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  • CDC's Prestigious Public Health Associate Program Has Opened Its Application Period!1/22/2020 3:28:00 PMThe Public Health Associate Program is a CDC-funded training program for recent graduates with bachelor's or master's degrees. It offers frontline public health experience at health agencies, nongovernmental organizations, public health institutes and associations, academic institutions, and CDC quarantine stations across the country and US territories. The application period to become a public health associate is open January 22-28, 2020.
  • CDC Grand Rounds-The Emerging Role of Pathogen Genomics in Public Health 1/17/2020 3:50:00 PMAdvanced molecular detection (AMD) integrates the latest next-generation genomic sequencing technologies with bioinformatics and epidemiology expertise to help us find, track, and stop disease-causing pathogens faster than ever. Watch CDC Public Health Grand Rounds live on Facebook January 21 at 1:00 pm (EST) to learn more.
  • APHA Event-All Hands on Deck: Improving Community Health1/16/2020 10:24:00 AMIn partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation and AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association's (APHA's) Policy Action Institute is hosting "All Hands on Deck: Improving Community Health," on February 12, 2020, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (EST). Attendees will hear from public health leaders about the social determinants of health-access to care, education, transportation, environment, immigration/citizenship, discrimination and income inequality. Visit APHA's website to learn more and register.
  • Health Advisory: Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology in Wuhan, China1/9/2020 8:52:00 AMCDC has released a health advisory announcing the agency's close monitoring of a reported cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology with possible epidemiologic links to a large wholesale fish and live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Currently, there are no known US cases, nor have cases been reported in countries other than China. CDC has issued a level 1 travel notice ("practice usual precautions") for this destination.
  • Call for Abstracts - Public Health Improvement Training 1/8/2020 5:02:00 PMThe National Network of Public Health Institutes is seeking workshop abstracts for the 20th annual Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT). Hosted in collaboration with CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and other national partners, PHIT is a skills-based training experience, offering three days of interactive, hands-on sessions, intensive peer sharing and learning, and focused networking opportunities for public health professionals. Submit an abstract by January 22.
  • Protect children from exposure to lead in toys1/2/2020 9:33:00 AMA child's exposure to lead can result in lifelong harms, such as reduced IQ, learning disabilities, aggressive behavior, and more. You can educate people in your community about the importance of making sure that small children in their households don't have access to items that might contain lead, such as metal, and plastic toys (especially imported toys), antique toys, and toy jewelry.
  • State-level 2018 Data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)12/31/2019 10:13:00 AMState-level 2018 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) are now available to be requested for analysis. Data can be used to identify and address maternal and infant health risks, assess public health programs and prevention strategies, and address emerging health issues of concern to pregnant women. Learn more about PRAMS and how to submit a proposal to access data.
  • PHAB Awards Initial Accreditation Status to Nine Health Departments; Four Health Departments Achieve Reaccreditation Status12/26/2019 9:38:00 AMPublic Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has awarded accreditation to 9 health departments and re-accredited 4 additional health departments continuing to raise the total population of Americans being served by nationally accredited health departments. Congratulations to Canton City Public Health- Canton, Ohio, Cleveland Department of Public Health- Cleveland, Ohio, Defiance County General Health District- Defiance, Ohio, District 4 Public Health- LaGrange, Georgia, Ingham County Health Department- Lansing, Michigan, Portsmouth City Health Department- Portsmouth, Ohio, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District- San Antonio, Texas, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency- Modesto, California, and Trumbull County Combined Health District- Warren, Ohio on their new accreditation and Congratulations to Columbus Public Health- Columbus, Ohio, Kane County Health Department- Aurora, Illinois, Licking County Health Department- Newark, Ohio, and Tulsa Health Department- Tulsa, Oklahoma on their reaccreditation.
  • Field Notes - Healthy Behavioral Development Starts at the Dinner Table12/19/2019 10:02:00 AMStrengthening family bonds through shared meals can increase children's sense of connectedness and protect them from various risk factors, such as substance abuse and depression. A Kentucky project is taking a unique approach to promote connectedness at the dinner table and bring family members together. Read about Kentucky's Dinner Table Project in the latest issue of Field Notes.
  • Call for Abstracts - NACCHO 360: Raising the Reach of Public Health12/19/2019 9:35:00 AMFor the first time ever, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is taking a new approach by bridging its traditional annual conference with PHIITS: Public Health Informatics, Information Technology, and Surveillance. NACCHO 360: Raising the Reach of Public Health-to be held July 7-9, 2020, in Denver, Colorado-aims to unite members across disciplines and agencies while also preserving pathways that respect the focus and interests of the individual public health professions. The conference committee is looking for NACCHO 360 session proposals under the following topic tracks: Emerging Trends in Public Health Policy and Law, Leadership and Workforce Development, Community Engagement and Healthcare Linkages, Healthy Behaviors, Equity and Social Justice, and Applying Information and Technology to Improve Essential Public Health Services. The abstract submission period is open through January 16, 2020. Read more about abstract requirements and submission guidelines at NACCHO.
  • Field Notes: Containing Multi-Drug-Resistant Organisms in a Long-Term Acute-Care Hospital12/3/2019 11:33:00 AMIn 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 created tools for future use. Read more about their methods and what they learned in this month's edition of Field Notes.
  • The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant: Key Evaluation Findings11/21/2019 10:58:00 AMThe Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant-which provides funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 2 tribes, 5 US territories, and 3 freely associated states-is supporting vital public health activities in grantees' jurisdictions. Watch a new short video from CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, which highlights key findings of the grant's evaluation. Collectively, grantees are using their funds to 1) improve their ability to collect essential data, 2) increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, programs, and services, 3) address emerging public health needs or problems, and 4) implement public health interventions that are known to work. View the animation & read the full report to learn more. https://go.usa.gov/xp9UU
  • Why should the public health professionals care about Social and Emotional Learning?11/19/2019 9:03:00 AMSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning has created a framework of SEL competencies, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Read to learn more about resources to help develop policies to enhance the potential for SEL.
  • 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.
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