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Policy Center Notes - NOVEMBER 2012

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POLICY CENTER Notes www.meharryhealthpolicy.org NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College HEALTH POLICY News Teen Drinking and Driving: Curbing a Dangerous Mix Fewer teens are drinking and getting behind the wheel of a car. Recent research shows the number of 16-year-olds and older that consumed alcohol and then drove has decreased by more than 50 percent since 1991. Though this is good news, more can be done to curtail this risky behavior. Factors that have helped lower the number of teenage drinking drivers include parental involvement, graduated driver licensing systems, minimal legal drinking age, and zero tolerance laws. Full story: http://www.cdc.gov/ vitalsignsTeenDrinkingAndDriving/ index.html Rural Living an Obesity Risk Factor Rural life could be a risk factor for being overweight says the National Center for Health Statistics. About 23 percent of Americans live in non-urban areas. Researchers found 70.8 percent of those are overweight or obese, compared to 67.1 percent in the city. A fatty, meat-rich diet, farm mechanization, and isolation are considered factors. Among the most medically underserved, rural families may need more help with obesity intervention programs. Full story: http://onlinelibrary. wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.17480361.2012.00411.x/full CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, FACP spoke during the 2012 National Scholar Seminar Series. SCHOLAR Spotlight Center Announces 2013 National Scholars' Lecture Series For the third straight year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College will host the 2013 National Scholars' Current Issues in Health Policy Seminar Series throughout the spring semester. As the signature course for Health Policy Fellows and Scholars, the seminar series familiarizes students with current and substantive key issues in health policy, health services research, and health disparities research with an emphasis in the social science disciplines of economics, sociology, and political science. Audience members can expect to hear from the nation's most prominent health policy and social science experts, lecturing on provocative health and health policy issues such as federal health care reform and child health policy. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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