About Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences
OSTLTS hosts a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on the second Tuesday of each month following the release of CDC's Vital Signs report. These monthly reports offer recent data and calls to action for important public health topics.
Each month's teleconference provides a forum for you, our nation's health officials, to broaden the conversation, build momentum, and ensure active implementation of evidence-based, effective programs within the public health areas covered by Vital Signs. Each teleconference features lessons learned and success stories from the state, tribal, local or territorial perspective.
We know you are busy and your time is valuable, so we are working hard to make these calls relevant and useful to you in your work to protect and improve the health of the public.
Next Town Hall Teleconference
Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Younger Teens—April 15, 2014
Past Town Hall Teleconferences
Improving Antibiotic Prescribing in Hospitals
More than half of all hospital patients receive an antibiotic. Although antibiotics save lives, they can also put patients at risk for certain infections, including Clostridium difficile. This infection occurs in at least 250,000 patients and causes 14,000 deaths of hospitalized patients each year. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on improving antibiotic prescribing in hospitals.
Child Passenger Safety: A State and Tribal Perspective
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the US. Even though motor vehicle deaths among children have decreased, still more than 9,000 children age 12 and under have died in crashes in the past decade. Using an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat correctly can be a lifesaver. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion of child passenger safety.
Alcohol Screening and Brief Counseling: An Important Part of Adult Preventative Care
At least 38 million adults in the US drink too much, causing about 88,000 deaths in the US each year and costing the economy about $224 billion. Alcohol screening and brief counseling can reduce drinking on an occasion by 25%. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion of alcohol screening and counseling.