The United States is experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December 2014 and has spread to six additional states and Mexico. CDC and state health departments are investigating the outbreak, which is associated with travel to Disneyland resort theme parks. This Health Alert Network advisory provides guidance to public health departments, healthcare facilities, and healthcare providers. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency rooms, primary care providers, and microbiology laboratories.
CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control published state-by-state fact sheets with data, information, and strategies about drunk driving and restraint use that can help you implement strategies to save lives. You can download state datasets, maps, charts, and graphs to use on your websites or in presentations. Data are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, in partnership with CDC and more than 35 partners, released its second report of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI™). The NHSPI™ graded the nation’s preparedness for natural disasters, terrorism, and disease pandemics at 7.4 out of 10.
To help state health agencies address STDs, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) compiled resources for health officials that give a snapshot of current STD trends and opportunities for leadership engagement. State health leaders can use these resources and recommendations to raise awareness about STD issues and demonstrate the value of infrastructure and collaboration at the state level. ASTHO, CDC, and partners examined the integration of STD services and identified opportunities for collaborative efforts.
CDC's Public Health Law program compiled a table of state-by-state Ebola protocols to help law and policy makers prepare for and respond to Ebola-related situations. The table will be updated as states modify their Ebola response protocols.
CDC's interactive diabetes atlas displays state-level diabetes data and trends. The atlas has customizable maps and graphics of diabetes surveillance data, an interactive application to view state-specific trends by age and sex, and downloadable maps, charts, and data tables that can be used in grant applications, reports, articles, and publications.
According to new data, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations experienced higher rates of new infections than non-Hispanic white populations in 14 of 26 reportable infectious diseases during 2007–2011. Although incidence rates of some infectious diseases have declined in AI/AN populations, disparities between groups remain. Interventions are needed to reduce disparities in chlamydia, gonorrhea, West Nile virus, spotted fever rickettsiosis, and other infections among AI/AN and NHW populations.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety. CDC’s annual “National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection Progress Report” expands on and updates previous years’ reports about progress toward the goal of eliminating HAIs. The report summarizes data submitted to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, the nation’s HAI tracking system.
The Public Health Associate Program is a CDC-funded training program for recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. It offers frontline public health experience at health agencies; community-based organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations across the country. The application period is open January 12–16, 2015.
On January 12, 2015, on the radio program American Indian Living, Dr. Doris Cook shared real-life tribal public health success stories of Native American communities serving as public health role models. The stories were drawn from a partnership between CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Association of American Indian Physicians. The stories are intended to increase awareness and knowledge of culturally appropriate, evidence-based tribal public health intervention and strategies that can be replicated in other tribal communities.
Approximately 38 million US adults report binge drinking an average of four times per month and consuming an average of eight drinks per episode. Alcohol poisoning is typically caused by binge drinking at high intensity. Join staff from CDC, Boston University and the New Mexico Department of Health for the upcoming Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference, “Alcohol Poisoning Deaths: A Deadly Consequence of Binge Drinking,” Tuesday, January 13, at 2:00 pm (EST). The teleconference will describe key steps that states, communities, and health professionals can take to reduce alcohol poisoning deaths by reducing the prevalence, frequency, and intensity of binge drinking.
CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, has announced a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA), PS15-1505: Enhancing HIV Prevention, Communication, and Mobilization Efforts Through Strategic Partnerships. The purpose of this FOA is to support the Act Against AIDS campaign materials, messaging, and other CDC resources that support HIV prevention and to implement national engagement efforts focusing on HIV prevention and awareness. Learn more about this opportunity and apply by March 13, 2015.
Become a Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site and enhance your ability to deliver public health services. PHAP hires recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and assigns them to work in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies; community-based organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations to fill critical staffing gaps and gain broad experience in public health program operations. Interested host sites can apply January 5–23, 2015.
In this fun, interactive app, users get to be disease detectives, analyzing clues and data to Solve the Outbreak and save lives. The app is now available on the CDC website, not only on mobile devices.
