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The Big Cities Health Coalition, an independent initiative of NACCHO, has released an interactive data platform and report that examines data for 26 cities across 34 health indicators. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
U.S. public health funding - which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines - has been steadily falling in recent years and is expected to keep going down, a recent study projects. (Reuters Health)
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with support from APHA, recently released the Transportation and Health Tool, an interactive online tool that practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems.
The number of cancer survivors - people who live after a cancer diagnosis - is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades as the U.S. population ages and as early detection methods and treatments continue to improve.
The CDC released its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance report, updating it with 2014 as reported from state, local, and private sources.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its annual report that prioritizes evidence gaps related to women's health.
Using quality improvement (QI) principles and tools, PHF can provide many types of support to help health departments needing Action Plans to achieve accreditation. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with other government agencies, has announced the results of a yearlong sweep of dietary supplements to identify potentially unsafe or tainted supplements.
Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported.
This week is "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week". Get Smart Week builds on the momentum generated at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, where more than 150 organizations pledged to improve antibiotic use and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities summarizes programs, policies and initiatives of agencies across HHS that address minority health and health disparities and demonstrate HHS's commitment to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and achieving health equity.
CDC's new Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) website provides resources for SDOH data, tools for action, programs, and policies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
According to WHO estimates, climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year - from shifting patterns of disease, from extreme weather events, such as heat-waves and floods, and from the degradation of air quality, food and water supplies, and sanitation. (World Health Organization (WHO))
CDC has developed resources called "Parents for Healthy Schools" to help engage parents to create healthy school environments. States and districts can collaborate with educational organizations, train groups that work with parents on how to use these resources, and share ideas for how parents can take action.
American adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke at rates more than double those for adults with private health insurance or Medicare, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
As WHO ramps up its fight against antibiotic resistance, a new multi-country survey shows people are confused about this major threat to public health and do not understand how to prevent it from growing. (World Health Organization (WHO))
To better protect public health in an anthrax attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will add two types of anthrax antitoxin drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) as options to treat inhalational anthrax.
The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced approximately $7 million in awards for health center outreach and enrollment assistance to 93 health centers. These funds will support health centers' work in raising awareness of affordable insurance options and providing eligibility and enrollment assistance to uninsured residents in their communities.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating on a project to use the Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram as a framework for developing and implementing quality improvement (QI) interventions within five different vector control programs from across the country.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro joined Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to announce a proposed rule to make the nation's public housing properties entirely smoke-free. HUD's proposed rule would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments within 18 months of the final rule.
Since the economic downtown in 2008, state health agencies have been forced to make cuts to their budgets, reducing the services they can provide and decreasing the size of their workforce by enacting hiring freezes and eliminating positions.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prescribing and using antibiotics appropriately. The Public Health Foundation (PHF) partners with CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Campaign to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics by disseminating informative resources.
NACCHO is disseminating free copies of the documentary series "The Raising of America" to local health departments along with a viewing guide. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79% from 546,800 at the beginning of the century to 114,900 in 2014. New data released by WHO for the Measles & Rubella Initiative, estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since 2000, largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease.
The March of Dimes has released its eighth annual Premature Birth Report Card, which revealed that the United States has reduced its national premature birth rate for the second year in a row: the 2014 national preterm birth rate was 9.6 percent, down from 11.4 percent in 2013.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered cancer cells originating in a common tapeworm may take root in people with weakened immune systems, causing cancer-like tumors.
As the time frame for the global Millennium Development Goals came to a close this year, world leaders have adopted a new set of goals that include ambitious targets on combating climate change, ensuring sustainable consumption, and improving health. (The Nation's Health)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Genvoya as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older.
Multistate outbreaks cause more than half of all deaths in foodborne disease outbreaks despite accounting for only a tiny fraction (3 percent) of reported outbreaks in the United States, according to a new Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In-home test kits, coupled with patient education, help parents reduce allergen levels in their homes, according to scientists from the National Institutes of Health.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a traveling banner exhibition made available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country, and an online adaptation of For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform.
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))
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))
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Healthy People, Healthy Places provides updates and information from NACCHO's Environmental Health and Infectious Disease portfolios, which include a range of projects that influence policy with federal decision makers and develop practical solutions that help local health departments build safe, sustainable communities. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
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
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))
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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.