CDC has updated its previously issued travel and testing guidance related to local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida. CDC is updating recommendations to emphasize testing for pregnant women with an epidemiologic link (e.g., they lived in, traveled to, or had unprotected sex with someone who lived in or traveled to, the designated area) in Miami-Dade County. The updated guidance also includes a new area where local, state, and CDC officials have determined that the intensity of Zika virus transmission presents a significant risk to pregnant women in that area of Miami-Dade County.
CDC, the Georgia Health Policy Center, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes have developed the 2016 Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool. The online tool guides public health leaders through a five-step planning process with information about the Affordable Care Act, common questions raised by health reform and health system transformation, and action steps to support strategic thinking and implementation. The updated tool can help health departments and their partners navigate the technical and adaptive challenges associated with health system transformation.
To better understand role of microbiomes, CDC has awarded more than $14 million to fund new approaches to combat antibiotic resistance, including research about how microorganisms naturally present in the human body (referred to as a person’s microbiome) can be used to predict and prevent infections caused by drug-resistant organisms. These awards support activities in CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. The initiative also provides funding for state health departments and other partners to implement tracking, prevention, and antibiotic stewardship activities.
Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010–2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study published in a recent MMWR. The findings show changes for death rates from breast cancer by age group for black and white women, the groups with the highest death rates in the United States.
CDC is warning healthcare providers and patients about the potential risk of infection from certain devices used during open heart (open-chest) surgery. Patients who have had open heart surgery should seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms associated with infections, such as night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fever. This advice follows new information indicating that some LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices, used during many of these surgeries, might have been contaminated with the rare bacteria Mycobacterium chimaera during manufacturing, which could put patients at risk for life-threatening infections.
About 1 in 20 US hospital patients gets a healthcare-associated infection (HAI)—an often serious infection a patient can get after a medical procedure, surgery, or hospital visit. With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Hawaii Department of Health started a new HAI tracking and prevention program and created HAI prevention training opportunities, including a webinar, in-person workshops for health workers at nursing homes and hospitals, and sessions at statewide conferences. Read Hawaii’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
CDC and partners have updated information for healthcare providers about the 2016?2017 flu season. Updates include a recommendation to use only injectable flu vaccines this season, guidance for people with egg allergies, information about a flu vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older, and more.
Nearly 15 million US adults with arthritis have severe joint pain that can limit their ability to perform basic functions and seriously compromise their quality of life, says a new study published in MMWR. The report suggests that healthcare professionals begin to implement the 2016 National Pain Strategy objectives of taking steps to reduce barriers to pain care and increasing patient knowledge of treatment options and risks. Self-management education and appropriate physical activity interventions are effective, non-drug ways to reduce pain and improve health outcomes.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) launched its 2017 President’s Challenge, which focuses on public health approaches to preventing substance misuse, addictions, and the related consequences. The Challenge suggests that health officials and cross-sector partners reframe addiction as a chronic disease that can be prevented, diagnosed, and managed. During the next year, ASTHO will urge state and territorial health agencies to prevent substance misuse and addictions by acting on key strategies to reduce stigma, assess community-level risk and protective factors, foster collaboration, strengthen the prevention infrastructure, and use cross-sector data for decision-making.
ASTHO and CDC announced a funding opportunity to support up to five state health departments in implementing a template memorandum of understanding (MOU) for increasing coordination between public health programs and pharmacies during pandemic vaccination activities. Project activities will include providing outreach to pharmacies and pharmacy associations, convening in-person meetings and follow-up calls to work toward MOU implementation, and identifying strategies that could be useful to other states. The deadline to apply is October 17.
CDC Healthy Schools has launched the Virtual Healthy School—an interactive, online learning experience for education professionals and communities. This online tool allows users to see how the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model are integrated to strengthen learning and health in our nation’s schools. Take a virtual tour to learn how to make schools in your community healthy. #cdchealthyschools
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, has announced a request for applications for the 2016?2017 Accreditation Support Initiative funding and technical assistance opportunity. Designed to advance territorial and freely associated state health agency accreditation readiness, ASTHO will award four territorial and freely associated state health agencies up to $10,000 to design and implement a project and plan to address self-identified accreditation preparation needs.
