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2020 August

Expanded Surveillance for New Vaccine Preventable Diseases - 04-Aug-2020
The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity is to solicit applications for a research cooperative agreement that will fund a network of pediatric medical institutions to conduct prospective, active surveillance for acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and acute respiratory illnesses (ARI) in inpatient and emergency department clinical settings, including healthy controls. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

COVID-19: Data Quality and Considerations for Modeling and Analysis - 04-Aug-2020
This technology assessment examines (1) collection methods and limitations of COVID-19 surveillance data reported by CDC, (2) approaches for analyzing COVID-19 data, and (3) uses and limitations of forecast modeling for understanding of COVID-19. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

Contact Tracing for COVID-19: Domestic Policy Issues - 04-Aug-2020
Brief looks at workforce, technology, liberty and privacy, and funding considerations in implementing contact tracing at the federal level. (Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress)

The State of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health of Children and Youth in the United States: Proceedings of a Workshop (2020) - 04-Aug-2020
Proceedings from an October 2019 workshop to address the rising incidence of mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) health concerns in children and adults. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Service-Ready Tools for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Individuals at Risk for Suicide RPG (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) - 04-Aug-2020
The NIMH, intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for research on service-ready tools and technologies that can be used to advance training, quality monitoring, and quality improvement efforts and ultimately improve the availability of evidence-based suicide prevention services. (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)

Exploring Drug Repurposing for COVID-19 Treatment - 04-Aug-2020
In tests in both non-human primate and human cell lines grown in laboratory conditions, 21 of existing drugs showed potential for repurposing to thwart the novel coronavirus—13 of them at doses that likely could be safely given to people. The majority of these drugs have been tested in clinical trials for use in HIV, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and other conditions. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

States Launch Initiatives to Address Racial Inequities Highlighted by COVID-19 - 04-Aug-2020
A new section of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) interactive map, How States Collect Data, Report, and Act on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities, highlights how states are approaching this issue. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

NIH launches clinical trial to test antibody treatment in hospitalized COVID-19 patients - 04-Aug-2020
Patients admitted with COVID-19 at select hospitals may now volunteer to enroll in a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a potential new treatment for the disease. The Phase 3 randomized, controlled trial is known as ACTIV-3, and as a “master protocol,” it is designed to expand to test multiple different kinds of monoclonal antibody treatments. It also can enroll additional volunteers in the middle of the trial, if a specific investigational treatment shows promise. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

US State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy - 04-Aug-2020
This study examines the extent to which the state policy environment may have contributed to the troubling trends in US life expectancy. (Milbank Memorial Fund)

Searing Heat Will Make COVID-19 Racial Disparities Worse - 04-Aug-2020
Scientists say the nation is experiencing another public health emergency that will further exacerbate the coronavirus crisis: extreme heat. Communities of color, particularly lower-income Black and Latino neighborhoods, will be particularly affected. Extreme heat likely will push more residents into crowded cooling centers, where they may be exposed to the virus, and worsen breathing problems and other underlying health conditions that already disproportionately affect people of color, researchers say. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Risk of COVID-19 among front-line health-care workers and the general community: a prospective cohort study - 04-Aug-2020
Data for front-line health-care workers and risk of COVID-19 are limited. Study sought to assess risk of COVID-19 among front-line health-care workers compared with the general community and the effect of personal protective equipment (PPE) on risk. (The Lancet)

Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World (July 2020) - 04-Aug-2020
There is an urgent need to rethink and transform cities to respond to the reality of COVID-19 and potential future pandemics, and to recover better, by building more resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities. (United Nations (UN))

Science & Tech Spotlight: Contact Tracing Apps - 04-Aug-2020
Contact tracing apps may reach more people than traditional contact tracing, which uses public health officials to identify and notify those potentially exposed. As policymakers consider whether to adopt the use of contact tracing apps, they will need to weigh the benefits with potential challenges, such as accuracy of the technology, adoption rates, and privacy concerns. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

