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These reports are available online, and will be published on May 20th in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The 2015 County Health Rankings show that premature deaths are dropping, with 60 percent of the nation's counties seeing declines.
The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Positive Spin, a comprehensive digital educational tool that uses personal storytelling to promote the importance of getting people with HIV into treatment.
The Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Materials Contest Committee is soliciting health education, promotion and communication materials for the 25th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work. The submission deadline is April 3, 2015. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, it is possible to end the epidemic by 2035, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Tuberculosis Day, urging leaders to recommit to ending one of humanity's top killers. (United Nations)
Advanced development is underway on an improved anthrax vaccine that could provide protection in fewer doses than the currently licensed anthrax vaccine and so may be more cost-effective to stockpile. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)
After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained the security of health insurance.
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for the "urgent scaling up" of routine immunizations services and distribution of anti-malaria medicines in countries most affected by Ebola in West Africa to counter a growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
According to a study published in APHA's American Journal of Public Health, alcohol ignition interlock devices could be key to preventing 85 percent of alcohol-related crash fatalities over a period of 15 years. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
A new report by child injury prevention organization Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Association of Poison Control Centers reveals that parents called poison centers across the country approximately 1,500 times during 2013 because their children had either taken medication not meant for them or taken appropriate medication incorrectly. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has announced progress in the development of the Public Health Community Platform (PHCP). PHCP is a CDC-funded, ASTHO-led initiative to develop a space to find solutions for common public health informatics problems that state, local, territorial, tribal health agencies, and their partners experience.
As part of ongoing efforts to support public health professionals and organizations in integrating the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into workforce development activities, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice has recently made several new resources available on the Public Health Foundation (PHF) website.
The United States may move away from a longstanding regulatory approach to public health issues that stresses the idea that regulations may cause individuals to experience "lost pleasure." (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
As countries mark World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, WHO is calling for global solidarity and action to support a new 20-year strategy, which aims to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. (World Health Organization (WHO))
New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO. (World Health Organization (WHO))
Kids are five times more likely than adults to die from tickborne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The conclusion from a new report from the National Safety Council is sweeping: Americans have a severe knowledge gap when it comes to prescription painkillers. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
Most Americans entering a hospital for care hope to leave healthier than when they arrived. But in some cases, hospital patients acquire health care-associated infections as part of their stay - and even die from them. (The Nation's Health)
The condition of a health worker who was evacuated from Sierra Leone after contracting an Ebola infection has worsened, with the patient now in critical condition at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center and 10 of the patient's colleagues who came to his or her aid due back in the United States for evaluation and monitoring.
A CDC study shows that because of new screening guidelines issued in 2007, physicians overseas identified 629 additional cases of tuberculosis (TB) in 2012 among immigrants and refugees bound for the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Government representatives have gathered in Sendai to negotiate a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters. (World Health Organization (WHO))
In the search for a wearable or otherwise discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in real time, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has issued the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. Submissions are due December 1, 2015. (National Institutes of Health (NIH))
NACCHO is accepting applications for the Community of Practice for Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The application deadline is April 15, 2015. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
Two out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive five years or more, according to a CDC study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The report, Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, predicts the likely public health outcomes of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products. (Institute of Medicine (IOM))
With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT and are urging others to join in this critical effort.
A recent CDC report found that the rate of heroin overdose deaths among Americans nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2013.
During National Public Health Week, APHA is hosting its new "We Can Do Better" contest to show the world how individuals, families and communities are committed to making the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030. To enter, submit a photo, video, meme, or event page that demonstrates a health promotional change in behaviors by April 20, 2015. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
CDC has released the updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) online tool that produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describes the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
State public health departments markedly expanded their use of social media from 2011 to 2014, viewing it as an effective, low-cost means to reach their audiences.
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has announced it has awarded five-year accreditation status to seven more health departments. This means that another 1.3 million people can now be assured that their health departments demonstrate the capacity to protect and promote the health of their communities.
SAMHSA unveils a free new mobile app that helps behavioral and health care providers assist patients with suicidal ideation or behaviors. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced additional support for schools working to serve school children healthy meals with the nationwide expansion of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative.
For a growing chorus of public health practitioners, raising the minimum wage is a fundamental step in addressing two key determinants of health: income and poverty. (The Nation's Health)
Submit a new QI initiative or update a current QI Initiative by April 3, 2015 for a chance to win one of two scholarships to the NNPHI Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) that will be held June 9-10, 2015, New Orleans, LA. (Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX))
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))
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)
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)