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  • 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.
  • 2018 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 6/12/2018 6:45:00 PMDespite the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, Americans are not consuming enough in their daily diet. States and communities can help people consume more fruits and vegetables by making them convenient and affordable in the places where children and adults live, work, learn, and play. CDC has released the "2018 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables" that can help states can support a strong food system, promote fruit and vegetable access, and help public health practitioners and decision-makers increase fruit and vegetable consumption among individuals, children, and families.
  • Youth Tobacco Use Drops During 2011-20176/12/2018 6:15:00 PMTobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. CDC and the Food and Drug Administration recently released a report that shows findings from the 2011-2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys. In 2017, 3.6 million middle and high school students said they were current tobacco product users (used a tobacco product in the past 30 days), down from 4.5 million in 2011.
  • Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus Infections Among Persons Who Use Drugs and Persons Experiencing Homelessness6/11/2018 2:00:00 PMCDC and state health departments are investigating hepatitis A outbreaks in multiple states among persons reporting drug use or homelessness and their contacts. Rapid identification, a comprehensive response, and novel public health approaches may be required to address needs unique to these populations. This Health Alert Network provides guidance to public health officials and clinicians to assist in identifying and preventing new infections.
  • Notice Funding Opportunity: Strengthening STD Prevention and Control for Health Departments 6/7/2018 9:00:00 AMCDC has published a new notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen STD prevention and control for health departments. This NOFO supports strategies and activities to eliminate congenital syphilis; prevent antibiotic resistant gonorrhea; reduce primary and secondary syphilis; prevent STD-related pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility; address STD-related outbreaks; and reduce STD-related health disparities. Applications are due July 31, 2018, by 11:59 pm (EDT).
  • State Health Leadership: Understanding & Responding to the Lifelong Effects of Opioid Exposure 6/7/2018 9:00:00 AMThe nation's opioid epidemic has significant effects on America's children and families. Join a live webinar presented by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in association with The Forum at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health for a discussion about innovative approaches to use and promote healthy caregiver-child relationships that help buffer the effects of trauma. Participants will be able to discuss the most pressing needs and promising approaches, share experiences, and ask questions. The webinar will take place on June 8, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm (EDT). Early registration ends today!
  • Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 20176/5/2018 3:29:00 PMCDC's Public Health Law Program has published a web page about the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017, which amended the Controlled Substances Act to include requirements for the maintenance and administration of controlled substances by emergency medical services (EMS). The Act also includes Drug Enforcement Administration registration for EMS agencies and approves the use of EMS personnel to administer controlled substances.
  • CDC Funding Opportunity: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)6/5/2018 9:59:00 AMCDC has announced a grant opportunity to implement Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) in your community. This 5-year initiative will support culturally tailored preventions for minority populations to address preventable health behaviors, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, and more. Applications are due July 16, 2018, no later than 11:59 pm (EDT). Visit to read the grant announcement and apply for funding.
  • Boots on the Ground Part 1: Foundational Epidemiology5/31/2018 3:00:00 PMLooking for an introduction to epidemiology or just a refresher? Take this course from CDC's Public Health Associate Program to learn the basics, including key terms and research methods.
  • CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System 5/31/2018 3:00:00 PMChronic kidney disease (CKD) is 4 times higher in Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 or older who have high blood pressure than it is in those without. Increased awareness of high blood pressure as a risk factor for CKD can help both patients and providers with early interventions and case management to prevent or delay CKD. Visit CDC's Chronic Disease Surveillance System web page to learn about more about CKD, emerging topics, new indicators, and more.
  • Health Advisory: Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use 5/25/2018 3:00:00 PMCDC has published a health advisory related to a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy (a condition affecting the blood's ability to clot normally) from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products containing a vitamin K-dependent antagonist agent, such as brodifacoum. Since the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the first case in March 2018, nine states have reported 202 cases, including 5 deaths. CDC is coordinating national surveillance activities and providing information about the current status of the outbreak; signs and symptoms from this outbreak; available laboratory testing options; resources for clinicians, public health officials, and the public; and guidance on reporting possible cases.
