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2020 June

Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis - 03-Jun-2020
Study aimed to investigate the effects of physical distance, face masks, and eye protection on virus transmission in health-care and non-health-care (eg, community) settings. (The Lancet)

Ethical considerations to guide the use of digital proximity tracking technologies for COVID-19 contact tracing - 03-Jun-2020
Digital proximity tracking technologies have been identified as a potential tool to support contact tracing for COVID-19. However, these technologies raise ethical and privacy concerns. This document is intended to provide policy-makers and other stakeholders with guidance as to the ethical and appropriate use of digital proximity tracking technologies for COVID-19. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Protecting Health from Hot Weather During the COVID-19 Pandemic - 03-Jun-2020
This technical brief describes key considerations for decision-makers and practitioners on adapting existing plans, protocols and procedures for managing the risks of extreme heat during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Global Heat Health Information Network)

COVID-19 Prevention and Control Public Health Strategies in Shanghai, China - 03-Jun-2020
This research aims to analyze the public health strategies to prevent and control COVID-19 in Shanghai, China, and provide recommendations for public health policy and interventions in the United States. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Investigation and Serologic Follow-Up of Contacts of Early Confirmed Case-Patient with COVID-19, United States - 03-Jun-2020
Study describes the contact investigation for an early confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Understanding the Regulatory Terminology of Potential Preventions and Treatments for COVID-19 - 03-Jun-2020
The language used to describe potential therapies can be confusing, and there’s public interest around the FDA’s work to ensure access to potentially life-saving treatments. Here’s what those terms mean. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Supporting Family Caregivers in the Time of COVID-19: State Strategies - 03-Jun-2020
Blog posts outlines challenges facing family caregivers in the COVID-19 environment and new opportunities for states to come to their aid. (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS))

COVID-19 Mathematical Modeling - 03-Jun-2020
Mathematical modeling helps CDC and partners respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by informing decisions about pandemic planning, resource allocation, and implementation of social distancing measures and other interventions. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Food Insecurity in the Census Household Pulse Survey Data Tables (June 2020) - 03-Jun-2020
Report analyzes food insufficiency rates from the first two weeks of CHHPS summary tables and transform them to be comparable to other measures of food insecurity both during COVID-19 and prior to it. (Northwestern University)

A Research Agenda for Climate Change Communication and Public Opinion: The Role of Consensus Messaging and Beyond (WP-19-28) - 03-Jun-2020
In this paper, the authors review many of the studies that have been done on the impact of communicating the scientific consensus to the general public. They discuss ongoing debates about these studies, but more importantly, they highlight complementary areas that they believe should define future research on climate change communications. (Northwestern University)

Estimates of Food Insecurity During the COVID-19 Crisis: Results from the COVID Impact Survey, Week 2 (May 4–10, 2020) - 03-Jun-2020
Report updates estimates of food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis, analyzing data from the COVID Impact Survey to describe levels of food insecurity by race, income, and presence of children in May 2020. (Northwestern University)

Worried About Having a Baby During the Pandemic? (May 2020) - 03-Jun-2020
Research provides cautious optimism about how COVID-19 affects pregnant women and their children. (Northwestern University)

Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs: Part 2 (May 2020) - 03-Jun-2020
SNA surveyed its school nutrition director members in May 2020 to understand how programs are feeding students, participation trends, current member concerns and the financial impacts of COVID-19 closures. (School Nutrition Association)

Mapping COVID-19’s spread from blue to red America - 02-Jun-2020
COVID-19 is continuing to spread to more parts of the country; since late April, counties with a high prevalence of cases have transitioned from “blue” America to “red,” where arguments for immediate reopening have been more pervasive. (Brookings Institution)

Prevalence of and Changes in Tooth Loss Among Adults Aged ≥50 Years with Selected Chronic Conditions — United States, 1999–2004 and 2011–2016 - 02-Jun-2020
Among adults aged ≥50 years who had a dental exam as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, those reporting selected chronic conditions were significantly more likely to have severe tooth loss than were persons without chronic conditions. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Evidence for Limited Early Spread of COVID-19 Within the United States, January–February 2020 - 02-Jun-2020
Four separate lines of evidence (syndromic surveillance, virus surveillance, phylogenetic analysis, and retrospectively identified cases) suggest that limited U.S. community transmission likely began in late January or early February 2020, after a single importation from China, followed by multiple importations from Europe. Until late February, COVID-19 incidence was too low to be detected by emergency department syndromic surveillance for COVID-19–like illness. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Evaluation of Alternatives to Improve Elderly Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - 02-Jun-2020
This evaluation focused on how nine states implemented five demonstration projects and waivers that are specifically targeted to increase elderly access to the program: Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP); Combined Application Project (CAP); Standard Medical Deduction (SMD); Elderly and Disabled Recertification Interview Waiver; and 36-Month Certification Demonstration. (Food and Nutrition Service, USDA)

WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018 - 02-Jun-2020
WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018 (PC 2018) summarizes the demographic characteristics of participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2018. It includes information on participant income and nutrition risk characteristics, estimates breastfeeding initiation rates for WIC infants, and describes WIC members of migrant farm-worker families. (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))

