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  • Avoiding Lyme Disease Outdoors This Summer7/14/2020 10:15:00 AMAs individuals take advantage of warmer weather and have more freedom to move around outdoors, it is important to inform the public about preventing Lyme disease and increasing access to effective treatment if exposed. State and territorial health agencies can help reduce the burden of Lyme disease and protect the public's health by strengthening partnerships with a variety of stakeholders and support effective, evidence-based research and regulations. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials website offers an overview of state activities related to the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.
  • Informational Webinar: AUCD and CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Funding Opportunities7/13/2020 10:01:00 AMThrough an existing cooperative agreement, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities will provide support to early childhood state and territorial programs and systems through the Act Early Network to support COVID-19 recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources for children, families, and communities. CDC and AUCD also announced a limited funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program. An informational call for both funding opportunities will take place on July 14 at 4:30 pm (EDT).
  • CDC COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Supervisor or Lead Training: Guidance, Resources and Sample Training Plan7/9/2020 9:04:00 AMCDC's COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing course includes a sample training plan including training topics that may be helpful for state and local public health jurisdictions to consider when designing their own training plan for COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing supervisors or leads.
  • COVID-19: Vulnerable Populations and Palliative Care: Call for Social Justice Webinar7/8/2020 10:27:00 AMAttend the COVID-19: Vulnerable Populations and Palliative Care: Call for Social Justice webinar on July 9 at 3:00 pm. Speakers will discuss the pandemic's impact on diverse, vulnerable populations, including blacks/African Americans and Latinx, persons with disabilities, immigrants, persons who are incarcerated, older adults, nursing home residents, and persons experiencing homelessness. Presenters will address the central role of palliative care across all systems and provide a trauma-informed perspective in working with people affected by the pandemic, as well as the critical importance of workforce education and training.
  • Ensuring Safe Access to Oral Healthcare During COVID-197/7/2020 10:20:00 AMDental care and the oral health workforce have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many dental practices are postponing non-emergency care. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials released a new resource for ensuring safe access to oral healthcare during COVID-19.
  • Health Advisory: Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers7/6/2020 11:26:00 AMCDC has released a health advisory, "Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers," with recommendations for clinicians and public health officials. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Those who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing adverse symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.
  • PHAB Awards Reaccreditation Status to 3 Health Departments6/30/2020 12:33:00 PMPublic Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has reaccredited 3 health departments to maintain the total population of Americans being served by nationally accredited health departments. These health departments successfully completed a rigorous review process to maintain their national accreditation status. Congratulations to Crook County Health Department (Prineville, OR), Toole County Health Department (Tooele, UT), and Ventura County Public Health (Oxnard, CA).
  • Register for APHA 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo 6/30/2020 10:43:00 AMRegistration is now open for the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, the largest and most influential yearly gathering of public health professionals! In light of the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the APHA 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo, scheduled for October 24-28 in San Francisco, will be an all-virtual event.
  • Interim COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communications Toolkit for Health Departments 6/25/2020 12:33:00 PMCDC released an Interim COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communication Toolkit to assist health departments share the importance of contact tracing with their communities. The toolkit includes talking points, sample PSA scripts, social media posts, and Q&As to use as we all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Preparing for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic 6/25/2020 10:09:00 AMPlanning for hurricane season may be different this year. Know how to prepare for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe.
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Webinar Series: Suicidality and COVID-196/23/2020 11:36:00 AMThe third webinar in National Indian Health Board's 4-part Mental and Behavioral Health Webinar Series will explore suicidality during the COVID-19 pandemic in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The webinar will take place June 25 at 3:00 pm (EDT).
  • NIHB Learning Community Webinar: Health Education and Communication in Indian Country 6/23/2020 9:52:00 AMJoin National Indian Health Board for a Climate and Health Learning Community webinar: "Health Education and Communication in Indian Country" on June 23 at 1:00 pm (EDT). This webinar will discuss best practices in conducting health education and communication activities in a tribal setting.
  • COVID-19 Considerations for Youth Sports6/18/2020 10:24:00 AMAs some communities in the United States begin to start youth sports activities again, CDC offers considerations for ways in which youth sports organizations can protect players, families, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • NACCHO 360 Virtual Conference6/16/2020 1:14:00 PMRegistration is now open for the NACCHO 360 Virtual Conference! From July 7 to 9, conference participants will engage with exhibitors, presenters, and colleagues from across the globe to discuss equity and social justice, information technology infrastructure, workforce capacity, public health surveillance in times of COVID-19, and more.
