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What's Preventing Prevention?Open in a New Window

Dr. Judy Monroe, deputy director of CDC and director of CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, talks about the value of prevention in population health and CDC initiatives in prevention, related to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, in a Congressional briefing titled, "What's Preventing Prevention."


Continuation funds for accreditation granteesOpen in a New Window

This award will be a continuation of funds intended only for grantees previously awarded under CDC-RFA-OT13-130102CONT14: Strengthening the Nation’s Public Health System through a National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Health Departments. The application deadline is May 12, 2014.


CDC Report on Interventions for Health DisparitiesOpen in a New Window

This report supplements CDC’s Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (CHDIR) and highlights selected CDC-sponsored interventions, which vary by their level of application and their reach. The CHDIR series identifies health disparities and creates the opportunity to design intervention programs.


Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress UpdateOpen in a New Window

The nation’s health is improving in more than half of the critical measures known to have major influence in reducing preventable disease and death, according this report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators are a select subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them. This report highlights the progress made through the first third of the decade.


CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: “Autism Spectrum Disorder”Open in a New Window

Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds on April 22, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT). We will discuss the challenges of understanding and diagnosing this complex disorder and the opportunities for early identification and screening. This session of Grand Rounds will also explore some of the evidence-based interventions that can help individuals with autism make gains in their development.


Flu vaccine reduces children’s risk of ICU admissionOpen in a New Window

A recent study shows that getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%. The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, is the first to estimate vaccine effectiveness against flu admissions to pediatric intensive care units.


Medicaid coverage for smoking cessationOpen in a New Window

All 50 states and the District of Columbia cover smoking cessation treatments for at least some Medicaid enrollees, but only seven states cover all nine treatments for all enrollees. Efforts to expand state Medicaid coverage for all smoking cessation treatments and remove coverage barriers have shown mixed progress over the past five years. A CDC study found that more smokers would quit if Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage.


April Vital Signs: Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Younger TeensOpen in a New Window

The April Vital Signs report shows that teen births in the US have declined over the last 20 years, yet 86,000 teens ages 15 to 17 gave birth in 2012. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, April 15, at 2:00 pm (EDT) to hear what communities in New York City and Mobile, Alabama, are doing to prevent younger teens from becoming pregnant.


Salmonella: Data at your fingertipsOpen in a New Window

CDC estimates that Salmonella bacteria cause more than 1.2 million illnesses each year in the US, resulting in more than 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. The “Atlas of Salmonella in the United States 1968–2011” is now available online. This tool summarizes surveillance data on 32 types of Salmonella isolates from people, animals, and other sources. The Atlas allows users to view national trends in reported cases of human infection over time, problems in specific geographic areas, sources, and the connection between animal and human health.


Hepatitis C GrantOpen in a New Window

A new hepatitis C grant is available. The application deadline is May 5, 2014. The grant, “Community-based Programs to Test and Cure Hepatitis C,” was developed and implemented by a coalition of key stakeholders in HCV infection (i.e., health departments, specialists in hepatitis C care, and primary-care providers) and is aimed at strengthening healthcare capacity to diagnose and cure hepatitis C.


PEPFAR grant now accepting applicationsOpen in a New Window

The “Population-based HIV Impact Assessments in Resource-Constrained Settings “ grant is now available under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The purpose of the grant is to achieve primary prevention of HIV infection through activities such as expanding confidential counseling and testing programs linked with evidence-based behavioral change. The deadline to apply is May 5, 2014.


Chronic Disease State Poliy Tracking SystemOpen in a New Window

Search over 5,500 state-based policies for preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System allows users to browse through available policies or filter for specific characteristics and identifies if a policy has related repeals or amendments.


Prevention Status Reports: Excessive Alcohol UseOpen in a New Window

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for about 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost in the US. The Prevention Status Reports highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of the following policies and practices: increasing alcohol excise taxes, having commercial host (dram shop) liability, regulating alcohol outlet density.


CDC STLT Connection Facebook PageOpen in a New Window

The CDC STLT Connection Facebook page provides updates and resources relevant to the important work state, tribal, local, and territorial public health professionals do. “Like” our page to stay connected and access current materials.


