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2019 September

Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics To Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting - 18-Sep-2019
Report evaluates the effectiveness and harms of opioids compared to nonopioid analgesics as treatment of moderate to severe acute pain in the prehospital setting. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

More filters available in the new PubMed - 18-Sep-2019
The most popular filters are included on the new PubMed sidebar by default. You can now access many more filters using the additional filters link. Try it today and let us know what you think! (National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM)

Toolkit: State Strategies to Support Older Adults Aging in Place in Rural Areas - 18-Sep-2019
This toolkit highlights state initiatives to help older rural adults age in place by increasing services that help people remain in their homes, expanding and professionalizing the caregiver workforce, improving transportation access and services, and making delivery system reforms within Medicaid programs. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Communities Take Aim at Health Risks Posed by Climate Change - 17-Sep-2019
As communities throughout the country examine ways to address the potential challenges posed by climate change, four municipalities—Baltimore; Minneapolis; Princeton, New Jersey; and Tempe, Arizona—are exploring policies and programs that specifically factor in concerns about the health of their residents. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Investigation of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Product Use, or Vaping - 17-Sep-2019
CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC, states update number of cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping - 17-Sep-2019
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

New CDC Obesity Prevalence Maps: Nine states report adult obesity at or above 35 percent - 17-Sep-2019
The maps break down adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location based on self-reported height and weight data. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

#BeThere to Help Prevent Suicide - 17-Sep-2019
A recent CDC study showed that a range of factors contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

4 ways that PhD programmes are improving their training culture - 17-Sep-2019
The new PhD programmes in science, combine scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment for trainees.

Investing in Interventions That Address Non-Medical, Health-Related Social Needs: Proceedings of a Workshop (2019) - 17-Sep-2019
Proceedings from an April 2019 workshop that explored the potential effect of addressing non-medical health-related social needs on improving population health and reducing health care spending in a value-driven health care delivery system. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

National Roadmap on State-Level Efforts to End the Opioid Epidemic: Leading-Edge Practices and Next Steps (September 2019) - 17-Sep-2019
An in-depth analysis of the response to the opioid epidemic by 4 states: Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The analysis focuses on state efforts in 6 key areas to identify best practices and provide a roadmap for all states to follow in order to increase access to high-quality, evidence-based treatment for persons with a substance use disorder (SUD) or who need comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multimodal pain care, and to increase access to naloxone to save lives from overdose. (American Medical Association (AMA))

19th Surgeon General of the United States To Join Bloomberg School as Distinguished Policy Scholar - 12-Sep-2019
Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, the 19th U.S. Surgeon General and previous Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, will join the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the Distinguished Policy Scholar, beginning in September 2019. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

A Public Health Framework to Improve Population Health Through Health Care and Community Clinical Linkages: The ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative - 12-Sep-2019
Thirty-one state and territorial public health agencies participated in a learning collaborative to improve diagnosis and management of hypertension in clinical and community settings. These health agencies implemented public health and clinical interventions in medical settings and health organizations using a logic model and rapid quality improvement process focused on a framework of 4 systems-change levers. This learning collaborative approach illustrates the importance of public health in the prevention and control of chronic disease by supporting interventions that address community and clinical linkages to address medical risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Notes from the Field: Interventions to Reduce Measles Virus Exposures in Outpatient Health Care Facilities — New York City, 2018 - 12-Sep-2019
Strengthening health care facility infection control is crucial to preventing infectious disease transmission. Interventions used in 15 outpatient health care facilities to attempt to prevent health care facility exposure from patients with suspected measles were evaluated. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

State Strategies to Address Opioid Use Disorder Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants Prenatally Exposed to Substances, Including Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - 12-Sep-2019
Opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy contributes to adverse maternal and infant outcomes, including neonatal abstinence syndrome. In response to the opioid crisis, changes in state-level systems are critical for improving health outcomes. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