CDC and the Transportation Research Board will host a free webinar about improving rear seat passenger safety on Thursday, October 27, from 2 to 4 pm (EDT). The webinar will describe recent research on rear seat safety and seat belt use and strategies to improve belt use. Sign up today to find out characteristics of those who are less likely to use seat belts in the rear seats, discover potential strategies for increasing belt use, and plan how you can increase rear belt use in your state and community.
CDC will host the fourth and final part of the Health System Transformation Webinar Series, “Public Health Opportunities in Today’s Commercial Health Insurance Landscape,” at 3:00 pm (EDT) tomorrow, September 28. This webinar will detail public health opportunities in today’s commercial health insurance landscape, examine the landscape of private insurance and employer-sponsored health plans, and highlight key considerations for insurers establishing healthcare benefits packages.
With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Georgia Department of Public Health has provided mini-grants for local schools to participate in the Georgia SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program, helping students get healthy and stay healthy. Read Georgia’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
CDC has updated its previously issued travel and testing guidance related to local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in two areas of Miami-Dade County. The Florida Department of Health’s investigation has shown an expanded area of active transmission in Miami Beach. The updated guidance includes CDC’s new recommendation that pregnant women avoid travel to that expanded area where active Zika virus transmission has been confirmed.
This MMWR article describes the joint investigation conducted by the Salt Lake County Health Department, the Davis County Health Department (DCHD), the Utah Department of Health, and CDC to determine a Utah patient’s exposures to the Zika virus and a probable source of infection. The article’s lead author is CDC public health associate, Carolyn Brent.
With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Arizona Department of Health Services has supported a coordinator for its SunWise skin cancer awareness program since 2003. The program teaches sun safety in schools, works with community organizations to raise awareness about SunWise, and promotes sun-safe behaviors to the public via newspaper, magazine, and radio ads. Read Arizona’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting: http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
Newborn screening identifies medical conditions that can affect a child's long-term health or survival. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. Join the next CDC Public Health Grand Rounds today at 1:00 PM (EDT) to learn about implementing newborn screening at the state level. To participate in the event, follow @CDC_eHealth on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCGrandRounds.
CDC’s Public Health Law Program has published “Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response: Educational Facilities Preparedness and Legal Study,” which assesses the development and implementation of radiological emergency planning in kindergarten through university-level schools. The paper identifies best practices, gaps, and barriers in educational facility planning. It also offers key legal, emergency planning, and partnership considerations—from before a radiological incident occurs to six hours after.
CDC’s 2016–2017 Flu Season website contains information to help prepare for the upcoming flu season, including a strong recommendation that only the injectable flu shot should be used—not the nasal FluMist Quadrivalent. The site identifies the types of flu viruses the shot is designed to match this year, gives updated recommendations for people with egg allergies, and provides other important news about flu.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. In 2014, more than 42,000 Americans took their own lives and almost half a million Americans received medical care for self-inflicted injuries. While it’s the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, suicide is preventable.
Ignition interlocks in vehicles reduce re-arrests of alcohol offenders for driving under the influence by nearly 70% while they are installed. To achieve and sustain high ignition interlock use, states may consider using the eight program keys that were identified through a collaborative evaluation conducted in 2014 by the CDC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Governors Highway Safety Association to strengthen state alcohol ignition interlock programs. Implementing even one of these program keys has been shown to increase interlock use.
In a recent article, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, explain the potential costs of a funding shortfall for the Zika response. They also address how transferring or repurposing funding away from other pressing health issues is detrimental to both the Zika response and to the important non-Zika activities being tapped.
