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Skin cancer costs on the rise in the USOpen in a New Window

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.


First national estimates of keratitis (an infection of the cornea)Open in a New Window

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.


The Great American Smokeout is Thursday!Open in a New Window

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!


Ebola Update: Guidance for screening and caring for pregnant women with EbolaOpen in a New Window

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.


Youth tobacco smoking rates putting millions at risk of premature deathOpen in a New Window

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.


CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: Donor Derived InfectionsOpen in a New Window

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.


Vaccination Coverage Among Children in KindergartenOpen in a New Window

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.


Chikungunya outbreak progresses in Caribbean, Central & South AmericaOpen in a New Window

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.


Host an informatics fellow in your health DepartmentOpen in a New Window

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.


November Vital Signs: Cervical Cancer PreventionOpen in a New Window

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).


Online training on Ebola personal protective equipment now availableOpen in a New Window

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.


Stay Current on Health Alerts & EmergenciesOpen in a New Window

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 National Health ReportOpen in a New Window

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.


Check and Report Ebola KitsOpen in a New Window

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.


Now Hiring Associate Director for Tribal SupportOpen in a New Window

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.


Post-arrival monitoring for travelers from Ebola-impacted countriesOpen in a New Window

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.


Participate in the Healthy People 2020 ProcessOpen in a New Window

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.


Tightened guidance for US healthcare workers on PPE for EbolaOpen in a New Window

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.


Public health workforce is the topic of AJPM supplementOpen in a New Window

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).


Surveillance and Preparedness for Ebola Virus in New York CityOpen in a New Window

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.


CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: How Pharmacists Can Improve Our Nation’s HealthOpen in a New Window

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’s New, Faster Lab Test for Enterovirus D68Open in a New Window

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.


HIV Treatment WorksOpen in a New Window

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 healthcare quality and disparities snapshotOpen in a New Window

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.


October Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries and Their Associated CostsOpen in a New Window

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).


HAN: Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus DiseaseOpen in a New Window

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.


Ten more health departments achieve accreditationOpen in a New Window

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.


Ebola update and Twitter chatOpen in a New Window

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.


New tool to assess breast and ovarian cancer riskOpen in a New Window

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.


New Recommendations on Diabetes Prevention and ControlOpen in a New Window

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.


Public Health Law Program Spring 2015 ExternshipOpen in a New Window

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 by November 1, 2014.


Webinar: Foundational Public Health ServicesOpen in a New Window

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.


Clinical Preventive Services for ChildrenOpen in a New Window

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.


HIV Treatment WorksOpen in a New Window

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.


Webinar: Aligning Measure Sets: Tools & Methods for StatesOpen in a New Window

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.


NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response DirectoryOpen in a New Window

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.


State HIV Prevention Progress ReportOpen in a New Window

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.


MMWR on Clinical Preventive Services for ChildrenOpen in a New Window

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.


Ebola: CDC recommendations for humanitarian aid workersOpen in a New Window

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.


September Vital Signs: School’s in Session—Taking Steps to Reduce Sodium in Children’s DietsOpen in a New Window

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.


Webinar: Healthier Pregnancy—Tools for ACA-Covered Preventive ServicesOpen in a New Window

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.


Million Hearts Hypertension Control ChallengeOpen in a New Window

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.


Guide for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP)Open in a New Window

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.


HAN: Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus DiseaseOpen in a New Window

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 for detailed instructions and a link to the specimen submission form for CDC laboratory testing.


Disability and Health Data Systems UpdatesOpen in a New Window

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.


Webinar: Empowering Community Members to Advance Health EquityOpen in a New Window

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).


West Africa Outbreak InfographicOpen in a New Window

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.


Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in US Healthcare SettingsOpen in a New Window

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.


First International Symposium to Advance Total Worker HealthOpen in a New Window

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.


Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance SystemOpen in a New Window

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.


August Vital Signs: Progress on Children Eating Fruit, Not VegetablesOpen in a New Window

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.


Webinar on health system transformationOpen in a New Window

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.


Environmental Health Tools to Improve Food SafetyOpen in a New Window

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.


Accountable Care ResourcesOpen in a New Window

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.


