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Regional Health In Focus: Chronic Pain

Pain has often been called “the oldest medical problem.” While pain is a normal sensation that alerts the body to a possible injury, chronic pain persists for a long time — generally, more than three months. Chronic pain is sometimes caused by a single injury, such as a back sprain […]

childhood obesity

Regional Health In Focus: Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a condition that occurs when a person weighs much more than the healthy range for his or her age, gender, and height. Being obese is different than being overweight — it is a more serious condition and can lead to complications in one’s health, wellness, and everyday life. […]

seasonal wellness

Regional Health In Focus: Seasonal Wellness (Summer)

There’s no doubt that routine physical activity can lead to a longer, healthier life. Taking time each day to walk, run, play a sport, exercise or just get outside can help to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. It also helps to strengthen bones and muscles, improve […]

mental wellness

Regional Health In Focus: Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness refers to one’s emotional, psychological and social health and wellbeing. It influences how we relate to others, work productively, cope with the pressures of day-to-day life, and how we make sense of the world around us. While some aspects of our minds are genetic, most of the things […]


Regional Health In Focus: Poverty

Poverty is when someone is living with less than enough money for their basic needs. It can affect a person’s health and wellness in many different ways. Not only do those who live in poverty have difficulty accessing and paying for quality health care, but they also have a hard […]

causes of death

Top Causes of Death in the North Country

Why are death data important? First…¬†in combination with fertility and migration, mortality determines changes in the size and structure of a population. This makes knowing who is dying essential to both public and private sector planning, including in health systems and public health. Second…¬†mortality data are one of the most […]

population health

What Does Population Health Mean?

Virtually no one takes the idea of addressing the non-medical determinants of health seriously enough. The central message of research in population health, beginning in earnest with the work of the British physician-demographer Thomas McKeown, has been dramatic: Medical interventions, from primary care to chronic treatment, explain only a minority […]

Regional Health In Focus: Suicide Prevention

Suicide is when a person intentionally ends his or her own life. It is among the top 10 causes of death for adults in the United States. Suicide is a serious public health problem in the United States. In 2014, nearly 43,000 Americans died by suicide and there were more […]

Regional Health In Focus: Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. It can affect many parts of the body and is associated with serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation. These problems can lead to expensive medical appointments, […]