Healthcare-associated infections: progress reportsOpen in a New Window

CDC released two reports that detail national estimates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and report on national and state-specific progress toward preventing HAIs. These reports show that progress is being made, but new challenges will require prevention efforts moving forward. Everyone, including public health agencies, patients and their advocates, and healthcare providers can play a role in preventing HAIs.


New Object Class FinderOpen in a New Window

Phase I of CDC’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s newly developed Object Class (OC) Finder has gone live. The OC Finder is an easy to use search tool to help users find the proper subject class. Users can search by key work, OC number, category or subcategory, and other special criteria. The Phase II release is scheduled for the end of March.


Health Data Interactive: Tutorial VideosOpen in a New Window

The National Center for Health Statistics announces the release of three tutorial videos for the Health Data Interactive project. Health Data Interactive presents tables with national health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Tables can be customized by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location to explore different trends and patterns. These new tutorial videos demonstrate how to use the detailed tables and drill into data to display the information you want the way you want.


Grant Funding by State: Fiscal Year 2013 Data AddedOpen in a New Window

CDC’s Grant Funding Profiles tool provides quick, easy access to information about CDC funding to address issues of public health importance in states, territories, and the District of Columbia. These investments include funding provided to state and local health departments, universities, and other public and private agencies for a variety of public health programs. CDC has added fiscal year 2013 funding data and jurisdictional profiles, and updated user information to the tool.


Services Most Commonly Provided by Local Health DepartmentsOpen in a New Window

This article identifies the most commonly performed public health services by local health departments (LHDs) and highlights variation by LHD characteristics. Data are from the 2008 and 2010 National Profiles of LHDs by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The descriptive analysis aims to further dialogue triggered by a recent Institute of Medicine report about the minimum set of services that all LHDs should provide.


Football and Public HealthOpen in a New Window

Dr. Judy Monroe, director of CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, finds parallels between the game of football and what we do in public health. It takes a team to play the gam, rallied on by supporting fans, yet every community needs a quarterback to lead that team to a win. Discover the five lessons learned from the Super Bowl for improving population health.


Prevention Status Reports by StateOpen in a New Window

CDC has added a page to the 2013 Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) website to help users quickly locate reports for each state and the District of Columbia. The state page provides a new two-page summary outlining the state’s PSR ratings by health topic and indicator and the state’s individual reports on the 10 health topics. The PSRs highlight the status of policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important health problems.


Webinar: Community Health Needs AssessmentsOpen in a New Window

The Community Health Needs Assessments: Aligning Hospital Investments and Public Health Outcomes webinar on March 26 at 2:00–3:00 pm (EDT) will discuss the new community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for charitable 501(c)(3) hospitals. Molly Berkery from CDC’s Public Health Law Program will provide an overview of the CHNA legal framework and discuss CDC’s resources for implementing the CHNA process. Professor Mary Crossley from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law will describe strategies for moving from the assessment stage to broader population health initiatives and highlight how such community investments can provide a solid return on investment for hospitals in a changing healthcare environment. The webinar is co-sponsored by CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the Network for Public Health Law.


CDC Director Article on Effective Program ImplementationOpen in a New Window

CDC Director Tom Frieden’s article, “Six Components Necessary for Effective Public Health Program Implementation,” in the American Journal of Public Health discusses the six key areas that organizations and coalitions must address if public health programs are to succeed and survive.


Community Health Assessment & Health Improvement PlanningOpen in a New Window

Access information and resources for conducting a community health assessment and developing a health improvement plan on CDC’s new website. This site can help state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments as they develop community health assessments and health improvement plans, whether for accreditation preparation, nonprofit hospital collaboration, or other reasons. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community’s health needs and priorities.


Video: Public Health Genomics Implementation To Save LivesOpen in a New Window

More than one million people in the United States are at increased risk for adverse health outcomes from hereditary breast cancer, hereditary ovarian cancer, and Lynch syndrome (a hereditary predisposition to colorectal cancer and other malignancies). Because these conditions are often not identified by the healthcare system, many individuals and families affected by them are not aware that they are at risk. In this video, leaders from CDC, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Michigan Department of Community Health, and other organizations discuss Lynch syndrome and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and cover key steps, the importance of partners, lessons learned, and next steps. The video was produced in partnership with Genetic Alliance.