Restaurants will create healthier menus when they are involved in community programs to address childhood obesity, Texas State University researchers find. The Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers program aimed to improve children’s access to healthy diets through partnerships with restaurants in San Marcos, Texas. The restaurants removed sugar-sweetened beverages, decreased the number of energy-dense entrées, and/or increased fruit and vegetable offerings on their menus. Sixteen independent restaurants and 1 chain restaurant implemented new menus as part of the program.
The Office of Management and Budget has streamlined federal policies relating to the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements. This reform will impact federal agencies and non-federal entities (states, local governments, Indian tribes, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations) that receive Federal awards as a recipient or subrecipient, and their auditors. Parts of the guidance may also apply to for-profit entities and to foreign entities or organizations. This Uniform Guidance was released on December 26, 2013, and the implementation date was December 26, 2014. Awards made prior to December 26 will continue to be governed by the terms and conditions of the existing federal award. Crosswalks and side-by-sides that show the language from the old guidance next to the new language are available at http://go.usa.gov/e93H.
A recent study from RTI International found that a tobacco-cessation media campaign urging Florida smokers to use telephone quitlines and web-based cessation services led to an increase in weekly use of those services. Researchers found that an increase in 100 weekly media-market–level target-rating points—a measure of the exposure of a target audience to an advertisement—was associated with an increase of 7 weekly Florida Quitline registrants and 2 Web Coach registrants in an average media market.
On December 9, 2014, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded five-year accreditation status to six more health departments: California Department of Public Health, Frederick County Health Department (Maryland), Green River District Health Department (Kentucky); Houston Department of Health and Human Services (Texas), Salt Lake County Health Department (Utah), and Worcester County Health Department (Maryland). Since the program’s launch in 2011, 60 health departments have been awarded five-year accreditation status, bringing the total population now served by a PHAB-accredited health department to more than 111 million.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems and 9-1-1 public safety answering points play an important role in the pre-hospital identification, management, and transport of suspected or confirmed patients with Ebola. The updated “Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points for Management of Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease in the United States” clarifies the minimum personal protective equipment levels for EMS personnel and first responders.
CDC has releases its annual snapshot of the three nationally reported STDs in the US—the 2013 STD Surveillance Report. The report shows that STDs continue to pose a risk of lifelong health consequences for millions in this country.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $665 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 28 states, 3 territories, and DC to design and test healthcare payment and service-delivery models that will improve healthcare quality and lower costs. Together with awards released in 2013, 34 states, 3 territories, and DC—representing nearly two-thirds of the population—are participating in efforts to support comprehensive state-based innovation in health system transformation.
There now are thousands of Ebola survivors in West Africa, but they often face stigma, discrimination, income loss, and both grief and survivor guilt over the loss of family and friends. Programs and support services are now available in Liberia and Sierra Leone to help Ebola survivors reintegrate with their communities and resume their lives.
The last day to enroll in the Health Insurance Market place for 2015 coverage is February 15, 2015. Healthcare.gov’s website has information to share with your communities to encourage them to enroll, including a one-page fact sheet about the Health Insurance Marketplace, guidance about next steps to get started, and a tool to find local help when applying for health coverage.
Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds, “Climate Change and Health—From Science to Practice,” on Tuesday, December 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EST). Discuss strategies, programs, and partnerships currently being used to confront the challenges associated with global climate change. Follow @CDC_eHealth on Twitter and participate in the event using the hashtag #CDCGrandRounds.
The average annual number of outbreaks due to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk more than quadrupled from 1993–2006 to 2007–2012, according to a new study published in CDC’s Emerging Infectious Disease journal. Raw milk-associated outbreaks continue to increase as more states allow the sale of raw milk. CDC recommends against consuming raw milk and products made with raw milk as they can pose severe health risks, especially in children, senior citizens, and people with weakened immune systems.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with CDC and more than 35 development partners, released its second report of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI™). The NHSPI™ graded the nation’s preparedness for natural disasters, terrorism, and disease pandemics at 7.4 out of 10.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, state and local health departments, and other health agencies will observe National Influenza Vaccination Week December 7–13, 2014. This week of observance highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends influenza vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and older. CDC has educational materials, web tools, and other activities you can share with your community to observe National Influenza Vaccination Week.