HHS Awards $374 Million to Programs Supporting Maternal and Child Health - 12-Sep-2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced approximately $351 million in funding to 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through its Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program) and approximately $23 million in funding to three new programs aimed at improving maternal health outcomes. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Disaster Safety for Expecting and New Parents - 12-Sep-2019
Learn general tips to get prepared before a disaster and what to do in case of a disaster to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) - 11-Sep-2019
MODRN enables participating states to utilize multi-state Medicaid data to examine public health and health policy issues. (AcademyHealth)

Preventing Listeriosis In Pregnant Hispanic Women in the U.S. - 10-Sep-2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a program that contains everything you need to educate your community on preventing listeriosis in pregnant Hispanic women in the United States. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Zika knowledge and prevention practices among U.S. travelers: a large cross-sectional survey study - 10-Sep-2019
The aim of this study was to investigate what factors predict knowledge about Zika transmission, symptomology, and treatment among U.S. travelers and, additionally, to evaluate how Zika knowledge influences the adoption of personal protective behaviors. (BioMed Central)

Toward a Historically Informed Analysis of Racial Health Disparities Since 1619 - 10-Sep-2019
A more appropriate and truly historical approach could help us see the past reasons for health disparities and how they link the body and the body politic. With this knowledge, public health practitioners can consider what to do to overcome these historical burdens that affect the life chances of African Americans. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Dismantling Buprenorphine Policy Can Provide More Comprehensive Addiction Treatment - 10-Sep-2019
This commentary evaluates the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 and unpacks how timely action toward dismantling legislative restrictions on buprenorphine prescribing could be a powerful step towards ensuring increased access to treatment of OUD in America. (National Academy of Medicine)

In Cherokee Country, Opioid Crisis Seen as Existential Threat - 10-Sep-2019
The earliest evidence that the opioid epidemic had seeped into Indian Country came in 2014, with a spike in the number of children taken into tribal custody because their parents were addicted to prescription painkillers. Nearly three-quarters of the hundreds of Cherokee children who were taken from their parents because of opioid addiction have been placed in non-Native homes, because there weren’t enough tribal families who were able to take them in. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Tackle the epidemic, not the opioids - 10-Sep-2019
Commentary argues that funding should be targeted to substance misuse, not to the drug du jour. (Springer)

Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases - 10-Sep-2019
With measles making a comeback in many upper-income countries including the United States and still rampant in some poorer nations such as Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, a leading measles expert is warning of a danger beyond the spread of the disease itself: There's mounting evidence that when a person is infected with measles, the virus also wipes out the immune system's memory of how to fight off all sorts of other life-threatening infections – ranging from gastro-intestinal bugs that cause diarrhea to respiratory viruses that trigger pneumonia. (National Public Radio (NPR))

NIAID Officials Call for Innovative Research on Sexually Transmitted Infections - 10-Sep-2019
In a new article in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, suggest that the biomedical research community must refocus its commitment to STI research to surmount this growing global health crisis. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

The importance of social environment in preventing smoking: an analysis of the Dead Cool intervention - 09-Sep-2019
The analysis provides additional evidence to support policies that could reduce children’s exposure to smoking behaviour, and potential subsequent smoking initiation. No conclusions could be drawn about the diffusion of smoking attitudes through the school friendship networks of children. (BioMed Central)

The effect of Active Plus, a computer-tailored physical activity intervention, on cognitive functioning of elderly people with chronic illness(es) – study protocol for a randomized controlled trial - 09-Sep-2019
This randomized controlled trial aims to test whether Active Plus, a proven effective physical activity intervention, is able to improve the cognitive functioning of elderly people with chronic illness(es) or to slow down cognitive decline. In addition, it studies what kind of activity, intensity, duration and frequency of physical activity most strongly influence cognitive functioning. (BioMed Central)

