CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics is releasing estimates of health insurance coverage for the civilian noninstitutionalized US population, based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Estimates from 1997 through 2011 are provided for comparison.
NACCHO’s webinar, “Performance Improvement in Public Health: From Conceptualization to Implementation,” will take place on June 26, from 3 to 4:30 pm. The DC Department of Health will describe how the agency developed their system of performance management.
Join us for an encore webcast of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds on Tuesday, June 18, from 1–2 pm EDT. CDC will give a preview of the front lines of those battling and treating Lyme disease.
More than 300,000 men in the US, or 1 out of 4, die from heart disease each year. Know the symptoms of a heart attack and begin reducing your risk.
The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention’s June 27th event "Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention: Turning Strategy Into Action" will include a keynote speaker, plenary presenters, and a panel representing high-risk populations. After the general session, attendees can make action plans specific to their organizations and communities. The event will kick off "75 Days of Action" to put plans into action and reduce suicide rates by National Suicide Awareness Day on September 10.
CDC’s new Patient Notification Toolkit can help state and local health departments or healthcare facilities conduct a patient notification. The toolkit includes key resources to help create notification documents, plan media and communication strategies, develop communication resources, and release notification letters.
Mentalhealth.gov is a newly launched government website that provides information on signs of mental health problems, how and where to seek help, and guidance for educators, caregivers, and family members.
The June Vital Signs report is about Listeria—a bacterium spread through contaminated food. About 1 in 5 people die from Listeria infections. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, June 11, at 2:00 pm (EDT) to learn more about Listeria.
Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced that it has awarded five-year accreditation status to three agencies: Polk County Wisconsin Health Department, Wood County Health Department, and Summit County Combined General Health District. So far, 14 agencies have reached this important milestone.
Learn how the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials increases state and territorial health agency capacity to address Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). HAIs are infections that patients acquire when receiving healthcare treatment. Because they are a significant cause of death, HAIs are a critical challenge to public health in the United States.
According to Dr. Judith A. Monroe, director, OSTLTS, CDC and deputy director, CDC, the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) is a shining example of how public health departments are transforming. As guest blogger for the Public Health Foundation’s Pulse blog, Dr. Monroe explains how NPHII helps state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments answer the questions “Are we doing the right things?” and “Are we doing them right?” while providing resources for data-driven improvement and innovation.
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most deadly kind of skin cancer. CDC’s “Make a Splash” digital press kit—with a fact sheet, graphics, and more—can help you share information about the importance of staying healthy and safe under the sun and in the water.
Public health agencies preparing for Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) can now access guidance documents created by the task force. Guidance includes new objectives and processes required for Stage 2 MU.
Join the Health Educators and Learning Professionals Community of Practice (HELP CoP) webinar on May 30 to learn how to create accessible and interactive e-learning. The HELP CoP hosts monthly webinars on instructional design and is open to anyone in the field of health education or workforce development.
CDC works 24/7 as the nation's health protection agency. Get the latest on CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden's health priorities, and watch the new video on quitting smoking.
The National Center for Health Statistics has released a data brief on the decrease in state teen birth rates by race and Hispanic origin. Key findings include the decline of teen birth rates by at least 15% in 48 states, and by 30% or more in seven states, during 2007–2011.
CDC has issued the first-ever report to describe federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and estimates the number of US children with mental disorders. Use CDC’s digital press kit—with a fact sheet, graphics, and more—to share this important information.
May 20–26 is Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. This year’s focus is How We Swimmers Contaminate Pools. CDC has a variety of resources to educate the public about recreational water illness, healthy swimming, pool chemical safety, and other water-related disease prevention topics.
Tribal governments and other organizations can now apply for CDC funding for public health capacity building and quality improvement in tribal communities. Apply through July 15.
The May session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds will explore public health and clinical approaches to better identify, treat, and control high blood pressure. Watch the live webcast Tuesday, May 21, from 1–2 pm EDT.
CDC has released new Lyme disease resources, including a helpful guide “Tickborne Diseases of the United States: A Reference Guide for Health Care Providers” and a comic strip that teaches children how to prevent tick bites.
