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2018 November

Tickborne Disease Surveillance Data Summary - 15-Nov-2018
In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC, 59,349 cases, up from 48,610 in 2016. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Request for Applications: Technical Consultant, STD Clinic Services and Operations - 14-Nov-2018
NACCHO is seeking a Technical Consultant to work with its STD program to develop an implementation support package for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s forthcoming Recommendations for Providing Quality STD Clinical Services. Applications are due by December 12, 2018. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis? - 14-Nov-2018
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that childhood trauma should be treated as a public health crisis. It shows how the effects of childhood trauma persist and are linked to mental illness and addiction in adulthood. (National Public Radio (NPR))

An Underused Strategy For Surge In STDs: Treat Patients’ Partners Without A Doctor Visit - 14-Nov-2018
Federal health officials have recommended expedited partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea since 2006. It allows doctors to prescribe medication to their patients’ partners without examining them. (Kaiser Health News (KHN))

Improving Global Public Health through Data Sharing - 14-Nov-2018
Dr. David Heymann, a professor of infectious diseases and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, discusses sharing surveillance data to improve global public health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Increase in Acute Flaccid Myelitis — United States, 2018 - 14-Nov-2018
In August 2018, CDC noted an increased number of reports of patients having symptoms clinically compatible with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare condition characterized by rapid onset of flaccid weakness in one or more limbs and spinal cord gray matter lesions, compared with August 2017. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Diabetes: Combined Diet and Physical Activity Promotion Programs to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Among People at Increased Risk - 13-Nov-2018
Based on the evidence, combined diet and physical activity promotion programs are effective across a range of counseling intensities, settings, and implementers. Programs commonly include a weight loss goal, individual or group sessions (or both) about diet and exercise, meetings with a trained diet or exercise counselor (or both), and individually tailored diet or exercise plans (or both). Higher intensity programs lead to greater weight loss and reduction in new-onset diabetes. Economic evidence indicates that these interventions are cost-effective. (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF))

QuickStats: Percentage of Residential Care Communities,† by U.S. Census Region — National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2012–2016 - 13-Nov-2018
Residential care communities include those that were state-regulated; had four or more beds; and provided room and board with at least two meals a day, around-the-clock on-site supervision, and help with personal care, such as bathing and dressing or health-related services such as medication management. Residential care communities licensed to exclusively serve the mentally ill or the intellectually or developmentally disabled populations were excluded. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Case Study: How Indiana Addresses Its Health Care Workforce Challenges (November 2018) - 13-Nov-2018
Indiana has achieved a number of successes to meet specific health care workforce development needs, such as providing Medicaid reimbursement for community health worker (CHW) services, a pre-nursing certificate pathway for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and a framework for comprehensive review of state licensing. Many of these successes have been supported by the Indiana Governor’s Health Workforce Council, a cross-agency funded body that serves as a forum to convene stakeholders, establish priorities, and develop policy recommendations. This case study highlights how Indiana has utilized these types of cross-agency approaches to bolster health care workforce development. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

AIDSinfo Releases Brief Versions of the HIV/AIDS Medical Practice Guidelines - 13-Nov-2018
AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of brief versions of the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. Health care providers have requested shorter versions of the guidelines that are easier to use at the point of care, and AIDSinfo used this feedback to produce brief versions of specific guidelines. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Obesity Among High School Students in the United States: Risk Factors and Their Population Attributable Fraction - 13-Nov-2018
The prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States is high. The aim of this study was to assess the association between modifiable risk factors and obesity and to estimate the population attributable fractions (PAFs) of modifiable risk factors among high school students in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Assessing the Relationship Between a Composite Score of Urban Park Quality and Health - 13-Nov-2018
Combining 3 nationwide public data sets, this study modeled the relationships between a composite score of urban park system quality effects on physical activity and self-reported health while controlling for demographic and lifestyle variables. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Perceived Social and Built Environment Correlates of Transportation and Recreation-Only Bicycling Among Adults - 13-Nov-2018
Study explored the association between perceived social and built environment factors with total, transportation, and recreation bicycling in a sample of adult bicyclists in Austin, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama.

Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network Re-launches Pacific EMPRINTS Emergency Preparedness and Response Courses - 13-Nov-2018
Healthcare professionals regained access to essential emergency preparedness and response online courses today with support from the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and its TRAIN Learning Network. The trainings from the Pacific EMPRINTS program, led by Dr. Ann Sakaguchi at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM), in partnership with San Diego State University’s Institute for Public Health (SDSU IPH), were re-launched after a 10 month absence. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Use of Yoga, Meditation, and Chiropractors Among U.S. Adults Aged 18 and Over - 13-Nov-2018
Among adults aged 18 and over, increases were seen from 2012 to 2017 in the use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors during the past 12 months. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Case Study: Harris County BUILD Health Partnership - 13-Nov-2018
The Harris County BUILD partners leveraged each of their individual strengths and created a shared vision to address food insecurity and high rates of childhood obesity. Follow their journey over the course of two years as they worked to restructure the local food system in Pasadena, TX, and make it healthy, sustainable, and community-supported in this new case study. (BUILD Health Challenge)

Data Sharing and the Law: Deep Dive on Consent - 13-Nov-2018
Proceedings from a 2018 workshop which explored when consent may or may not be the key to sharing data and how policies and regulations governing health care, education, and behavioral health data like HIPAA, FERPA, and 42 CFR Part 2 impact consent. (Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH))

WHO Report on Surveillance of Antibiotic Consumption: 2016-2018 Early implementation (November 2018) - 13-Nov-2018
This report presents 2015 data on the consumption of systemic antibiotics from 65 countries and areas, contributing to our understanding of how antibiotics are used in these countries. In addition, the report documents early efforts of the WHO and participating countries to monitor antimicrobial consumption, describes the WHO global methodology for data collection, and highlights the challenges and future steps in monitoring antimicrobial consumption. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Prevalence of Arthritis Among Adults with Prediabetes and Arthritis-Specific Barriers to Important Interventions for Prediabetes — United States, 2009–2016 - 12-Nov-2018
The unadjusted prevalence of arthritis among adults with prediabetes was 32.0%. The unadjusted prevalences of physical inactivity and obesity among adults with these conditions were 56.5% and 50.1%, respectively. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Firearm Homicides and Suicides in Major Metropolitan Areas — United States, 2012–2013 and 2015–2016 - 12-Nov-2018
Recently, firearm homicide rates in large metro areas and the nation overall began increasing, reaching levels comparable to those a decade ago. Firearm suicide rates have continued to increase in large metro areas and the nation overall. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2017 - 12-Nov-2018
In 2017, an estimated 47.4 million U.S. adults (19.3%) currently used any tobacco product. Among current tobacco product users, 86.7% (41.1 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19.0% (9.0 million) used two or more tobacco products. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Great American Smokeout — November 15, 2018 - 12-Nov-2018
The American Cancer Society’s 43rd annual Great American Smokeout will be held on November 15, 2018. The Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking ( (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Now Available - 12-Nov-2018
This morning at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, ADM Brett P. Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health launched the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2016 for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter using multi-year outbreak surveillance data,United States (November 2018) - 09-Nov-2018
The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), a collaboration between the USDA, FDA, and CDC, developed a method to estimate the sources of foodborne illness using outbreak data from 1998 through the most recent year for four priority pathogens: Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Cancer Mortality in Rural America 1999-2016 (November 2018) - 09-Nov-2018
Study analyzed mortality associated with some of the most common cancer types in the U.S.—breast, cervical, lung, prostate, and colon—over an eighteen-year period from 1999- 2016 and explored the roles played by rurality and region in this process. (Southwest Rural Health Research Center)

How Have Workers Fared Under the ACA? - 08-Nov-2018
Brief assesses whether health insurance coverage gains from 2010 to 2016 were associated with changes in labor market outcomes across occupations. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Researchers Explore Health Effects of E-Cigarettes - 08-Nov-2018
HHS agencies support research to determine health effects of the increasingly popular use of e-cigarettes, also known as “vaping.” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

PrEPCost.Org - 08-Nov-2018
An online tool that will help PrEP navigators and their clients evaluate the cost and coverage for PrEP across on- and off-Marketplace health plans. (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD))

Updated Resources on HIV in Hispanic/Latino Populations - 08-Nov-2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released several updated resources related to HIV in Hispanic/Latino population. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Call for Papers: Public Health Reports Supplement on “Policy Approaches to Reduce the Morbidity, Mortality, and Incidence of HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis” - 08-Nov-2018
Public Health Reports (PHR), a peer-reviewed journal of public health research and practice and the official journal of the Office of the Surgeon General and US Public Health Service, is inviting submissions for a supplement on policy approaches to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and incidence of HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB) (collectively referred to as “diseases of interest” for purposes of this supplement) in the United States. (Public Health Reports)

Free CE: HIV Care and Sexual Health Assessment for American Indian and Alaska Native Patients - 08-Nov-2018
Cardea is offering a free online continuing education opportunity on “HIV Care and Sexual Health Assessment for American Indian and Alaska Native Patients.” The course features four modules: Culturally Proficient Sexual Health Care for People of all Genders and Sexual Orientations, Sexual Health Assessment, and Biomedical Prevention of HIV (ART, PEP and PreP).

