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  • Thirteen Health Departments Achieve Initial Accreditation; Four Become the First to Achieve Reaccreditation4/11/2019 9:04:00 AMAs of March 29, 2019, a total of 257 health departments have achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), bringing the benefits of PHAB accreditation to 79% of the US population. In another major milestone for PHAB's national accreditation program, four health departments this week became the first to successfully achieve national reaccreditation through PHAB, thereby extending their accreditation status for another five years. Congratulations to the following on their achievements: Franklin County Health Department (KY), Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department, Washington State Department of Health, West Allis Health Department, (WI), Albany County Department of Health (NY), Allen County Public Health (OH), Cabell-Huntington Health Department (WV), Forest County Potawatomi Health & Wellness Center Community Health Department (WI), Georgia Department of Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health (CO), Johnson County Public Health, (IA), Louisiana Office of Public Health (LA), Panhandle Health District (ID), Pennsylvania Department of Health, Putnam County Health Department (OH), Rockland County Department of Health (NY), San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (CA), and Tuscarawas County Health Department (OH).
  • Public Health Improvement Training- Registration 4/2/2019 10:41:00 AMRegistration is open for the 17th Annual Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT)! Join CDC, CSTLTS, and our national partners June 12- 13 in New Orleans for a series of hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and leadership trainings. Registration is open until May 17 2019 or until capacity is reached.
  • Injury Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities 3/28/2019 9:38:00 AMCDC's Injury Center has launched a new web page - Injury Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. This page brings together all of the Center's current resources and information on injury prevention work in tribal communities. These resources can be used in conjunction with the traditions, languages, spiritual practices, connection to elders and social ties that tribal communities already use to prevent injuries in Indian Country.
  • New NACCHO Website Tool: the Opioid Epidemic Toolkit for Local Health Departments 3/26/2019 10:41:00 AMAs part of the CDC-funded Local Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response Project, NACCHO is created a toolkit with resources that can support public health professionals and their local opioid overdose prevention and response efforts. The Opioid Epidemic Toolkit for Local Health Departments classifies resources in five topic areas-monitoring and surveillance, prevention, harm reduction and response, linkages to care, and stakeholders and partnerships.
  • CDC Releases Widget to Help Reduce Injuries from Car Crashes 3/25/2019 9:12:00 AMCDC is releasing a widget in support of the Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States. The widget provides states with a summary of which of 14 evidence-based interventions are currently being used in each state, as well as the ones that could be implemented. The widget also provides state-specific information about each intervention, such as number of preventable injuries, number of lives that could be saved, monetary benefit, and implementation costs.
  • Preventing Suicidal Behavior in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Health Equity Issue3/19/2019 9:06:00 AMAmerican Indian and Alaska Native suicide rates are higher than the general population. Watch CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, live on Facebook March 19, at 1pm ET to learn about prevention strategies to reduce suicidal behaviors and decrease this health inequity.
  • Alcohol and marijuana use among young injured drivers in Arizona, 2008-2014 3/14/2019 9:44:00 AMArizona is one of the 32 states that currently allows the sale of medical marijuana, but the sale of recreational marijuana remains illegal in the state. This study examined alcohol and marijuana use among injured drivers aged 16-20 years evaluated at Arizona Level 1 trauma centers during 2008-2014. The study found that about 1 in 4 injured drivers aged 16-20 years tested positive for alcohol, marijuana or both substances.
  • Help stop violence before it happens.3/12/2019 10:00:00 AMWant to better understand what various types of violence have in common and how to prevent them? CDC has just released Connecting the Dots Selector - a tool that makes it easy to see shared risks and what protects people and communities. Learn more to help stop violence before it starts.
  • Seat Belt Use and Seat Belt Wearing Behavior Among Front and Rear Seat Passengers in the United States3/7/2019 9:28:00 AMA new CDC study explores self-reported seat belt use and belief about seat belt use among adults. The study found that seat belt use and the belief of its importance was higher for front seat passengers compared with back seat passengers. In addition, the study finds that, for both the front and rear seating positions, belief about the importance of seat belt use is the strongest predictor of wearing a seat belt. The findings suggest that efforts to increase seat belt use among high-risk populations, such as those who live in states with secondary or no seat belt laws and those who ride in rear seats (which include people who utilize taxis or ride-hailing vehicles) could benefit from interventions designed to strengthen beliefs related to the benefits of seat belt use.