Measures of harm reduction service provision for people who inject drugs (September 2019) - 09-Sep-2019
Paper explores the development of syringe programme coverage measurement at the individual level, its previous international implementation and the practical considerations and limitations of its use. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Health workforce burn-out (September 2019) - 09-Sep-2019
Increased demand for health services is putting unprecedented strain on health systems and the workers within them. Many are experiencing burn-out, depriving health systems of their most vital resource: people. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Cost-effectiveness of a statewide public health intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk - 09-Sep-2019
Study ought to determine the cost-effectiveness of Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions in reducing CVD burden by assessing program costs and projected reductions in CVD events. (BioMed Central)

Initial State Findings Point to Clinical Similarities in Illnesses Among People Who Use E-cigarettes - 09-Sep-2019
Initial findings from the investigation into serious lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette products point to clinical similarities among those affected. Patients report similar exposures, symptoms and clinical findings and these align with the CDC health advisory released last week. While many of the patients, but not all, reported recent use of THC-containing products, some reported using both THC- and nicotine-containing products. A smaller group reported using nicotine only. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Methods for detecting seasonal influenza epidemics using a school absenteeism surveillance system - 09-Sep-2019
Study investigates several statistical modelling approaches to using school absenteeism for influenza surveillance at the regional level, and compares their performances using two metrics. (BioMed Central)

Successful Support for Better HIV Data - 09-Sep-2019
A major objective of MEASURE Evaluation, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has been to improve health information systems, and the data they contain, to contribute to control of the HIV epidemic in the countries where the project works. This brief shares more. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation)

Implementing Event-Based Surveillance in Burkina Faso: Using the “One Health” Approach - 09-Sep-2019
Recent outbreaks of Middle East respiratory syndrome, avian influenza, and Ebola virus disease have put local, national, regional, and global focus on the ability of countries to effectively detect and respond to emergent public health issues. MEASURE Evaluation has assisted at the national level in developing a One Health approach to event-based surveillance (EBS) that is suited to the Burkina Faso context. This report shares more on the One Health approach in Burkina Faso. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation)

Request for Information (RFI): Soliciting Additional Input to the All of Us Research Program 2019 Tribal Consultation - 09-Sep-2019
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to invite additional comments and suggestions on the concerns and challenges communicated by Tribal leaders and participants at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2019 All of Us Research Program Tribal Consultation. All of Us seeks to develop approaches to create meaningful, culturally appropriate collaborations with Tribal Nations that aim to benefit the health of Tribal communities and respect Tribal sovereignty. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

President Donald J. Trump Has Dedicated His Administration to Fighting Back Against the Opioid Crisis - 09-Sep-2019
President Donald J. Trump has mobilized Federal resources to combat the opioid crisis that has devastated so many of our communities. (Executive Office of the President)

Contextual Factors Associated With County-Level Suicide Rates in the United States, 1999 to 2016 - 09-Sep-2019
This cross-sectional study found that suicide rates in the United States increased from 1999 to 2016, with the greatest increase in rural counties. (American Medical Association (AMA))

Using GIS Mapping for Better Health - 09-Sep-2019
This 2018 Culture of Health Prize winner uses geography-based technology to quantify, and solve, a range of challenges. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

AIDSinfo CME/CE-Certified E-Learning Courses Now Available - 09-Sep-2019
AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of two AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS e-learning courses intended for health care professionals: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines: E-Learning Course and the AIDSinfo Information Resources: E-Learning Course. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Updates to the Cryptosporidiosis Section of the Pediatric Opportunistic Infections Guidelines - 09-Sep-2019
The Cryptosporidiosis section of the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children has been updated. There are no major changes to the guidance for the diagnosis and management of cryptosporidiosis in children and adolescents living with HIV. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Outbreak of Electronic-Cigarette–Associated Acute Lipoid Pneumonia — North Carolina, July–August 2019 - 06-Sep-2019
In recent months, more than 200 possible cases of acute lung injury potentially associated with vaping were reported from 25 states. During July and August 2019, five patients were identified at two hospitals in North Carolina with acute lung injury potentially associated with e-cigarette use. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