Tier I Genomic Applications and Pioneer StatesOpen in a New Window

This video provides useful information for state health department personnel interested in implementing Tier 1 genomic applications. The video features informal interviews by Sharon Terry of Genetic Alliance with state health department pioneers in Connecticut, Oregon, and Michigan.


CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds: Multidrug-Resistant TuberculosisOpen in a New Window

Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds on March 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT), where we will discuss how more patients can benefit from advances in diagnostic and treatment options, resulting in an overall reduction in morbidity from multidrug-resistant TB. This session of Grand Rounds will also explore the role of CDC, WHO and other partners in combating this public health epidemic.


Public Health Informatics Conference: ePublic Health: The Future Is NowOpen in a New Window

General sessions have been announced for the 2014 Public Health Informatics Conference. A diverse group of leaders will provide thought-provoking and well informed presentations to explore this year's theme, "ePublic Health: The Future is Now."


What vaccines do you need?Open in a New Window

Did you know that certain vaccines are recommended for adults? Share this quick quiz with your community and help its citizens find out which vaccines they may need.


2013 Hypertension Control ChampionsOpen in a New Window

HHS' Million Hearts® initiative recognizes nine health systems and public and private practices across the country for success in achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control. Find out more information about the 2013 Hypertension Control Challenge and how your community can get involved. 


CDC Public Health Law Program ExternshipOpen in a New Window

The CDC Externship in Public Health Law consists of 9–14 weeks of professional work experience, for academic credit, with CDC’s Public Health Law Program in Atlanta, Georgia. The program exposes law students to the public health field, allowing for exploration of the critical role law plays in advancing public health goals.


2013–2014 National Snapshot of Public Health PreparednessOpen in a New Window

This annual report demonstrates how federal investments enhance the nation’s ability to respond to public health threats and emergencies. The report highlights CDC’s  priorities of improving health security at home and around the world; better preventing the leading causes of illness, injury, disability, and death; and strengthening public health through collaboration with healthcare. The priorities function as guideposts for greater accountability of CDC’s programs and demonstrate the interconnection of federal, state, and local work.


Healthy Babies Challenge—New Story from the FieldOpen in a New Window

ASTHO’s president challenged all states and territories to reduce preterm births by 8% by the end of 2014, and seven states have already met the challenge! Learn more about the Healthy Babies Challenge and progress being made in this new Public Health Practice Stories from the Field.


Public Health Law Program ExternshipOpen in a New Window

Interested in learning how law can be used as a tool to protect the public's health? CDC's Public Health Law Program is offering an unpaid, 9- to 14-week externship for academic credit in Atlanta, Georgia. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2014. Learn more about this opportunity and find out how to apply.


CDC Orientation for New Health OfficialsOpen in a New Window

CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is hosting the 6th annual Health Official Orientation February 18–20, 2014. Twenty-six newly elected health officials representing state, tribal, local and territorial agencies will attend. The Orientation will provide these attendees with an overview of CDC priorities, winnable battles, and tools and resources to help them address priority issues.


CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee MeetingOpen in a New Window

CDC and ATSDR are hosting the 10th annual Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting February 18–20, 2014. Tribal leaders on the TAC and CDC leaders will discuss public health issue topics identified by tribal leaders, such as Native specimens, behavioral risk factors, and disease-specific topics.


CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds: "Preventing Youth Violence"Open in a New Window

Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds on February 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (ET), where we will explore the societal burden of youth violence, and the evidence-based approaches and partnerships that are necessary to prevent youth violence and its consequences. Follow @CDCInjury for live tweeting during the event, and use hashtag #CDCGrandRounds to participate.


Diabetes Interactive AtlasOpen in a New Window

This recently released web-based collection of maps allows users to view geographic patterns and examine trends in diabetes and its risk factors over time across the US. The atlas provides maps, tables, and graphs depicting national, state, and county data.


