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2021 January

Frequent Reports of Missed Medical Care in U.S. Adults During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic - 21-Jan-2021
Two out of five individuals delayed or missed medical care in the early phase of the pandemic—from March through mid-July 2020—according to a new survey from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Program Implementation and Church Members’ Health Behaviors in a Countywide Study of the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition Program - 21-Jan-2021
The Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program helps churches improve physical activity and fruit and vegetable behaviors of members. This study examined associations between implementation of FAN intervention components and church members’ physical activity, fruit and vegetable behaviors, and self-efficacy for improving these behaviors. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain - 21-Jan-2021
While primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 can also lead to neurological problems. The first of these symptoms might be the loss of smell and taste, while some people also may later battle headaches, debilitating fatigue, and trouble thinking clearly, sometimes referred to as “brain fog.” All of these symptoms have researchers wondering how exactly the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, affects the human brain. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Trying to Make Sense of Long COVID Syndrome - 21-Jan-2021
More than 400,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19. But thousands of others who’ve gotten sick and survived COVID-19 are finding that a full recovery can be surprisingly elusive. Weeks and months after seemingly recovering from even mild cases of COVID-19, many battle a wide range of health problems. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Without substantial intervention, child obesity will rise by 2030. But what policies work? - 21-Jan-2021
The STOP Project, funded in 2018 by the European Union to identify new interventions to reduce childhood obesity in Europe, released its latest findings, providing new evidence to support governments and policy makers identify what are the most effective childhood obesity interventions. (European Public Health Association)

Race, income inequality fuel COVID disparities in US counties - 21-Jan-2021
A study in JAMA Network Open details US county-level COVID-19 infection and death inequities based on racial composition and income in the first 200 days of the pandemic, adding to mounting evidence of disproportionate burdens among racial minorities and those of lower income levels.

Patients, clinicians seek answers to the mystery of 'Long COVID' - 21-Jan-2021
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, public attention has mainly focused on the number of people who become severely ill and die from COVID-19. But what's become clear in recent months is the large and growing group of people who continue to deal with prolonged symptoms long after their original illness. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

HHS Invests $8 Million to Address Gaps in Rural Telehealth through the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program - 14-Jan-2021
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $8 million to fund the Telehealth Broadband Pilot (TBP) program. The TBP program assesses the broadband capacity available to rural health care providers and patient communities to improve their access to telehealth services. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

US child COVID hospital rates vary widely by state, time - 14-Jan-2021
Rates of pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations have varied dramatically across US states and more than tripled from May to November, raising concerns that specialized medical resources for children may not be available at the time and place they are needed. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

Update: How Many Americans Have Lost Jobs with Employer Health Coverage During the Pandemic? - 13-Jan-2021
Continued reliance on telehealth use could exacerbate health care inequities, and the resources and technology required for telehealth may be less accessible for people with low incomes or living in rural areas. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Population Health Science in the United States: Trends, Evidence, and Implications for Policy: Proceedings of a Joint Symposium (2021) - 13-Jan-2021
The results of an October 2018 Joint Symposium which looked at the current state of population health science in the United States. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Expanding Medicaid can boost preconception health - 13-Jan-2021
The time before pregnancy is critical for the health of women and their newborns, and new findings show Medicaid expansion is a promising way of improving health during that period. (The Nation's Health)

Get COVID-19 vaccinations for ‘high-risk’ populations underway within 100 days worldwide, Tedros urges - 13-Jan-2021
There needs to be a “collective commitment” to get vaccinations underway worldwide for health workers and others who are at high risk of catching COVID-19, within the next 100 days, said the UN health agency chief. (United Nations (UN))

Scientific and Ethical Considerations for the Inclusion of Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials; Public Meeting - 13-Jan-2021
February 2, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time and February 3, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The meeting is intended to gather industry, patient, clinician, researcher, institutional review board, ethicist, professional society and other stakeholder input on the scientific and ethical issues that surround the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials for drug development. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Better Data for a Better Understanding of the Use and Safety Profile of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products - 13-Jan-2021
Over a short period of time, our society has seen a rapid increase in the interest and availability of cannabidiol (CBD) products and other products derived from cannabis. However, we still have a limited understanding of the safety profile of CBD and many other cannabis-derived compounds, including potential safety risks for people and animals. At the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, we see these knowledge gaps as an opportunity to develop new ways of building the science to inform public health decisions. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

An Ounce of Prevention Is Still Worth a Pound of Cure, Especially in the Time of COVID-19 - 07-Jan-2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has only further emphasized the importance of chronic disease prevention and care — especially because many chronic conditions increase the severity of COVID-19 outcomes. For example, cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, in addition to being among the top 10 causes of death in the United States, are also established risk factors for severe illness from COVID-19. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

ASPPH Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals - 07-Jan-2021
January 26, 2021 from 1-2pm EST. The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) is in the process of reviewing and revising the Core Competencies, and this virtual meeting is an opportunity for faculty and staff of schools and programs of public health to provide feedback on how the Core Competencies can better serve the public health workforce. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

Check out Healthy People 2030’s Target-Setting Tools and Target-Setting Methods Publication - 06-Jan-2021
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recently released statistical methods and analytical tools that were instrumental in setting transparent, data-driven targets for Healthy People 2030 on a national level. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Med societies ask that healthcare infection penalties be suspended - 05-Jan-2021
Warning that persistent staff and supply shortages in hard-hit hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to disruptions that could result in an increase in drug-resistant hospital infections, the heads of three US medical professional societies last week sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting a suspension of reimbursement penalties for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

ASPPH Presents Webinar in Partnership with NACCHO: Engaging Communities to Increase Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines - 05-Jan-2021
January 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, EST. This webinar, hosted by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will highlight national COVID-19 vaccine efforts, as well as explore local and academic partnerships to engage communities and individuals and address confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

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