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Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences

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Rising Suicide Rates Across the US

June 12, 2018 • 2:00 to 3:00 PM (ET)

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Recent Town Hall Teleconferences

Vector-Borne Diseases: The Growing Threat
Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. These can be vectors for spreading germs. A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague. Between 2004 and 2016, 9 new germs spread by bites from infected mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced in the US. State and local health departments and vector control organizations are the nation’s main defense against this increasing threat. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about public health programs that test and track germs and the mosquitoes and ticks that spread them.

CDC’s Containment Strategy for Unusual Antibiotic Resistance
More than 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by germs resistant to antibiotics. While antibiotic resistance (AR) threats vary nationwide, AR has been found in every state. And unusual resistance germs, which are resistant to all or most antibiotics, and are uncommon or carry special resistance genes, are constantly developing and spreading. CDC estimates show that early and aggressive action is key. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about strategies for controlling the spread of germs with unusual resistance in health care facilities.

Coordinating Clinical and Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments
Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017. ED data provide an early warning system for health departments to identify increases in opioid overdoses more quickly and coordinate response efforts. This webinar featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion about coordinated actions between EDs, health departments, mental health and treatment providers, community-based organizations, and law enforcement that help address and prevent opioid overdose.

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.


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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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