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A Delaware News Journal article published today, Report: More than 270,000 Delawareans could have heart disease by 2030, includes findings from the recently released Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's annual State of Obesity report which found that Delaware once again ranks 23rd in the country for its obesity rate. While the state's nationwide ranking has remained the same, the report shows that the state's obesity rate continues to rise.


A press release from the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced that as part of the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, the Delaware Health Care Commission is now seeking applications from Delaware health care providers for one-time, value-based payment reform mini-grants to grow their capacity to integrate data, improve the coordination of patient care or increase their readiness to integrate into a total cost of care or Alternative Payment Model (APM).


Immunization is one of the most effective public health prevention strategies. Make sure you are up-to-date on the 2018 CDC recommended vaccine schedules and the Delaware state vaccine requirements.


As many Delawareans head outside for Fourth of July festivities, the Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages Delaware residents to prepare for extreme heat early this week and prevent heat-related illness as temperatures rise. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s through Tuesday, with the heat index values as high as 105 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for New Castle County through 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, and a Heat Advisory for Kent County and inland Sussex County through 8 p.m., Monday, July 2.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is seeking input from Delawareans on a draft version of a statewide assessment identifying the primary health needs of First State residents. DPH worked with a broad range of non-profit and medical partners, and community-based and government agencies to create the draft Statewide Health Assessment (SHA) document.


In an effort to transform how health care is paid for and delivered in the state, Delaware has joined seven states to participate in a national initiative to use data systems to inform health care policies relating to Medicaid.

Ranking in the bottom half of states in a variety of health measures, including adults who smoke, annual diabetes treatment testing, and adults who are obese, Delaware fell four spots in The Commonwealth Fund's 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance released today.


Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. This leads to dangerous and often tragic situations. To combat this public health and safety issue, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) created National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

March 27 is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, healthcare providers and community organizations in Delaware to raise awareness, share information about how to lower risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn to best manage their condition for a healthier life.

November is National Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with community partners and health care providers to improve health outcomes and quality of life among people with diabetes in its five-state network. The theme for this year includes a focus on the connection between kidney health and diabetes. 

Governor John Carney signed legislation on Thursday (September 7, 2017) that will allow Delaware to better control the growing cost of health care — which is eating up 30 percent of the state's budget and on track to double in the next decade. 

The state budget might be shrinking, but Delawareans' waist sizes are not. The adult obesity rate in Delaware is 30.7 percent, which is the 23rd highest in the country, according to a report Thursday from the Trust for American's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 


March 28 is American Diabetes Alert Day and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, healthcare providers and community organizations in Delaware to raise awareness, share information about how to lower risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn to best manage their condition for a healthier life.

Christiana Care Health System, The News Journal Media Group, and DelawareOnline invite all Delawareans to join the Weigh to Go Challenge. It's a great way to lose weight and win prizes.

Join the Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Associations (AHA) on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2017 Wilmington Heart Ball. Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the AHA.

Delaware officials on Wednesday unveiled new rules that doctors will be required to follow when they prescribe opiate pain medication, starting April 1.

According to an article in The News Journal, a 98 year old New Castle County woman on Monday became the second state resident to die from flu during the 2016-17 season. the woman, who was diagnosed with influenza strain A, had multiple health issues and the flu contributed to her death, according to state officials. 

According to The News Journal, two-thirds of adult Delawareans are classified as either overweight or obese. To start out the new year on a positive note and begin reversing this trend, many may be contemplating weight loss as a New Year’s resolution.

Many American communities lack environments that could support healthy diets and regular physical activity. Healthy dietary and physical activity practices can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

According to an article by Shirley Min posted on newswork.org, while the state has made progress in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn said more needs to be done.

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