CDC's National Center for Environmental Health supports the Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities (STAR) system, the nation’s first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of communities. Learn more about STAR and the communities participating.
CDC has released a health advisory, “Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses.” Influenza activity is currently low in the US as a whole, but is increasing in some parts of the country. This season, H3N2 viruses have been reported most frequently and have been detected in most all states. Increasing the risk of a severe flu season is the finding that roughly half of the H3N2 viruses analyzed are drift variants: viruses with antigenic or genetic changes that make them different from that season’s vaccine virus. This means the vaccine’s ability to protect against those viruses may be reduced. Guidance is available for clinicians on the use of influenza antiviral medications.
Norovirus causes many people to become ill with vomiting and diarrhea each year. CDC estimates that each year Noroviruses cause 19 to 21 million illnesses, 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths. Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that can cause gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and intestines. This leads to cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Encourage people in your communities to protect themselves and others by washing their hands often and following simple tips to stay healthy.
In 2011, more than 1.2 million people were living with HIV in the US; of those, only 4 in 10 were in HIV medical care. Viral suppression, having very low levels of HIV in the body, is key for saving lives for people with HIV. Seventy-six percent of people living with HIV and in HIV medical care achieve viral suppression. Join staff from CDC, Florida Department of Health, and Apicha Community Health Center in New York City for a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on the HIV Care Continuum, Tuesday, December 2, at 2:00 pm (EST).
CDC has released a health advisory, “Fatal Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis in an Infant Following Ingestion of Contaminated Dietary Supplement—Connecticut, 2014.” Subsequent testing of the same lot of unopened Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder revealed contamination with Rhizopus oryzae. Please disseminate this information to health care workers in neonatal intensive care units, hospital pharmacies, pediatricians, and primary care providers.
This informative video can help people in your community understand what they really need to know about Ebola. For example, Ebola is spread only once someone has symptoms, and if someone feels sick, he or she should think flu, not Ebola.
CDC’s Public Health Law Program has published an inventory of select tribal laws related to infectious disease control. The menu informs tribal public health practitioners, policy makers, and attorneys about tribes’ use of law as a tool to address infectious disease control.
Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the US! A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found the average annual cost for skin cancer treatment increased 126% between 2002–2006 and 2007–2011. Follow CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others from UV exposure.
CDC has found that Americans make nearly a million doctor visits for eye infections each year. Wearing contacts is the largest single risk factor for developing keratitis—an infection of the cornea that can lead to blindness. Promote eye health by focusing on the best ways to wear and care for contact lenses.
Thursday, November, 20 marks the 39th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. You can help smokers quit for good!
Now available is guidance on how to screen pregnant women for Ebola and how to care for pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola, including considerations for pregnant healthcare workers. This guidance is intended to help US hospitals develop a plan for screening and treating pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola.
According to new data published in today’s MMWR, 23%, or more than 1 in 5 high school students currently uses tobacco. More than 90% of those using a tobacco product are using combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. Implement proven strategies for reducing tobacco use among youth in your community, such as raising the price of tobacco products.
Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds, “Unusual Donor Derived Transplant-associated Infections—Just How Unusual?,” on Tuesday, November 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EST). Speakers will present some of the common themes that have emerged in unusual transplant-transmitted infections and learn what is being done to reduce the risk of unusual transplant-associated infections. Join the discussion or ask a question by using hashtag #CDCGrandrounds on Twitter.
State and local vaccination requirements for school entry can help maintain high vaccination coverage and protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. This report describes vaccination coverage in 49 states and the Disctrict of Columbia during the 2013–14 school year. Median vaccination coverage for three vaccines was 94.7% for measles, mumps, and rubella; 95.0% for diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis; and 93.3% for varicella among states with a 2-dose requirement.
The chikungunya outbreak in Caribbean and Central and South American countries continues to spread with no sign of slowing down. CDC experts warn that the painful mosquito-borne disease will likely continue to infect travelers to the region during the rest of this year and beyond. The outbreak, which began last December, had caused an estimated 795,000 chikungunya fever cases in 37 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere as of the end of October. As of November, 4, 2014, more than 1,600 travelers returning to the United States with chikungunya fever have been reported. Before this outbreak, an average of 28 travelers with chikungunya fever returned to the United States each year.