  • COVID-19 Guidance on Childcare, Schools, and Youth Programs6/11/2020 10:35:00 AMAs some communities in the United States open childcare, schools, and youth programs, CDC offers considerations for ways in which programs can help protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19. Schools and youth programs can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Webinar Series: Substance Use During a Pandemic6/9/2020 11:34:00 AMThe second webinar in the National Indian Health Board's 4-part Mental & Behavioral Health Webinar Series will explore substance use and misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic in American Indian and Alaska Natives communities. The webinar will take place June 11 at 3:00 pm (EDT).
  • Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic6/2/2020 12:30:00 PMProviding care to others during the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to stress, anxiety, fear, and other strong emotions. During this pandemic, learn tips to help you recognize what stress looks like, how to cope with stress, and know where to go if you need help.
  • Indian Country COVID-19 Update5/28/2020 10:34:00 AMThe White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, and the broader Indian Country COVID-19 Response Team will host an update call on May 28 at 4:00pm (EDT). This week speakers will discuss COVID-19 testing technical assistance and support in Indian Country.
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Webinar Series: Generalized Anxiety Disorder and COVID-195/27/2020 10:29:00 AMThe National Indian Health Board has announced its Mental & Behavioral Health Webinar Series. The 4-part series will address topics such as anxiety, substance misuse, and suicide prevention among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The first Mental and Behavioral Health webinar will explore generalized anxiety disorder and COVID-19 in AI/AN communities on May 28 at 3:00 pm (EDT).
  • COVID-19 Stress and Coping5/26/2020 12:16:00 PMThe outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. In recognition of Mental Health Month, find ways you and your family can reduce stress.
  • ASTHO Legal Preparedness Series Emergency Authority & Immunity Toolkit5/21/2020 11:45:00 AMThe Emergency Authority & Immunity Toolkit addresses key concepts regarding federal and state emergency declarations for different audiences within a state health agency. This toolkit can assist in education, training, and planning activities to prepare for emergencies, and it can serve as a quick reference resource during an emergency response. Visit ASTHO's website for more information and other Legal Preparedness Toolkits.
  • COVID-19 Funeral Health & Safety Fact Sheet for Tribes5/19/2020 9:54:00 AMFederal partners developed a COVID-19 fact sheet to help guide tribes with funeral and burial health and safety. Tribes and families practice unique traditions and refer to death in varying ways as they honor those who have passed on. We share this public health guidance with sincere respect for those traditions.
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated with COVID-195/15/2020 8:34:00 AMCDC has released a Health Alert: This alert provides 1) background information on several cases of a recently reported multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 and 2) a case definition for this syndrome.
  • NACCHO Emergency Preparedness Legal Guidebook5/14/2020 11:21:00 AMThe National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed a legal guidebook to help public health professionals improve their department's administrative preparedness capabilities. The guidebook contains four sets of standalone tools that help staff incorporate their jurisdiction's individual laws, policies, and procedures into a formal written administrative preparedness plan. Visit NACCHO's website to access this resource.
  • CDC COVID-19 Communication Resources 5/12/2020 9:22:00 AMCDC offers free communication resources to assist health departments and partners communicate about COVID-19. Several communication tools are available for use and distribution including videos, fact sheets, and announcements in English and Spanish. Check this website frequently for updates and share materials with your audiences as appropriate.
  • CDC COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit5/12/2020 9:00:00 AMCDC created a free social media toolkit to help localize efforts in responding to the virus that causes COVID-19. This guide contains information and suggested messages from CDC's COVID-19 response. All social media content is public domain and free to use. Remember to use the #COVID19 hashtag when sharing COVID-19 related content on social media.
  • Podcast: CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat Talks to ASTHO5/7/2020 11:40:00 AMListen to the Association for State and Territorial Health Official's most recent podcast episode, One-on-One with CDC's Anne Schuchat, MD. In the episode, Dr. Schuchat discusses her reaction to the COVID-19 response, what policymakers should be thinking about next, and what keeps her up at night.
  • It's Public Service Recognition Week!5/5/2020 3:14:00 PMThis week is Public Service Recognition Week! The purpose of this special week is to honor public servants who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees for their many contributions to improve the lives of Americans. Join in on one of the virtual celebrations!
  • Webinar: Integrating Cross-Sectoral Health and Social Services for the Homeless4/28/2020 4:15:00 PMSystems for Action will host "Integrating Cross-Sectoral Health and Social Services for the Homeless" on April 29 at 12:00 pm (EDT). The webinar will highlight a recent study evaluating the U.S. Department of Housing and Development's Continuum of Care system initiative.
  • Apply to Be an ORISE Fellow 4/28/2020 10:14:00 AMA research fellowship opportunity is currently available with CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) in Atlanta, Georgia. CSTLTS seeks to foster deeper engagement among CDC senior leaders and public health leaders from the US territories and freely associated states. The deadline to apply is May 1 (3:00 pm EDT).
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019