  • Three Newly Accredited Health Departments 5/24/2018 1:30:00 PMThree more public health departments have been awarded five-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board, bringing that number to more than 220 health departments across the United States. Accreditation aims to improve health agencies' efforts to protect and promote health and prevent disease and injury at state, tribal, local, and territorial levels. Congratulations to Fulton County General Health District in Wauseon, Ohio; Monterey County Health Department in Salinas, California; and Washington County Health Department in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
  • Guam Uses Block Grant Funding for Worksite Wellness Program to Promote a Healthier Workforce5/24/2018 9:30:00 AMWith funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, Guam created a worksite wellness program (WWP) for health department employees to help address chronic diseases-the leading cause of death in Guam. The WWP encourages employees to adopt healthy behaviors during the workday and enables employees to exercise while at work; take nutrition, healthy cooking, exercise, and stress-reduction classes; and get medical screenings. The WWP helped employees take fewer sick days, develop stronger working relationships, and reduce the amount of medications they had to take.
  • Tribal Legal Preparedness Project5/23/2018 7:12:00 AMAs sovereign entities, tribal governments have the authority to create their own laws and take steps to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Since 2016, the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project, led by the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh, has engaged tribal nations around the country to enhance and expand their tribal legal preparedness capacity. Visit their website for access to training modules, a resource library, and more.
  • Webinar: The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Emerging Trend in Health System Transformation and the Law, Part I5/22/2018 3:16:00 PMJoin CDC and the American Health Lawyers Association tomorrow, May 23, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (EDT) for the "The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Emerging Trend in Health System Transformation and the Law, Part I" webinar. The first in a three-part series, this webinar will highlight the best practices for implementing a federally compliant community health needs assessment, as well as for collaborating with health departments. The webinar will also provide case studies offering successful risk mitigation strategies for hospitals or health systems.
  • CDC's US Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool5/17/2018 11:00:00 AMThis interactive application was made so everyone-not just scientists-can understand cancer data. It uses charts, graphs, and full-color maps with information about cancer cases collected across the country-more than 1.7 million cases of cancer every year. You can search the data by types of cancer, places, and groups of people, then create charts, maps, and graphs.
  • Federated States of Micronesia Uses Block Grant Funding to Provide Better Care for Diabetes Patients5/17/2018 11:00:00 AMOne in three residents in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has diabetes. Limited resources and patient access to care added to FSM's public health challenges. With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, FSM introduced a Chronic Care Model to train its public health workforce to manage chronic diseases, share information and improve patient care across health organizations, track the number and types of services provided, and reach more patients with timely and coordinated care. More than 130 staff members are now trained and ready to implement the model and provide essential services to diabetes patients to prevent potentially life-threatening complications.
  • State-Specific Deaths from Older Adult Falls5/15/2018 3:42:00 PMFalls remain the leading cause of injury-related death among older Americans. Last week, CDC released a new MMWR article containing data on state-specific deaths from falls among older adults (65 and older). Given the growth in the older adult population and surge in older adult falls occurring across the United States, this research can help state decision-makers and public health professionals make informed decisions about how to prioritize fall prevention efforts and promote healthy aging.
  • Michigan Uses Block Grant Funding for Mobile Farmers' Market To Make Buying Fresh, Healthier Food Easier5/10/2018 1:00:00 PMWith funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, Michigan partnered with Growing Hope, a community support organization in Washtenaw County, to make healthy garden produce available in Latino neighborhoods that otherwise lacked access to fresh, healthy food. A mobile farmers' market trailer supplied garden produce to three sites with high Latino populations. During July-October 2015, more than 1,600 people visited the mobile farmers' market, generating sales of nearly $3,700.
  • Call for Proposals: Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Applied Research 5/10/2018 11:30:00 AMCDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response released a funding opportunity announcement for research proposals on preparing for and responding to public health emergencies and disasters. This broad agency announcement seeks proposals to conduct innovative research to improve the ability of the CDC and its partners, especially state and local health departments, to effectively prepare for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. Organizations are encouraged to submit a concept paper for review before submitting a formal proposal. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (EDT) on May 17, 2018.