The nation has an increasing need for applied public health informatics and epidemiology professionals in state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. Project SHINE (Strengthening Health Systems through Interprofessional Education) aims to meet that need. It has three fellowships under its umbrella: 1) Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF), 2) Health Systems Integration Program (HSIP), and 3) Informatics Training in Place Program (I-TIPP). The common goal is to increase workforce capacity at health departments in informatics, epidemiology, and integration of public health and clinical health systems. All fellows are funded by CDC and provided at no cost to states. Apply to host APHIF and HSIP fellows by December 15, 2014.
More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. As many as 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by screening and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination. Join staff from CDC, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Cancer Alliance for a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on cervical cancer prevention, Wednesday, November 12, at 2:00 pm (EST).
CDC has released online personal protective equipment (PPE) training for healthcare workers caring for patients with known or suspected Ebola. The training using videos to demonstrate how to safely put on and take off PPE. Before caring for patients with Ebola, all healthcare providers involved in the care of Ebola patients must receive training and demonstrate competency in performing all Ebola-related infection control practices and procedures, specifically in donning and doffing proper PPE.
State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments can use and share CDC resources to stay informed about current and emerging public health issues. This new Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support’s web page gives links to subscribe to key CDC alert mechanisms, along with information about Ebola, Enterovirus D68, and emergency preparedness and response resources.
CDC published a special MMWR supplement that uses data from 19 surveillance sources to provide recent trends in the nation’s health. The report reviews population health in the United States and provides an assessment of recent progress in addressing high-priority health issues. It identifies important public health successes and challenges to help guide national policy and programmatic efforts to improve health and quality of life.
Effective today, October 27, 2014, travelers arriving in the United States from Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone will be given a CARE (Check and Report Ebola) kit at the airport. Each CARE kit contains tools, including a thermometer and contact information to report symptoms, to help these travelers monitor Ebola symptoms for the next 21 days.
CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Associate Director for Tribal Support. The position requires awareness of the unique and complex cultural, environmental, social, economic, and political factors that affect the health of American Indian/Alaska Native populations. The application closing date is November 6, 2014.
CDC announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea beginning October 27, 2014. Active post-arrival monitoring is an approach in which state and local health officials maintain daily contact with all travelers from the three affected countries for the entire 21 days following their last possible date of exposure to Ebola virus. Upon arrival, these travelers will receive a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit that contains resources to monitor Ebola symptoms.
The public comment period for Healthy People 2020 is now open. You are invited to comment on proposed new objectives to be added for arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic back conditions; early and middle childhood; heart disease and stroke; maternal infant and child health; and tobacco use. You can also propose new objectives to be included in one of the 42 existing topic areas. Comments will be accepted through 5:00 pm ET on November 7, 2014.
CDC is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) healthcare workers should use and offers detailed step-by-step instructions for how to put PPE on and take it off safely. The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles: 1) rigorous and repeated training, 2) no skin exposure when PPE is worn, and 3) trained monitors to observe and supervise each worker taking PPE on and off.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) has released a new supplement, “The Public Health Workforce.” This supplement highlights data-driven research and critical issues relevant to the public health workforce, with an emphasis on work that addresses the rapidly changing public health system (such as changes in the public health and healthcare systems given the Affordable Care Act, the explosion of “big data” and the use of evolving technology).
New York City (NYC) is a frequent port of entry for travelers from West Africa and a home to health care workers who travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients. To ensure that NYC is prepared to manage Ebola cases and prevent disease transmission, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in coordination with local hospitals and clinicians, established systems around Ebola surveillance and management of suspected cases and contacts. Learn more about NYC’s efforts to prepare for and treat Ebola patients.
Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds, “How Pharmacists Can Improve Our Nation’s Health,” on Tuesday, October 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). Speakers will illustrate the impact of including pharmacists in team-based care, share CDC tools to facilitate incorporating pharmacists in public health initiatives, and give examples of how pharmacists are working in healthcare settings to prevent and manage diseases. Follow @CDC_eHealth on Twitter and participate using the hashtag #CDCGrandrounds.