Meaningful Involvement of People Who Use Drugs - 08-Nov-2018
Meaningful involvement of people who use drugs ensures the leadership and decision-making power of people with lived experience of drug use in the response to the intersecting crises of drug use, viral hepatitis, and HIV. (AIDS United)

Interim Updated Planning Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine during an Influenza Pandemic - 08-Nov-2018
This document was developed to update and provide interim guidance for planning purposes and to provide the rationale for a national vaccination program during a pandemic that also allows for local adjustment where appropriate. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Uninsured Rates in Urban and Rural America - 08-Nov-2018
A collection of interactive graphics providing data on uninsured rates for people under age 65 in completely rural counties, counties that are mostly rural, and counties that are mostly urban. Includes state and county-level data. (U.S. Census Bureau)

How Hospitals Can Tackle The Maternal Mortality Crisis - 08-Nov-2018
A recent essay in the New England Journal of Medicine says hospitals can improve quality of care for three common complications in childbirth: heavy bleeding after delivery known as postpartum hemorrhage, problems with high blood pressure, and blood clots before or after delivery. (National Public Radio (NPR))

What Does the Outcome of the Midterm Elections Mean for Medicaid Expansion? - 08-Nov-2018
This fact sheet highlights key states in which the results of the 2018 midterm elections have implications for Medicaid expansion adoption or implementation. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Disease Intervention Specialist Education for the Future: An Analysis of Public Health Curricula - 07-Nov-2018
The objectives of this open-access study were to (1) determine the degree of alignment between an existing public health curricula and disease intervention specialist (DIS) workforce training needs, (2) assess the appropriateness of public health education for DISs, and (3) identify existing curriculum gaps to inform future DIS training efforts. (Public Health Reports)

Early Childhood Education to Promote Health Equity: A Community Guide Economic Review - 07-Nov-2018
Economic review examines how the economic benefits of center-based early childhood education programs compare with their costs. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Legionella Program Survey Available Now - Share Your Experience - 07-Nov-2018
n response to the significant increase in the number of reported cases of legionellosis over the past two decades, NEHA is conducting a nationwide assessment of the role of environmental health programs in Legionella outbreak investigations and mitigation. NEHA is seeking information from environmental health professionals with the goal of using responses to identify best practices in developing a model Legionella program. (National Environmental Health Association)

Gear Up for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018! - 07-Nov-2018
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) kicks off on Monday, November 12. Post highlights specific CDC USAAW activities, along with data and resources focused on improving antibiotic prescribing and use in human healthcare, that you can use and promote during the week. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Soda Industry Steals Page From Tobacco To Combat Taxes On Sugary Drinks - 07-Nov-2018
In the run-up to the midterm elections, the soda industry has poured millions of dollars into fighting taxes on sugary drinks, an increasingly popular approach to combating obesity, which affects 40 percent of American adults. (Kaiser Health News (KHN))

Protecting Participants, Empowering Researchers: Providing Access to Genomic Summary Results - 07-Nov-2018
The National Human Genome Research Institute just updated the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy to again allow unrestricted access to genomic summary results for most of the studies they support in order to advance health or further research purposes. (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Medicaid Work Requirements: Will They Help the Unemployed Gain Jobs or Improve Health? - 06-Nov-2018
Study assesses whether state Medicaid work requirement projects are designed for success in promoting employment among unemployed Medicaid beneficiaries. (Commonwealth Fund)

The State of Tribal Data Capacity in Indian Country: Key Findings from the Survey of Tribal Data Practices (October 2018) - 06-Nov-2018
The overall objective of the Tribal Data Practices Survey was to assess current tribal data capacity and future needs. Specifically, the TDPS sought to understand: 1) the types of data or information tribes currently use; 2) how tribes access, collect, manage, and report these data; and 3) what types of data tribes need. This report includes the methods and key findings from the TDPS. (National Congress of American Indians (NCAI))