CDC offers communication resources that public health professionals can use and share to prepare for extreme-weather events, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, and wildfires. The resources include fact sheets, podcasts, and infographics with information about what to do before, during, and after extreme-weather events.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with funding from CDC, will provide targeted, customized technical assistance to help states complete projects related to accreditation, performance management, and quality improvement (QI) to states. Applications are due by 5 pm (EDT) on September 30.
The Public Health National Center for Innovations at the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has developed a new publication, “Aligning Accreditation and the Foundational Public Health Capabilities,” which explains the alignment between the PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.5 and version 1.0. The 1.5 version sets forth the domains, standards, measures, and required documentation public health departments must meet to become accredited.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from CDC, released an issue brief, “Policies and Interventions to Support Working Caregivers,” describing the health and quality-of-life challenges faced by family caregivers who also work outside of the home. The brief outlines support strategies for state-level policies and legislation.
To help state health agencies deliver messages about the importance of immunizations, CDC and the National Public Health Information Coalition have partnered to create a communications toolkit. The toolkit contains key messages; vaccine information; sample news releases and articles; sample social media messages; links to web resources from CDC and other organizations; and logos, web banners, posters, and graphics to use with social media.
Sixteen more health departments have been awarded 5-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board: Benton-Franklin Health District, Bloomington Public Health, Cherokee Nation Health Services, Dakota County Public Health Department, Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Health Departments, La Crosse County Health Department, Lake County General Health District, Lorain County General Health District, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Minneapolis Health Department, Mohave County Department of Public Health, Portland Public Health Division, Prince William Health District, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, Waushara County Health Department, and Williamson County and Cities Health District. Since the program’s launch in 2011, 150 health departments have become accredited, including 19 state, 130 local, 1 tribal, and 1 integrated local health department system. Accredited health departments now reach more than 170 million people, or 55% of the US population.
CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support has released a new Community Health Worker (CHW) website, which compiles resources from across CDC that were developed for or of interest to CHWs. Resources on the site are classified by health topic, and each one includes a brief description, type of resource (e.g., toolkit, training material, fact sheet, website), language, audience type, and related CDC programs.
CDC recently released the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, which provides information about breastfeeding practices around the United States, the District of Columbia, and for the first time, Puerto Rico. The report card shows that among infants born in 2013, 4 out of 5 (81.1%) started to breastfeed, indicating that most mothers in the United States want to breastfeed and are trying to do so. While breastfeeding initiation rates have risen, many mothers are not meeting the recommendations for continued and exclusive breastfeeding, suggesting that mothers may lack ongoing breastfeeding support.
CDC’s Influenza School-Located Vaccination: Information for Planners website provides state and local public health department immunization and preparedness staff with information for planning and conducting school-located influenza vaccination (SLV) clinics. SLV vaccinations are those that are administered on school grounds, target enrolled students, held before, during, and/or after school hours.
Animals at petting zoos and agricultural fairs can carry pathogens, such as E. coli (Escherichia coli). Practices like handwashing after animal contact and keeping food and beverages away from exhibits can help to prevent disease outbreaks when people and animals interact. A new menu of state animal contact exhibit hand sanitation laws assesses and provides examples of how some states are regulating animal contact exhibits to prevent disease outbreaks.
CDC has released travel guidance related to an investigation that has revealed a new area of active Zika transmission in a 1.5-square-mile section of Miami Beach. This new guidance is in addition to previously released guidance that remains in effect. The previously issued travel, testing, and other guidance for local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission covered a one-square-mile area in the Wynwood area of Miami, identified by the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH).
Guest Matthew Penn, director of CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP), and guest host Ross Silverman joined Nicolas Terry on a recent edition of “The Week in Health Law” podcast. Listen to them discuss how the PHLP team develops practical, law-centered tools and legal preparedness resources to support practitioners and policy makers at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels to address public health priorities. To subscribe, search for “The Week in Health Law” in your favorite podcast app.