CDC developed and started using on October 14, 2014, a new, faster lab test for detecting enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in specimens from people in the United States with respiratory illness. This test will allow CDC to more rapidly test remaining specimens received from states since mid-September. Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children. This year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified, leading to increases in illnesses among children and affecting those with asthma most severely. The real-time lab results combined with data on hospital admissions will help us understand when and where the EV-D68 outbreak is ending.
People living with HIV can live longer, healthier lives by getting into care and staying in care. The “HIV Treatment Works” campaign features people from across the United States who are living with HIV. The campaign website contains information to encourage people living with HIV to get in care, take HIV medications, stay in care, and adhere to treatment, as well as resources on how to live well.
State Snapshots, from the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, highlight strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement in the quality of health care and access to services provided for each state and DC.
More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department—and nearly 200,000 were hospitalized—for motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012. Join staff from CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and Utah Department of Health for a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on preventing motor vehicle crash injuries and their associated costs, Tuesday, October 14, at 2:00 pm (EDT).
CDC has released a health advisory, "Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials." Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection control specialists, as well as to emergency departments, urgent care centers, and microbiology laboratories.
The Public Health Accreditation Board awarded five-year accreditation to 10 more health departments, bringing the total to 54. The group includes one state and nine local health departments. Learn more about national accreditation and how your community can be among the next to benefit from this program.
On September 30, 2014, CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola virus in the US. We know you have questions about Ebola and this case. CDC experts will answer questions during a Twitter chat today, October 2, at 4:00 pm (EDT). Follow @cdcgov on Twitter and use hashtag #CDCchat to participate. Learn more about Ebola on the CDC website.
Two genes influence risk for breast cancer: BRCA1 and BRCA2. The Know:BRCA Assessment can help you assess your risk of having a BRCA mutation. Without treatment, women with a BRCA gene mutation are seven times more likely to get breast cancer and 30 times more likely to get ovarian cancer. Learn more about BRCA mutation and the Know:BRCA assessment tool available for both women and clinicians.
The Community Prevetive Services Task Force recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on strong evidence of their effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes. Learm more about the task force's findings and interventions that work.
Are you interested in learning how law can be used to protect and promote the public's health? CDC's Public Health Law Program is offering a 9–14 week unpaid externship for second and third-year law students who want to explore careers in public health. To apply for the spring 2015 externship, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2014.
Public health leaders are encouraged to attend the Foundational Public Health Services webinar, Wednesday, October 1, at 3:00 pm (EDT). Panelists will discuss the development of a framework for Foundational Capabilities and Foundational Areas—a package of public health services consisting of cross-cutting, essential skills and substantive areas of expertise. Participation is free, but please register in advance.
A recent MMWR supplement examined the use of selected clinical preventive services among infants, children, and adolescents in the US. The findings in this supplement indicate that millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States have not benefitted from key clinical preventive services, and that there are large disparities by demographics, geography, and healthcare coverage and access in the use of these services.
More than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV. CDC's new campaign, HIV Treatment Works, encourages people living with HIV to Get in care, Stay in care, and Live well. Visit the campaign website to learn more.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is hosting a free webinar, “Aligning Measure Sets: Tools & Methods for States,” to discuss the state of healthcare quality alignment and hear about the work of RWJF grantees. The webinar will take place Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). The webinar will feature a brief on state-level development of performance measure sets and new suite of interactive tools for measure set development. Representatives from Washington and Vermont will also present on their experienced developing better-aligned measure sets and real world use of the tools.
In recognition of September’s Emergency Preparedness Month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) created this web page. It provides access to NIOSH topics and publications about responder safety and health, natural disasters and hazards, and NIOSH disaster response efforts, as well as links to related NIOSH programs.
CDC’s first State HIV Prevention Progress Report offers baseline information on the most urgent priorities for strengthening states’ HIV prevention and care efforts. The nation’s HIV goals are achievable, but reaching them depends on progress made at the state and local levels, and closing the gap between states will be critical. The differences described in this report likely reflect a complex range of differences between states. These include unique histories and other circumstances such as levels of HIV burden, public health priorities, economic realities, healthcare systems, quality of data, existing infrastructure for HIV services, community response, and population demographics. In addition, resources vary with regard to federal, state, and local funding. Direct comparisons between states cannot be made without understanding and accounting for these variations.