February Vital Signs—Child Passenger SafetyOpen in a New Window

More than 9,000 children aged 12 years and under died in motor vehicle crashes over the past decade. Using the age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat correctly can be a lifesaver. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, February 11, at 2 pm (EST) to learn more about child passenger safety.


The National Profile of Local Health Departments Study SeriesOpen in a New Window

NACCHO released the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments! The study provides a comprehensive picture of local health departments in the US. Topics covered include local health department finances, workforce, programs and services, emergency preparedness, and other local public health infrastructure and practice topics.


Conceptual Framework for Planning & Improving Evidence-Based PracticesOpen in a New Window

CDC has published a conceptual framework for planning and improving evidence-based practices. The framework brings together important aspects of impact and quality to provide a common lexicon and criteria for assessing and strengthening public health practice. It can promote dialogue among researchers, evaluators, practitioners, funders, and other decision makers.


Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) associate applicationsOpen in a New Window

The Public Health Associate Program is a paid CDC training program for recent bachelor’s- or master’s-level graduates. It offers frontline public health experience at health departments across the country. The application period is open February 3–7, 2014.


WISQARS Mobile: Injury data for iPadsOpen in a New Window

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) Mobile is now available for iPads. WISQARS Mobile spotlights four preventable public health problems—motor vehicle-related injuries, prescription drug overdoses, traumatic brain injuries and violence against children and youth. Use the app to conveniently inform others about injuries as a public health concern.


CDC Orientation for New Health OfficialsOpen in a New Window

CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support will host the 6th annual Health Official Orientation February 18–20, 2014. Twenty-seven newly elected health officials representing state, tribal, local, and territorial agencies will attend. The Orientation will provide these attendees with an overview of CDC priorities and winnable battles, as well as basic tools and resources to help them address priority issues in their jurisdictions.


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

The January 2014 Public Health Law News issue features an interview with Councilman Chester Antone Councilman of the Tohono O’odham Nation Legislature representing the Great Pisinemo District, Chairman of the 2014 Tribal Advisory Committee. Councilman Antone discusses the importance of the Tribal Advisory Committee and his role in the upcoming 10th Biannual Tribal Consultation Session.


HIPPA and Public Health WebinarOpen in a New Window

The webinar, “HIPAA and Public Health: An Update from the HHS Office of Civil Rights,” will feature Iliana L. Peters from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), who will discuss recent enforcement and policy developments regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The webinar will take place February 3, 2014 at 1:00–2:30 pm (ET); it is co-hosted by CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the Network for Public Health Law.


Issue brief—ERISA, health benefit plans, & health system transformationOpen in a New Window

CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) published a summary of responses to technical assistance requests PHLP received regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and its relationship to health benefit plans and state laws that address health system transformation.


Tobacco Control Progress and PotentialOpen in a New Window

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden wrote an editorial, “Tobacco Control Progress and Potential,” in a recent issue of the “Journal of the American Medical Association.” The issue focuses on 50 Years of Tobacco Control and contains original investigations, editorials, opinions and viewpoints, and comments and responses.


PSR Quick Start GuideOpen in a New Window

The PSR Quick Start Guide provides tips and tools to help state health officials and other public health leaders use the Prevention Status Reports to advance evidence-based public health practices in their states.


Prevention Status ReportsOpen in a New Window

CDC has just released the 2013 Prevention Status Reports (PSRs), which highlight the status of policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce problems affecting public health. Individual reports are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the following 10 health topics: excessive alcohol use; food safety; healthcare-associated infections; heart disease and stroke; HIV; motor vehicle injuries; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; prescription drug overdose; teen pregnancy; and tobacco use. The PSR Quick Start Guide provides tips and tools to help state health officials and other public health leaders use the PSRs to advance evidence-based public health practices in their states.


Apply now to be a Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host siteOpen in a New Window

Become a 2014 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site and improve your health department’s ability to deliver public health services. PHAP places entry-level public health professionals in state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies to fill critical staffing gaps and gain broad experience in public health program operations. The application period is open January 21 through February 28, 2014.


January is National Birth Defects Prevention MonthOpen in a New Window

Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the US. This month, share CDC's new infographic and raise awareness about how birth defects are common, costly, and critical.