CDC will host the third part of the Health System Transformation Series: An Introduction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at 3:00 pm (EDT) on August 22. This webinar will describe CMMI's work in supporting healthcare payment and delivery reform, as well as testing innovative models. Opportunities for collaboration between healthcare providers and public health will also be discussed.
In 2011, the nonprofit Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) was launched with the support of CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Public health departments undergoing national, voluntary accreditation through PHAB are reporting a range of benefits, including improvements in quality and performance.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when newborn babies experience withdrawal after being exposed to drugs in the womb. NAS can cause low birth weight and other complications leading to prolonged hospitalization. NAS is preventable if an expectant mother receives proper care and treatment. Join us today at 1:00 pm (EDT) for the next CDC Public Health Grand Rounds. Follow @CDC_eHealth on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCGrandRounds to participate in the event.
The Journal of the American Medical Association’s “Viewpoint” feature looks back at “Zika Virus 6 Months Later” in an article by CDC Director Tom Frieden and other CDC experts. CDC first advised pregnant women not to travel to areas where the Zika virus was spreading on January 15, 2016. Six months later, more than 60 countries or territories have reported new local transmission of Zika. The article addresses what CDC has learned about the virus in this time and its recommendations to combat the spread of the Zika virus going forward.
Community-wide approaches to improving population health can help achieve lasting impact on health outcomes. CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) initiative highlights non-clinical, community-wide strategies that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. HI-5 uses interventions that address these conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play to have the greatest potential impact on health.
CDC's National Center for Environmental Health and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have announced a call for applications for the 2016-2017 Environmental Public Health Tracking: Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program. The fellowship is designed to enhance capacity of states and territories not currently funded as part of CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Up to four state and/or territorial health agencies will be awarded fellowships. Applications must be received by September 9.
A new MMWR Report, "Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking-United States, 2002-2005 and 2010-2013," shows that despite a significant decline in overall adult cigarette smoking since 1964, disparities in cigarette smoking remain among racial and ethnic population groups. Substantial disparities have been found among American Indians/Alaska Natives and Korean and Puerto Rican Americans. The study's findings show the importance of identifying higher rates of tobacco use across and within racial/ethnic population groups to better understand and address differences in tobacco use among US adults.
CDC and the National Network of Public Health Institutes are cohosting the “HI-5: Exploring Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in Five Years” webinar Tuesday, August 9, 2:00–3:30 pm (EDT). During this webinar, experts from CDC and other national organizations will discuss CDC’s new Health Impact in Five Years (HI-5) initiative, which highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches with a proven track record. Each intervention is associated with improved health within five years and is reported to be cost-effective or cost-saving over the lifetime of the population or even earlier. Public and private organizations can use this resource to assess the scientific evidence for short-term health outcomes and overall cost impacts of community-wide approaches.
To understand more about Zika virus infection, CDC established the US Zika Pregnancy Registry and is collaborating with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to collect information about pregnancy and infant outcomes following laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The data collected through this registry will be used to update recommendations for clinical care, plan for services for pregnant women and families affected by Zika virus, and improve prevention of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.
With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Utah Department of Health supported coordinators at local health departments in implementing its successful Targeting Obesity in Preschools and Childcare Settings (TOP Star) Program. As part of TOP Star, health education specialists work with childcare providers to find ways for children in their care to be healthier—like serving them more fruits and vegetables and allowing more time for them to play. Read Utah’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
CDC has released a health advisory: “CDC Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Investigation for Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida.” The Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) has identified an area with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission (active Zika virus transmission) in Miami (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html). Based on the earliest time of symptom onset and a maximal two-week incubation period for Zika virus, this guidance applies to women of reproductive age and their partners who live in or traveled to this area after June 15, 2016. With these recommendations, CDC is applying existing guidance to the occurrence of Zika virus transmission in this area of Florida. As more information becomes available, CDC will update these recommendations.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has expanded and improved Tools for Change, the virtual resource library for the Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative. Tools for Change provides resources from states, national organizations, and federal agencies to drive states and territories’ work toward improving hypertension identification and control. Users can now search for resources by category (e.g., community-clinical linkages, data-driven action, financing and policy), by resource type (e.g., workflows and protocols, data systems tools), or by state.
