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  • 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.
  • Summertime Work and Play Precautions6/11/2019 11:37:00 AMSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it's important to take simple, common-sense precautions. From information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC has resources to help keep communities healthy and safe.
  • The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work 6/6/2019 9:11:00 AMDo you have questions about how to form or strengthen a multisector partnership to improve health in your community? Written in practical terms that will resonate with readers from any background and sector, "The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work" shares practical advice that can be adapted and shaped to build on local strengths and respond to local needs.
  • Clean Air Spaces: Indoor Air Filtration to Protect Public Health6/4/2019 10:07:00 AMThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development is hosting a web summit June 12-13 (11:30-4:00, ET each day) to share information on what we know about the effectiveness of air filtration methods to improve indoor air quality during wildland fire episodes.
  • Measles Outbreak Toolkits for Healthcare Providers and Health Departments5/30/2019 9:17:00 AMFrom January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. To help support communities and professionals, CDC developed one-stop-shop digital toolkits for health departments and healthcare providers with products that include accurate, science-based evidence that can help to counter misinformation in communities about measles and MMR vaccine.
  • MAPP Action Cycle Webinar : Measurement and Evaluation 5/28/2019 10:13:00 AMDo you have questions about tracking progress on your community health improvement plan (CHIP)? Are you looking to evaluate the success of your collaborative network? Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process that guides community partners through the development of a CHIP. The MAPP Action Cycle links planning, implementation, and evaluation for sustained action to address strategic priorities to improve your community's health. Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials for a webinar on measuring and evaluating the MAPP Action Cycle on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 3:00-4:30 pm (EDT).
  • Opioid Rapid Response Teams5/23/2019 9:50:00 AMCDC and the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are working together to support state and local agencies when there is a spike in opioid-related overdoses or closure of a clinic where patients are prescribed opioid therapy. Opioid Rapid Response Teams (ORRTs) are composed of public health experts ready to deploy on short notice to support local jurisdiction efforts and facilitate linking patients to care to prevent increases in opioid overdoses and death. Rapid response teams include technical expertise in epidemiology, clinical provider outreach, communications, policy and partnerships, community outreach, and capacity building from CDC and the Commissioned Corps.
  • National Association of County & City Health Officials' Annual Report 20185/21/2019 9:30:00 AMThe National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) reflected upon public health threats, challenges, and accomplishments that local health departments faced in 2018. NACCHO also highlights CDC's support in strengthening local health departments' capacity to confront emerging public health threats and achieve performance improvement.
  • Opioid Use and Pregnancy Training5/16/2019 9:46:00 AMThe number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder at labor and delivery in the United States more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. This National Women's Health Week (May 12-18), take CDC's Opioid Use and Pregnancy training to learn about safer opioid prescribing across all stages of pregnancy.
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month5/14/2019 9:15:00 AMMay is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th marks the eight annual national Hepatitis Testing Day. Millions of Americans have viral hepatitis, and most do not know they are infected. During the month of May, the Division of Viral Hepatitis and its partners work to educate people about viral hepatitis and encourage people to find out if they should get tested and/or vaccinated.
  • CDC Twitter Chat: Prepare Your Health for Hurricanes.5/9/2019 8:51:00 AMWith the start of another Atlantic hurricane season approaching (June 1), the CDC's Center for Preparedness and Response and Healthcare Ready will co-host a Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 9, from 2 to 3 PM ET to discuss the ways people and communities can prepare their health for hurricanes. Please join the conversation at #PrepYourHealth to learn more about hurricane preparedness.
  • Registration Continues for the 19th annual Public Health Improvement Training4/30/2019 9:11:00 AMThe Public Health Improvement Training-PHIT-is an ideal "fit" for state, tribal, local, and territorial health department staff seeking to improve public health outcomes, develop leadership skills from any level, and strengthen their ability to improve alignment and effectiveness of health department services. Registration is open until May 17, 2019, or until capacity is reached.
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