services

    March is National Nutrition Month®

    Posted by admin on Mar 8, 2012 9:46:44 AM

    "Get Your Plate in Shape" with the help of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

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    Topics: nutrition, nutrition

    Author Peter Kongstvedt Comments on the New 6th Edition of His Best-Selling Book, Essentials of Managed Health Care

    Posted by admin on Mar 7, 2012 2:58:52 PM

    Reprinted from the Introduction of the new 6th Edition of

    Essentials of Managed Health Care , by Peter Kongstvedt, available on 4/2/2012.  Qualified instructors are invited to request review copies.
    The Sixth Edition is the most significant structural overhaul of this book since the Second Edition morphed into the Third back in 1996. And while it is a hefty volume at just under a half a million words, it remains svelte in comparison to the fourth and, as of 2001 the last edition of its antecedent, The Managed Health Care Handbook, which had three times that. This does not reflect a shrinking health care sector nor a movement from complexity to simplicity, since neither is the case. It does reflect the commitment of the book’s contributors to providing a broad and sufficiently detailed overview of the key elements of health insurance and managed health care to meet the needs of one or more of its types of readers. At the same time, it means that some things are left out. As the editor, I bear full responsibility for any decisions about what to include and what to exclude, as well as any errors that may be contained in this text.
    Who Benefits from this Book?
    This book is much like the original Swiss Army Knife® designed by Karl Elsener in 1891, which had a cutting blade, a screwdriver, a can opener and a reamer (or awl).  That tool served four different purposes depending on the needs of the user, and this book also serves four different purposes, depending on the needs of the reader. Unlike the knife, however, there is considerable overlap in how those purposes are served. The four primary users of this book overlap in many ways, and are loosely categorized as follows:
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    Announcing the First Annual Riegelman Award

    Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2012 2:18:13 PM

    The 2012 Call for Nominations and nomination materials are now available for the First Annual Riegelman Award for Undergraduate Public Health Education. This award was made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Richard Riegelman, founding dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and his wife, Linda.  The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) is pleased to support this unique award to encourage and recognize excellence in teaching of public health to undergraduate students.

    This unique national award will recognize one full-time, undergraduate public health faculty at a university with a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school of public health or a CEPH-accredited program of public health. The award supports faculty who have demonstrated exemplary efforts to start a new program, have collaborated both with community partners and other disciplines, and have garnered respect and enthusiasm from students.

    Dr. Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD is the editor of the acclaimed Essential Public Health Series, including Public Health 101: Healthy People, Health Populations, Global Health 101 and Epidemiology 101.

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    Topics: Epidemiology, public health education, Author, Dr. Richard Riegelman, Public Health, Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), Public health management, Riegelman Award, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), George Washington University School of Public Heal, Global health

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