Workforce development programs—such as the Public Health Associate Program and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Applied Epi fellowship—add value to state, tribal, local, and territorial agency functions. Learn how trainees and fellows’ experiences working on the Multnomah County Health Department’s Ebola monitoring program helped them develop a solid plan to address the county’s measles outbreak vulnerability.
CDC will host the second webinar in their Health System Transformation Series, “A Deeper Dive into Medicaid,” the second webinar of the four-part Health System Transformation Webinar Series, on July 28, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). The webinar will provide an overview of state and federal Medicaid programs, including population characteristics, roles and responsibilities, and decision-making processes. Participants will learn how to engage with Medicaid at the state and federal level for increased access, use, and quality of key preventive services.
CDC has created the “Your Health & Wellness” microsite—an easily embeddable collection of resources about the latest health and safety topics from CDC, including feature articles and podcasts. The microsite can supplement your website with CDC’s up-to-date, evidence-based content. It is automatically updated on your site in real time as CDC updates its existing web pages, so staying current is easy and maintenance-free.
The Network for Public Health Law and CDC’s Public Health Law Program will host a webinar, “Combating the Zika Virus: Mosquito-Control and the Law,” TODAY, July 21, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm (EDT). Speakers will provide an overview of the public health problem Zika poses, including an update on legal and policy approaches used to address the virus, both internationally and domestically. Presenters will also discuss the legal framework for community mosquito control and will offer information on how law and policy can be used to prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika.
CDC’s Public Health Law Program created the Public Health Law Competency Model, which provides a framework for the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of entry-level, supervisory, and executive-level public health practitioners in public health law. The model is for attorneys, public health practitioners, legal educators, and policy makers seeking a benchmark for satisfactory or exemplary public health law understanding and performance.
While Listeria monocytogenes is not one of the most frequently occurring foodborne pathogens in the United States, it is the third most deadly. CDC is applying Advanced Molecular Detection methods to enhance Listeria surveillance in #PulseNet. Maryland and Virginia show how real-time whole genome sequencing played a role in stopping a Listeria outbreak and led to a recall of soft cheese.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services used Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funding to support regular food handling training for state and county food inspectors, keeping the state better prepared to protect its residents from foodborne illness outbreaks. Read Missouri’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
The World Health Organization and CDC, along with eight partner agencies from across the globe, issued a united call to action to protect all of our children. The focused approach is INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children. INSPIRE draws together what works best, from governments to grassroots, to prevent violence against children. It is an unprecedented unified framework to end violence against children.
“A Deeper Dive into Medicaid,” the second webinar of the four-part Health System Transformation Webinar Series, will take place Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). The webinar will provide an overview of state and federal Medicaid programs, including population characteristics, roles and responsibilities, and decision-making processes.
Join us today at 2 pm (EDT) for the next Vital Signs Town Hall, “Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention—United States and 19 Comparison Countries.” About 90 people die each day in the US from crashes—resulting in the highest death rate among comparison countries. More than 18,000 lives could be saved each year if US crash deaths equaled the average rate of 19 other high-income countries.
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funding is helping to support the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, which pays for staff and activities that raise awareness about colon cancer screening and prevention. Read Kentucky’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
The prescription opioid methadone used for pain has been identified as an important contributor to the rise in opioid-related overdose deaths. Efforts to reduce the use of methadone for pain accelerated after the Food and Drug Administration issued warnings in 2006. A new study, “Trends in Methadone Sales for Pain Treatment, Diversion, and Overdose Deaths, United States, 2002–2014,” evaluates the effect of those actions on rates of methadone sales, diversion, and overdose deaths between 2002 and 2014.