Funding Opportunity: Million Hearts State Learning CollaborativeOpen in a New Window

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).


FOA: Implementation of Strategic Plans for Billing for Immunization ServicesOpen in a New Window

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.


Association for State and Territorial Health Officials Annual MeetingOpen in a New Window

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.


Radiological incidents: Assessment of state response lawsOpen in a New Window

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.


Assessing Health Vulnerability to Climate ChangeOpen in a New Window

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.


2014 State Indicator Report on Physical ActivityOpen in a New Window

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.


Public Health Law News—July 2014 IssueOpen in a New Window

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: Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource CenterOpen in a New Window

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.


State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2014Open in a New Window

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.


FY15 FOA Guidance and Template AvailableOpen in a New Window

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).


New HPV Vaccination FOAOpen in a New Window

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.


The Affordable Care Act: opportunities for prevention & public healthOpen in a New Window

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.


CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaignOpen in a New Window

The latest round of CDC’s 2014 Tips From Former Smokers ads were released this week. The campaign features real people living with the effects of smoking, such as gum disease, pre-term birth, cancer, and complications from smoking with HIV. Ads run nationally for 9 weeks. Please use these resources to help promote the campaign in your communities.


July Vital Signs: States take action to combat painkiller overprescribingOpen in a New Window

Every day, 46 people die from prescription painkiller overdose in the US. Join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, July 8, at 2:00 pm (EDT) to learn how the New York and Tennessee health departments are combatting painkiller overprescribing.


Ongoing threat: Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germsOpen in a New Window

Antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs cause about 430,000 illnesses annually in the US. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, Food and Drug Administration, and CDC have released new data that compare human resistance levels and introduce a new method of data interpretation. The full 2012 report is available on the CDC website


Six FOAs for chronic disease prevention and health promotionOpen in a New Window

CDC released six new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to advance the nation’s chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts. Geared toward different eligible applicants—from state and local health departments to community-based coalitions and networks—these FOAs provide the needed resources to engage healthcare providers and institutions in efforts to build lasting systems of health, prevention, and equity in communities across the country.


MMWR Express app for iPhone and iPad now availableOpen in a New Window

The MMWR Express application provides fast access to the blue summary boxes in the “MMWR Weekly” and can be viewed by publication date or by specific subject (e.g., Salmonella). It is the first iPhone/iPad app to provide MMWR content and is one of an expanding collection of mobile applications from CDC. When online, MMWR Express can quickly check for new content, ensuring that users always have the most up-to-date information. Users also can share content with others via email, text message, Facebook, or Twitter. It is available for free download in the Apple App Store.


New HIV laboratory testing recommendationsOpen in a New Window

June 27 is the 20th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day. CDC has issued new recommendations for HIV testing: Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection: Updated Recommendations. These updates allow detection of acute HIV infections that would be missed by antibody tests alone and can help patients get care sooner by expediting test results.


“Sleep Safe” infographic for dadsOpen in a New Window

NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has developed an infographic specifically for dads on how to keep babies safe by reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, and other sleep-related causes of infant death.


Number of PHAB-accredited health departments reaches 44Open in a New Window

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded five-year accreditation to an additional 13 health departments, bringing the total to 44. The group was the largest to date; it contained three state and ten local health departments. Hundreds of other health departments are preparing to seek national voluntary accreditation through the program.


CDC Worksite Health ScoreCardOpen in a New Window

The web-based CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard is a tool to help employers assess whether they have implemented science-based health promotion and protection interventions in their worksites. The tool can also be used to monitor worksite practices, establish best practice benchmarks, and track improvements in worksite health promotion programs to direct resources more effectively.


AHRQ Health IT videosOpen in a New Window

New videos on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Health IT YouTube channel highlight successful health information-technology (IT) projects and provide insight on how AHRQ research supports the use of health IT to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of care.


Get the new "Can I Eat This?" appOpen in a New Window

Avoid Montezuma’s revenge—or worse—by downloading CDC’s "Can I Eat This?" app. Just select the country you’re in and answer simple questions about what you’re about to eat or drink, and the app will tell you whether it’s likely to be safe.


