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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
In the last eight years, Boston’s Brigham and Women's Hospital has conducted 78 large-scale emergency drills, but it was time to put their plans into action on April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. Find out more about their experiences in the latest Public Health Matters blog.
According to the World Health Organization, 35.6 million people worldwide have dementia, including about 5 million Americans aged 65 years and older. Learn more about Alzheimer’s and the efforts to address our nation's sixth-leading cause of death.
A new CDC report, “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013,” presents the first-ever report on the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs that have the most impact on human health. Supporting communication materials include a CDC press release, CDC Director’s video, and a digital press kit.
CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) released an updated version of the NCHHSTP Atlas with county-level HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) data. View more localized data for HIV and STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, primary and secondary syphilis, and early latent syphilis.
First Lady Michelle Obama is asking everyone to “Drink Up” with more water. Water: You Are What You Drink is a collaboration between the Partnership for a Healthier America and stakeholders across the public and private sectors who are dedicated to encouraging Americans to drink more water more often.
More than 200,000 Americans quit smoking following the three-month "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign in 2012. The campaign is an important countermove to the $8 billion that the tobacco industry spends every year to make cigarettes more attractive and available. Learn more about the campaign and use the free press kit to reduce smoking in your community.
Learn more about a 13-minute DVD that effectively promotes and increases the completion of the three-dose HPV vaccine series that prevents most types of cervical cancer.
Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Each year, more than 36,000 Americans take their own lives, and about 465,000 people receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries. Learn how to help prevent this serious public health problem in your community.
Superbugs, disasters, and leading causes of death threaten our health security. How will CDC, the nation's health protection agency, thwart them? CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden will report on the state of our health security at The National Press Club on Tuesday, September 10, at 1 pm (EDT). Watch it live.
The September Vital Signs report focuses on preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, September 10, at 2:00 pm (EDT) and learn how public health measures, lifestyle changes, and medical care can prevent death from heart disease and stroke.
Join the next Grand Rounds on September 17 at 1 pm (EDT) to learn how technology is being designed and tested to help older adults remain healthy and live independently as long as possible.
September 2013 marks the 10th annual National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, activities across the country will educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks.
Data shows that nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure. Enter the 2013 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge to promote your successful strategies to get blood pressure under control.
OSTLTS has created a new communication toolkit on the STLT Gateway related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. The toolkit can help health agencies spread the word about enrollment on the Marketplace, which begins October 1, 2013.
Five more public health departments are now Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)-accredited, bringing the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 19. The newest accredited health departments are Central Michigan District Health Department, Chicago Department of Public Health, El Paso County Public Health, Kansas City Missouri Health Department, and Tulsa Health Department.
The Division of Adolescent and School Health released the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) results. SHPPS is a national survey conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. This release includes a report with results on topics such as health education, physical education and physical activity, safe and healthy school environment, and more.
A community coalition in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, collaborated with its health department to pass smoke-free air ordinances for public places, including workplaces, restaurants, and bars. Two years later, researchers there are finding a 95% decrease in indoor air pollution.
CDC recently launched a Public Health Nerd Campaign with graphics that feature clear messages and calls-to-action designed to build awareness about the role of public health in our communities. To join the conversation, use hashtag #PHNerd on Facebook and Twitter.
This Division of Population Health report provides a snapshot of the nation’s progress in promoting prevention, improving the health and well-being of older adults, and reducing behaviors that contribute to premature death and disability. The report looks at 15 key health indicators for Americans aged 65 years or older.
The 2013 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule has been updated in a new easy-to-read format and shows recommended immunizations for adults by medical condition and by age. There are no changes in the recommendations, previously published on February 1, 2013.
CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, authors a guest blog about the latest Vital Signs report on childhood obesity. He writes about how initiatives such as "We Can!" and "Let's Move!" help communities fight the battle against childhood obesity.
Learn more about American Public Health Association pre-conference trainings for US state and local health officials, including “Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Health Ethics.”
The CDC Learning Connection’s new resource section is dedicated to public health and health care integration. Learn how these fields work together to improve individual and population health while achieving cost savings.
Each August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides a chance to encourage all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. CDC has resources and toolkits to help highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels.
The August Vital Signs report shows that obesity among low-income preschoolers has declined in many states. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, August 13, at 2:00 pm (EDT) to learn about childhood obesity and what state and local health agencies can do to continue the decline.
CDC’s Healthy Aging Program released a new public health road map focused on steps that state and local public health agencies can take to promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment in their communities, and help meet the needs of care partners.