CDC has released a special MMWR supplement that provides a detailed account of the agency’s work on the Ebola epidemic of 2014–2016—the largest, longest outbreak response in CDC’s history. The supplement comes on the second anniversary of CDC’s official activation of the agency’s emergency response to Ebola.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has released the Local Board of Health National Profile, which contains the most up-to-date information about local board of health functions and characteristics. Findings provide an overview of the role local boards of health play in our public health system, including how they establish health priorities, approve budgets, and oversee local public health regulations.
This month’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Special Presentation: Seven Decades of Firsts with Seven CDC Directors,” is part of the CDC’s 70th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, July 12, at 11 am (EDT). At this presentation, CDC will take a look back at the events of the last seven decades that have helped CDC become the world’s leading public health agency. Six former CDC directors will join current director Dr. Tom Frieden for this special Grand Rounds to help him recognize some of the accomplishments that have occurred at CDC during the past 70 years.
According to today’s MMWR, results from NACCHO’s 2015 Forces of Change survey show that local health departments (LHDs)—the primary providers of healthcare services for many clients—face challenges and opportunities as the public health and clinical care environments evolve. Ongoing budget cuts and resulting staff layoffs jeopardize LHDs’ work. Despite these challenges, LHDs continue to build and explore critical local relationships that benefit multiple stakeholders and their communities at large.
The Network for Public Health Law and CDC’s Public Health Law Program will host a webinar, “Exploring Social Determinants of Health Through the Public Health Law Lens,” Thursday, July 14, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). This webinar will explore how the law can address social determinants of health, the Affordable Care Act’s impact on health disparities through its civil rights provision, and the reduction of health disparities through increased recreational access.
CDC’s microsites can supplement your own website by embedding up-to-date, evidence-based content for free. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) microsite is a dynamic collection of YRBS resources?such as a press kit, infographics, survey results, and factsheets—that can be syndicated on any website. As CDC makes updates to the YRBS materials, they will appear automatically on your site, in real time.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from CDC and in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, has released Public Health and Community Health Centers 101, which describes community health centers' services, infrastructure, financing, and governance. The issue brief also outlines opportunities for public health professionals and community health centers to develop meaningful partnerships to address healthcare disparities and collaborate around service delivery and preventive care.
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funding is helping residents of Ward 7 of Washington, DC, learn how to eat healthier, manage their weight through healthy activities, and quit smoking through the DC Department of Health’s Enriching Lives–Building Health Program. Read DC’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
According to CDC Director Tom Frieden’s newest blog post, Zika virus—and the birth defects it can cause?can have a significant impact on families. While scientists and doctors are still learning about Zika, Frieden shares what CDC knows now about the virus and how it spreads.
Ten years after the Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, no states in the Southeast have a statewide comprehensive smoke-free law, according to data from today’s MMWR. Progress in other states has also stalled, with only two states achieving comprehensive smoke-free status since 2010. A comprehensive smoke-free law prohibits smoking in all private worksites, restaurants, and bars.
CDC is hosting the “Introduction to Health System Transformation and the Health Insurance Market” webinar today from 1 to 2 pm (EDT). The webinar will provide an introduction to health system transformation and the health insurance market. The webinar is the first in a four-part series about health system transformation that will discuss the history of health system change and describe key drivers and trends that influence current decision-making among stakeholders.
Each year, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recognizes public health professionals for achievement, excellence, and outstanding service in public health on both the national and state levels. Nominate one or more outstanding professionals for any of the four 2016 Annual Awards. Winners will be announced at the end of September during ASTHO’s annual meeting. The deadline for nominations is July 8, 2016.
Determining serotype for Haemophilus influenzae (Hi) and serogroup for Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) is crucial for identifying potential outbreaks and determining appropriate public health responses. CDC has provided recommendations for clinical, commercial, and state public health laboratories about determining serotype for Hi and serogroup for Nm.
