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Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences

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On the Tuesday after the CDCVital Signs report is released, OSTLTS hosts a town hall teleconference from 2 to 3 pm (ET) about the report’s topic. These monthly reports offer recent data and calls to action on important public health topics, and the teleconferences feature lessons learned and success stories from the state, tribal, local, or territorial perspective.

The town hall teleconferences were designed to provide a forum for our nation's health officials to broaden the conversation, build momentum, and carry out evidence-based, effective programs within the public health areas covered by Vital Signs. We hope the town halls are relevant and useful to you in your work to protect and improve the health of the public. We welcome your feedback at ostltsfeedback@cdc.gov.

Past Town Hall Teleconferences

Partnering to Reduce Tobacco-Related Cancers
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. It can cause not only lung cancer, but also several other types of cancer. Each year, 660,000 people in the US are diagnosed with and 343,000 people die from a cancer related to tobacco use. We have made progress: more than 1 million tobacco-related cancer deaths have been avoided since 1990. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about comprehensive cancer and tobacco control programs.

School Sealant Programs: Providing a Shield Against Tooth Decay
Dental sealants are thin coatings that when painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) can prevent cavities for many years. Untreated cavities can cause pain, infection, and problems eating, speaking, and learning. School-age children (ages 6-11) without sealants have almost 3 times more 1st molar cavities than those with sealants. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about how states can help children prevent cavities by starting or expanding programs that offer dental sealants in schools.

Medication Adherence: Helping People Take Their Medicine
High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. About 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure and only about half have it under control. Blood pressure medicine (along with a healthy diet and exercise) can protect the heart, brain, and kidneys, but only if patients take it and keep their blood pressure controlled. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about efforts to improve adherence to hypertension medication.

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