Draft Guidance for Industry: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion, Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed, Serving Size-Related Issues, Dual-Column Labeling, and Miscellaneous Topics - 06-Nov-2018
Guidance on the definition of a single-serving container, reference amounts customarily consumed, which are used by companies to determine serving size, dual-column labeling, and miscellaneous issues, such as requirements relating to chewing gum and to multi-unit retail food packages. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Statement of Policy: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (October 2018) - 06-Nov-2018
A policy statement from NACCHO’s Board of Directorson Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in response to concerns from local health departments. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

The Role of Health Care Profession Accreditors in Promoting Health and Well-Being across the Learning Continuum - 05-Nov-2018
Paper examined educational models in medicine, nursing, and psychology through an accreditation lens to look at how health and well-being fit within each profession’s learning continuum from education to practice, and across the three health professions. (National Academy of Medicine)

Submit an Abstract for NACCHO Annual 2019 - 05-Nov-2018
NACCHO is now accepting abstracts for the 2019 NACCHO Annual Conference, which will convene July 9–11 in Orlando. Compelling abstract submissions should highlight the conference theme, “Improving the Nation’s Health through Public and Private Partnerships,” and describe innovative, proven, or promising evidence-based practices, programs, services, systems, research, technologies, tools, principles, and policies. Submissions are due by 11:59 PM EST on Nov. 30. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Submit an Application to NACCHO’s 2018–2019 Model Practices Program - 05-Nov-2018
NACCHO is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Model Practices Program. The program honors and recognizes outstanding local health initiatives from across the nation, and shares and promotes these practices among local health departments through the Model Practice Database. Submissions due December 12, 2018. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

World Diabetes Day - 05-Nov-2018
World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

Access in Brief: Rural and Urban Health Care (October 2018) - 05-Nov-2018
Using data combined from the 2013-2015 National Health Interview Surveys, this brief examines characteristics of individuals with Medicaid coverage - children and adults - in rural areas, as well as their access to care and use of services, comparing their experience to their privately insured and uninsured counterparts. (MACPAC)

Critical Access Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Plans: How Do They Align? (October 2018) - 02-Nov-2018
Issue brief provides a snapshot of how CAHs are using the CHNA process and information to address community needs. (Flex Monitoring Team)

Better for You Foods: A Guide to Evaluating the Quality of Nutrition Standards - 02-Nov-2018
This report details the process used to review and evaluate “Better for You” nutrition standards, and the results from a preliminary implementation of this tool to review existing standards. It highlights the three standards that scored highest with this initial use, and explains why these standards scored the highest. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

City-Specific Check-Up for Children Reports - 02-Nov-2018
These five Check-Up for Children reports for Baltimore, Boston, Little Rock, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia show that hardship-free children and caregivers are healthier and are more likely to thrive. (Children's HealthWatch)

Using 3 Health Surveys to Compare Multilevel Models for Small Area Estimation for Chronic Diseases and Health Behaviors - 02-Nov-2018
Study used a multilevel regression and poststratification approach to generate estimates of health-related outcomes using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2013 (BRFSS) data for the 500 US cities.

Eating Veggies Is Fun! An Implementation Pilot Study in Partnership With a YMCA in South Los Angeles - 02-Nov-2018
A pilot study to assess the feasibility of implementing an evidence-based intervention to promote liking of initially disliked vegetables among children enrolled in a YMCA summer camp. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Surveillance for Cancers Associated with Tobacco Use — United States, 2010–2014 - 02-Nov-2018
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of recent tobacco-associated cancer incidence for each cancer type by sex, age, race/ethnicity, metropolitan county classification, tumor characteristics, U.S. census region, and state. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Update: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Hepatitis A Vaccine for Postexposure Prophylaxis and for Preexposure Prophylaxis for International Travel - 02-Nov-2018
HepA vaccine is recommended for persons aged ≥12 months for PEP. Providers may also administer IG to adults aged >40 years, if indicated. The dosage of IG has been updated. Simultaneous administration of MMR and HepA vaccines is recommended for infants aged 6–11 months traveling internationally. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Violence Victimization, Substance Use, and Suicide Risk Among Sexual Minority High School Students — United States, 2015–2017 - 02-Nov-2018
Analysis of 2015 and 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data identified within-group differences in victimization, substance use, and suicide risk among sexual minority high school students. Compared with heterosexuals, females who are bisexual and males who are gay, bisexual, or not sure of sexual identity reported more victimization; lesbian and bisexual females reported more alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use; and all sexual minorities reported elevated high-risk substance use and suicide risk behavior. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

