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Achievements in Public Health 
Public health has had many noteworthy achievements, yet many people don't understand what public health is. If you ask the average person what public health is, their reply might be limited to: “healthcare for low-income families.” CDC’s Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century was created to remind us of how far we’ve come, how we got here, and exactly what public health is.  Public health scientists at CDC were asked to nominate noteworthy public health achievements in the United States between 2001 and 2010. 10 of those achievements include: 

Vaccine Preventable Diseases: The past decade has seen substantial declines in cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and health-care costs associated with vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination of each U.S. birth cohort with the current childhood immunization schedule prevents approximately 42,000 deaths and 20 million cases of disease. 

Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases: Improvements in state and local public health infrastructure along with innovative and targeted prevention efforts yielded significant progress in controlling infectious diseases ranging from Tuberculosis to Ebola. 

Tobacco Control: Since publication of the first Surgeon General's Report on tobacco in 1964, implementation of evidence-based policies and interventions by federal, state, and local public health authorities have reduced tobacco use significantly. 

Maternal &  Infant Health: The past decade has seen significant reductions in the number of infants born with neural tube defects (NTDs) and expansion of screening of newborns for metabolic and other heritable disorders. 

Motor Vehicle Safety: Crash-related deaths and injuries largely are preventable. From 2000 to 2009, while the number of vehicle miles traveled on the nation's roads increased by 8.5%, the death rate related to motor vehicle travel declined from 14.9 per 100,000 population to 11.0 per 100,000.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Heart disease and stroke have been the first and third leading causes of death in the United States since 1921 and 1938. Preliminary data from 2009 indicate that stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States

Occupational Safety: Significant progress was made in improving working conditions and reducing the risk for workplace-associated injuries. 

Cancer Prevention: Evidence-based screening recommendations have been established to reduce mortality from colorectal cancer and female breast and cervical cancer. Several interventions inspired by these recommendations have improved cancer screening rates

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: In 1990, five states had comprehensive lead poisoning prevention laws; by 2010, 23 states had such laws. Enforcement of these statutes as well as federal laws that reduce hazards in the housing with the greatest risks has significantly reduced the prevalence of lead poisoning.

Public Health Preparedness and Response: After the international and domestic terrorist actions of 2001 highlighted gaps in the nation's public health preparedness, tremendous improvements have been made. In the first half of the decade, efforts were focused primarily on expanding the capacity of the public health system to respond. In the second half of the decade, the focus shifted to improving the laboratory, epidemiology, surveillance, and response capabilities of the public health system. 

To learn more about each of these achievement visit:


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Source: Centers for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention 
It’s time for the Community Health Survey!
Every three years, the health care systems and public health departments in Milwaukee County partner to gather information on the health and health behaviors of our residents. 2018 is the third year of the cycle, so a survey year. Phone calls will begin on January 8th. If your landline or cell phone shows a 414 area code number from “Management Decisions,” please answer the call and help us gather data to increase our knowledge and focus our resources on health issues.  
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Tue, January 9, 2018, 10am – 11am- Brown Deer
Thu, January 11, 2018, 3:00pm – 4:30pm- Shorewood 
Tue, January 16, 2018, 7:30am – 9:00am- Shorewood 
Wed, January 17, 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm- Brown Deer
Tue, January 30, 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm- North Shore Library 

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Wed, January 3, 2018, 12:15pm – 1:00pm- Lois and Tom Dolan Community Center
Tue, January 23, 2018, 1:30pm – 2:30pm- Lydell Community Center 
Wed, January 24, 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm- Shorewood 

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation.
Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Wed, January 17, 2018, 8am – 10am- Brown Deer
Tue, January 23, 2018, 8am – 10am- Shorewood 



Stairway to Heroin

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Shorewood High School's Barb Gensler Theater for the Dramatic Arts 
1701 E. Capitol Dr | Shorewood, WI 53211 | 5:30-6:30 PM Resource Fair | 6:30-8:00 PM Program

Children increasingly are coming into contact with illegal drugs. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the average age of first time marijuana use is 14. The average age of first time alcohol use is 11 for boys and 13 for girls. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community. Education of students, educators, parents and the community is essential.

View the flyer here

The Gift of Failure 

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-8:15pm,
University School Milwaukee-Mellows Hall 
2100 W Fairy Chasm Road, River Hills, WI 53217

What's the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Jessica summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, desirable difficulties, praise, and failure. Jessica offers practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed. View the flyer here

An Afternoon with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris 

Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pioneering physician, author and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness will discuss her book "The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity".  Interact directly with the author after her talk during a question and answer period and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP at 

Coffee and Conversations for Caregivers 

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Then, give yourself a break! Connect with fellow caregivers and share challenges, tips, and stories. View the flyer here

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