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Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain10/9/2018 11:19:00 AMCDC has released a new tool in the fight against opioids-the Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain resource. This resource offers primary care providers, hospitals, and healthcare systems a framework for managing patients who are on long-term opioid therapy.
Call for Public Comments on Community Health and Prosperity Report10/2/2018 11:56:00 AMThe US Surgeon General has published a federal register notice and seeks comments to inform his report and call to action on community health and prosperity. The Office of the Surgeon General, with support from CDC, plans to develop and produce a report by the Surgeon General on the link between investments in community health and community and other measures of well-being and economic prosperity. Share the link with your partners and stakeholders that might be interested in commenting. The comment period ends November 5, 2018.
State- and Territory-Specific 2017 Data on Adult Obesity Prevalence9/26/2018 10:49:00 AMCDC released new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Key highlights from the data analysis include a data table with adult obesity prevalence by state and territory for 2016 and 2017, a data table with adult obesity prevalence by sociodemographic characteristics for 2017, and data tables with combined adult obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity and state and territory for 2015-2017. State and community leaders, employers, government agencies, healthcare providers, and individuals all have an important role in preventing and managing obesity.
Public Health Surveillance: Preparing for the Future9/14/2018 10:00:00 AMCollecting data, connecting data, and using data to inform action is one of the most foundational activities of public health. This new CDC report chronicles CDC's efforts to improve the agency's surveillance systems and approaches. The report gives an in-depth look at the initiatives, innovation, and partnerships that took place under CDC's Surveillance Strategy from 2014 to today. It also describes ongoing improvements and a vision for the future to encompass both public health data and IT modernization.
CDC's 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes 9/5/2018 11:22:00 AMThis second annual surveillance report includes data on national opioid prescribing patterns, drug use/misuse, treatment, hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and overdose deaths. Key findings show that between 1999 and 2016, more than 630,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States, and drug overdose deaths in 2016 reached a new record high. The crisis continues to be fueled by both prescription opioid pain medications and illicit drugs, such as heroin and synthetic opioids, and a low percentage of those needing treatment for substance abuse are able to access it. In addition to expanding treatment options and access, additional measures are needed to prevent illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse in a dynamic drug landscape.
Twelve More Health Departments Accredited Through the Public Health Accreditation Board8/30/2018 1:22:00 PMTwelve more public health departments have been awarded five-year national accreditation status by the @Public Health Accreditation Board, bringing that number to more than 235 health departments across the United States. Across the nation, nearly all states now have at least one PHAB-accredited health department (local, tribal, and/or state) within their borders. Congratulations to Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Knox County Health Department, Mount Vernon, Ohio; Lincoln County Health and Human Services, Newport, Oregon; Livingston County Health Department, Howell, Michigan; Logan County Health District, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Marion Public Health, Marion, Ohio; Onondaga County Health Department, Syracuse, New York; Plumas County Public Health Agency, Quincy, California; Saint Louis County Department of Health, St. Louis, Missouri; Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Springfield, Missouri; Williams County Combined Health District, Montpelier, Ohio; and Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison, Wisconsin!
CDC Resources to Help Clinicians Reduce Falls and Avert Costs 8/28/2018 9:00:00 AMA recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), The Potential to Reduce Falls and Avert Costs by Clinically Managing Fall Risk, found that clinically identifying and managing fall risk factors could prevent as many as 45,164 medically treated falls and avert up to $442 million in direct medical costs annually. The report looked at the population-level impact of seven evidence-based interventions on reducing falls and lowering direct medical costs among community-dwelling older adults. CDC's Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries, or STEADI initiative, has tools and resources to help clinicians prevent falls and reduce healthcare costs.
Texting/Emailing While Driving Among High School Students in 35 States, United States, 20158/21/2018 9:00:00 AMThis journal article explores individual- and state-level factors associated with texting while driving among teen drivers in the United States. The findings show that texting while driving among high school students varies widely across states (26%-64%). States that issue learners' permits to teens who are less than 15 years old had a higher percentage of high school students who text or email while driving. This research can help target prevention efforts and underscores the need for strategies to reduce texting while driving in teen drivers, particularly in states where adolescents begin driving at younger ages.
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.