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Public health practitioners need more guidance in collaborating with hospitals and other health care providers to prevent chronic disease, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
After some initial resistance, most students like the healthier meals that first appeared in public elementary schools two years ago, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study is the first to examine students' reaction to mandated changes to school meal plans. (University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy U.S.)
Twelve states have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illnesses that may have sickened hundreds of children, U.S. health officials report.
HIV Treatment Works, a communication campaign focused exclusively on encouraging treatment and care for people living with HIV, has been launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A team of specialized officers from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is being prepared to deploy to manage and staff a U.S. Department of Defense hospital in Liberia to care for health care workers who become ill from Ebola.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is extending the comment period on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) until December 1, 2014.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States. In order to contain and combat it, the U.S. is partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond.
New data released by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013.
About 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger, according to a new UN report, "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014". The report confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO))
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known - affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa. Although the current epidemic does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, CDC is taking precautions at home in addition to its activities abroad.
Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they're actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Health Advisory for the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak in the Midwest. The advisory provides guidance to state health departments and health care providers on clinical care, laboratory testing, infection control, and reporting.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has determined that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot ensure it has sufficient personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures for a pandemic response.
A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America. The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users - 9.4 percent of this age group.
The report, "Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card" documents pain and its treatment in America and shows that only 15 states are doing well in helping Americans in pain. (The Nation's Health)
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to expand primary care services.
Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement.
APHA's Get Ready Blog provides information on the EV-D68 outbreak of respiratory illness that's making kids sick.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recognized public health leaders with its public health heroes awards for their dedication to improve the nation's health at the ASTHO Annual Meeting 2014.
The federal government must help train emergency personnel and provide updated safety guidelines so the workers are better protected against hazards such as they faced at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to a public health workshop report by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a component of the federal National Institutes of Health.
Developing effective, real-world-ready approaches to providing early diagnosis, treatment, and supportive services for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the goal of 12 research grants awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
The majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during school, according to a poll released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the American Heart Association (AHA).
An unusual enterovirus called EV-D68 has caused severe respiratory illnesses in at least 30 children in Kansas City and Chicago and may be to blame for similar illnesses in children in about 10 other states.
More than 90 percent of U.S. children, aged 6-18 years, eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Drug Enforcement Administration have announced new regulations that create convenient, legal avenues for safe, environmentally-friendly disposal of unneeded prescription drugs.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends the use of low-dose aspirin (81 mg/d) as preventive medication after 12 weeks of gestation in women who are at high risk for preeclampsia.
A WHO team of emergency experts have agreed that the demands of the Ebola outbreak have completely outstripped the Liberian government's and partners' capacity to respond. WHO and its Director-General will continue to advocate for more Ebola treatment beds in Liberia and elsewhere, and will hold the world accountable for responding to this dire emergency with its unprecedented dimensions of human suffering.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new state awardees for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to enable greater collection of critical data on violent deaths.
More than a dozen U.S. states have decriminalized the possession of marijuana, meaning it is no longer a criminal offense for someone to have small amounts of the drug, such as an ounce or less.
CDC is recommending that U.S. residents avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and recommends that humanitarian aid workers avoid contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola.
Adult obesity rates remained high overall, increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
More than 800,000 people die by suicide every year - around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention. WHO recommends countries involve a range of government departments in developing a comprehensive coordinated response.
A report from the CDC finds that although progress has been made in efforts to prevent sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, these forms of violence continue to exact a substantial toll upon U.S. adults.
HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and Partnership for Prevention are introducing Community Health Advisor, an online tool that provides customizable information about the potential health and cost impact of implementing evidence-based community interventions.
The latest CDC map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs to reduce new-onset type 2 diabetes.
The Chair of NACCHO's Preparedness Planning, Outcomes and Measures workgroup is conducting a survey to measure the impact of value-based decision making on public health preparedness. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
CDC Director Tom Frieden has called for immediate steps across nations to accelerate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Dr. Frieden described a daunting situation and called for speed, flexibility and work on the front lines to take precedence.
Scientists used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has issued its final rule to change the meaningful use stage 2 and stage 3 timelines, as well as the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). NACCHO believes that this final rule creates the flexibility critical to support eligible providers, hospitals, and public health agencies in strengthening data sharing partnerships. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is taking steps to improve lab safety protocols and procedures in response to recent lapses in safety practices.
Public health advocates and health providers are using comics to educate patients on everything from asthma and diabetes to sexually transmitted infections. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has released $65 million in grants to help 87 organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers' health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the first national Model Aquatic Health Code, guidelines that public pool operators can follow to help keep swimmers healthy and safe and that state and local health departments can use when they create or update public pool regulations.
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.
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))
(Health Resources and Services Administration)
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))
(National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
News from the Public Health/Health Administration Section of MLA. (Medical Library Association (MLA))
(Health Resources and Services Administration)
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)
FDA press releases and Talk Papers. (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))
(Harvard School of Public Health)
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))
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
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)