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Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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June 30, 2017

  • According to data available on AtlasPlus, more than 1,520,000 cases of chlamydia, nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis were reported to CDC in 2015.
  • The updated AtlasPlus provides easy access to the latest national, state, and county data on HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis.
  • Use the AtlasPlus online tool to create charts, tables, and maps; look at trends; and see community-specific tools.

May 26, 2017

  • Cryptosporidiosis, or Crypto [PDF-307KB], is a recreational water illness that can cause prolonged diarrhea and serious illness—share CDC’s new swimmer hygiene posters and social media images to raise awareness about why people with diarrhea should not swim.
  • Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming have doubled in the United States since 2014, with at least 32 outbreaks in 13 states in 2016.
  • CDC’s CryptoNet can help state and local health departments investigate and control Crypto outbreaks.

March 31, 2017

  • CDC and its partners released a website that provides first-of-its-kind, neighborhood-level health data for the 500 largest US cities [PDF-269KB].
  • The 500 Cities project provides data on 5 risk behaviors, 13 health outcomes, and 9 prevention practices for the most common, costly, and preventable chronic diseases.
  • Health professionals can view data by city or census tract, explore the interactive map, get map books for individual cities, and compare cities to identify emerging health problems and plan effective interventions.

April 29, 2016

  • Birth facilities that support breastfeeding can increase the likelihood that new mothers will start and continue breastfeeding, which can improve the child’s health.
  • Data from CDC’s Prevention Status Reports show that in many states, birth facilities are improving breastfeeding support; in 2015, 15 states rated “green” on their breastfeeding support practices, up from only 5 states in 2013.
  • You can see how your state rates on policies and practices to address nutrition and other important health concerns in the latest Prevention Status Reports.

February 26, 2016

  • The burden of heart disease and stroke varies substantially from county to county.
  • CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, an online mapping tool, documents geographic disparities in heart disease and stroke by race/ethnicity, gender, and age.
  • You can create and share maps of your communities and export data for heart disease and stroke, healthcare services, socioeconomic conditions, and more.

September 25, 2015

  • A new annual report from the Community Preventive Services Task Force outlines proven strategies to prevent cancers [PDF–2.3MB] and identifies where more research and programs are still needed.
  • The report highlights the huge burden of cancer—including medical costs, productivity losses, and individual suffering and death—and features stories from the field about how communities have successfully used the Task Force’s recommendations.
  • Communities, worksites, schools, and healthcare systems can use evidence-based interventions recommended by the Task Force to help reduce cancer and other causes of disease, disability, and death.

August 28, 2015

  • Even though adults in Fulton County, GA are less likely to smoke (13.2%) and be obese (21.7%) than adults in similar counties, their death rate from strokes (47.2 per 100,000) is comparatively high.
  • Low county-level poverty rates such as those in Allegheny County, PA (12.7%) can mask concentrated neighborhood hot spots where nearly 70% of households fall below the federal poverty level.  
  • You can find results like these for your county or parish—and 3,142 others nationwide―by searching CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators 2015 website.

October 31, 2014

  • The CDC National Health Report 2014 finds Americans are living longer than ever, but unhealthy behaviors and related risks continue to compromise their health.
  • With 1 in 4 adults smoking and 1 in 3 adults obese, heart disease and cancer [PDF-3.2MB] remain the top two causes of death in the US.
  • You can use the National Health Report dashboards to view our nation’s progress for 18 different health issues and find tools to drive success.

June 27, 2014

January 31, 2014

  • Big changes are coming on October 1, 2014, when the US will replace ICD-9-CM with ICD-10 code sets—a system used for classifying health conditions and in-hospital procedures.
  • This change has implications for the way public health officials monitor trends [PDF – 168 KB] in diseases, injuries, healthcare visits, and hospital inpatient procedures.
  • Public health entities should find out if their organization is affected and access helpful resources to plan for the transition by visiting CDC’s ICD-10 Transition website.

January 24, 2014

July 19, 2013

June 21, 2013

June 14, 2013

  • More than two thirds of Medicare beneficiaries have multiple chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, that require ongoing medical attention or limit their daily activities.
  • In 2011, 93 percent of Medicare spending, or $276 billion, was allocated for caring for beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions.
  • Researchers and health professionals can use the new Chronic Conditions Dashboard to find data on the prevalence and costs of chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries.

February 22, 2013

  • For more than 35 years, Health, United States has presented a picture of the nation’s health, including trends in infant mortality, birth and death rates, health status, risk factors, health-care use, and more.
  • Health, United States, 2011: In Brief [PDF-1.4MB] is a companion to the larger report and contains 20 charts and a table of key national health indicators, which can be compared to state and local estimates.
  • A new dynamic version of Health, United States, 2011: In Brief lets you create your own charts and tables and include data from the full Health, United States report.

February 1, 2013

  • Epi Info™ is a free tool used worldwide by public health professionals to collect, visualize, analyze, and present public health data.
  • More than 181 countries use Epi Info, covering all continents including Antarctica; it has also been translated into more than 13 languages.
  • Training resources for Epi Info include tutorials, a user guide, videos, and instructions on how to create the new Epi Info Web Survey.

January 25, 2013

  • With 12 new behavioral risk factors and health indicators added, the Sortable Stats 2.0 site enables you to compare multiple health outcomes over time and across states and regions.
  • You can export the data for use in other materials, such as fact sheets, grant submissions, or PowerPoint presentations, and even add a Sortable Stats button to your website.
  • Along with other resources on CDC’s Data to Action site, Sortable Stats can help you promote policy, systems, and environmental changes to improve health.

August 24, 2012

June 8, 2012

February 24, 2012

  • Research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, and have more difficulty accessing preventive health services than people without disabilities.
  • State-based data are needed to provide evidence for programs and services that can effectively improve the health of the 1 in 5 Americans with a disability.
  • CDC’s Disability and Health Data System is an interactive surveillance tool to help state health departments develop programs that include people with disabilities.

August 19, 2011

July 29, 2011

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