National Women’s Health Week brings together individuals, communities, and health agencies and organizations to promote women's health. CDC’s numerous resources about women’s health issues can help women achieve healthier and safer lives.
Submit an abstract for the Public Health Informatics 2013 Virtual Event by May 31. This event allows health partners to share and collaborate across the globe at no cost. This year's theme is "Strengthening Public Health—Health Care Collaboration."
The May Vital Signs report reveals that about three million adults are infected with hepatitis C in the US, and most are baby boomers. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer, but most people do not know they are infected. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on May 14 at 2:00 pm (EDT) to learn more.
In honor of National Nurses Week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognizes the contributions of the nation’s nurses in bringing better care and better health to all Americans.
LyfeChannel, Inc., won the healthfinder.gov "Mobile App Challenge" with their app, myFamily. The app allows smartphone users to create health plans for their families. Learn more about how it can help you and your family stay healthy.
Explore the updated Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox for a practical guide on communicating with stakeholders and the public about water advisories. The toolbox focuses on water systems and the many situations that can cause drinking water advisories.
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US, affecting nearly 21 million adults. Simple activities, like walking, and arthritis-specific exercise programs can help control arthritis. Recognize Arthritis Awareness Month by increasing your physical activity today.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new web tool that makes it easier to access data on multiple chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries. This dashboard can help identify best practices to improve health outcomes and lower medical costs.
Smoking is much more common among adults with mental illness than other adults, resulting in disproportionate rates of illness and death. Learn how a nonprofit that addresses mental illness, substance abuse, and intellectual-developmental disabilities started a tobacco-cessation initiative.
Healthcare professionals are a trusted source for parents to receive information about childhood vaccines. Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents helps healthcare professionals talk to parents about childhood vaccine safety and vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions—averting 2–3 million deaths each year. During Immunization Week, April 20–26, CDC and our partners promote the use of vaccines, worldwide, to protect children and adults from vaccine-preventable diseases.
A new zoonotic website has launched and it provides helpful outbreak information, prevention messaging, and other resources linked to gastrointestinal (enteric) diseases from animals.
The CDC National Nurses Week Symposium—Public Health and Health Care Collaboration: Nursing Innovation and Opportunities—will bring together clinical, academic, and public health nurses to discuss public health and health care collaboration. The symposium will take place Friday, May 10, 2013, from 8 am to 3:30 pm EDT. The deadline for registration is April 30, 2013.
CDC has compiled resources to help local and state public health officials prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the health effects of bombings and other mass casualty events.
CDC's Congressional Justification for fiscal year (FY) 2014 is now available. Information on sequestration, the Working Capital Fund, and previous Justifications since FY2006 are also accessible.
The April session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds will examine how immunization has helped reduce infectious disease disparities among children in the US and how immunization has contributed to health equity. Watch the live broadcast Tuesday, April 16, from 1–2 pm EDT, and join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #CDCGrandRounds.
Sortable Stats is an interactive data set comprised of behavioral risk factors and health indicators. This tool allows users to view, sort, and analyze data at state, regional, and national levels on various CDC and other federal publications. The site now includes downloadable fact sheets by state or indicator, federal region estimates, and 2010 and 2011 data on various topics.
Influenza A (H7N9), a type of flu usually seen in birds, has been identified in a number of people in China. CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
CDC Stacks is a free digital repository of publications produced by CDC. CDC Stacks offers curated collections of peer-reviewed articles, CDC guidelines and recommendations, as well as other publications on a broad range of public health topics.
A new study has found no link between the number of vaccinations given to children and autism spectrum disorder. Parents should know that the vaccines their children receive are safe and effective.
The latest Vital Signs shows nearly 1 in 5 births to teen mothers aged 15–19 years is a repeat birth. Teen pregnancy and birth rates are much higher in the US than those in other Western industrialized nations. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on April 9 at 2:00 pm (EDT) and learn about breaking the cycle of repeat teen births.
A second series of “Tips from Former Smokers” ads launched last week. The emotional messages tell how smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke changed real people’s lives. The campaign shows the painful effects of smoking and provides the motivation, information, and quit help to those who want it.
