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Beyond the Data

Beyond the Data brings you “take home” messages for you to use in your practice, in your classroom and in your home.

January 2014

Science Impact

Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Mary Ari discuss efforts to measure the impact of CDC science. This exciting project provides an opportunity for scientists to more efficiently track and monitor the impact of public health work on health outcomes. Why is this so important? The CDC Science Impact Framework:

  • Helps us track and monitor the impact of our work
  • Measures impact retroactively and in real time
  • Aids in making improvements in public health practice or policy
  • Useful for anyone, and can be adjusted to fit many organizations and areas of work

February 2014

Preventing Youth Violence

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Howard Spivak discuss youth violence prevention strategies. Effective prevention should involve a combination of strategies that focus on several levels of influence:

  • Individual – wraparound services and mentorship
  • Parents – modeling proper conflict resolution
  • Community – development of green space and volunteerism activities
  • Policy – economic development and economic empowerment zones

March 2014

Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis: Tools for Tackling a New Face of an Old Foe

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Sarita Shah discuss the public health burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and the new tools that are available for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of MDR TB. Revolutionary tests will allow for faster diagnosis and new drugs offer better treatment with fewer side effects, but patients and providers must also do their part to combat this health epidemic

Patients must:

  • Come to their providers in a timely fashion and
  • Complete the full course of treatment

Providers must:

  • Improve diagnosis and treatment of drug susceptible TB and
  • Emphasize proper Infection control practices

April 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. John Iskander and Jon Baio discuss some of the complex challenges of understanding and diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. Most recent data shows that prevalence estimates have more than doubled and a much larger number of children are being diagnosed, while the median age of first diagnosis remains older than age 4. The greatest potential for long term impact in this area lies in earlier diagnosis, from older than 4 years old to 2 years old, and starting treatment sooner to get maximum benefit.

May 2014

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Prevention of HIV

Dr. John Iskander sits down with Dr. Dawn Smith and Dr. Melanie Thompson to discuss Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention tool. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92%.

Patients should know that

  • PrEP is very well tolerated
  • No serious side effects were observed and
  • When taken as directed, PrEP is effective

Practitioners should be aware that

  • PrEP is approved for use in populations with substantial risk of ongoing exposure
  • Several resources are available to aid in learning about and prescribing PrEP and
  • Talking to patients about medication adherence and risk reduction is key to efficacy

June 2014

The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus

Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. John Ward discuss the latest curative breakthroughs in treating chronic Hepatitis C infection.

  • These new developments are making history in medicine<br />
  • The "baby boomer" generation (individuals born between 1945 and 1965) is at substantially higher risk
  • High risk individuals should ask for a Hepatitis C screening test during their next scheduled visit.
  • Data shows that it is very cost effective to treat and cure HCV infected

October 2012

Infant Mortality

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Wanda Barfield discuss important new updates in infant mortality reduction. Since the initial presentation of “Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality” in 2012:

  • Overall rates of infant deaths have continued to decline
  • Risk factors for mortality such as preterm birth have been reduced
  • CDC has launched the tips from former smokers campaign focusing on the need to stop smoking during pregnancy
  • Large collaborative initiatives were started to address geographic disparities and improve quality of care to pregnant women

 

  • Page last reviewed: April 24, 2014
  • Page last updated: April 24, 2014
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