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State health departments are responding to the measles outbreak by educating primary care providers and the public about measles and conducting contact tracing.
The 2015 National Public Health Week toolkit from APHA helps to promote a healthy U.S. This year's theme, "Healthiest Nation 2030," defines one central challenge for Americans: to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
The CDC Foundation has launched Business Pulse: Healthy Workforce that provides employers and workers with access to resources and information to help improve workforce health and safety, attract and retain high-performing employees and minimize health care costs. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Measles - a disease that was officially eliminated in the United States in 2000 - is back, and it's making headlines thanks to a recent outbreak linked to a popular theme park.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) illuminates important trends -- many positive -- in Americans' behavioral health, both nationally and on a state-by-state basis.
AcademyHealth's Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) "2014 Year in Review: Toward Advancing the Use of PHSSR in the National Policy Discourse" report includes important information for researchers and policymakers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Health Departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. Healthcare providers should ensure that all of their patients are current on MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
The percentage of Americans who are obese ticked up to 27.7% in 2014. This is up from 25.5% in 2008. The obesity rate since 2008 has increased most among seniors. (Gallup)
More than a third of reproductive-aged women enrolled in Medicaid, and more than a quarter of those with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year during 2008-2012, according to a report in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
PHAB has issued new guidance on the appropriateness of examples of activities for use as documentation for public health accreditation. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))
CDC has released state-specific fact sheets that provide a snapshot of alcohol-involved deaths and drunk driving and an overview of proven strategies to reduce or prevent drunk driving.
The United Nations has appealed for $1 billion needed for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa.
President Barack Obama highlighted key public health issues in his 2015 State of the Union address. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
The Global Public Health Film Festival at APHA features public health films of all varieties and related multimedia that demonstrate, educate, inspire, and encourage change for a healthier future. The film festival is now accepting submissions. The submission deadline is April 24, 2015. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Measles cases are on the rise in the United States as a result of increasing numbers of unvaccinated people and travel to and from countries with measles.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.
Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely - before the age of 70 - from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new WHO report.
Nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults who drink also report using medications known to interact with alcohol, based on a study from the National Institutes of Health.
ASPPH is now accepting applications for the ASPPH Headquarters Summer Public Health Internship Program. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2015. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) has announced the current schedule for the 2015 CPH Paper Based Exam.
ASPPH has announced the launch of Feed Frankie, an app that aims to help kids develop an understanding of the positive effects of healthy eating habits. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
The American Public Health Association commended the Obama administration's proposal urging Congress to adopt the Healthy Families Act, which would allow millions of working Americans to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave per year.
One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing a series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa's first epidemic of Ebola virus disease.
A report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) estimates that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced a person's risk of having to go to the doctor because of flu by 23 percent. The report says this season's vaccine offers reduced protection and this underscores the need for additional prevention and treatment efforts this season, including the appropriate use of influenza antiviral medications for treatment.
Sign the APHA pledge to become part of Generation Public Health and help create the healthiest nation. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients, including a 46 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) between 2008 and 2013, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.
Drug overdose mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that drug deaths related to prescription opioids have remained stable since 2012, but the mortality rate associated with heroin increased for the third year in a row.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center's Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Calculator for Healthcare Professionals app is now available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Through this new app, healthcare professionals can access BMI, calorie, and nutrient recommendations based on DRI values in a convenient and user-friendly format. (National Agricultural Library (NAL) USDA)
Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system.
APHA's Executive Director, Dr. Georges Benjamin, has outlined 10 things we should do this year to make the U.S. a healthier nation in 2015.
Flu cases are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest edition of FluView, its weekly influenza surveillance report, U.S. flu activity is increasing in strength and expanding its reach to more areas of the country.
The CDC/OSTLTS Public Health Law Program and the Office of the Associate Director for Policy have compiled a table of state-by-state Ebola protocols to help law and policy makers prepare for and respond to Ebola-related situations.
ASTHO has created a state legislative prospectus that discusses issues that may affect state health agencies and public health in 2015.
Widespread influenza activity is being reported in most U.S. states, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses the most common. CDC recommends the use of influenza antiviral drugs as an adjunct to vaccination to protect people from influenza.
NLM's HIV/AIDS Portal now offers users the ability to search for multilingual content. The new Multilingual Search interface searches specifically for HIV/AIDS related topics from the multilingual and multicultural content of HealthReach (formerly RHIN).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a proposed rule with new science-based nutrition standards for meals provided through USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
The World Health Organization has developed an interactive timeline map of the current Ebola outbreak. The map includes links to key events, stories and further reading.
Six of America's former top doctors received ovations for their impassioned pleas for public health during APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition.
An average 4.0% of Americans reported being sick with flu on any given day in December. This is higher than all previous Decembers since Gallup began tracking the flu daily in 2008, and is one of the highest rates for any month over the past seven years.
The Network for Public Health Law has issued an update on the implementation progress of the new school lunch standards, as well as a look at what to expect in 2015.
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.)
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))
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)