Weekly Edition – July 17, 2012
In this week’s edition
:: Study finds increases in restrictions on indoor tanning in several countries
Study finds increases in restrictions on indoor tanning in several countries
Research conducted by Preventive Medicine Residency program alumna Mary Pawlak, MD and colleagues indicates an increase in the number of countries placing restrictions on youth access to indoor tanning.
Restrictions on indoor tanning, which studies suggest is linked to skin cancer, appear to have increased in several countries since 2003, according to a study published Online First by Archives of Dermatology, a JAMA Network publication.
The number of countries with nationwide indoor tanning legislation restricting young people 18 years or younger increased from two countries (France and Brazil) in 2003 to 11 countries in 2011. The 11 countries were France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Belgium, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Brazil, according to the results.
Mary T. Pawlak, M.D., of the Colorado School of Public Health and colleagues conducted a web-based Internet search of access to indoor tanning and compiled the legislation.
“Since 2003, youth access to indoor tanning has become increasingly restricted throughout the world as accumulating evidence demonstrated an association between melanoma and indoor tanning. Additional countries and states are developing indoor tanning restrictions or making their existing legislation more restrictive,” the authors comment.
“Indoor tanning legislation is constantly evolving, and the National Conference of State Legislatures provides an updated web registry of indoor tanning legislation in the United States. We recommend a similar web registry for legislation throughout the world,” the authors conclude.
Annual Colorado Health Symposium opens free online access
The annual Colorado Health Symposium may be sold out, but the Colorado School of Public Health community can still participate online through social media or the free, online Symposium University.
The symposium, an annual program of the Colorado Health Foundation, runs July 25-27, 2012. The 2012 theme “Health Equity: Bridging the Divides” aims to set the tone for achieving health equity through ideas and discussion on improvements to affordability, access and choice in health care. View the agenda and speaker list online.
Symposium University will stream the event’s plenary speakers live through UStream and viewers can post questions via Twitter and Facebook. MPH students Adam Anderson and Hannah Newman, who are attending the Symposium on scholarships provided by the Colorado Health Foundation, will post session recaps and impressions on the symposium blog.
Save the date – Introduction to Public Health Practice Training: September 25, 2012
Join the Center for Public Health Practice on September 25, 2012 for the workshop: Introduction to Public Health Practice, a full day training that provides a historical perspective on public health accomplishments, offers a brief overview of current trends and emerging issues in public health, and reviews the scientific disciplines that guide public health practice. Additionally, this training will identify organizations at the local, state and national level that comprise the public health system and will explore programs, policies and practices within the framework of the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
Alumni News and Notes
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Karrin Parker ‘12
MPH alumna Karrin Parker recently accepted the ASPH/CDC Allens Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship in Lusaka, Zambia. Karrin’s new role will focus on strengthening health systems and she will assist in developing an electronic charting record for use by clinicians and the national ministry of health to track infectious disease and treatment. Congratulations Karrin and good luck.
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