Field Notes

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Field Notes is a monthly feature from CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support that spotlights success and innovation in state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies. We hope Field Notes will inspire similar accomplishments and foster connections throughout the public health community. To receive Field Notes by email, subscribe to our monthly updates.

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN ORANGE COUNTY

In response to a novel “superbug” discovered at a long-term acute-care hospital, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County responded rapidly to contain the outbreak and create tools for future use.

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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Through its FluSafe recognition program, Minnesota is helping hospitals and nursing homes boost employee flu vaccination rates, promoting safety for patients and healthcare workers.

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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE

New York City’s novel “Pharmacy to Farm Prescriptions” program has a double benefit—providing SNAP recipients with the means to buy heart-healthy fruits and vegetables and a great incentive to fill their high blood pressure prescriptions.

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SALT LAKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Salt Lake County recognized that its most at-risk population was also the least likely to seek medical attention, so the health department developed mobile immunization teams to bring the hepatitis A vaccine to them.

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MAINE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Maine reduced the blood lead level that triggers home lead inspections, resulting in removal of more lead hazards and reduced lead levels in children.

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CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Chicago works with community organizations and philanthropy on a citywide initiative addressing social determinants of health and institutionalizing a Health in All Policies approach.

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SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

South Carolina created a partnership with academia, hospitals, and long-term-care facilities to improve use of antibiotics and prevent antimicrobial resistance.

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RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Rhode Island braided funding from multiple sources to improve health in communities with high injury or illness rates and achieved measurable impact.

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ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Alabama joins with local health officials, outdoor recreation advocates, an insurance company, and other partners to boost physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.

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HAVE A STORY? Does your health department have an example of success or innovation you’d like to share? Contact us at CSTLTSFeedback@cdc.gov to submit your idea, and it might be featured in a future Field Note.

Page last reviewed: December 3, 2019