STD Awareness Month is an observance to call attention to the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to promote prevention and testing across the country. Learn about CDC resources that can help educate people about STD prevention.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from a mild concussion to a severe, life-threatening injury. TBIs can disrupt the normal functions of the brain, but they can be prevented by understanding the risks, signs, and symptoms.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.
CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Validation Guidance and Toolkit for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection in ICUs is now available. This toolkit is designed for infection preventionists and quality professionals at healthcare facilities that report to NHSN, state health department personnel (and/or their agents), and facilities to validate 2012 data on central-line bloodstream infections.
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, Native Diabetes Wellness Program and the Traditional Foods Project’s tribal partners, in conjunction with the Division of Communication Services and OSTLTS, now have video public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs highlight how cultural knowledge can promote health and help prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Join CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Monday, March 25, at 2 pm EDT for a live Twitter chat on making healthcare safer by protecting patients from life-threatening infections. Follow Dr. Frieden on Twitter @DrFriedenCDC and use the hashtag #CDCchat to participate.
Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents (6-17 years) have 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. To promote these guidelines, CDC and several partners have developed the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit.
CDC is committed to stopping youth violence before it begins with prevention strategies based on the best available evidence. During National Youth Violence Prevention Week, CDC's VetoViolence Facebook page has youth-violence experts available to answer your questions about this topic.
A recent CDC study compared the percentage of distracted drivers in the United States and seven European countries and found that close to one-third of US drivers reported that they had read or sent text messages or emails while driving. Commit to distraction-free driving to protect yourself and others on the road.
CDC's Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) assigns qualified fellows to work in public health agencies and organizations for two years. Take advantage of this opportunity to provide a practical learning experience for PHPS fellows and address your organizations' public health priorities. Applications will be accepted through April 5, 2013.
ASTHO’s promotional resource for public health leaders, "Health in All Policies: Strategies to Promote Innovative Leadership," includes National Prevention Strategy messaging, key talking points, characteristics of successful cross-sector collaboration, and state stories to inspire you into action.
Join Preventing Chronic Disease on March 13 at 1 pm EDT for a Twitter chat with CDC experts and authors of an article entitled Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture.
Learn how you can help stop untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs, which have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today. The infections that CRE germs cause are on the rise among patients receiving serious medical care.
The 11th Annual Public Health Improvement Training will be held April 23–24 in Atlanta, GA, and will include sessions on performance-improvement topics, including accreditation and quality improvement. The deadline to register is March 28, 2013.
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced it has awarded five-year accreditation to 11 public health departments. The agencies are the first of hundreds preparing to seek national accreditation through PHAB.
Become a 2013 PHAP host site and improve your health department’s ability to deliver public health services. The application period is now open through April 5, 2013.
This report looks at the issue of readmissions both by the numbers and through the eyes of the people who live them. The report is being released along with the Robert Wood John Foundation’s “Care About Your Care” initiative, which is devoted to improving care transitions when people leave the hospital.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ASTDR) Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easy for researchers and citizens to find information about toxic chemicals and related health effects. Learn how toxic substances can affect health and how to prevent exposure.
Dating violence can happen to any teen in romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, anytime, anywhere. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Learn the signs, and help prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships.
CDC has released three discussion guides to help partners with influenza pandemic planning. Each guide includes a pandemic influenza scenario and situation-based questions.
According to CDC’s new report, US hospitals continue to make progress in the fight against central line-associated bloodstream infections and some surgical site infections, but have not seen improvement in catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
New CDC analysis reveals severe health and economic toll of sexually transmitted infections in the US, especially around youth.
A new syndication feature is now available that allows you to put automatically updating Community Guide content on your website.
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are difficult-to-treat, multidrug-resistant organisms that are emerging in the United States. Because of increased reports of these multidrug-resistant organisms, CDC is alerting clinicians about the need for additional prevention steps regarding CRE.
Two new web-based training modules are now available on CDC’s Vaccines and Immunizations website: Vaccines Storage and Handling, and Vaccines for Children. Each module provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary.
The February session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds will explore the burden of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancer and disease in the US and prevention through HPV vaccination. Watch the live broadcast Tuesday, February 19, from 1–2 pm (EST).
CDC’s new iPad app, Solve the Outbreak, lets you be the disease detective. Get clues about outbreaks, analyze the case, and save lives in this fun and engaging app.