Beyond School Walls: How Federal, State and Local Entities are Adapting Policies to Ensure Student Access to Healthy Meals During the COVID-19 Pandemic - 04-Aug-2020
Brief reviews steps the federal and state governments have taken to ensure students’ access to healthy meals when schools are closed and what needs to be done to ensure continued meal access as all school systems face uncertainties about how to safely reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

Iowa’s I-Smile Program Promotes Dental Care for Children, Pregnant Women, and Adults - 04-Aug-2020
Through a unique partnership between the Iowa Medicaid and public health agencies, Iowa’s I-Smile program addresses the disproportionate impact of dental disease on low-income individuals. I-Smile and its related I-Smile @ School for children and I-Smile Silver for adults help promote preventive oral health services and reduce barriers to dental care across the state. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness - 04-Aug-2020
Resource aims to provide the most up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. The resources span a wide range of healthcare settings (EMS, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care) and cover a broad array of topics ranging from behavioral health to healthcare operations to telehealth. (Rural Health Information Hub)

Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents - 04-Aug-2020
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on screening for type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. The draft research plan is available for review and public comment from July 30, 2020 through August 26, 2020. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 and Infection Fatality Ratio, Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, Louisiana, USA, May 2020 - 03-Aug-2020
Using a novel recruitment method and paired molecular and antibody testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection, researchers determined seroprevalence in a racially diverse municipality in Louisiana, USA. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Steps for Public Health to Plan for the Use of the Apple|Google Exposure Notification Framework (June 2020) - 03-Aug-2020
Report provides background information on Apple and Google's exposure notification framework to support public health in deciding whether to build and deploy a statewide app for users to receive exposure alerts for enhanced COVID-19 contact tracing. (Public Health Informatics Institute)

Genomic Epidemiology Data Infrastructure Needs for SARS-CoV-2: Modernizing Pandemic Response Strategies (2020) - 03-Aug-2020
Report lays out a framework to define and describe the data needs for a system to track and correlate viral genome sequences with clinical and epidemiological data (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Association Between Statewide School Closure and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the US - 03-Aug-2020
In this US population–based time series analysis conducted between March 9, 2020, and May 7, 2020, school closure was associated with a significant decline in both incidence of COVID-19 (adjusted relative change per week, −62%) and mortality (adjusted relative change per week, −58%). (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Strengthening WIC’s Impact During and After the COVID‑19 Pandemic (July 2020) - 03-Aug-2020
The brief addresses what actions are needed in addition to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by Congress, which provided $500 million for 2020 to support increases in WIC enrollment. The brief suggests increasing access to telemedicine, expanding online food package ordering, in addition to steps already taken, including minimum stocking requirements and food package substitutions for added flexibility. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Encouraging Adoption of Protective Behaviors to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19: Strategies for Behavior Change (2020) - 03-Aug-2020
This rapid expert consultation is intended to help decision makers identify strategies for increasing adherence to protective behaviors that can mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Ultimately, the focus is on increasing knowledge, reducing barriers, and emphasizing efforts that make healthier choices easier and rewarding, to complement communication interventions. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Rapid Expert Consultation on Staffing Considerations for Crisis Standards of Care for the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 28, 2020) - 03-Aug-2020
This rapid expert consultation builds on prior National Academies reports on the Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) and the rapid expert consultation on March 28, 2020, and focuses on staffing needs for the care of COVID patients, including the deployment and allocation of expert clinical staff during COVID-19. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Measurement and Evaluation Approaches to Improve Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing - 03-Aug-2020
This technical assistance tool describes metrics that state Medicaid and public health agency partners can use to evaluate and target opportunities to improve antibiotic prescribing practices. It also provides a summary of data sources that can be used to evaluate efforts focused on improving antibiotic stewardship. (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS))

Ending the HIV Epidemic: 6 Indicators. 4 Strategies. 1 Goal – The AHEAD Dashboard - 03-Aug-2020
The EHE initiative has identified six corresponding HIV indicators to help quantify progress being made towards EHE goals: incidence, knowledge of status, diagnoses, linkage to HIV medical care, viral suppression, and PrEP coverage. These indicators are the heart of America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD), an online tool which visualizes jurisdictional progress towards meeting 2025 and 2030 targets for each indicator. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020 - 03-Aug-2020
Findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

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