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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.