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A report released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to manage severe infectious disease threats.
CDC has released its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report. The report shows that STDs continue to pose a risk of lifelong health consequences for millions in this country.
A report published by the UK House of Commons International Development Committee says that the World Health Organization and member countries initially failed to recognize the scale and severity of the Ebola crisis and were too slow to respond.
The omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress includes a multitude of spending provisions, several of which provide critical funding for key public health programs and agencies.
Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in the United States declined 14 percent from 2005 to 2011, but rates varied widely by geographic region, according to a new statistical brief from AHRQ.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has a new name - the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). This revision was mandated as part of the omnibus budget measure signed by President Obama.
Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 19th surgeon general.
The American Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for the 143rd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. The theme of the meeting is Health in All Policies. Abstracts are due between February 9-13, 2015.
NIH Director Francis Collins has accepted findings that the National Children's Study is not feasible and has directed that the study be closed.
Congress has passed H.R. 83 to fund government operations through the end of FY2015 (October 1, 2015) and provide emergency funding for Ebola preparedness and response. NACCHO has provided a summary of the bill and a chart showing the FY2015 allocation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Use of cigarettes, alcohol, and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013 while marijuana use rates were stable, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). However, use of e-cigarettes, measured in the report for the first time, is high.
The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice marked its 20th anniversary with the advanced free online release of a special issue highlighting public health department accreditation.
Demonstrating the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to their communities, six more public health departments have been awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
The National Association of County and City Health Officials and local health departments across the country applaud the White House for leading the effort to ensure that people have access to the health care they need and for recognizing that climate change impacts health.
The case fatality rate in West Africa's ongoing Ebola epidemic - estimates range from 60 percent to 70 percent of those hospitalized - hides a hopeful statistic: the fact that many Ebola patients survive. There now are thousands of Ebola survivors.
According to the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) the United States scored a 7.4 out of 10 for health security and preparedness at the national level.
The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco finds that more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use these harmful products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new screening test that predicts a patient's risk of future coronary heart disease events, such as heart attacks.
Submit your story on how you used a Community Preventive Services Task Force finding to develop a public health or patient program, inform a policy, shape a research agenda, justify funding, or support accreditation efforts.
Public health leaders came together at a live event to celebrate the 25th edition of America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities. By measuring our nation's progress with tools like America's Health Rankings, the panelists at the event hoped that decision-makers on both the state and federal level would be spurred to take action and adopt evidence-based policies to make significant changes in health.
More than two months into the fiscal year, House and Senate appropriators have reached a compromise appropriations package to fund the government for the rest of FY 2015.
Forty states have enacted laws prohibiting the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes, to minors, but 10 states and the District of Columbia still permit such sales, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
A new evidence-based guideline, Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014, is a comprehensive compilation of new and longstanding federal recommendations about biomedical, behavioral, and structural interventions to reduce the risk for HIV transmission from persons with HIV by reducing their infectiousness and their risk for exposing others to HIV.
Rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity threaten Americans' quality of life, even as Americans progressed in several key health metrics in 2014, according to the landmark 25th Anniversary Edition of America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities.
The "Global status report on violence prevention 2014" reveals that 475,000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.
The 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign spent only $480 per smoker who quit and $393 per year of life saved, according to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
APHA has released a new infographic to help build understanding and awareness of the public health implications of climate change including worsened air quality, changes in the spread of vector-borne diseases and devastation to communities due to extreme weather events like floods and coastal storms.
CDC's Injury Center has released Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0. This publication is designed to promote consistency in the use of terminology and data collection across organizations that work to prevent sexual violence.
A study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal shows that the average annual number of outbreaks due to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk more than quadrupled since the last similar study.
The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World Malaria Report 2014.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more than 35 development partners, has released the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI).
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act to facilitate the development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in consultation with risk communication experts and state health officials, has produced a new document that provides health officials and policymakers with clear, accurate answers to common questions about Ebola.