2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)Open in a New Window

YRBS reports the prevalence of health-risk behaviors that are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and young adults. Population-based data on these behaviors at the national, state, and local levels can help monitor the effectiveness of public health interventions designed to protect and promote the health of youth nationwide.


NACCHO Releases “2014 Forces of Change” Survey Results for LHDsOpen in a New Window

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)’s 2014 Forces of Change survey was conducted to report on the greatest forces of change for local health departments (LHDs). The survey found that economic forces, health reform, and health department accreditation are currently the greatest contributors to change. Nearly one-third (28%) of LHDs reported a lower budget in FY 2013 than in FY 2012, and a similar proportion (29%) expect budget cuts to continue into the next fiscal year. LHDs also continue to lose jobs; since 2008, LHDs have collectively lost 48,300 jobs due to layoffs and attrition. These budget realities, as well as the choices LHDs are making about their role in the changing healthcare environment, all have affected the scale and scope of services LHDs can provide.


CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: Discovery of the hepatitis C virusOpen in a New Window

Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds, “The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus: Looking Back to Look Forward,” on June 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). Twenty-five years ago, CDC played a pivotal role in the discovery of the virus that causes hepatitis C. This session of Public Health Grand Rounds will discuss how new screening guidelines, testing methods, and therapeutic advances will provide us with an opportunity to improve individual outcomes and to eventually eliminate hepatitis C virus infection.


NACCHO and CDC’s "Billing for Clinical Services” ResourceOpen in a New Window

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed the Billing Task Analysis with help from CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. This resource can help state and local health departments find resources and understand key decisions about the development of a third-party billing capacity, whether they are initiating a billing system or looking to improve an established billing effort.


MMWR article highlights high number of recent measles cases in the USOpen in a New Window

Although measles elimination was declared in the United States in 2000, importations of measles cases from endemic areas of the world continue to occur, leading to secondary measles cases and outbreaks in the United States, primarily among unvaccinated persons. To update national measles data in the United States, CDC evaluated cases reported by states from January 1 through May 23, 2014. A total of 288 confirmed measles cases have been reported to CDC, surpassing the highest reported yearly total of measles cases since elimination. The large number of cases this year emphasizes the need for health-care providers to have a heightened awareness of the potential for measles in their communities and the importance of vaccination to prevent measles.


Webinar on integrating public health into undergraduate medical curriculaOpen in a New Window

A webinar, Inclusion and Integration of Population Health into Undergraduate Medical Curriculum, will take place June 26, 2014, 1–2 pm (EDT). The webinar, targeted to medical faculty, public health professionals, and curriculum deans, will describe key elements of success and solutions to overcoming barriers to better facilitate the integration of a population health perspective in medical education. It will highlight multiple programs and activities that include population health and public health within the undergraduate medical education experience. The Association of American Medical Colleges will host this webinar in partnership with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


CDC Press Release: Update on Indiana MERS caseOpen in a New Window

After completing additional and more definitive laboratory tests, CDC officials have concluded that an Indiana MERS patient did not spread the virus to an Illinois associate during a business meeting they had before the patient became ill and was hospitalized.


Clean It Up, SwimmersOpen in a New Window

Swimming pools can spread diarrhea and other illnesses. Use CDC’s infographic in your community to share what kinds of gunk washes off people’s bodies when they jump in the water—and what they can do to protect themselves and others from getting sick.


Neighbors helping neighbors fight TBOpen in a New Window

After three students from the same high school acquired tuberculosis (TB), the Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia asked for volunteers to help conduct a TB contact investigation. Learn more about how this community worked together to conduct large-scale TB screening and testing in a diverse environment.


Health and education workshopOpen in a New Window

The Intitute of Medicine's (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement is holding a public workshop, Opportunities for Progress at the Interface of Health and Education, of June 5, 2014. The workshop will focus on how the relationship between education and health can inform the nation's policies and investments. Register for this workshop and attend in person or view the webcast.


Asthma Awareness ToolkitOpen in a New Window

May is Asthma Awareness Month. You can use the items in CDC’s Asthma Awareness Month Toolkit to raise awareness about asthma in your communities. The toolkit includes key messages, videos and audio podcasts, sample social media, and a personal asthma action plan builder.


