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2021 April

Attitudes, behaviours and barriers to public health measures for COVID-19: a survey to inform public health messaging - 22-Apr-2021
Results suggest informational frames and themes focusing on individual risks, highlighting concern for COVID-19 and targeting improving trust for health authorities may be most effective in increasing public health measures. With the ultimate goal of preventing spread of COVID-19, understanding persons’ attitudes towards both public health measures and a COVID-19 vaccine remains critical to addressing barriers and implementing targeted interventions and messaging to improve uptake. (BioMed Central)

The benefits of a holistic and comprehensive policy response to Europe’s ageing population - 22-Apr-2021
Healthy ageing is a complex issue depending on multiple social determinants of health and it requires substantial investment in many policy areas to tackle persistent disparities in employment and working conditions, education and lifelong training, access to decent and affordable housing, as well as healthcare and good quality prevention measures. (European Public Health Association)

Antibiotic development, stewardship advocates see window of opportunity - 22-Apr-2021
COVID-19 has highlighted the global devastation that can be caused by a contagious pathogen with no treatment. It's a scenario that many infectious disease (ID) clinicians and researchers have been warning about as resistance to the antibiotics that we've relied on for decades grows. The new awareness of this threat is raising hopes that more resources will be directed toward combating it. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

Tips for Pitching Research to the Media - 22-Apr-2021
Dan Gorenstein, host and executive producer of the national health policy podcast Tradeoffs, highlights ways health policy researchers and academics can share their work with reporters. (AcademyHealth)

Study Finds 1 in 10 Healthcare Workers with Mild COVID Have Lasting Symptoms - 21-Apr-2021
It’s become increasingly clear that even healthy people with mild cases of COVID-19 can battle a constellation of symptoms that worsen over time—or which sometimes disappear only to come right back. These symptoms are part of what’s called “Long COVID Syndrome.” (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Supplement targets gut microbes to boost growth in malnourished children - 21-Apr-2021
Malnourished children who received a food supplement designed to boost normal gut microbes gained more weight than those given a standard nutritional supplement. The microbiome-targeted supplement also raised levels of proteins in the blood associated with bone, cartilage, and brain health. Longer studies are needed to see if these improvements lead to better physical and cognitive health as children age. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs - 21-Apr-2021
Having a plan for how to stay healthy, informed, connected, and calm is important. If there is a child with special healthcare needs in your family, your emergency action plan should include an emergency care plan. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Vaccine equity the ‘challenge of our time’, WHO chief declares, as governments call for solidarity, sharing - 21-Apr-2021
With the number of new COVID-19 cases nearly doubling over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate the world has seen during the pandemic, the unequal distribution of vaccines is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating, the head of the UN health agency told a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday. (United Nations (UN))

Pandemic eviction bans found to protect entire communities from COVID-19 spread - 21-Apr-2021
A new study uses computer modeling to suggest that eviction bans authorized during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the infection rate and not only protected those who would have lost their housing but also entire communities from the spread of infections.

Lower COVID-19 rates seen in U.S. states with higher adherence to mask wearing - 15-Apr-2021
A new state-by-state analysis shows a statistical association between high adherence to mask wearing and reduced rates of COVID-19 in the United States.

Global Perspectives on Improving Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Diverse Settings - 15-Apr-2021
The goal of the collection is to assemble recently published articles that focus on innovative and effective strategies to improve chronic disease outcomes in diverse populations globally. As efforts to improve global health have accelerated in response to achieving sustainable development goals, chronic disease continues to be a major contributor to poor health outcomes, which often lead to reduction in quality of life, including associated increases in health care costs. Reducing the burden of chronic diseases remains a global challenge, requiring collaborations across academic disciplines and economic sectors. As discussed in the articles included in this collection, certain individual and societal factors are effective in interventions against chronic diseases. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

HRSA's Investment in Preventive Medicine - 15-Apr-2021
The medical specialty of preventive medicine is unique for a number of reasons—it is the only medical specialty that requires training in both direct patient care and population health, it is the only specialty for which Congress has appropriated a specific line of funding for residency training, and it is one of the smallest and least recognized specialties within modern medicine. And yet, as health organizations, including federal agencies, move toward measuring and improving population health, and as the COVID-19 pandemic exposes problems within health care and the public health infrastructure, the specialty of preventive medicine is probably more important now than ever before. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Laboratory Modeling of SARS-CoV-2 Exposure Reduction Through Physically Distanced Seating in Aircraft Cabins Using Bacteriophage Aerosol — November 2020 - 15-Apr-2021
Physical distancing of airplane passengers, including through policies such as middle seat vacancy, could provide additional reductions in risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 on aircraft. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Newborns of COVID-vaccinated moms may be protected from infection - 15-Apr-2021
Two new Israeli studies find that COVID-19 antibodies pass robustly from mothers to their infants in breast milk for 6 weeks after vaccination and that no infants breastfed by their coronavirus-positive mothers had evidence of infection. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