Rural Health and COVID-19 (May 2020) - 02-Jun-2020
This resource provides an overview of the challenges faced by rural areas specific to COVID-19. This resource is intended to help hospital and health system emergency planners as well as state and local public health emergency planners better understand the challenges their communities may face. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context - 02-Jun-2020
Guidance recommends practical actions that countries can take at national, subregional and local levels to reorganize and safely maintain access to high-quality, essential health services in the pandemic context. It also outlines sample indicators for monitoring essential health services, and describes considerations on when to stop and restart services as COVID-19 transmission recedes and surges. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Hiring A Diverse Army To Track COVID-19 Amid Reopening - 02-Jun-2020
Health departments across the U.S. are working at a furious pace to staff their armies of contact tracers to control the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Experts estimate local and state health departments will have to add 100,000 to 300,000 people to get the economy back on track. As they build these forces, many states and localities are trying hard to hire from the racial and ethnic minority communities hit hardest by the virus. They’re anticipating a need for skilled, culturally competent tracers who can convert suspicious or hesitant contacts into enthusiastic, willing participants in the drive to stamp out the virus. (Kaiser Health News (KHN))

Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan: Overview - 02-Jun-2020
This interim guidance document is intended to assist state, local, territorial and tribal health departments with their development of jurisdictional plans for the implementation and enhancement of COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing efforts. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

The effect of state-level stay-at-home orders on COVID-19 infection rates - 01-Jun-2020
Study examined the effect of state-level stay-at-home orders on COVID-19 diagnoses. (American Journal of Infection Control)

COVID-19 Is Crushing Black Communities. Some States Are Paying Attention. - 01-Jun-2020
To find out whether any states were taking concrete actions to stem COVID-19 cases and deaths in black communities, Stateline contacted the 16 states where black residents make up a larger percentage of the population than the national rate of 13%. Most responded that they are assembling task forces and conducting studies of health disparities. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Essential Social Services Are Struggling to Survive the COVID-19 Crisis - 01-Jun-2020
CBOs have an important and unique role in mitigating the economic consequences of COVID-19. However, in a time of deep economic hardship and physical and mental distress — when social services are most needed — many CBOs are facing dwindling resources despite increasing client needs; some are struggling to survive. (Commonwealth Fund)

Evaluation of a Program to Improve Linkage to and Retention in Care Among Refugees with Hepatitis B Virus Infection — Three U.S. Cities, 2006–2018 - 01-Jun-2020
After diagnosis of HBV infection at three U.S. refugee screening sites, rates of linkage to specialist care were low at two sites (29% and 53%) and rates of retention in care ranged from 11% to 21%. Coordinated retrospective outreach to refugees with HBV infection was labor-intensive and low-yield. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

State Approaches to Contact Tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic - 01-Jun-2020
To contain the spread of COVID-19, states are rapidly ramping up their contact tracing efforts. Click on a state to learn about its contact tracing program model, workforce, lead agencies, funding, and technology, or use the tabs on the left to view states’ approaches by category. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Contributions of General and Specialty Dentists to Provision of Oral Health Services for People With Special Needs - 01-Jun-2020
Report evaluates the attitudes and willingness of general and specialty dentists to treat people with special needs and to identify the barriers to greater participation by dentists in the care of these patients. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health)

Description of COVID-19 in HIV-infected individuals: a single-centre, prospective cohort - 01-Jun-2020
Information about incidence, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of HIV-infected individuals with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is scarce. Study characterised individuals with COVID-19 among a cohort of HIV-infected adults in Madrid. (The Lancet)

Bringing Greater Precision to the COVID-19 Response - 01-Jun-2020
Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic calls for precision - understanding who is most vulnerable and why, where the disease is spreading fastest, and how interventions like social distancing are working. This website offers a toolkit of large-scale datasets and actionable analysis for government officials, policymakers, and citizens from the national level to the hyper-local. (Surgo Foundation)

Healthy eating behaviors in childhood may reduce the risk of adult obesity and heart disease - 01-Jun-2020
The statement is the first from the Association focused on providing evidence-based strategies for parents and caregivers to create a healthy food environment for young children that supports the development of positive eating behaviors and the maintenance of a healthy weight in childhood, thereby reducing the risks of overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

COVID-19 Rapid-Response Funding Opportunity Focused on the Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs - 01-Jun-2020
Healthy Eating Research has a limited amount of rapid-response research funds available to commission: 1) issue briefs/commentaries or papers/research reviews and; 2) small studies to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nutrition and diet quality, food security, and related health consequences for children and families. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Experiences of weight stigma and links with self-compassion among a population-based sample of young adults from diverse ethnic/racial and socio-economic backgrounds - 01-Jun-2020
This study examines weight stigma experiences in a population-based sample of young adults from diverse ethnic/racial and socio-economic backgrounds, and explores cross-sectional associations between weight stigma and self-compassion, including gender differences in this relationship. (University of Connecticut, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity)

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