March National Health Observances: Nutrition, Colorectal Cancer, and HIV/AIDS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected three National Health Observances to raise awareness about nutrition, colorectal cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

Several data layers exist within about these health topics; we’ve chosen three (food deserts, colorectal cancer screening, and HIV prevalence) which illustrate the scope and geographic granularity available at our site. Food desert data (from the USDA) can be shown at the census tract level (at various distance specificities), colorectal cancer screening rates (from the BRFSS) are available at the zip code level (among others), and HIV prevalence is available from the County Health Rankings.

Staff at the Center for Community Health & Prevention (CCHP) are providing multiple educational opportunities about these health observances during the month. Visit the CCHP Facebook page on March 9 at 11 a.m. EST to learn more about colorectal cancer, and this interview with Sparkle Wells, health project coordinator for the Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region, highlights prevention and screening.

On March 8, the Words from the Woods podcast from local group #TrailsRoc will feature Jill Chodak, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian at CCHP, talking about the expertise registered dietitians provide, different nutrition needs for athletes, as well as related services CCHP provides.

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