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  • Opioid Use Disorder Documented at Delivery Hospitalization - United States, 1999-20148/15/2018 8:30:00 AMA recent MMWR surveillance summary shows that the number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery has gone up more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, with significant increases in all 28 states with available data. The findings illustrate that OUD during pregnancy is a growing national problem. These national and state-level data can guide the development and tailoring of prevention and treatment efforts.
  • APHA 2018-Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now8/9/2018 10:00:00 AMRegistration is open for the American Public Health Association's (APHA's) annual meeting and expo. The meeting will take place November 10-14, 2018, in San Diego, California. This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now," putting health equity at the center of the public health field's attention.
  • Executive Summary for the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map, 2018-20238/9/2018 10:00:00 AMThe Healthy Brain Initiative's (HBI) State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map charts a course for state and local public health agencies and their partners to act quickly and strategically to prepare all communities by stimulating changes in policies, systems and environments.
  • Notice of Funding Opportunity: Enhancing Public Health Surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorder 8/7/2018 4:28:00 PMCDC's Developmental Disabilities Branch within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has published a notice of funding opportunity-Enhancing Public Health Surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to enhance the capacity of surveillance programs to implement a population-based, multiple source program for autism spectrum disorder. The application deadline is October 1, 2018, at 11:59 pm (EDT).
  • School District Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans - United States, 2006, 2012, and 20168/7/2018 4:22:00 PMCDC recently released an MMWR article that addresses the concerns about insufficient school-based emergency planning to address the unique needs of children and the adults who support them. This article examines the improvements over time and gaps in school preparedness plans, coinciding with Healthy People 2020 objectives related to improving school preparedness, response, and recovery plans. Strengthening plans for infectious disease outbreaks, especially in rural districts, could help ensure that children and communities remain healthy and productive.
  • Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health 8/2/2018 4:00:00 PMThe Public Health Foundation has released "Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health," a set of skills desirable for performance improvement (PI) professionals working in public health settings-such as state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. These competencies were developed to offer additional guidance in PI for public health professionals with responsibilities related to developing or implementing plans and activities in the areas of quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation readiness, or community health assessment and improvement planning.
  • State by State Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Map8/2/2018 10:00:00 AMCross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) models vary based on state and local characteristics. The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has developed this map to highlight CJS initiatives across the nation.
  • PHLP News: July Edition7/31/2018 3:23:00 PMThe Fifty Nifty! In honor of Independence Day, the Public Health Law News runs the Fifty Nifty as a celebration of public health law activities and issues in every state. This edition includes an interview with the executive director of community benefit, Community Health Network, Inc., Priscilla Keith, JD, MS. Highlighted legal tools include an issue brief by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) discussing planning for unaccompanied minors in shelter operations, the Public Health Learning Navigator by Public Health Learning Network, and a 50-state map of scope of practice legislation.
  • Continuing Education Activity: Containing Unusual Antibiotic Resistance 7/31/2018 3:20:00 PMCDC's MMWR and Medscape have introduced a free continuing education activity that describes approaches to controlling emerging antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings. This online course is intended for public health professionals and multi-disciplinary practitioners who treat and manage patients with multidrug-resistant organism infection. To access the activity, register for a free account on Medscape.
  • Comprehensive Assistance to Shared Services (COMPASS)7/26/2018 12:00:00 PMDeveloped by the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and partnership involvement from the CDC, COMPASS assists public health agencies and policymakers with access to tools, methods, and models to explore, prepare for, plan, implement, and improve a cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangement. Use the "Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives" to guide the implementation of CJS relationships that can have positive effects on the communities you serve.
  • Free Continuing Education Credits: CDC's Environmental Assessment Training Series (EATS)7/26/2018 11:00:00 AMCDC estimates that 48 million Americans get sick from a foodborne illness each year. EATS addresses the role of environmental assessments within the broader context of outbreak investigations and the food safety system. Public health professionals can benefit from this training because it shows health inspectors how to identify a foodborne disease outbreak's environmental causes. The skills needed to investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness are different from those needed to inspect restaurants, and having trained environmental health staff is critical.