With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, seven Alaska school districts worked with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Department of Education to reduce childhood obesity by helping kids eat better and exercise more before, during, and after school. Read Alaska’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
According to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2015 survey results, cigarette smoking among high school students decreased significantly from 28 percent in 1991 to 11 percent in 2015, the lowest levels since the YRBS began in 1991. But new data show that students’ use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, is increasing. Twenty-four percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes during the past 30 days.
A rapid public health response is underway to identify and contain any potential spread from the patient. US healthcare facilities should review CDC recommendations to prevent antibiotic resistant infections, including measures to prevent transmission of bacteria resistant to colistin or carrying the mcr-1 gene. CDC has also provided recommendations for detecting and reporting bacteria with the mcr-1 gene.
Each year, about 5,000 people are diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection that is caused by breathing in mist containing the germ Legionella. Water management problems can lead to outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. Join us Tuesday, June 14, at 2:00 pm (EDT) for the latest Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference, “Innovative Approaches to Reducing the Risk of Legionella in the Environment and Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease,” to find out more.
CDC released the funding opportunity announcement “Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas to Boost Prevention (DP16-1613),” which will award approximately $1.7 million per year to three land grant colleges and universities located in states with counties that have an adult obesity prevalence of more than 40 percent, based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems Data (2012). The award will support intervention strategies through existing county-level cooperative extension and outreach services to improve physical activity and nutrition; reduce obesity; and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Applications are due by August 2, and the anticipated award date is September 1.
CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health released the 2015 national, state, and large urban school district Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results. YRBS monitors six categories of priority health behaviors among high school students. The release includes results from the 2015 National YRBS and from 37 state and 19 large urban school district YRBSs, new fact sheets and summary documents, and an updated version of Youth Online—a web-based data system for users to view and analyze the YRBS results.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), through support from CDC, will host the technical assistance webinar "Applying the Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention." The call will take place June 15, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm (EDT). This is the third call in ASTHO’s 2016 payment and delivery reform technical assistance series. The call will highlight initiatives in state suicide prevention plans and grant programs that raise awareness and strengthen nontraditional partnerships among behavioral health and primary care providers, hospitals, and schools.
To build the evidence base for accreditation, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will release data generated through the accreditation process (to be used for research purposes only). PHAB keeps information about health departments that apply for accreditation confidential, so researchers interested in accessing the data must submit a data request form. If PHAB approves the request, researchers must sign a data use agreement that describes how the data may be used and sets limits on what researchers may do with the data.
CDC has released a funding opportunity announcement to equip states to improve the timeliness and quality of opioid-related surveillance data and inform ongoing activities to prevent and address prescription drug overdose. Enhanced State Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality (CDC-RFA-CE16-1608) will support up to 11 state health departments over a three-year project period. Applications are due June 27, 2016.
The Department of Health and Human Services will present a progress review for two Healthy People 2020 topic areas: 1) health communication and health information technology and 2) educational and community-based programs. The webinar will also highlight a network of federally qualified health centers working to improve health literacy. Register now to participate in the webinar on June 16, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EDT).
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded five-year national accreditation status to 17 more health departments on May 17, 2016. Since the launch of PHAB’s national accreditation program in 2011, 134 public health departments—19 state health departments and 115 local health departments—and one integrated local public health department system have achieved accreditation through PHAB. National accreditation status was awarded to the Arkansas Department of Health, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and local health departments in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
National Cancer Survivors Day is June 5. CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s partner has developed a social media toolkit with many useful resources to help support survivors. From sample Tweets and Facebook posts to evidence-based practices for communicating with survivors, caregivers, and healthcare providers, this toolkit can help leverage your organization’s social media presence and raise awareness about cancer survivors.
Opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, killing more than 28,000 people in 2014. CDC is expanding state opioid overdose prevention activities through a new supplemental funding opportunity. Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States Program Supplement, CDC-RFA-CE15-15010201SUPP16 will support the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic at the state level. CDC will fund approximately 10 state health departments up to $1,000,000 for this one-year initiative.