  • Webinar: CDC's Response to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: Resources and Opportunities for States2/26/2019 9:02:00 AMThis webcast will review CDC's opioid past and present work with States, CDC's role in combatting the opioid overdose epidemic, the potential connections between opioid overdoses and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and how state head injury administrators can collaborate with their state health departments to raise awareness of TBI-related opioid overdoses. This session will also highlight funding opportunities available to states. The webinar will take place February 27, 2019, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (EST).
  • Protecting America from 21st Century Health Security Threats2/19/2019 9:39:00 AM As health threats evolve, people and agencies responding to emergencies and disasters sometimes have to change the way the work to respond efficiently and effectively. The 2019 -2022 National Health Security Strategy provides a vision to strengthen the nation's ability to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies. It also describes strategies to improve readiness and adapt operational capabilities for every type of public health stakeholder in order to address new and evolving threats.
  • Abstracts for due National Conference on Health Communication Marketing and Media by Feb 282/12/2019 9:21:00 AMThe National Public Health Information Coalition is looking for a wide variety of abstracts for this year's National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media from August 13 to 15 in Atlanta. Submissions for oral, poster, and panel presentations on the topics of health communication, social marketing, media, partnerships, public health policy communication, and other topics related to the multi-disciplinary nature of this conference are welcome. The deadline for abstracts is Thursday, February 28.
  • The Public Health Associate Program Application Period has been Extended!2/8/2019 2:47:00 PMGood news! The application period to apply to be an associate in CDC's Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) has been extended to Monday, February 11. Your public health career starts here. Apply now!
  • The CDC's Public Health Associate Program Application Period Ends Today!2/8/2019 9:19:00 AMThe application period to become an associate in CDC's Public Health Associate Program closes today, February 8, at 11:59 PM (EST). This unique training program prepares associates to work in public health after graduation-even if they have no public health experience when they apply. They only need to have an interest in becoming a public health professional. Encourage flexible, energetic, intelligent candidates to apply today!
  • Apply Now to Host a CDC public health associate!2/6/2019 9:05:00 AMHosting an associate from CDC's Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) can enhance your agency's ability to deliver essential public health services. PHAP hires recent bachelor's- or master's-level graduates and assigns them to work in public health agencies, nongovernmental organizations, public health institutes and associations, academic institutions, and CDC quarantine stations. Associates fill critical staffing gaps and gain experience in public health program operations. Interested agencies can apply February 4-18, 2019, to host an associate.
  • CDC's Prestigious Public Health Associate Program Has Opened Its Application Period!2/5/2019 9:05:00 AMThe 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. The application period to become a public health associate is open February 4-8, 2019.
  • Registration Continues for 2019 Tribal Nations Training Week at the Center for Domestic Preparedness1/29/2019 2:02:00 PMThe Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is hosting the 4th Annual Tribal Nations Training Week from March 16-23, 2019. Persons working in an emergency response capacity who are affiliated with one or more tribal nations or the Indian Health Service, and those who work directly with Tribal Nations are authorized and funded to attend Tribal Nations Training Week.
  • PHAP Webinars: Becoming a Host Site1/29/2019 1:25:00 PMCDC's Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) can enhance your agency's ability to deliver essential public health services. Thinking about hosting a public health associate? PHAP is hosting a technical assistance webinar to guide interested organizations through the application process on Thursday, January 31 from 3-4:00 pm. More information about the webinar and how to join is available at www.cdc.gov/phap. Interested host sites can apply February 4-18, 2019.
  • PHLP Newsletter: January Edition1/24/2019 9:33:00 AMIn the January edition of Public Health Law News, read about the efforts in public health to identify and combat human trafficking in an interview with Jordan Greenbaum, MD, of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. This edition also includes information about webinars, annual meetings, and opportunities in externships and other public health jobs.
  • Investing to Protect the US and World against Antibiotic Resistance1/22/2019 12:51:00 PMCDC has released its latest Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Investment Map, which highlights the methods that have produced the best results in the fight against AR. The website provides state-specific fact sheets of AR funding activities and includes more than 170 state-reported successes, such as containing rare and concerning resistant germs to protect communities and stop dangerous germs from spreading.