  • Register Today for the 16th Annual National Public Health Improvement Training5/8/2018 3:45:00 PMRegister today! The 16th annual national Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) is scheduled for June 26-27, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. PHIT is co-sponsored by CDC and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and other key national organizations. The agenda features a series of hands-on, skill-building workshops, sessions, and networking opportunities that help public health leaders improve outcomes and strengthen the performance of their organizations. Registration is open until May 29, 2018, or until capacity is reached.
  • PHAB Domain 6 Webinar Series, Part 2: Updating Public Health Laws for Public Health Accreditation5/8/2018 3:31:00 PMJoin the "Updating Public Health Laws for PHAB Accreditation" webinar tomorrow, May 9, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (EDT). This webinar is the second in a three-part series hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with CDC's support. Participants will learn about strategies and tools to review and update public health laws to meet PHAB requirements and hear from the New Mexico Department of Health and the Washington State Board of Health. Register for the webinar and access a recording of Part 1.
  • Autism Data: Five Facts to Know5/3/2018 11:45:00 AMCDC released a new surveillance summary, "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years-Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014." The report shows that an estimated 1 in 59 school-aged children are living with autism spectrum disorder. Overall, the findings underscore the need for services and support for children with autism spectrum disorder, both now and as they grow into adolescence and adulthood.
  • Tobacco Education Campaign Returns with Powerful Stories5/3/2018 11:45:00 AMCDC has launched its 2018 Tips from Former Smokers® campaign. Now in its seventh year, the campaign features hard-hitting ads with real people who are living with health problems caused or made worse by cigarette smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Smokers are encouraged to call 1-800-QUIT NOW, a toll-free number to access free quitting support across the country. Visit the campaign website to help spread the word with promotional materials that are available in English and Spanish.
  • Republic of Palau Uses Block Grant Funding To Reduce Drunk Driving and Help Save Lives5/1/2018 11:35:00 AMAlcohol abuse is one of Palau's top eight health concerns, and driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious problem there. With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Republic of Palau launched an ongoing anti-drunk driving campaign called DeWill2Live, named after a young man in the community who had been killed by a drunk driver. The campaign promotes DUI prevention among preteens and teens through an annual candlelight vigil, roadside billboards, and school-based presentations featuring anti-DUI messages.
  • PHLP Newsletter: April Edition4/26/2018 11:00:00 AMInterested in the role public health law plays in local health departments? Read this month's Public Health Law News profile with NACCHO's Geoffrey Mwaungulu, Jr., JD, MPH. As a senior program analyst, Geoffrey has the opportunity to contribute to NACCHO's efforts in the opioid response, administrative preparedness, and more. The interview and the full April edition of Public Health Law News are available now.
  • Diabetes-Related Emergency Medical Service Activations in 23 States, United States 20154/26/2018 10:00:00 AMThis journal article describes diabetes-related emergency medical services activations in 2015 among people of all ages from 23 US states. It is an effort to estimate the use of these emergency services for diabetes-related events in our nation, which has not been quantified nationally.
  • CDC Releases Public Health Preparedness 2018 National Snapshot4/24/2018 8:36:00 AMCDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) has released its 10th annual preparedness report. This report highlights preparedness activities and investments at the federal, state, and local levels and features stories that demonstrate the impact of these activities. Visit CDC OPHPR's website to learn more.
  • Casting Call for CDC's Act Against AIDS Campaigns4/24/2018 8:28:00 AMCDC's Act Against AIDS initiative is looking for gay, bisexual, and transgender Native American men over age 18 to participate in a photography and video shoot for two of its Act Against AIDS campaigns, "Let's Stop HIV Together" and "Start Talking. Stop HIV." Interested men of diverse sexual or gender identities are invited to apply to appear on camera and share their stories as part of one of the campaigns, regardless of their HIV status. The sessions will be in Los Angeles on May 4-6, and participants may get financial help to travel. Please share this casting call with your networks.

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