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August 2019: Chronic Diseases Are Preventable

Chronic diseases impact the way we live our lives every day. Many people do not believe that chronic diseases — such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and many cancers — can be prevented. Read more »

 

 

August 2019: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about WiRED’s Health Learning Modules

1. What are Health Learning Modules?

 

They are interactive learning courses that teach people without medical backgrounds about health and medical issues. These evidence-based and peer-reviewed modules are used for group presentations and for individual study. Read more »

 

 

August 2019: Climate Change Imperils World’s Food Supply

On August 8 the United Nations released an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report by 107 experts from 52 countries, which warns that the world’s food supply is at risk due to “unprecedented” climate change, combined with the exploitation of land and water resources. Read more »

 

 

August 2019: WiRED Completes Module on Teaching Health

The World Health Organization states that a strong health force is needed to deliver primary health care to people living in low-resource areas of the world. The current critical shortfall of doctors and nurses can be filled by community health workers (CHWs) — when they are properly trained.

 

WiRED’s CHW curriculum includes training in basic health issues, prevention techniques, taking vital signs, first aid and other health-related skills. Further, it includes WHO-recommended topics such as health surveillance and communication competencies. Read more »

 

 

July 2019: WiRED Announces New Board Chair

The WiRED International Governing Board has elected Charlotte Keegan Ferretti, R.N., Ed.D., as its new board chair, effective August 1, 2019. She replaces Anthony Hodge, who, though retiring from the helm, will stay on the board.

 

Mr. Hodge said, “I enjoyed greatly my tenure as chair working with Director Gary Selnow and the other board members, who are an amazing group of bright, brainy and energetic individuals who have made WiRED a success for 22 years. I am happy to pass the baton on to Charlotte, who will do a great job for WiRED in the years to come.” Read more »

 

 

July 2019: Dengue Fever Strikes Honduras

An eruption of dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions in Honduras. Health officials there have declared the crisis a national emergency.

 

According to CNN, hospitals in La Paz are so overwhelmed that patients are spilling over into corridors and even a nearby chapel, while planned operations have been postponed. The Honduran Ministry of Health reports that of the 32 public hospitals in the country, 26 have been completely overwhelmed. Children constitute the majority of the 50+ deaths reported so far. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
Click here to watch the award ceremony video.