January Vital Signs Town Hall—Alcohol screening and counselingOpen in a New Window

At least 38 million adults in the US drink too much. Alcohol screening and brief counseling has been proven to work in reducing how much alcohol a person drinks per occasion. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, January 14, at 2 pm (EST) to learn more about alcohol screening and brief counseling.


CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: “Science Impact”Open in a New Window

Join the next Public Health Grand Rounds on January 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (ET), to listen to a discussion about the CDC Science Impact Framework, its development, and opportunities and challenges associated with implementing it across the diverse areas of public health.


Podcast: Talk with parents about late vitamin K deficient bleedingOpen in a New Window

CDC’s newest podcast discusses vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants, the importance of the vitamin K shot at birth, and how healthcare providers can provide the best information to their expectant parents.


HIV Among Men in the United StatesOpen in a New Window

According to the most recent HIV data, men accounted for 80% of new infections in 2010. CDC estimates that 1 in 51 men will receive a diagnosis of HIV infection at some point in their lifetime. View these findings and learn how CDC and its partners are pursuing a high-impact prevention approach to reduce new cases of HIV.


Primary Care and Public Health Integration: Milestones ProjectOpen in a New Window

The Primary Care and Public Health Initiative website has been updated with information about the CDC Milestones Project, which is designed to advance the integration of public health competencies into graduate medical education. Participants at the exploratory kickoff meeting in Atlanta discussed how to develop milestones of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that demonstrate medical resident mastery of population health.


Digital Press Kit: Top achievements in 2013, 5 health threats in 2014Open in a New Window

As 2013 comes to a close, CDC looks back on the top five health concerns of the year while preparing for the projected health threats of 2014. You can use CDC’s digital press kits to inform your community about these important topics.


Public Health Informatics Virtual EventOpen in a New Window

CDC’s next Public Health Informatics Virtual Event will be held January 7–9, 2014. Presenters will feature innovative work related to the meeting’s theme, “Strengthening Public Health—Health Care Collaboration.” Attendees can interact virtually with public health informatics experts from government, national public health associations, and private enterprise. The event is free.


Preventing Chronic Disease Collections—New CollectionOpen in a New Window

A new collection of CDC’s “Preventing Chronic Disease” series is available. The new collection, “Communities Putting Prevention to Work,” has papers featuring nutrition programs from Pitt County, North Carolina; New York, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; King County, Washington; Cook County, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and San Diego, California.


Collecting Health Data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific IslandersOpen in a New Window

The US Department of Health and Human Services and CDC launched a new project aimed at improving health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The information will be collected through the National Health Interview Survey, which is conducted by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.


A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health EquityOpen in a New Window

This guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental changes designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. It can help public health practitioners, urban planners, and local policymakers create strategies that address the needs of populations experiencing health inequities.


CDC/ATSDR Tribal Consultation Policy: Update now availableOpen in a New Window

CDC has released an updated Tribal Consultation Policy. This document establishes policy and guidance regarding consultation between CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) and Indian tribes.


Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting and Tribal Consultation SessionOpen in a New Window

The CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting and 10th Biannual Tribal Consultation Session will take place February 18–19, 2014. Tribal leaders will be able to speak openly about the public health issues affecting their communities. Discussion topics will include Native specimens, behavioral risk factors, and disease-specific topics.


HPV vaccine is recommended for boysOpen in a New Window

CDC recommends boys and girls be vaccinated at 11 or 12 years old to prevent cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus in both women and men. Every year, there are over 9,000 HPV-related cancers in men—including anal cancer, mouth/throat cancer, and cancer of the penis—many of which could be prevented by HPV vaccine.


Grand Rounds—Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health InterventionOpen in a New Window

The next session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds will discuss the benefits of community water fluoridation (CWF) and the challenges state and local health agencies face in promoting and expanding CWF. Watch the live webcast Tuesday, December 17, from 1 to 2 pm (EST).