A new fact sheet from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) summarizes many ways to make data available to different users, including policymakers, researchers, medical and public health professionals, teachers, students, business leaders, and the general public.
Join us for an encore webcast about the current state of knowledge in nanotechnology and the harmful impact that exposure to some nanomaterials may have on humans and the environment. The session will be broadcast Tuesday, August 20. from 1 to 2 pm EDT.
August 1–7, 2013, is World Breastfeeding Week. Learn about state and community efforts to increase support for breastfeeding women in early care and education environments.
This new CDC video is about folic acid fortification and explains how spina bifida F could be the next major health problem to be eradicated.
The Public Health Law Program released a paper summarizing proposed regulations that provided guidance to charitable hospital organizations on the 501(r) Community Health Needs Assessment and related excise tax and reporting requirements.
OSTLTS has expanded its NPHPS website with new assessment resources to help health departments identify areas for system improvement and to strengthen state and local partnerships.
VetoViolence offers violence education tools that focus on the prevention of suicide, sexual violence, child maltreatment, youth violence, and intimate partner violence. Learn more about violence prevention.
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer worldwide. Learn more about hepatitis and CDC's testing and vaccination recommendations.
For his next Twitter chat, Dr. Frieden will talk with CDC experts about how we can work with doctors and parents to increase HPV vaccination rates and protect the next generation from cancers caused by HPV. The chat will take place Monday, July 29, at 3 pm (EDT).
OPHPR’s new partner website provides valuable, relevant information to current and potential partners. The site shares ongoing initiatives to highlight opportunities for collaboration.
Healthy life expectancy is a population health measure that combines mortality data with morbidity data to estimate expected years of life. In a new report, differences in healthy life expectancy were reported at the state level from three data sources.
The quick detection and response to a Listeria outbreak by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has saved lives. Learn how CDPHE coordinated its laboratory work with specialists around the US to prevent further illness.
Learn how the Massachusetts Department of Public Health collaborated with laboratory, epidemiology, and environmental health professionals to respond quickly to outbreaks, and how it changed state regulations to make reporting of Listeria isolates required, instead of voluntary.
CDC’s Climate and Health Program uses its prevention expertise to help state and city health departments investigate, prepare for, and respond to the health effects of a changing climate. The program identifies the populations most vulnerable to these impacts, predicts future trends, creates systems to detect and respond to emerging health threats, and designs programs to manage health risks.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most HPV infections do not cause serious harm, but some can lead to cervical cancer. Infected persons may not even know they are infected, or that they are passing HPV to a sexual partner. Fortunately, there is a vaccine to prevent and be protected against HPV.
This directory is a listing of national agencies, specialty care centers, and community-based organizations that provide services and resources for people affected by sickle cell disease (SCD). The goal of this directory is to help people find SCD services and resources.
The Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes have released a new planning tool to help public health organizations react strategically to changes created by the Affordable Care Act.
The July session of Public Health Grand Rounds will explore ways that public health can increase the rate of evidence-based cancer screening, as well as decrease disparities in screening rates. The session will be held on July 16 at 1 pm (EDT).
CDC maintains a surveillance program for the collection and reporting of data on foodborne disease outbreaks in the US. It is the primary source of data on the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths; implicated foods; contributing factors; and settings of food preparation and consumption associated with recognized foodborne disease outbreaks.
“PHAB Accreditation: An Opportunity to Leverage the National Prevention Strategy” is a document that includes an overview of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation and a look at how your health department can use the National Prevention Strategy to help with the PHAB accreditation process.
The STLT Gateway Financing page has been updated with a new Public Health System Financing section that provides access to status reports, resourcing strategies, and an overview of public health financing.
Dr. Frieden will host his monthly Twitter chat on National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 27, at 2 pm. He will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, and Dr. Hazel Dean, Deputy Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Prevention. During the chat, Dr. Frieden will talk about new recommendations for HIV testing and what people can do to encourage testing for everyone.
HealthCare.gov launched its revamped website to make it easier for consumers to sign up for coverage. The site has plain language tools, videos, and other resources so consumers can easily compare plans when open enrollment begins in October. There’s also a new, toll-free call center (1-800-318-2596) that is open 24/7.
Dr. Judith Monroe, Director of CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) and the Deputy Director of CDC, and Paula Staley, Senior Health Care Advisor to the Director of OSTLTS, recall their journey in public health. They also discuss the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the goals of State Innovation Models.
The 141st American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition will occur November 2–6, 2013, in Boston. This year’s theme, Think Global Act Local, offers attendees the opportunity to learn about successful public health efforts from around the globe, and how to adapt these efforts to the communities they serve.
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.