Some patients halted drugs for chronic conditions during pandemic - 15-Apr-2021
Most US patients saw an increase in days of supply (DOS) for medication for chronic conditions during the pandemic, but prescription data still showed an increased likelihood of drug discontinuation, according to a study published last week in PLOS One. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

Acute and chronic exposure to air pollution in relation with incidence, prevalence, severity and mortality of COVID-19: a rapid systematic review - 14-Apr-2021
The body of evidence indicates that both acute and chronic exposure to air pollution can affect COVID-19 epidemiology. The evidence is unclear for acute exposure due to a higher level of bias in existing studies as compared to moderate evidence with chronic exposure. Public health interventions that help minimize anthropogenic pollutant source and socio-economic injustice/disparities may reduce the planetary threat posed by both COVID-19 and air pollution pandemics. (BioMed Central)

New global compact aims to drive down diabetes deaths, boost insulin access - 14-Apr-2021
Increasing access to affordable insulin is among the objectives of the new Global Diabetes Compact, launched on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), 100 years after the discovery of the life-saving medicine. (United Nations (UN))

COVID ‘long way from over’ as cases and deaths surge – WHO - 14-Apr-2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is “a long way from over” but there are many reasons to be optimistic and it’s possible the pandemic can be brought under control “within months”, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday. (United Nations (UN))

Working Together to Reduce Black Maternal Mortality - 14-Apr-2021
Black Maternal Health Week is recognized each year from April 11-17 to bring attention and action in improving Black maternal health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Lab Week 2021 — Celebrate with APHL - 14-Apr-2021
April 18-23, 2021. Get ready for Lab Week! APHL will be joining our members and partners in celebrating the hard work and dedication of public health laboratory staff keeping us safe and healthy every day. (Association of Public Health Laboratories)

COVID-19 pandemic has been linked with six unhealthy eating behaviors - 13-Apr-2021
A new probe into the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed correlations to six unhealthy eating behaviors, according to a new study

States Work to Support Rural Hospitals Despite Pandemic Challenges - 13-Apr-2021
Since 2010, 180 rural hospitals have closed and an additional 25% of rural hospitals—a total of 354 facilities—are at high risk of closure. On top of that, 81% of those hospitals are considered essential to their communities—a designation made based on a hospital’s trauma center status, its service to vulnerable populations, its distance from other hospitals, and the economic impact it has on a region. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Dispelling misinformation, countering vaccine hesitancy vital to beat COVID-19, countries affirm - 13-Apr-2021
Addressing misinformation and countering vaccine hesitancy features prominently in a political declaration launched at the United Nations General Assembly, as countries pledged to “work together as one” to defeat the pandemic, and help people and the planet to recover better. (United Nations (UN))

Food Waste Animations - 13-Apr-2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sharing animated videos that can help you take action to reduce food waste. Watch these videos and spread the word about reducing food waste by sharing them with your followers on social media. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Seeking Input on a Common Agenda to Strengthen and Elevate the Public Health Workforce - 13-Apr-2021
Over the past few months, the Steering Committee for the Consortium has created a draft agenda to guide collaborative action (a “common agenda”). To provide a concrete starting place, the Consortium will focus on state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health. The Consortium wants to know what you think. Please complete this survey to help shape the common agenda for the workforce. The survey will be open until April 30, 2021. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

Newly Released: Healthy People 2020 Final Review Progress Table - 07-Apr-2021
The HP2020 Final Review provides a quantitative assessment of the progress made toward the HP2020 goals and objectives by the end of the decade. The HP2020 Final Review will consist of a suite of web-based products that will be released by NCHS on a rolling basis throughout the year. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Giving Children and Adolescents a Healthy Start Through Nutrition - 07-Apr-2021
Establishing healthy dietary patterns early in life can provide young Americans with the foundation to continue those behaviors throughout later life stages. Unhealthy dietary patterns and inadequate physical activity in children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 contribute to overweight and obesity — as well as increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Near point-of-care viral load testing enables quick clinical action for people with high viral load - 07-Apr-2021
A study conducted in Malawi has shown that near point-of-care technologies have the capacity to improve viral-load testing, increase the frequency and quality of clinical action and reduce the costs incurred by outpatients in HIV clinics. (NAM AIDSmap)

