Pennsylvania Department of Health en Report: PA Spending on Smoking Programs Has Decreased by 90 Percent Over 10 Years <p>Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay restitution to states for costs related to tobacco use, a new report finds that most states are not spending enough of that money on smoking prevention and cessation programs.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Liz Reid 21065 at Free Flu Clinics Open for National Influenza Vaccination Week <p>It’s flu season again — have you been vaccinated yet?</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering free flu clinics throughout the commonwealth during National Influenza Vaccination Week,</p><p>Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said the holiday season is the perfect time to remind people of the importance of getting vaccinated.</p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20884 at First 2013 PA Cases of West Nile in Humans Detected <p>Summer may be coming to a close, but the threat of West Nile Virus continues.</p><p>The Department of Health has detected Pennsylvania’s first confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus this year.</p><p>A Montgomery County man tested positive for West Nile Aug. 7 and was hospitalized, and the infection was confirmed in a York County man July 20, who did not require hospitalization.</p><p>Health department spokeswoman Kait Gillis said both men are recovering.</p><p>Sixty human cases of West Nile Virus were recorded in 2012.</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 15114 at Cancer Plan For Pennsylvania Built During Pittsburgh Meeting <p>State administrators, health care providers and researchers gathered in Pittsburgh Thursday to work on building a comprehensive plan to do battle with cancer in Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p><p>The five-year plan is required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Director Nancy Davidson said the plan is being built with the center’s input.&nbsp;</p><p>Davidson said the group is using the standards put forward by the CDC to set the tone, but she stressed that it is Pennsylvania’s plan, not the CDC’s plan.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:05:45 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7695 at SEIU, Lawmakers Sue Corbett Administration Over Planned Health Care Cuts <p><strong>Updated: 5:38 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Service Employees International Union Healthcare (SEIU) Pennsylvania, along with two Democratic state senators and three state representatives filed a lawsuit against the Corbett administration over its plan to close 26 state health centers and eliminate 73 Department of Health positions.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:25:55 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & Jared Adkins 7185 at Corbett Proposal: Close State Health Centers, Save Millions <p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font: inherit; font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; line-height: 30px; ">As part of Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 2013-2014 budget, about half of the state’s sixty health centers will be shuttering, consolidating or morphing. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:54:43 +0000 Erika Beras 2098 at