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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) has released two new services to respond to the need for public health and health care organizations to collaborate on solutions to population health challenges. Both new services use quality improvement tools and performance management frameworks to guide decision-making and optimize results.
Current efforts to prevent violence against women and girls are inadequate, according to a new Series published in The Lancet. Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives.
Nine in 10 adults who drink too much alcohol are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults.
The CDC has issued a Health Alert Network advisory to inform public health officials and the public of precautions taken to reduce the risk of Ebola cases entering the United States from Mali.
Health literacy remains a major issue in the United States, resulting in increased rates of hospitalization and emergency care use, as well as lower rates of recommended screenings and vaccinations. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases.
Merck and NewLink Genetics Corporation have announced that they have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement to research, develop, manufacture, and distribute NewLink's investigational rVSV-EBOV (Ebola) vaccine candidate.
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that 43.8 million adults experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2013.
The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a collaborative partnership between the National Library of Medicine and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text biomedical journals, reference books, and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by the West Africa Ebola Outbreak. The EAI will remain active through December 12, 2014.
The Society for Public Health Education and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing have announced the findings of the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis. The results of the study have implications for professional preparation, credentialing, and professional development of all health education specialists. (Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE))
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Research!America and leading public health organizations take time to recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect us. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, these heroes keep our drinking water safe, air clean and children healthy. (Research!America)
The second report of the series has been released by the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. (Institute of Medicine (IOM))
CMS announced the formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) which will be led by Niall Brennan, the agency's first Chief Data Officer. The office will oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))
New policy statements address Ebola and emerging infectious diseases, bullying of LGBT youth, regulation of e-cigarettes and more (American Public Health Association (APHA))
NACCHO will host an interactive one-day workshop at the 2015 Preparedness Summit designed to provide a high-level overview of the most important policies, topics, and resources that impact public health preparedness. Complete an application by December 15, 2014. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence or any other tragedy affecting America's communities (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))
Dec. 9, 2014, 3 - 4:30 p.m. EST, ASTHO, with support from CDC, will host a webinar for state health agency staff to share lessons learned in preparing for and responding to Ebola in communities and the application of those lessons to seasonal influenza prevention. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
A new report that examines the growth trends in undergraduate public health education over the past two decades (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) strongly supports the President's emergency funding request to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa and strengthen the domestic response. Specifically, resources are needed to improve Ebola readiness within state and local public health departments, because these agencies protect the public, calm anxiety, and identify potentially symptomatic Ebola patients.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends comprehensive tobacco control programs - which include state and local programs, cessation assistance services, mass-reach health communications interventions, surveillance and evaluation, and administration and management - to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, based on strong evidence of effectiveness.
A new resource provides answers to frequently asked questions about U.S. legal preparedness and response concerning Ebola, including screening and quarantine measures; federal, state and local powers; as well as legal protections for affected individuals and hospital workers.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its Fourth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services. In this report, the USPSTF has prioritized evidence gaps related to the care of children and adolescents.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual effort to coordinate the work of CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign with state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.
New recommendations from the WHO highlight the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and set targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cook stoves, space heaters and fuel-based lamps.
ASTHO President and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen has issued the 2015 ASTHO President's Challenge: Healthy Aging-Living Longer Better. The challenge urges states and territories to implement evidence-based strategies to increase the number of older adults who are living well in communities across the United States.
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced the United States' and China's respective targets for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change in the post-2020 period.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients.
ASTHO'S summary document covers state gubernatorial and legislative results, as well as ballot questions addressing the issues of abortion, health care reform, environmental health, water quality, marijuana, the labeling of genetically modified foods, among others.
Americans' fears about Ebola seem to be waning somewhat, though many still believe the virus is a public health threat to the United States, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll.
Leading international organizations and associations from the transport, trade and tourism sector stand firmly with WHO against general bans on travel and trade, as well as restrictions that include general quarantine of travelers from Ebola-affected countries.
The costs associated with skin cancer increased five times as fast as treatments for other cancers between 2002 and 2011, according to a CDC study.
A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.
PrEP is a way to help those who are HIV-negative stay that way. By consistently taking one daily pill containing a combination of two antiretroviral drugs, PrEP users in multiple studies reduced their risk of getting HIV infection by 92 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The Nation's Health)
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 news releases and statements on key public health topics, from health reform to violence prevention to public health funding 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))
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)
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)