Webinar on tribal public health law resourcesOpen in a New Window

CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the Network for Public Health Law will co-host “Advancing Tribal Public Health Through Law: Legal Technical Assistance and Resources for Tribes and Tribal-Serving Organizations,” a webinar on tribal public health law resources on, Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:00–3:00 pm (EDT). The speakers include staff from the National Indian Health Board, CDC’s Public Health Law Program, the Network for Public Health Law, and the National Congress for American Indians. Participants will be able to ask questions of the speakers about public health law-related issues and needs of tribal communities.


Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2014Open in a New Window

May 19–25 is Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. The focus is on the role of swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials in preventing drowning, pool chemical injuries, and illness outbreaks. Learn more about RWII and how to prevent recreational water illnesses.


Cross-jurisdictional sharing of public health servicesOpen in a New Window

Cross-jurisdictional sharing is a strategy that is increasingly being used in state, tribal, local, and territorial agencies to address opportunities and challenges such as tight budgets, increased burden of disease, and regional planning needs. Visit the STLT Gateway to view resources on the topic.


Prevention Through Health Care websiteOpen in a New Window

CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention has developed a new online resource for health departments and partners that offers guidance, resources, and information on health system changes.


May Vital Signs: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults with DisabilitiesOpen in a New Window

Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference today at 2:00 pm (EDT) to hear what communities in South Carolina and Michigan are doing to increase physical activity and decrease the risk of chronic diseases for this population.


Twitter Chat: 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and HealthOpen in a New Window

Join CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and the Office of the Surgeon General for a Twitter chat May 21, 2–3 pm (EDT). Dr. Howard Koh and Rear Admiral Lushniak will discuss key findings from the report and talk about what to do to continue progress in reducing death and disease caused by smoking. The hashtag for the event will be #SGR50chat.


Stories about HIV/STD/TB/hepatitis program collaborationOpen in a New Window

Program Collaboration and Service Integration (PCSI) is a strategy intended to strengthen collaborative work across HIV, STD, TB, and viral hepatitis programs and facilitate efficiency and integration of services to the public. This can be achieved by combining, streamlining, or enhancing prevention services and maximizing opportunities to screen, test, treat, or vaccinate those in need of these services. The success stories describe awardees’ accomplishments and lessons learned in implementing PCSI within their jurisdictions.


The Community Guide ToolboxOpen in a New Window

A new toolbox is available to help public health practitioners and community-based organizations apply evidence-based intervention strategies. This toolbox is a collection on online public health materials including case studies, evaluations, templates, and more. Along with The Community Guide website, the toolbox provides specific guidance for putting evidence-based programs, services, and policies to work.


Data show declines in diabetes-related complicationsOpen in a New Window

According to a CDC study, rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among US adults with diabetes. Cardiovascular complications and deaths from high blood sugar decreased by more than 60% each, while the rates of both strokes and lower extremity amputations declined by half.


Now Hiring: Director of CDC’s Tribal Support UnitOpen in a New Window

CDC is seeking candidates for the position of Director of the Tribal Support Unit in the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. This position requires knowledge of the unique and complex cultural, environmental, social, economic, political, and other interrelated factors that affect the health of American Indian/Alaska Native populations. To apply, visit For candidates external to the federal government, the job announcement numbers for this position are HHS-CDC-DH-14-1012823 for the medical officer posting and HHS-CDC-D1-14-1092777 for the public health advisor posting. For candidates internal to the federal government, the job announcement number is HHS-CDC-M1-14-1095173. The application closing date is May 12, 2014.


CDC FOAs and Inclusion of Accreditation-Related LanguageOpen in a New Window

CDC’s new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) template includes language related the use of funds by state, tribal, local, or territorial governments to seek or maintain national public health accreditation. “CDC Funding Opportunity Announcements and Inclusion of Accreditation-Related Language” describes the accreditation-related language in CDC FOAs and provides a table with links to FOAs that include accreditation-related language.


AI/AN death rates higher than non-Hispanic whitesOpen in a New Window

In a new press release CDC reports that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) death rates for men and women combined were nearly 50% greater than rates among non-Hispanic whites from 1999–2009. Many of the observed excess deaths can be addressed through evidence-based public health interventions. For more information visit


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