HIV Prevention for Hispanic / Latino Gay and Bisexual Men (October 2018) - 02-Nov-2018
CDC recently reported that the estimated annual number of HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) have increased over the past five years, despite having stabilized for MSM overall. CDC, along with its partners, is actively working to reverse this alarming trend. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Hepatitis A Virus Outbreaks Associated with Drug Use and Homelessness — California, Kentucky, Michigan, and Utah, 2017 - 01-Nov-2018
During 2017, California, Kentucky, Michigan, and Utah reported 1,521 hepatitis A infections, mostly among persons who reported drug use or homelessness, signaling a shift in hepatitis A epidemiology from point-source outbreaks associated with contaminated food to large community outbreaks with person-to-person transmission. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Prevalence and Changes in Preexisting Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes Among Women Who Had a Live Birth — United States, 2012–2016 - 01-Nov-2018
In 2016, the national prevalences of preexisting and gestational diabetes were 0.9% and 6.0%, respectively. Among 40 jurisdictions, the age- and race/ethnicity-standardized preexisting diabetes prevalence was stable at 0.8%, and the gestational diabetes prevalence increased from 5.2% to 5.6%. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

IHS Announces a New Policy to Expand Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in Remote Locations - 01-Nov-2018
The Indian Health Service is pleased to announce the release of a new Internet Eligible Controlled Substance Provider Designation policy that is designed to increase access to treatment of opioid use disorder for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in rural or remote areas. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Race, Ethnicity, and Other Factors Predicting U.S. Parents’ Support for Policies to Reduce Food and Beverage Marketing to Children and Adolescents - 01-Nov-2018
Study examines parents’ support for policies to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents and identify racial, ethnic, and other sociodemographic characteristics that predict support. (Kaiser Health News (KHN))

National Diabetes Month — November 2018 - 01-Nov-2018
November is National Diabetes Month. In the United States, approximately 30 million persons are living with diabetes and 84 million with prediabetes. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

National and State by State Obesity Rates, Youth Ages 10-17 (October 2018) - 01-Nov-2018
This brief includes new national and state-by-state obesity rates among 10- to 17-year-olds from the 2016 and 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), which uses parent reports of a child’s height and weight to calculate body mass index. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Work Requirements and Safety Net Programs - 01-Nov-2018
Paper analyzes those who would be impacted by an expansion of work requirements in SNAP and an introduction of work requirements into Medicaid. (Brookings Institution)

Gestational Diabetes and Health Behaviors Among Women: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2014 - 01-Nov-2018
Women with gestational diabetes are at 7 times greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than are women without gestational diabetes. The objectives of this study were to examine recent changes in the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus among women of reproductive age in the United States and assess the prevalence of factors associated with participating in healthy lifestyle behaviors. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Nutrition Facts Label Reboot: A Tale of Two Labels - 01-Nov-2018
The Nutrition Facts label that you may read when buying packaged foods or preparing a meal has undergone a makeover. It’s been updated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reflect updated scientific findings. These changes can help you make better-informed choices about the foods you and your family eat and help you maintain a healthy diet. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Genesee County Health Equity in All Policies Workshop Report (October 2018) - 01-Nov-2018
In 2016, in response to the ongoing lead water crisis, the Genesee County Board of Health in Michigan proposed a Health Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) Resolution to address inequitable health outcomes. Taking steps to implement the resolution, the Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) worked with community groups to offer trainings and host public health conferences that incorporate aspects of HiAP. Building off these actions, GCHD decided to host a HEiAP workshop for community members, local government officials, and legislators. Report summarizes this workshop. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

2019-2020 Update to the Texas State Health Plan - 01-Nov-2018
Proposes strategies to improve the efficiency of the healthcare delivery system in Texas with a particular emphasis on health literacy, access to care for rural areas, and the healthcare workforce. Addresses oral health, trauma care, and the availability of clinical training sites. (Texas Department of State Health Services)

State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder (October 2018) - 01-Nov-2018
The devastating financial and human costs of the opioid epidemic are heightening states’ focus on substance use prevention and treatment for pregnant and parenting women. NASHP interviewed state Medicaid, behavioral health, and public health officials from Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas to learn about their unique interagency approaches to treating and supporting pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder (SUD). This issue brief explores their effective strategies to promote recovery in this population. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))


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