  • Report-Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Implementation and Impact Measurement Program7/24/2018 1:30:00 PMCould cross-jurisdictional sharing benefit your health department? Cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) is a growing strategy that can be used at state, tribal, local, and territorial levels to address opportunities and challenges, such as tight budgets, limited key staff expertise, increased burden of disease, and regional planning needs. In 2015, the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and partnership involvement from the CDC, developed a model and identified four test sites to measure the impact of CJS arrangements on service and program effectiveness and efficiency. The final report provides more information about these projects, including promising findings, such as cost savings and increased number of clients served by public health services.
  • Health Justice: Empowering Public Health and Advancing Health Equity 7/20/2018 10:00:00 AMThe 2018 Public Health Law Conference will include more than 40 sessions exploring law and policy pathways to improving access to health care; protecting vulnerable populations against health risks and injury; developing protections against discriminatory practices; and strengthening efforts of local, tribal, and state public health agencies. The conference, organized by the Network for Public Health Law and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, will be held October 4-6, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration closes September 3.
  • 2018 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 7/20/2018 10:00:00 AMThis third edition of the MAHC has been released, with updates in the areas of disinfection and water quality, lifeguarding and bather supervision, and risk management and safety. It also covers emerging public health topics, such as Legionella contamination and use of floatation tanks, as well as continuing challenges like noise reduction in indoor swimming pools. Local and state agencies and the aquatics sector can use the MAHC to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries at public pools and hot tubs at apartment complexes, hotels, and waterparks.
  • Exploring Substance Use and Impaired Driving Among Adults Aged 21 Years and Older in the US, 20157/18/2018 5:00:00 AMCDC has released a new study that explores self-reported prevalence of and factors associated with alcohol, marijuana, and/or prescription opioid use and impaired driving among adults aged 21 years and older in the United States. This report demonstrates the need for more robust drug-related data collection, reporting, and analyses, as well as the emerging need for surveillance of marijuana and prescription opioid impaired driving. States can consider using proven strategies to prevent impaired driving and evaluate promising practices.
  • Health Advisory: Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Compounds Related to Fentanyl7/12/2018 2:46:00 PMCDC has issued a health advisory that features new information about the nationwide opioid epidemic, along with updated comprehensive guidance available to prevent occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl) by law enforcement and other emergency responders. The advisory also provides updated recommendations for public health professionals and healthcare providers regarding prevention and response efforts.
  • Accreditation Coordinator Handbook for Public Health Department Initial Accreditation7/12/2018 10:00:00 AMAn accreditation coordinator is the member of a health department's staff who guides the department through the accreditation process. The Public Health Accreditation Board has published "Accreditation Coordinator Handbook for Public Health Department Initial Accreditation," a companion to the "Guide to National Public Health Department Initial Accreditation." This handbook outlines each step of the accreditation process, explains coordinators' roles and responsibilities, and provides helpful tips for preparing accreditation documentation.
  • Podcast: Policy Approaches to Containing Antimicrobial Resistance7/10/2018 2:27:00 PMNeed a new podcast to add to your summer playlist? Check out the Public Health Review podcast from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials! Listen to "Policy Approaches to Containing Antimicrobial Resistance" to hear CDC's Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program associate director and state public health professionals discuss preventing and containing unusually resistant bacteria.
  • Federated States of Micronesia Uses Block Grant Funding To Create One-Stop Shops for Diabetes Care 7/9/2018 9:37:00 AMIn Kosrae, one of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), one in three people has diabetes-a medical condition that can result in serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and foot and leg amputation. With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, FSM supported the Kosrae State Health Department in establishing One-Stop Shops. These clinics help improve healthcare and quality of life for residents with diabetes by providing yearly check-ups, screening tests, dental services, annual vaccinations, counseling for managing diabetes, and ongoing care for foot and eye problems associated with the disease.
  • 2018 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media7/5/2018 8:30:00 AM The CDC, National Public Health Information Coalition, and the Society for Health Communication will hold the 2018 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media on September 11-13 in Atlanta. This annual conference brings together professionals representing academia, public health researchers, and practitioners from federal and state governments and the private sector. Early bird registration closes July 31, 2018.
