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A new AcademyHealth commissioned paper, New Directions in Public Health Services and Systems Research, explores the ways in which Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) could inform the "brave new world," where the lines between public health and health care are blurred, and atypical partners-employers, health care delivery systems, financial institutions-are playing a bigger role in community-level health promotion.
A study conducted by the Vitality Institute and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds that the health of the workforce is linked to the overall health of the community in which it is located.
Four international public health organizations warn that Africa is at risk of a large meningitis outbreak and that an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world's ability to minimize the number of people affected.
Fast Stats, a new online tool released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), allows users to analyze the latest state-by-state information on hospital discharges, including all-payer data on discharges in 2014 from 17 states.
As part of the Administration's efforts to create an interoperable learning health system that achieves better care, smarter spending and healthier people, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced twenty awardees for three health information technology (health IT) grant programs.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new steps to increase access to substance use disorder treatment services, focusing on treatment for opioid use disorder.
Join an HHS live stream on World Hepatitis Day to help increase awareness about hepatitis B and C.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. For 50 years, these programs have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of American families, saving lives, and improving the economic security of our nation. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))
Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking article submissions from local health departments.
Healthy Outlook: Public Health Resources for Systems Transformation is a series of fact sheets, issue briefs and other resources designed to: 1) Highlight policy issues within the ACA and the implications for public health; and 2) Identify opportunities and promote active engagement of public health in health care systems transformation efforts. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
The Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), part of the TRAIN learning network, has published a national training plan, the National MRC Volunteer Training Plan, on MRC's TRAIN portal (MRC TRAIN).
WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment.
Trust for America's Health (TFAH) has released an issue brief examining the country's Clean Water Rule and how it will improve and protect Americans' health and restore guaranteed protections for a range of waters.
NIH is developing a 5-year Strategic Plan to outline a vision for biomedical research that will pursue fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and apply that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce illness and disability. Comment is requested. Please reply by August 16, 2015 11:59:59 PM EDT (National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Over the past year, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice and its member organizations, the Core Competencies Workgroup, and others have been hard at work disseminating the 2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, supporting health professionals and organizations in their efforts to learn more about this latest version of the Core Competencies, and building resources and tools to help integrate the Core Competencies into workforce development activities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released updated environmental and public health indicators in an online database, making information about the current and historical condition of the nation's environment and human health more accessible to the public.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has released a new toolkit entitled, Advocating for Health Education Reimbursement in Medicaid State Plans, which can be used to help prepare a state Medicaid plan amendment to request reimbursement for preventive services provided by health education specialists. (Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE))
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched the first online collection of federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies.
Challenge for data enthusiasts and innovators to harness existing open health data to develop visualizations and tools for health care providers and public health officials to better tackle obesity. Submissions are due July 31, 2015.
One of the nation's centers dedicated to developing and manufacturing drugs and vaccines for emergencies will produce a novel therapeutic drug to treat Ebola virus disease under a task order issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Starting antiretroviral therapy early not only prevents serious AIDS-related diseases, but also prevents the onset of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other non-AIDS-related diseases in HIV-infected people, according to a new analysis of data from the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study.
CDC calculated the median daily frequency of fruit and vegetable intake by adults based on 2013 BRFSS data. Overall, 13.1% of respondents met fruit intake recommendations (consume 1.5-2.0 cup equivalents of fruit daily), ranging from 7.5% in Tennessee to 17.7% in California; and 8.9% met vegetable recommendations (consume 2-3 cups of vegetables daily), ranging from 5.5% in Mississippi to 13.0% in California.
When U.S. adults are hospitalized with pneumonia, viruses are more often to blame than bacteria. However, despite current diagnostic tests, neither viruses nor bacteria are detected in the majority of these patients according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
People suffering from mental health disorders are facing unequal access to specialized care. The United Nations health agency urges international governments to boost financing for mental health services around the world.
A new report, "State of American Well-Being: State Well-Being Rankings for Older Americans," examines the comparative well-being of Americans age 55 and older, and reveals that, nationally, adults 55 and older have higher well-being than the rest of the population.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force has released an evidence-based recommendation in favor of programs that actively encourage those at increased risk for type 2 diabetes to eat healthier and be more physically active.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is seeking feedback from learners and course providers to help inform the development of a new Learning Management System platform for TRAIN, the nation's premier learning management network for professionals and volunteers who protect the public's health. The deadline for submitting feedback is August 31, 2015.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) has released Aligning Accreditation Plans, a new on-site service to help agencies ensure that the various plans required for health department accreditation are complementary and effectively tracked within the agency's performance management system.
WHO is urging countries to move towards universal health coverage and to scale up international investment in catalytic development funding.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to improve access to groceries for homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury have taken steps to make sure women have access to recommended preventive services, including contraceptive services, at no additional cost as required by the Affordable Care Act.
CDC has released a multimedia report describing the experiences of the agency's Ebola responders.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told local health department officials from around the nation that they can help millions of Americans live healthier and longer lives by refocusing the American healthcare system on preventing illnesses and injuries - not just treating them.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions that engage community health workers (CHWs) to prevent cardiovascular disease.
The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) will create a National Health Equity Index in the coming year. This project will serve as a way to assess the connectedness of important health determinants like housing and employment in order to identify promising points of prevention and to build collaboration across sectors.
APHA has released Healthy Outlook: Public Health Resources for Systems Transformation, a series of fact sheets, issue briefs and other resources designed to highlight policy issues within the Affordable Care Act and its implications for public health, identify opportunities, and promote active engagement of public health in health care systems transformation efforts. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
NACCHO is proud to announce the 2015 LHD of the Year Award Winners. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from APHA, has released two timely reports to highlight opportunities and address barriers to actively commuting to school. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Three out of 4 American adults, including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers, favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to an article by CDC published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The strongest risk factor for a heroin use disorder is a prescription opioid use disorder.
Seeking to support chronically underfunded segments of our nation's public health system, The Foundation for the Public's Health launched Tuesday with an ambitious agenda aimed at creating a new model of support for local health departments.
According to an MMWR report, sodium intake in the United States is still much higher than recommended.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published a final recommendation on screening for speech and language delays and disorders in children age 5 years or younger. This recommendation states that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for speech and language delays and disorders in young children.
A post-mortem swab taken from a seventeen-year-old male who died on June 28, 2015 in Liberia from a febrile illness managed as malaria tested positive for Ebola virus disease.
Health departments across the country will receive more than $840 million in cooperative agreements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve and sustain emergency preparedness of state and local public health and health care systems.
This year's National Public Health Week attracted the support and participation of communities nationwide and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the annual observance.
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))
Recent news stories about CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
CDC health alerts, advisories and updates on emergent health issues. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
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))
Read about recent events, essential information, and the latest community news. (National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH))
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))
(Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PIAPHW))
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)
Nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)
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))
The latest news from the IOM, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events. (National Institute of Medicine (IOM))
(National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD))
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) NIH)
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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health)