CDC released an MMWR Supplement, “Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services to Improve the Health of Infants, Children, and Adolescents—United States, 1999–2011.” This supplement provides a baseline snapshot of use of selected clinical preventive services for US infants, children, and adolescents prior to 2012, before or shortly after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The findings indicate that millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services.
The Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa and is affecting Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. It is important that humanitarian aid work continue in this region; however, CDC is recommending that US residents avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. If you are traveling to areas where outbreaks of Ebola are occurring, become familiar with CDC recommendations to protect your health and safety.
About 1 in 6 children ages 8–17 years has raised blood pressure. Join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, September 9, at 2:00 pm (EDT) to learn what school districts in California and Idaho are doing to decrease sodium in children’s diets.
The upcoming free "Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services" webinar will take place September 23, 2014, from 9:00 to 10:30 am (EDT). Using trauma-informed care principles, the webinar will focus on successful implementation of clinical preventive services related to tobacco, alcohol, depression, intimate partner violence, obesity, and breastfeeding. Speakers will also address the role of traumatic exposure and importance of trauma-informed care. The webinar will be available via live webcast in addition to in-person attendance. Continuing education will be provided.
The US Department of Health and Human Services launched this challenge to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked successfully with patients to reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health. CDC developed this challenge in support of Million Hearts® to recognize exemplary practices and providers in blood pressure management. This includes working with patients to achieve hypertension control rates of 70 percent or above and motivating practices and health systems to intensify their efforts. The deadline to submit a nomination is before midnight October 10, 2014.
A CSPAP can improve students’ overall health. It is a multi-component approach for school districts and schools to encourage students to be physically active, meet the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. CDC, in collaboration with American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, developed a step-by-step guide for schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate CSPAPs.
Subsequent to the issuance of HAN 364, CDC has made a minor revision and now recommends that healthcare workers contact their state and/or local health department and CDC to determine the proper category for shipment based on clinical history and risk assessment by CDC. State guidelines may differ and state or local health departments should be consulted prior to shipping. For updated guidance on specimen submission, visit http://go.usa.gov/EtaB for detailed instructions and a link to the specimen submission form for CDC laboratory testing.
2014 updates and tutorial videos are now available for the Disability and Health Data System (DHDS). DHDS is a CDC surveillance tool that provides disability-specific information on over 70 health and demographic indicators available by disability status for adults 18 years and older.
The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials will hold the webinar "Empowering Community Members to Advance Health Equity: Building Capacity Through Innovative Training Models." The webinar will describe two novel approaches to build capacity to address health inequities. It will take place August 20, 2014, at 3:00–4:00 pm (EDT).
The Guinean Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia, and the Nigerian Ministry of Health are working with national and international partners to investigate and respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Use this infographic to inform your communities about facts related to Ebola. A Spanish version of the infographic is also available.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with the World Health Organization and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola virus disease (EVD). As of August 10, 2014, no EVD cases have occurred in the United States. The purpose of this document is to provide updated information about EVD to clinicians working in US hospitals and health clinics.
Registration is now for the 1st International Symposium to Advance TOTAL WORKER HEALTH™. The Symposium will be held October 6–8, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Join more than 500 scientists and practitioners from around the world and learn the state of the science and practice using a coordinated approach that integrates health protection and health promotion.
The Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance system gives guidance for protecting responders during various emergency types and settings. It is for use by all who are involved in deployment and protection of emergency responders: incident management and response leaders; health, safety, and medical personnel; and emergency responders. It was developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health along with the US National Response Team and other federal agencies, state health departments, labor unions, and volunteer groups.
Nine in ten children didn’t eat enough vegetables in 2007–2010. Join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, August 12, at 2:00 pm (EDT) to learn how the Alaska and Wisconsin health departments are doing to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption in schools and childcare settings.
CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) and the American Health Lawyers Association are co-hosting a series of webinar roundtable discussions that will provide lawyers, in-house counsel, and academics an overview of health system transformation. The “Legal Mechanisms Supporting Accountable Care Principles—What Do They Mean for Your Practice?” webinar will take place August 11, 2014, at 2 pm (EDT). The webinar will discuss PHLP’s research on law and policy related to health system transformation, accountable care organizations, and hospital presumptive eligibility for Medicaid.
CDC’s Environmental Health Specialists Network developed two tools to help address foodborne illness. The e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks and the National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System can help public health professionals understand environmental causes of foodborne illness and prevent it.
CDC’s Public Health Law Program published three accountable care resources: Accountable Care: Basic Principles and Related Law, an Accountable Care Presentation, and a Research Anthology for Accountable Care. These resources can help practitioners understand how accountable care might impact public health and engage with accountable care entities in their jurisdictions.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with CDC’s support, is offering a request for proposals (RFP) to help states achieve the Million Hearts goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The RFP will support states in using a quality improvement process to partner across sectors, including clinical, community, and public health partners to implement best practices and evidence-based policies to identify, control, and improve blood pressure. All governmental state health agencies in good standing with ASTHO—except the 10 agencies that participated in the first learning collaborative during 2013–2014—are eligible to apply. The application deadline is September 4 at 3 pm (EDT). ASTHO will host a teleconference about this funding opportunity on August 4 at 3 pm (EDT).
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to enable public health departments to bill health insurance plans with the intent of capturing immunization service delivery fees. The goal of this FOA is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of immunization programs.
The 2014 Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Annual Meeting will be September 10–11, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme for the meeting is "Achieving Population Health in Evolving Systems,” with two full days of public health presentations and discussions. Scheduled topics include health systems changes, prescription drug misuse and abuse, changes in health information systems, and the launch of the 2015 ASTHO President’s Challenge on healthy aging. Early bird registration is open until August 4, 2014.
CDC and the National Association for County and City Health Officials put the “rad” in radiation legal preparedness resources! CDC’s Public Health Law Program published Public Health Preparedness: Examination of Legal Language Authorizing Responses to Radiological Incidents, which assesses state and local laws that authorize restriction of movement and decontamination of people during a radiological event.
This CDC guide for health departments features a Building Resilience Against Climate Effects framework to help health departments prepare for and respond to climate change. The White House has announced it is taking action to support climate preparedness, which addresses the CDC report, and is integrating climate change into Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation plans.
A new CDC report on physical activity-related behaviors and policies by state is now available. The report also highlights what several states are doing to improve access to recreation areas and increase physical activity such as adding sidewalks, encouraging bicycling, and creating safe routes to school.
The Fifty Nifty is back in the July 2014 Public Health Law News issue, with public health law stories from all 50 states. This issue also features an interview with Dr. Rueben C. Warren, professor and director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University. Dr. Warren discusses his journey in public health and the work at the Bioethics Center.
Million Hearts released a resource center that features lower-sodium, heart-healthy recipes and family-friendly meal plans, with an emphasis on managing sodium intake, a major contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease. This consumer-friendly addition to existing Million Hearts tools supports the initiative’s goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes. Million Hearts is a joint initiative of CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
This CDC report reveals progress nationally in creating and enhancing places to be physically active in communities. Today, more than half of youth have access to parks or playground areas; recreation centers, community centers, boys’ and girls’ clubs; and walking paths or sidewalks, according to the report. Find out what your state is doing to promote physical activity.
Fiscal year 2015 CDC guidance and template for new, non-research, domestic funding opportunities are now available on the Procurement and Grants Office website under Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).
CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases has posted a new funding opportunity to promote HPV vaccination. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to develop and administer a national network of cancer prevention organizations to promote, in coordination with immunization stakeholders, efforts and activities to improve HPV vaccination delivery for the prevention of HPV-related cancers. If interested, submit your letter of intent by July 14, 2014 and apply before the August 1, 2014 deadline.
This article, written with CDC authors, was published in the “Lancet” as part of a larger CDC supplement titled “The Health of Americans.” The article provides a better understanding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and describes the less frequently focused on opportunities for prevention and public health.