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  • NACCHO Podcast on NACCHO's Latest Opioid Report11/7/2019 9:30:00 AMIn this episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO Government Affairs team sits down with Francis Higgins, NACCHO's Injury and Violence Prevention Program analyst, to discuss NACCHO's report, Local Health Department Approaches to Opioid Use Prevention and Response: An Environmental Scan. The report examines local health department prevention activities related to the opioid misuse epidemic and how local health departments can use the report as a vital resource to understand the epidemic.(The link for the report, http://bit.ly/2KusD5R, requires a free myNACCHO account log-in.)
  • Update on the Investigation of the Ongoing Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) 10/31/2019 9:31:00 AMFDA and CDC are still working to identify the cause or causes of the lung injuries that have been reported in relation to the use of vaping products, including e-cigarettes. No one compound or ingredient has emerged as the cause of these illnesses, and there might be more than one cause of this outbreak. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center. More than 100 staff from across the agency and in the field are working to support these investigations. CDC has also released an MMWR: "Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury - United States, October 2019
  • Field Notes: Boosting Flu Vaccine Coverage Among Healthcare Workers10/29/2019 11:04:00 AMFlu vaccination is especially important for people who work in healthcare settings because they are at increased risk for getting the flu and passing it on to patients. Through its FluSafe recognition program, the Minnesota Department of Health is helping hospitals and nursing homes boost employees' flu vaccination rates, promoting safety for patients and healthcare workers alike. Learn more about this innovative program in this month's Field Notes.
  • Learn More About ELI and Apply Before Today's Deadline!10/25/2019 11:11:00 AMDon't miss the deadline! Today is the last day to apply for CDC's free, online E-learning Institute Fellowship. Learn from experts how to make your best training product yet! Visit the site to learn more.
  • Graduated Driver Licensing System Planning Guide10/24/2019 10:44:00 AMThis week is National Teen Driver Safety Week #NTDSW! Graduated driver licensing systems help prevent crashes & save lives. Learn more about the effectiveness of these systems and check out your state's laws
  • Relaunch: CDC's Yellow Fever Vaccine Course with Free CE10/8/2019 10:05:00 AMInterested in learning more about the yellow fever vaccine? Get free continuing education credit with CDC's yellow fever vaccine course. This course provides health educators and other health professionals with comprehensive and up-to-date information on the history and epidemiology of yellow fever, vaccine recommendations, pre-travel consultation, and how to become a designated yellow fever vaccination provider. Sign up today!
  • Create better training with CDC's E-learning Institute10/1/2019 12:00:00 PMPublic health training developers: Create better training with expert help from CDC and the Public Health Foundation. If you develop training for your organization, we invite you to apply to this free, virtual six-month E-Learning Institute (ELI) Fellowship. Applicants do not need to have formal education in training development; our skilled training developers serve as mentors for the fellows. Learn more about ELI. The deadline to apply is October 25!"
  • Vermont Public Health Association presents the Team Up, Take Action Conference10/1/2019 10:17:00 AMMental health, substance use, aging, chronic disease, and access to care are enduring health issues of concern to rural and isolated Northern New England communities. The fourth Team Up, Take Action conference convenes public health and healthcare professionals, community activists, and health advocates to advance best practices and to build collective capacity to improve health and health equity through partnership. Director José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC, will be this year's keynote speaker and will discuss partnering and leadership as key tools for population health.
  • CDC Releases Linked Information for Nonfatal Crash Surveillance (LINCS) Guide 9/30/2019 10:28:00 AMCDC is releasing the Linked Information for Nonfatal Crash Surveillance (LINCS) Guide to help states start or expand data linkage programs. Different data sources have different information; linking these existing data sources, such as police, hospital, and emergency medical service records, is one method to better understand motor vehicle crashes and to help prevent motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.
  • New Exhibits at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum9/26/2019 9:03:00 AMVisit the David J. Spencer CDC Museum to see two new exhibits-"Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country" and "Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science." The "Changing Winds" exhibit shows how tribal nations are meeting modern challenges for good health and wellness while using traditional knowledge and practices for public health.
