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At the 2015 ASTHO Annual Meeting, Minnesota Commissioner of Health and new ASTHO President Edward Ehlinger introduced the 2016 ASTHO President's Challenge, "Advancing Health Equity and Optimal Health for All." (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has helped to kick off the nation's harvest season by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to support local and regional food systems, including farmers markets.
Public health advocates are stepping up to prevent traumatic brain injuries, or at least prevent their side effects, which include difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly, headaches, irritability, anxiety or sadness. (The Nation's Health)
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has announced the winners of the 2015 ASTHO public health heroes awards.
CDC has launched its redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website, with expanded information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife.
NACCHO will accept Model Practices applications from local health departments October 1-31, 2015. NACCHO's Model Practices Program honors and recognizes outstanding local health practices from across the nation and shares and promotes these practices among local health departments. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
A growing U.S. senior population means more cases of cognitive decline down the road and signals an even greater task for health workers who must intervene through prevention, treatment, and research to keep senior brains healthy. (The Nation's Health)
HRSA's Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 was released this week, with the mission of improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))
Today, the U.S. health care system moves to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))
One year ago the CDC announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas from Liberia. In the following months, local health departments, in coordination with many other federal, state, and local organizations, developed preparedness plans to respond to the emerging threat of Ebola on U.S. soil.
With advances in medicine helping more people to live longer lives, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and will require radical societal change, according to a new report released by the WHO. (World Health Organization (WHO))
An estimated 70 percent of U.S. middle and high school students who have used a tobacco product in the past 30 days have used at least one flavored tobacco product during this period, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation's first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.
A new book, Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights, produced jointly by AHRQ and NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, is a collection of papers that highlight the varied contributions of the behavioral and social sciences to population health. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH))
The National Library of Medicine's Web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new Web site, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.
The Community Guide Branch has issued a Federal Register Notice to solicit nominations for qualified individuals interested in serving on the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Members are appointed by the CDC director and serve five year terms, with possible extensions. Submission of names of qualified individuals are due November 9, 2015.
Current standards for ultrasound evaluation of fetal growth may lead to misclassification of up to 15 percent of fetuses of minority mothers as being too small, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other institutions.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced over $25 billion in initial commitments spanning five years to help end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, and ensure their health and well-being.
The FDA has partnered with NACCHO to create a mentorship program for the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards as part of an ongoing effort to increase the program's utility among local health departments. (Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
WHO has announced that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.
The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes adapts the CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship into practical ways to initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship activities in nursing homes.
ASPPH is currently accepting proposals for the ASPPH Annual Meeting, March 20-22, 2016, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The deadline for submissions October 21, 2015. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))
HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which is a roadmap for federal agencies to support continued development of a responsive and secure health IT and information use infrastructure, and represents the collective strategy of federal offices that use or influence the use of health IT.
New policies in three Midwestern states have the goals of boosting immunization rates among young people and preventing the spread of disease.
John Edward Fogarty (1913-1967) was an American legislator who became known as "Mr. Public Health" for his outstanding advocacy of federal funding for medical research, health education, and health care services. The John E. Fogarty Papers are now available from the National Library of Medicine.
One in 10 (10.2 percent) pregnant women in the United States ages 18 to 44 years reports drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
A report card providing information on the status of diabetes in the United States, including information about diabetes, gestational diabetes, prediabetes, preventive care practices, risk factors, quality of care, outcomes, and progress made toward meeting national diabetes goals is now available.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing up to $73 million over three years for programs offering treatment services to people involved in the criminal justice system that have mental and substance use disorders.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a final recommendation statement on behavioral and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including pregnant women.
CollegeAIM, a new resource to help college officials address harmful and underage student drinking, is now available.
The BRFSS—a state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—collects information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and healthcare access. The BRFSS's state-specific data, including racial- and ethnic-specific, provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in addressing health risks.
The latest CDC maps detailing the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States based on 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) state and territory-specific data are now available.
APHA and the American Planning Association have built a library of resources. The new toolkits, available online, include a variety of materials and cover the following topics: Comprehensive Plans and Health; Healthy Community Design; Safe Routes to Parks; Transportation and Health; Health Equity; and Health in All Policies.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded up to $312.2 million in funding for behavioral health services over the next five years for tribal and state youth promoting prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental and substance use disorders.
United States adult obesity rates remained mostly steady―but high―this past year, increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah and remaining stable in the rest, 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).
A novel Ebola virus disease treatment based on three monoclonal antibodies will advance in development through an agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Tarrytown, New York.
The FDA has issued two proposed rules and one supplemental proposed rule on updating the Nutrition Facts label. The FDA will consider comments on the original proposed rules and supplemental proposed rule before issuing a final rule. Comments are due October 13, 2015.
A new video from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) takes viewers behind the scenes at three health departments: the California Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and Three Rivers District Health Department in Kentucky.
The National Institutes of Health will award 10 research grants aimed at eliminating inequities in access to care and improving the oral health of children.
Multiple drugs to combat bioterrorism threats and other life-threatening bacterial infections will be developed under a public-private partnership agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company.
In 2014, almost half (44.7 percent) of the 43.6 million American adults (aged 18 and older) who experienced a mental illness in the past year received mental health care according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $1.8 million to support rural communities in reducing morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week announced the United States' first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50% reduction by 2030.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announce the appointment of nationally recognized experts to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (the Advisory Council).
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most. The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care.
New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.
Help prepare for disasters with free Get Ready preparedness infographics.
As part of the international effort to develop vaccines that protect against Ebola and similar viruses, the advanced development of an experimental vaccine regimen will take new steps with support from an agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Crucell Holland, B.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in the Netherlands.
CDC, in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, has recently developed tools and resources on state strategies to improve health and control cost that will provide public health stakeholders, governors' offices, and Medicaid directors with specific, evidence-based population health strategies that can be integrated into healthcare delivery systems to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care within five years.
Use the Healthy People Federal Prevention Initiatives tool to explore the connections between federal prevention initiatives and Healthy People.
The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource on domestic violence, to complement the new NLM exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives.
NACCHO's Model Practice and Promising Practice awards recognize local health departments' innovative programs, resources, administrative practices, or tools that demonstrate exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the launch of Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States, a new program to help states end the prescription drug overdose epidemic.
More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure.
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))
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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
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))
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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(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.