Evidence-based treatment protocols for improving blood pressure controlOpen in a New Window

As part of the Million Hearts Initiative, CDC, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology issued a science advisory recommending that US practices and health systems adopt and use evidence-based hypertension control protocols. Sample protocols and a customizable protocol based on current guidelines are available on the Million Hearts website.


Accreditation is the focus of JPHMP’s 20th anniversary issueOpen in a New Window

The 20th anniversary edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP), titled “Transforming Public Health Practice Through Accreditation,” highlights the emerging evidence base around public health department accreditation through research studies, commentaries, and case reports. An online edition with open access is available on JPHMP’s website.


Winnable Battles Progress ReportOpen in a New Window

CDC's Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale effects on health and known, effective strategies to address them. Visit the Winnable Battles Progress Report webpage to learn about the progress CDC has made in meeting its 2015 Winnable Battles goals, and where there is still work to be done.


United States Public Health 101: New slide set for health departmentsOpen in a New Window

Learn about the components of the US public health system and how they work together to improve the nation's health. You can customize and use this presentation for your own informational and educational purposes.


Profiles in Public Health Law: Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle (NIHB)Open in a New Window

November’s Public Health Law News features an interview with Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). NIHB has a unique role as the only national tribal organization focused solely on health. Learn about pressing public health issues for tribes and how public health law touches work taking place in Indian Country.


CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report—United States 2013Open in a New Window

CDC released a new report that highlights key health disparities data. The report shows improvements, but also indicates that many health disparities still exist. Learn about health disparities among populations that experience these health burdens.


Pseudoephedrine: Legal Efforts to Make It a Prescription-Only DrugOpen in a New Window

This new issue brief from CDC’s Public Health Law Program provides an overview of legal efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to limit access to pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine (meth). Pseudoephedrine is a nasal decongestant typically found in nonprescription cold, allergy, and sinus medications, making it easy for people who operate meth labs to obtain this chemical.


Accredited health departmentsOpen in a New Window

Illinois’s Kane County, Wisconsin’s Kenosha County, and Ohio’s Licking County health departments joined the ranks of those accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), raising the number of public health departments recognized by PHAB as high-performing to 22.


ADHD Estimates Rise: Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

A new CDC-led study reports that half of US children were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by age six. You can use CDC’s ADHD Digital Press Kit to help providers and educators in your community make a difference to those diagnosed. The press kit includes articles, graphs, charts, infographics, fact sheets, and more.


The Community Guide–Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) CrosswalkOpen in a New Window

The Crosswalk is a tool to help health departments in identifying evidence-based interventions from The Community Guide whose implementation could help document conformity with PHAB domains, standards, and measures.


Antibiotics aren’t always the answerOpen in a New Window

It’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, an annual observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Join the Get Smart Twitter chat on November 22, 1–2 pm, to talk to CDC experts about this pressing public health threat. Follow the @CDCgov handle, and be sure to use the hashtag #SaveAbx when you tweet.


Notes from the Field: Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in InfantsOpen in a New Window

Not giving infants vitamin K at birth is an emerging trend that can have devastating outcomes for the infants and their families. A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights the importance of a vitamin K shot at birth.


New York State is reversing the trend of childhood obesityOpen in a New Window

New York State decreased the percentage of obese WIC children aged 2–5 by 15%. Learn more about New York States' efforts to reduce childhood obesity in low-income children.


National Diabetes MonthOpen in a New Window

Diabetes affects 26 million Americans and an estimated 79 million adults have prediabetes. November is National Diabetes Month. Learn how to prevent type 2 diabetes and find a National Diabetes Prevention Program in your community.


Community Guide News: Clinical decision-support systemsOpen in a New Window

Learn about the Community Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation of clinical decision-support systems for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The recommendation is based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving screening for CVD risk factors and practices for CVD-related preventive care services, clinical tests, and treatments.


Policy evaluation briefs now availableOpen in a New Window

CDC has developed a series of briefs to help evaluate injury and violence prevention policies. Each brief focuses on a specific aspect of policy evaluation. Together the briefs provide a comprehensive overview of policy evaluation concepts and methodology.


November Vital Signs—Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves LivesOpen in a New Window

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the US, though about 23 million adults have never been tested. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, November 12, at 2 pm (EST) to learn more about CRC.