  • Allowing Pharmacists To "Prescribe" Produce To Help Lower Blood Pressure9/24/2019 8:42:00 AMHaving high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, but taking prescribed medications and eating more fruits and vegetables can help lower that risk. New York City is offering incentives for both of these preventive measures through its "Pharmacy to Farm Prescriptions" program. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene expanded its successful "Heath Bucks" program to let pharmacists "prescribe" fruits and vegetables to SNAP recipients who have high blood pressure. Learn more about this innovative program's benefits and outcomes in this month's Field Notes.
  • CDC Digital Media Toolkit: Personal Health Preparedness9/17/2019 9:02:00 AMEvery September, the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) along with its preparedness and response partners in government, private and public health, and academia come together to observe National Preparedness Month (NPM) and encourage year-round personal and community preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and human-caused emergencies. This year, CPR is marking the occasion with the release of a new Personal Health Preparedness Digital Toolkit.
  • Benefits of PHAB Accreditation Reaching More Communities as Covered Population Continues to Climb9/12/2019 12:23:00 PMAs of August 21, 2019, a total of 36 state health departments, 236 local health departments, three Tribal health departments, and one statewide integrated local public health department system had achieved PHAB's prestigious accreditation designation. Congratulations to Coconino County Health and Human Services- Flagstaff, Arizona, Riverside University Health System - Riverside, California, Delaware County Health Department-Jay, Oklahoma, Howard County Health Department- Columbia, Maryland, Richland Public Health- Mansfield, Ohio, Vanderburgh County Health Department- Evansville, Indiana, and Washoe County Health District- Reno, Nevada for joining that group and Kansas City Missouri Health Department- Kansas City, Missouri, Livingston County Department of Health- Livingston County, New York, and Wood County Health Department-Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin for achieving re-accreditation as well.
  • Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products9/10/2019 10:06:00 AMCDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products.
  • Field Notes-Taking Immunizations to the Streets To Stop Hepatitis A8/27/2019 10:47:00 AMThere has been a nationwide surge in hepatitis A cases since 2016, with 22,000 cases reported as of July 2019. The Salt Lake County Health Department used a varied approach to tackle the outbreak locally, including creating mobile immunization teams to bring hepatitis A vaccines to people experiencing homelessness and other high-risk groups. Learn more about the strategies that Salt Lake County implemented and read other stories from Field Notes, which spotlights success and innovation in state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.
  • Applying CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids8/27/2019 9:27:00 AMTaking opioids for longer periods of time or in higher doses increases the risk of addiction, overdose, and death. This International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), learn best practices for identifying and reducing overdose risks with CDC's opioid training series.
  • Injection Practices and Sexual Behaviors Among Persons with Diagnosed HIV Infection Who Inject Drugs8/22/2019 10:00:00 AMCertain sexual and injection-drug-related behaviors among HIV-positive people who inject drugs can increase the risk of HIV transmission. A new study published in MMWR found that about 10% of HIV-positive people who inject drugs shared injection equipment, and acquiring nonsterile syringes and using unsafe disposal methods were common. Increasing access to sterile injection equipment, drug treatment services, and education around harm reduction and condom use might reduce HIV transmission among sexual and injection partners of HIV-positive people who inject drugs.
  • Registration open now for 2019 Annual National Tribal Health Conference8/20/2019 10:24:00 AMThe 36th Annual National Tribal Health Conference will take place in Temecula, California during September 16-19, 2019. The conference will focus on exploring health policy and its impact on tribes, advancing tribal capacity to expand policy work, and policy and political work in the arenas of healthcare and public, behavioral, and environmental health. Learn more and register.
  • Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness8/20/2019 9:58:00 AMDuring the transition from childhood to adulthood, serious health and safety issues such as violence, substance use, and sexual risk behaviors can adversely affect adolescents and young adults. Watch CDC Public Health Grand Rounds encore session on adolescent health August 20, 1pm ET.
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis in Public Health8/8/2019 9:25:00 AMPublic health professionals: Policy has been a useful tool in many public health achievements. Take CDC's training to learn techniques for analyzing public health policy options.