Every year 199,800 people die from injuries and violence. For every person that dies, 13 are hospitalized and 135 are treated in an emergency room. A new infographic, “Injury and Violence in the U.S. by the Numbers,” provides a snapshot of this public health threat in a visual format that is easy to understand and share through social media and digital platforms. The infographic conveys the magnitude of the problem and highlights key data and proven prevention strategies for Motor Vehicle Injury, Prescription Drug Overdose, Child Abuse and Neglect, Older Adult Falls, Sexual Violence and Youth Sports Concussions.
The Prevention Status Report website (www.cdc.gov/psr) now includes an option for users to create, save, or print full state reports as PDFs. Public health professionals can use this new feature to view all of a state’s 10 PSR topics in a single document that can be printed or shared easily.
The indigenous people of the Americas—American Indians and Alaska Natives—have practiced the art of medicine and wellness for many thousands of years. Therefore, it is no surprise that they have made substantial contributions to public health. CDC’s tribal support website now has a page created to honor and bring recognition to these accomplishments, including involvement in influenza vaccination disparities, creation of traditional foods projects, and development and worldwide use of the Hib conjugate vaccine.
CDC’s Public Health Law Program, in collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disorders and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research Program at Temple University, has released a suite of resources related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including a dataset that examines features of state Medicaid prior authorization policies about pediatric ADHD medication treatment and “Treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders in Children Under Age Six Years: A Research Anthology.”
Millions of Americans have viral hepatitis, and most do not know they are infected. During the month of May, the Division of Viral Hepatitis and its partners work to educate people about viral hepatitis and encourage people to find out if they should get tested or vaccinated. Please join and donate a post to CDC’s Be #HepAware Thunderclap beginning at 12 pm (EDT) today: http://thndr.me/4TCNSF
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is presenting a webinar, “Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates: A National Snapshot from CDC and Examples from the Field,” today at 1 pm (EDT). The webinar will highlight findings from the corresponding April 28 MMWR report. Program partners in North Carolina and South Carolina will describe their efforts to address the social determinants of health that might have contributed to narrowing of differences in birth rates between white and black teens in the targeted communities in their states.
With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, the Oklahoma State Department of Health conducted surveys and held community chat sessions to learn what health issues were most important in the state. The department then used that information to write the 2015 Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan. Read Oklahoma’s Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
CDC’s next Public Health Grand Rounds will discuss how public health programs and healthcare providers are working together to identify and reduce stroke risks and to improve the quality of stroke care and treatment. Join us on May 17 at 1:00 pm (EDT) for the live webcast. Follow @CDC_eHealth on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCGrandRounds to participate in the event.
The 2016 Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Annual Meeting and Tenth Government Environmental Laboratory Conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 6–9. The conference provides an opportunity for public health organizations to learn more about issues in laboratory science and explore new ways to manage laboratories.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has released “Health, United States, 2015”—the 39th annual report card on the nation’s health. The report includes a special feature on racial and ethnic health disparities that was inspired by the landmark 1985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health, which documented significant health disparities among racial and ethnic groups.
About 53 million US adults have arthritis. CDC estimates that the number of men and women with arthritis will increase almost 49 percent to more than 78 million in 2040. About half of those with arthritis are working-age adults—age 18 to 64 years—which might affect productivity in the workforce.
With funding from the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant, the New Jersey Department of Health worked with the Diabetic Eye Disease Detection Program to make it easier for residents living with diabetes to get an eye exam—even if they don’t have insurance or an eye doctor. Read New Jersey’s PHHS Block Grant success story, and other grantee stories, by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/granteehighlights.htm.
Births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, according to a new analysis published by CDC. The report, published today in CDC’s MMWR, highlights key community- and state-level patterns. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade.
CDC has published “Who's Not Driving Among US High School Seniors: A Closer Look at Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Factors and Driving Status” in the Traffic Injury Prevention journal. The findings suggest that resources—both financial and time—influence when, or if, a teen will learn to drive. Innovative approaches might be needed to improve safety for these young, beginner drivers.