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State Health Improvement Process (SHIP)

Featured Tools – 2012

Free web-based seminars, presentations, lectures, or workshops about various topics in public health. What makes webinars unique is their interactive elements - the ability to give, receive, and discuss information/ask questions. Click here for upcoming and archived webinars.  
Free One-on-One Consultation on Public Health Law
Legal approaches to public health aim to ensure that quality public health services and policies protect, promote and preserve health for all regardless of who we are or where we live. The Public Health Law Network is a great resource that provides one-on-one consultation for localities on legal approaches to obesity prevention, injury prevention, food safety, and other SHIP goals, including local help for legal approaches to tobacco control.  
Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
HIA is a practical tool that can provide a structured process to determine a policy or project’s impact on health; bring both immediate and long-term health benefits; and ensure that policy and project dollars are used efficiently to provide the greatest benefit. The National Research Council provides guidance on the use of HIAs in this reportHuman Impact Partners (HIP), the only organization in the U.S. focused on capacity building for HIAs, offers the support necessary to conduct HIAs and use the results to make informed choices. The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the RWJF and The Pew Charitable Trusts is designed to promote the use of HIA as a decision-making tool for policymakers.
 Maryland Quitline
Smoke-free Foster Care: Isn’t it About Time?
Just by reducing smoking by 10%, we could increase life expectancy in this state and reduce suffering from cancer and many other chronic diseases. The Maryland Quitline provides personalized support to quit smoking. You can help smokers quit by encouraging them to call 1-800-QUITNOW
Click here to find out how you can access all the Quitline resources. The Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute has launched Smokefree.gov to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. It provides a step-by-step quit guide, tools to help you quit, and allows you to speak with an expert via instant messaging or telephone.

Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits (TRASH)

Address teen tobacco use in a community-based setting (i.e. out of school). This model encourages youth empowerment. 

Established in 2006 as a statewide resource for providers and professionals in the field regarding best practices in tobacco control.
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids 



Power to End Stroke
African Americans in Maryland are at much greater risk for having high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and strokes than other racial and ethnic groups. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has a great toolkit designed for African American families to use at family reunions or other similar settings to share information about risks for stroke and to take action to reduce these risks. This Toolkit includes assessment tools, planning and activity guides, posters, pledge materials, and talking points for clergy.
Click here to link to all these tools.  
National Database of Local Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
Increasing obesity in Maryland is the #1 threat to improved life expectancy in the state. Localities can implement policies to make good nutrition and active living easier choices for school aged children and youth, local workforces, and neighborhood residents. The Enact Local Policy Database is a great tool to see what policies localities across the nation have successfully implemented to improve nutrition and physical activity in diverse community settings. Click here to link to the database.    
Safe Sleep Video and Tools
Unsafe sleep practices are a leading killer of babies in Maryland. All babies should always sleep Alone, On their Backs and in a Crib to prevent infant deaths. Communities can obtain a free safe sleep video by e-mailing MDwyer@dhmh.state.md.us. To view the video, click here. And for a bilingual brochure and more tips for parents and caregivers, click here.