  • Profiles in Public Health Law8/1/2019 10:13:00 AMRead the interview with Irina Gelman, Commissioner of Health, Orange County Department of Health, in the July edition of CDC's Public Health Law News to learn more about the health department's challenges and successes. This month's News also contains details about a webinar on legal epidemiology and zoning laws, information about a podcast discussing public health emergency law, and more.
  • Webinar: Adapting to Climate Change in Local Health Departments7/25/2019 9:52:00 AMWhat is the role of local government in protecting communities from the health impacts of climate change? Learn more about how two local health departments-Marquette County Health Department and Boston Public Health Commission-approached this question in a webinar from NACCHO. Mark your calendars for July 30th at 2pm. Register here.
  • Revising State Law to Protect Children from Lead Exposure7/23/2019 9:26:00 AMThe Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a study showing the effectiveness of the state's lower lead inspection thresholds. The state revised its laws about the blood lead level in children that would trigger a home lead inspection in 2015, in response to CDC recommendations. This new study has shed light on the positive changes that have been made thanks to the updated law. Get more information about Maine's success and read other stories in a new CDC series called Field Notes, which spotlights success and innovation in state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.
  • A New Monthly Feature from CSTLTS!7/18/2019 9:08:00 AMIntroducing Field Notes, a new 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.
  • Let's Talk Patient Safety: Reducing HAI Transmission Risk7/11/2019 9:55:00 AMOn any given day, about 1 in 31 hospital patients in the United States has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Learn how to stop the spread of HAIs with CDC's Patient Safety training. Earn free CE
  • Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test, New Data Shows7/9/2019 12:09:00 PMThis analysis of national survey data found that <40% of US adults had ever been tested for HIV, and testing rates varied among jurisdictions composing the initial focus of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Within these jurisdictions, rural areas had lower testing percentages and lower HIV diagnosis rates than did urban areas. The new study also mentions promising new approaches to increase access to HIV testing.
  • Looking Upstream: The Impact of Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences7/2/2019 9:42:00 AMRepeated exposure to trauma-especially in childhood-leaves a physical imprint on the brain that can make some people more susceptible to pain, chronic disease, and poor health later in life. How do we prevent #ACEs? In our new episode of #PublicHealthReview, we learn from Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner John Hellerstedt, University of Texas System vice chancellor and ASTHO alum David Lakey, and Department of Psychiatry University of Pittsburgh professor Judy Cameron.
  • 11 More Governmental Public Health Departments Demonstrate Commitment to Excellence in Serving their Communities6/27/2019 11:16:00 AMOn June 11, 2019, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded national initial accreditation status to 11 local governmental public health departments and reaccredited 6 additional health departments. There are now more than 268 nationally accredited health departments, bringing the benefits of PHAB accreditation to tens of thousands more people across the country. Congratulations to the following on their achievements: Champaign Health District (OH), Chester County Health Department (PA), Coos Health & Wellness (OR), Cuyahoga County Board of Health (OH), Goodhue County Health & Human Services (MN), Lane County Public Health - Communicable Disease (OR), Merced County Department of Public Health (CA), Montgomery County Health Department - Crawfordsville, Indiana (IN), Portage County Health District (OH), Portage County Division of Public Health (WI), WEDCO District Health Department & Home Health Agency (KY), Chicago Department of Public Health (IL), Polk County Wisconsin Health Department (WI), Cabarrus Health Alliance (NC), Spokane Regional Health District (WA), Summit County Public Health (OH), and Three Rivers District Health Department (KY)
  • Environmental Public Health Tracking: Turning Challenges into Lessons Learned6/20/2019 9:29:00 AMJoin National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) on June 27 at 2:00 PM EDT to hear presentations from state health departments on challenges they have experienced with tracking, as well as the best practices and strategies they developed to overcome those challenges.
  • Public Health Grands Rounds: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Nutrition - The Thousand Day Window of Opportunity6/18/2019 9:42:00 AMFrom pregnancy to a child's second birthday is a critical time for brain development and healthy growth. Learn how nutrition during this time has important health benefits for both mom and baby. Watch CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, Live on Facebook June 18 at 1pm.
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