AIDSinfo has released the AIDSinfo Drug App that provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs.
The Department of Commerce invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on seven American Community Survey (ACS) questions that are slated for removal from the questionnaire based on the results of the 2014 ACS Content Review. Comments are Due December 30, 2014.
Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk of complications who develop flu.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce recreational sedentary screen time among children aged 13 years and younger.
Influenza viral characterization data indicates that 48% of the influenza A (H3N2) viruses collected and analyzed by CDC were antigenically "like" the 2014-2015 influenza A (H3N2) vaccine component, but that 52% were antigenically different (drifted) from the H3N2 vaccine virus. Because of the detection of these drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses, the CDC has issued a Health Advisory to re-emphasize the importance of the use of neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications when indicated for treatment and prevention of influenza, as an adjunct to vaccination.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. CDC is providing free activities and materials to promote NIVW.
President Barack Obama visited the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD to see first-hand the progress that biomedical research is making against Ebola virus disease.
New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer.
U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.
A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.
Comments, supported by research and data, regarding electronic cigarettes and the public health, are due April 15, 2015.
Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants are placed to sleep with bedding that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, despite recommendations against the practice, report researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions.
The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Just 30 percent of Americans with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, and approximately two-thirds of those whose virus was out of control had been diagnosed but were no longer in care, according to a new Vital Signs report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has announced a new 10-module distance education course, Evidence-based Strategies for Collaborative Community Intervention. Designed for health professionals, students, and community leaders, the course will provide a practical introduction to developing health promotion programs, building community partnerships, and eliminating health disparities.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014. (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)
APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
The National Public Health Week (NPHW) toolkit offers information on event planning, social media promotion, suggested activities, letters to editors, and talking points for each day's theme. NPHW is April 7-13, 2014.
APHA statements on current news, legislation, and APHA activities, as well as new research findings from the American Journal of Public Health and more. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Online portal for public health news, opinion and exchange. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Weekly e-newsletter that includes the latest in ASPPH news, research developments, funding opportunities, member updates, and faculty awards. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
Current and archived press releases, media advisories, and press briefing transcripts. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
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Monthly email publication to find out news for health centers, HIV/AIDS programs, rural health, maternal and child health, health information technology and to stay informed of HRSA grant opportunities. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))
Links to HRSA press releases. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))
Timely public health news updates from APHA's newspaper. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
New information and health statistics released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
News from the Public Health/Health Administration Section of MLA. (Medical Library Association (MLA))
News from the CDC Public Health Information Network (PHIN). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
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SOPHE news, announcements, and new research findings from Health Education & Behavior and Health Promotion Practice. (Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE))
A daily compilation of news from mainstream media sources around the world, focusing on environmental health, including climate impacts, contamination, sewage infrastructure, water availability and bird flu. (Environmental Health Sciences)
The latest news from the IOM, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events. (Institute of Medicine (IOM))
Nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))
Ongoing, publicly-available collection of news stories about public health issues facing communities across the nation. News clips are searchable by state or in the following subject areas: budget cuts, County Health Rankings, H1N1, good news and more. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
(National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD))
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) NIH)
Online destination for information and discussion about public health. The content includes daily roundups of public health news and information, profiles of individuals working on the front lines of public health, perspectives from leaders and innovators in public health, and live coverage of events relevant to public health. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))
Semimonthly updates on new publications, presentations, and other developments from Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)
News from the Pan American Health Organization. (Pan American Health Organization (PAHO))
News about the Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX), an online community designed to be a communication hub for public health professionals interested in learning and sharing information about quality improvement (QI) in public health. (Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX))
Recent news releases from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))
Selected news stories on topics of interest to rural communities. (Rural Assistance Center (RAC))
Press Releases from Trust for America's Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
Online news digest from the Center for Health Communication at the Harvard School of Public Health. The site covers critical public health issues from around the world. (Harvard School of Public Health)