  • Developing a Long-term Funding Strategy7/5/2018 8:30:00 AMDo you help secure funding for public health activities? Take "Planning for Financial Success," a course from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, to learn how to prepare a clear, concise grant proposal using case examples, interactive exercises, and videos.
  • PHLP Newsletter: June Edition7/3/2018 1:30:00 PMWant to know what legal authority could state, local, and federal public health and environmental agencies use to avert or mitigate the crisis? Read the interview in June's edition of the Public Health Law News, which features an interview with Peter Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health. This edition also includes an introduction to preemption and public health law issues.
  • New Hampshire Uses Block Grant Funding to Reduce Patients' Stress of Living with HIV6/28/2018 12:00:00 PMMany low-income HIV patients in New Hampshire depend on the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (RW CARE) program for life-saving medications, quality medical care, and support services. With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant, the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services provided quality improvement training to the RW CARE team to address problems with timely processing of insurance payments for HIV clients. As a result of the training, medical provider knowledge about correct billing processes increased, billing error rates declined, payment lag time to providers decreased, and clients experienced fewer challenges in obtaining their critical healthcare and managing stress in their daily lives.
  • AtlasPlus Adds HIV and Social Determinants of Health Indicators 6/26/2018 10:00:00 AMCDC's AtlasPlus has added 11 new indicators that increase access to information on HIV and, for the first time, social determinants of health. This update adds 6 new HIV indicators, including estimated incidence, estimated diagnosed HIV among all persons living with HIV infection and estimated persons living with HIV infection nationally and by state. AtlasPlus provides quick access to more than 15 years of CDC's surveillance data on HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.
  • Nevada Uses Block Grant Funding To Help Low-Income Residents Fight High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease6/21/2018 10:00:00 AMIn Nevada, low-income residents living in areas with too few primary care providers are twice as likely to have high blood pressure compared to the general population. With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health partnered with Nevada Health Centers to pilot a free Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Program for low-income and rural residents-helping patients keep their blood pressure under control between doctor visits.
  • Webinars: Learn How to Use CDC's Disability and Health Data System 6/20/2018 3:30:00 PMAdults with disabilities experience significant health disparities compared to adults without disabilities. To improve the health of this population, state epidemiologists, researchers, and public health professionals need access to accurate and timely data to inform their state's health promotion activities. CDC created Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) to provide quick and easy access to data on demographics and health information for adults with disabilities. Join CDC and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors for two webinars on June 21 and June 26 to learn more about using DHDS.
  • 2018 Health Equity Research Snapshot6/19/2018 2:48:00 PMThe 2018 Health Equity Research Snapshot, an initiative of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), features video clips demonstrating innovative, successful community-partnered research projects at seven of CDC's prevention research centers housed within AAMC member medical schools with preventive medicine residency programs. CDC's network of 26 prevention research centers collaborate with communities to develop, evaluate, and implement community changes that can prevent and control chronic diseases and improve a communities' health care equity.
  • Report: CDC Compares Adult Obesity Prevalence Between Urban and Rural Counties in 47 States6/19/2018 11:25:00 AMCDC examined state-level 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data and found that the prevalence of obesity was 34.2% among US adults living in nonmetropolitan counties and 28.7% among those living in metropolitan counties. Obesity prevalence was significantly higher among nonmetropolitan county residents than among metropolitan county residents in all US Census regions, with the largest absolute difference in the South and Northeast.
  • Working Together to Improve Health Literacy 6/14/2018 9:00:00 AMHealth literacy is the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. Collaborations across public health, health care, and literacy organizations allow them to share ideas, information, and resources. Visit CDC's Health Literacy Activities by State web page to learn what states are doing to improve health literacy.
  • Vermont Uses Block Grant Funding To Prevent Suicides With Emergency Department Screenings6/14/2018 9:00:00 AMIn Vermont, suicide is a serious and growing public health threat for young people-with a yearly average of 1,200 emergency department (ED) visits for self-directed violence for young people aged 10-24 years. With a portion of its Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funding, Vermont Department of Health (VDH) worked with Northwestern Medical Center to apply systematic ways to prevent suicides through proven prevention strategies-such as risk screening, assessment, and early intervention-in hospital EDs.

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