Grand Rounds—Combating Resistance: Getting Smart About AntibioticsOpen in a New Window

Join the next Grand Rounds on November 19 at 1 pm (EST) to learn how improved prescribing practices and policies can help reduce rates of antibiotic resistance.


American Indian/Alaska Native HeritageOpen in a New Window

November is American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Heritage Month! Learn about AI/AN demographics and the plans and programs that address the health and well-being of AI/AN populations.


Webinar: Assessing Risk and Strengthening Community-wide PreparednessOpen in a New Window

Join this webinar on November 14 from 2 to 3 pm EST and learn how the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center developed partnerships to assess their community’s risk and improve their planning.


CDC guidelines for managing food allergies in schoolsOpen in a New Window

Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4–6% of children in the US. CDC has developed the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Centers. Learn more about food allergies and how to create a food-allergy plan.


NCHS releases 2012 report and updates interactive siteOpen in a New Window

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released the Health, United States, 2012: In Brief report and added 2012 data to their interactive website. On this site, you are able to incorporate data from the full report, as well as view, create, and export charts and tables. Watch the video tutorial for tips on how to get the data most useful to you.


World Stroke Day: We can prevent strokeOpen in a New Window

World Stroke Day is October 29. Stroke is among the five leading causes of death for Americans. This year's theme for World Stroke Day—“Because I care . . . ”—emphasizes that stroke is preventable.


National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health applicationOpen in a New Window

The application for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) 2014 cohort is now available! NLAPH is a leadership training program that develops advanced leadership skills through webinars, a national retreat, coaching support from national experts, and peer networking. Applications are due by November 26 at 5 pm (PST).


Are you prepared for an American Blackout?Open in a New Window

October 27 at 9 pm (EDT), the National Geographic Channel will debut "American Blackout," a movie about what happens to five groups of people during a 10-day power outage. During the movie, CDC will provide tips on how everyone can be prepared. Visit CDC's preparedness website for more information and tune in on Sunday.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back DayOpen in a New Window

Do you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs? Dispose of them safely on October 26. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications. Learn more and find a prescription drug disposal location near you.


ALS Registry anniversaryOpen in a New Window

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) celebrates another year of the National ALS Registry. The Registry is a ground-breaking effort to help people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and scientists learn more about the disease. ATSDR aims to make the first Registry report available by spring 2014 and will release future reports annually.


Get vaccinated—flu activity expected to increase in coming weeksOpen in a New Window

Fall is often the time when more people get sick with flu. The flu vaccine is updated each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common. Encourage people in your community to get a flu vaccine every year.


FoodCORE: Enhancing foodborne disease outbreak responseOpen in a New Window

FoodCORE is a program supported by CDC that helps state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments detct and respond to multistate foodborne disease outbreaks. Learn more about FoodCORE and help prevent future outbreaks.


Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer infographicOpen in a New Window

Many risk factors can increase the chance of developing breast cancer—some are controllable. This month, share the "Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer" infographic in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


ASTHO awards OSTLTS Director Dr. Judith MonroeOpen in a New Window

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) presented OSTLTS director, Dr. Judith Monroe, with the 2013 National Excellence in Public Health Award. Learn more Dr. Monroe’s award-winning work in public health.


CDC & NACCHO communications webinar seriesOpen in a New Window

CDC and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) have partnered to strengthen the communications capacity of local health departments through a communications webinar series. Tune into the recorded webinars to learn about marketing, branding, message clarity, and more!


Twitter Chat: Preparedness MonthOpen in a New Window

Join the CDC Director’s Twitter chat Friday, September 27, at 1 pm (ET) about how to be ready for the next public health emergency. Help your community get prepared: 48% of Americans do not have emergency supplies! Use the hashtag #CDCchat to participate.


September 2013 issue of the "Public Health Law News"Open in a New Window

The latest issue features an interview with James M. Galloway, MD, FACP, FACC, Rear Admiral US Public Health Service (Ret.) that discusses how CDC’s mission and priorities have transformed with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. It also includes an article on potentially relevant federal and state legal issues related to cross-jurisdictional sharing.


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