  • NACCHO's 2019 Preparedness Summit1/22/2019 9:09:00 AMAs the threat environment of the country changes, it is more important than ever to have professionals who are ready to respond to public health emergencies with the latest knowledge and resources. The National Association of County and City Health Officials' (NACCHO's) 2019 Preparedness Summit will take place March 26-29 in St. Louis. Attendees across all levels of government (local, state, and federal) will learn about building the capacity and capability to adapt preparedness infrastructure and process. This year's theme is "The Evolving Threat Environment." Early-bird registration is available until February 8.
  • CDC Releases 2018 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health1/15/2019 8:37:00 AMThis report updates the 15 capabilities that CDC established in 2011 to serve as national standards for public health preparedness planning. The updates were made in response to lessons learned from public health emergency responses, updates to public health preparedness science, revised guidance and resources, findings from internal reviews and assessments, subject matter expert feedback from the practice community, and input from allied federal agencies and professional associations.
  • America's Health Rankings Annual Report 20181/8/2019 2:07:00 PM This annual report provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health by analyzing 35 measures to describe health outcomes in the United States. The report provides statistics by residence, obesity, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, smoking, diabetes, health status, and mental and physical distress. The report also includes a section with state summaries.
  • New CDC Mobility Planning Tool to Help Older Adults Stay Safe and Independent 1/8/2019 2:04:00 PMCDC released MyMobility Plan, a new tool to help older adults with the mobility challenges that may come with age. Just like they might plan financially for retirement, older adults can make a plan today to stay mobile and independent tomorrow. You can share this tool with people your community to help them plan.
  • Behavioral Health and Public Health Interconnection1/3/2019 10:12:00 AMASTHO has released the final version of its summary report from the "Expert Panel Meeting on Systems-Level Change: Behavioral Health and Public Health Interconnection," which brought together public health leaders at the local, state, tribal, and national levels to discuss successes and lessons learned in connecting behavioral and public health systems. The report outlines key lessons learned about the need for shared definitions; addressing the social determinants of health and upstream factors for behavioral health issues; and building the financing and data infrastructure to support behavioral health integration.
  • Newly Released: The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual1/3/2019 9:33:00 AMCDC, in partnership with the CDC Foundation and Oxford University Press, has published The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual. The manual serves as a guide to investigating acute public health events on the ground and in real-time. Assembled and written by CDC experts, as well as those from other leading public health agencies, The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual offers current and field-tested guidance for every stage of an outbreak investigation-from identification to intervention and other core considerations along the way.
  • Become an Ambassador for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program12/18/2018 12:49:00 PMCDC has announced a funding opportunity for state and territorial "ambassadors" for its Learn the Signs. Act Early. Program. The program aims to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, by promoting parent-engaged developmental monitoring (regularly tracking milestones) so children and their families can get the services and support they need as early as possible.There are 42 available "ambassadorships" for selected states and territories. Find out if your state or territory is eligible and apply for the program! Applications are due January 18, 2019.
  • Now Open-Public Comment Period for Healthy People 203012/11/2018 1:37:00 PMThe US Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting written comments-including those from members of the public-on the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030. Comments can include proposed new objectives. Heathy People 2030 will continue to represent critical public health priorities by addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and driving action at the national, state, and local levels. Comments on the proposed objectives will be accepted from December 3, 2018, to January 17, 2019. Learn more and submit your comments today!
  • Nine Newly Accredited Health Departments 12/4/2018 8:41:00 AMNine more public health departments have been awarded five-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Now, 73% of the US population is served by an accredited health department. USA MEDDAC Fort Riley Department of Public Health in Kansas is the US Army's first public health department to achieve national accreditation, and the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin became the second tribal health department in the US to achieve accreditation. Congratulations to both and also to Greene County Public Health (OH), Harris County Public Health (TX), Iowa Department of Public Health, Princeton Health Department (NJ), Richland County Health Department (MT), Sandusky County Health Department (OH), and Scott County Health Department (IA)!
  • Behavioral Health Training Institute for Health Officials 11/27/2018 9:18:00 AMThe National Council for Behavioral Health is accepting applications for the Behavioral Health Training Institute for Health Officials, a leadership program developed in partnership with CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial support. Selected participants will connect with leaders in behavioral and public health through a two-day in-person summit, a series of coaching calls, webinars, and attendance at NatCon19-the National Council's annual conference-to develop resources that respond to needs in their communities. Applications are due by 11:59 pm (EST) on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Learn more and apply today.
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