This month, join CDC’s Division of Oral Health by putting the focus on children’s oral health. Parents and caregivers can play an active part in protecting their children’s teeth by teaching them good oral health habits.
Many moms still need help so they can meet breastfeeding recommendations. We must redouble our efforts to support moms who want to start and continue to breastfeed.
The latest Vital Signs shows cigarette smoking is a serious problem among adults with mental illness. More needs to be done to help adults with mental illness quit smoking and to make mental health facilities tobacco-free.
February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment among African Americans in the United States.
Visit the NCHHSTP Atlas, an online interactive tool that allows users to create maps, charts, and tables of CDC’s surveillance data. You can now access 2010 hepatitis and 2011 STD and TB data.
Some websites post lists of medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy; however, for many of the medicines listed, there is not enough known to determine their safety or risk. This toolkit provides useful information for pregnant women who want to find out more about their medications.
Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. Wear red on February 1, and help raise awareness about heart disease prevention.
Well-implemented HIV/STD prevention programs can significantly reduce sexual risk behaviors among youth. Learn what schools can do to support HIV/STD prevention and testing.
CDC is a strategic partner in the overall effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Watch this video to hear CDC Director Dr. Frieden discuss how the finish line is in sight.
CDC developed a comprehensive set of estimates on how many illnesses can be attributed to each food category. The paper, “Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities By Using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998–2008,” is being published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The final complete and comprehensive edition of the Healthy People 2010 Final Review is now available. The HP2010 Final Review presents a quantitative end-of-decade assessment of progress in achieving the Healthy People 2010 objectives and goals.
HPV vaccine protects against cancer and other diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccinate your preteens and teens now to prevent HPV-associated cancers later.
Access CDC’s Public Health Law Program resources on state government laws and policies related to dietary sodium and sodium intake in various populations.
Violence is a public health problem of vast proportions. CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is committed to preventing violent deaths in the United States. The National Violent Death Reporting System provides a clearer understanding of violent deaths to help prevent them.
You can help prevent cervical cancer by having regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early. Vaccines are also available to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.
It's not too late to get a flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a location near you.
This year, make a resolution you can keep—by committing to improve your preparedness skills and resources for emergency situations. Participants can use Do 1 Thing, a web-based preparedness program, to become better prepared by tackling one topic each month.
State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments; community health coalitions; and other organizations that have used or are currently using Community Guide findings and recommendations are urged to submit their stories before January 31 for a chance to win a conference scholarship and other prizes.
Be prepared for winter sports concussions. All concussions are serious. Learn the symptoms and danger signs and keep an action plan on hand.
CDC urges women to take 400 mcg of folic acid every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant, to help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine.
A summer internship or year-long fellowship can provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities. Learn more and apply today.
For clinicians and other health care professionals on the move, now there’s an easy way to find the CDC’s current influenza recommendations and influenza activity updates on your Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch with the free new CDC Influenza App.
Learn about CDC’s numerous contributions in 2012 to better understand, address, improve, and promote the health, safety, and quality of life of women, at all stages of life.
You can create customized US maps with the Interactive Cancer Atlas. The maps will show how many people were diagnosed with or died from cancer by cancer site, gender, race/ethnicity, and state during a given period.
If you have diabetes, you need to take your care routine with you. Don’t let your diabetes stop you from enjoying your New Year’s celebrations and festivities. Before you travel, review these tips for taking care of yourself.
If you are a smoker, a key resolution you can make this year is to quit smoking. Let 2013 be the year you commit to quit for good! Learn more about how quitting tobacco can improve your life.
Make "green" choices this holiday while shopping, traveling, decorating, and choosing gifts. Save energy and resources to protect the environment and safeguard health.
By following a few simple tips, you can give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others this holiday season.
The December session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds will explore opportunities for disease prevention, intervention, and improvement to ensure optimal quality of life for individuals with disabilities. The session will be held December 18 at 1 pm (EST).
Chickenpox vaccine is the best way to protect you and your child from chickenpox. Chickenpox can be serious, even fatal, for babies, adolescents, and adults. Be proactive. Get vaccinated if you are not protected against chickenpox.