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Public Health Live! Celebrates 10 Years

December 4, 2009

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The UAlbany School of Public Health broadcast series Public Health Live! is celebrating ten years with a special anniversary episode webcast, "Prevention Agenda: 10 Years of Public Health Live!."

The broadcast series Public Health Live! is celebrating 10 years of high-quality programming with a special anniversary episode webcast, "Prevention Agenda: 10 Years of Public Health Live!," scheduled for December 17 at 9 a.m.  Produced out of the University at Albany’s School of Public Health, Public Health Live! is a collaborative effort of the school, the New York State Department of Health, and other state and local health groups.

With a special introduction by New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Richard Daines, the 10th anniversary program will highlight past shows that support the mission of the state’s Prevention Agenda – an initiative aimed at making New York the healthiest state in the country.  Highlighted stories will include mobile dental units that provide oral health care to children and a look at how income disparities influence healthy eating.  The anniversary program will also feature a special history segment focusing on the development, inception, and progression of the show over its 10-year history.

Public Health Live! began in 1999 as T2B2, the Third Thursday Breakfast Broadcast and the programs continue to air on the third Thursday of each month. Created to provide public health workers and clinicians convenient access to high-quality professional development, Public Health Live! program topics have ranged from preventing childhood obesity to promoting responsible fatherhood.  Since inception, Public Health Live! has garnered a large statewide and national following and has drawn nationally recognized experts including immunization proponent Dr. Paul Offit and walking guru Mark Fenton.

Traditionally a live program featuring subject matter experts and a moderator, PHL programs have featured taped segments illustrating important issues at hand, pre-taped episodes taking audiences out into the field to see public health in action and, most recently, webcast programming offering convenient and affordable opportunities for professional training.   All past programs are available on-line at no cost to the viewer.  Continuing Education credits are available for all program viewers with completion of an on-line survey.

Expanding their audience's reach beyond the public health workforce in New York State, Public Health Live! programs appeal to wider audiences curious about public health initiatives designed to improve individual lives, including topics such as Walking to School and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans. And as an indicator that New York State is a leader in public health practice and policy, out-of-state viewership of the program continues on a steady climb. After 10 years, Public Health Live! continues to garner increasing viewership both inside and outside of New York State, with approximately 2,500 viewers per program.  The December 17th webcast will be the 118th show in its 10-year history.

"Prevention Agenda: 10 Years of Public Health Live!" will be webcast at 9 a.m. on December 17.  Information about this program and instructions for registration is at http://www.phlive.org.

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