Reflecting on the Current and Future State of Pediatric Quality Measurement and Improvement - 07-Apr-2021
A panel of experts shared their insights on the shifting dynamics in pediatric care and research and discussed how performance measurement and improvement in pediatric care can be further advanced to improve overall outcomes (AcademyHealth)

Investing In Evidence To Inform Practice: Reimagining The US Public Health System - 07-Apr-2021
The Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR) field grew in the 2000s and transformed into a robust community of academic researchers and practitioners who developed research that made important contributions to public health practice. However, the lack of funding or infrastructure to maintain the researcher network and enthusiasm has led to a decline in the field’s visibility and recruitment of new investigators to carry on this critical work. The current attention on rebuilding our public health system is a window of opportunity to revive the field. (Health Affairs)

Perceptions of Discrimination and Unfair Judgment While Seeking Health Care: Findings from September 2021 Coronavirus Tracking Survey - 06-Apr-2021
Black adults report being discriminated against or unfairly judged by health care providers and their staff at a rate almost three times higher than White adults and about twice as high as Latino / Hispanic adults, according to a new analysis of 2020 survey data. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Designing Better Contact-Tracing Apps for the Next Pandemic - 06-Apr-2021
The issues raised by digital contact tracing—about privacy, effectiveness, and equity—still need to be addressed. (Tufts University)

National Public Health Week 2021 - 06-Apr-2021
NPHW 2021 takes place completely virtually April 5-11, 2021. Check out the events page for a full list of events each day. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Battling Misinformation Through Health Messaging - 06-Apr-2021
Health-related misinformation is frustratingly abundant. Some people have a clear motive to repeat falsehoods. Others spread misinformation unwittingly, using personal experience as evidence for broad claims. In a world of competing facts, it is increasingly important to adopt evidence-based communication strategies to ensure that people hear, and adopt, public health recommendations. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

ASPPH Tool to Find Your Best Graduate Program - 06-Apr-2021
ASPPH has a database available to search for public health degree and certificate programs across 130 CEPH-accredited schools and programs. Using the Academic Program Finder, prospective students can search by area of study, keyword, location, institution name, delivery method, degree, who’s still accepting applications, and more. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

Could CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Be an Answer to Chronic Pain? - 01-Apr-2021
Could a version of the CRISPR gene-editing tool also help deliver long-lasting pain relief without the risk of addiction associated with prescription opioid drugs? In work recently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers demonstrated in mice that a modified version of the CRISPR system can be used to “turn off” a gene in critical neurons to block the transmission of pain signals. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Fear of HIV disclosure and lack of referrals means that the pain of many Black women with HIV is unaddressed - 01-Apr-2021
Specific clinical pathways to pain management and implicit bias training for healthcare providers are needed to ensure people with HIV receive appropriate care for chronic pain, argue Venetia Baker of King’s College London and colleagues in AIDS Care. Findings showed that Black people, especially women, were less likely to be referred for specialist pain management than their White male counterparts. Moreover, participants feared stigma if they shared their HIV status with non-HIV specialists. (NAM AIDSmap)

Time to Shift from “Food Security” to “Nutrition Security” to Increase Health & Well-Being - 01-Apr-2021
Today’s health and equity challenges call for the U.S. to shift from “food insecurity” to “nutrition insecurity” in order to catalyze appropriate focus and policies on access not just to food but to healthy, nourishing food. (Tufts University)

Climate change top challenge over the next decade, UNESCO global survey finds - 01-Apr-2021
Climate change and loss of biodiversity is seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the World in 2030 Survey report published on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (United Nations (UN))

Many countries spending more on debt than education, health and social protection combined - 01-Apr-2021
Around one in eight nations spends more on debt than on social services, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched on Thursday, calling for debt service relief and restructuring to enable countries to bounce back from the pandemic. (United Nations (UN))

How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family - 01-Apr-2021
COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it’s normal to for people to have questions about them. The sheer amount of information—and misinformation—about COVID-19 vaccines can be overwhelming to anyone. You can help by listening without judgement and identifying the root of their concerns. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC and NIH bring COVID-19 self-testing to residents in two locales - 01-Apr-2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched an innovative community health initiative called “Say Yes! COVID Test” starting in Pitt County, North Carolina, and coming soon to Chattanooga/Hamilton County, Tennessee. As many as 160,000 residents across the two communities will have access to free, rapid antigen tests that they can administer themselves to use three times a week for one month. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

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