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Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences

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Recent Town Hall Teleconferences

Asthma in Children: Getting It Under Control
Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing. While we don’t know what causes asthma, we do know how to prevent asthma attacks or at least make them less severe. Today, children with asthma and their caregivers report fewer attacks, missed school days, and hospital visits. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about strategies for controlling asthma and programs that promote and support asthma management.

Safe Sleep for Babies
There have been dramatic improvements in reducing baby deaths during sleep since the 1990s, when recommendations were introduced to place babies on their back for sleep. However, since the late 1990s, declines have slowed. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about other recommended safe sleep practices as well as highlighted initiatives that aim to help lower the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.

Increasing HIV Testing to Reduce Diagnosis Delays
Getting an HIV test is the first step for people living with HIV to get care and treatment and control the infection. Of the total number of people with HIV in the US, 15% of them do not know they have the virus, and about 40% of new HIV infections come from that group. Half of people with HIV have had the virus 3 years or more before diagnosis. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment and highlighted programs that promote and provide accessible HIV testing and prevention services.

Taking Action to Reduce Overweight- and Obesity-related Cancers
Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13 different types of cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed. Most types of these cancers associated with overweight and obesity increased from 2005-2014. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about programs that promote and support things people can do to lower their risk of getting cancer including maintaining a healthy weight.


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About Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences

On the Tuesday after the CDC Vital Signs  report is released, OSTLTS hosts a town hall teleconference from 2 to 3 PM (ET) about the report’s topic. These monthly reports offer recent data and calls to action on important public health topics, and the teleconferences feature lessons learned and success stories from the state, tribal, local, or territorial perspective.

The town hall teleconferences were designed to provide a forum for our nation’s health officials to broaden the conversation, build momentum, and carry out evidence-based, effective programs within the public health areas covered by Vital Signs. We hope the town halls are relevant and useful to you in your work to protect and improve the health of the public. We welcome your feedback at

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