2018 BRFSS Survey Data and Documentation - 06-Sep-2019
The 2018 BRFSS data continue to reflect the changes initially made in 2011 for weighting methodology (raking) and adding cell-phone-only respondents. The aggregate BRFSS combined landline and cell phone data set is built from the landline and cell phone data submitted for 2018 and includes data for 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Examining Rural Cancer Prevention and Control Efforts: Policy Brief and Recommendations to the Secretary (August 2019) - 06-Sep-2019
Report describes barriers of rural populations in accessing cancer care, federal agency responses to these barriers, and provides recommendations on how to improve rural access to cancer care and prevention. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

The Power of Local Data in Action - 06-Sep-2019
With the City Health Dashboard, communities across the United States are using data presented on a feature-rich website to create healthier and more equitable communities. Lessons learned will help more community leaders pinpoint local health challenges and close gaps in U.S. cities and neighborhoods. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Mortality Patterns Between Five States With Highest Death Rates and Five States With Lowest Death Rates: United States, 2017 - 05-Sep-2019
This report compares average age-adjusted death rates by sex, race and ethnicity, and five leading causes of death between a group of five states with the highest age-adjusted death rates (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia) and a group of five states with the lowest age-adjusted death rates (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, and New York) in 2017. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Addressing the HIV Epidemic in DC - 05-Sep-2019
The NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) support research to help end the HIV epidemic in the United States, in partnership with local communities and government. Learn how the DC CFAR has contributed to decreasing new cases of HIV in the nation’s capital. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)

Impact of Public Health Interventions on Drinking Water–Associated Outbreaks of Hepatitis A — United States, 1971–2017 - 05-Sep-2019
Reported drinking water–associated hepatitis A outbreaks have declined since introduction of universal childhood vaccination recommendations and public drinking water regulations. However, unvaccinated persons who use water from untreated private wells remain at risk. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths — United States, 2007–2016 - 05-Sep-2019
During 2007–2016, black and American Indian/Alaska Native women had significantly more pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 births than did white, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. Disparities persisted over time and across age groups and were present even in states with the lowest pregnancy-related mortality ratios and among groups with higher levels of education. The cause-specific proportion of pregnancy-related deaths varied by race/ethnicity. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Participation in Community Preparedness Programs in Human Services Organizations and Faith-Based Organizations — New York City, 2018 - 05-Sep-2019
New York City (NYC) organizations that participated in community preparedness program training had significantly increased odds of having plans for continuity of operations, emergency management, volunteer management, and emergency communication than did those that did not participate in training. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

National Preparedness Month — September 2019 - 05-Sep-2019
Every September, CDC, along with partners in government, private and public health, and academia observes National Preparedness Month, a public service reminder of the importance of personal and community preparedness for all events (1). This year, CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response has published a CDC Digital Media Toolkit ( regarding personal health preparedness, including how to build an emergency supplies kit. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

NIH bolsters funding for HIV implementation research in high-burden U.S. areas - 05-Sep-2019
The National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $11.3 million to 23 institutions across the United States to collaborate with community partners to develop locally relevant plans for diagnosing, treating and preventing HIV in areas with high rates of new HIV cases. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

New Research Analyzes State-Level Impact of USDA Proposal to End SNAP Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility - 05-Sep-2019
In 20 states, more than 10 percent of SNAP households slated to lose SNAP eligibility; data visualization examines characteristics of affected population, including those with children and living in poverty. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging - 05-Sep-2019
Millions of seniors across the country quietly go hungry as the safety net designed to catch them frays. Nearly 8% of Americans 60 and older were “food insecure” in 2017, according to a recent study released by the anti-hunger group Feeding America. That’s 5.5 million seniors who don’t have consistent access to enough food for a healthy life, a number that has more than doubled since 2001 and is only expected to grow as America grays. (Kaiser Health News (KHN))

Prescription Opioids: Patient Options for Safe and Effective Disposal of Unused Opioids - 05-Sep-2019
This report examines (1) federally recommended and other available methods patients may use to dispose of unused prescription opioids, and (2) what is known about patients' use of these methods. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations - 05-Sep-2019
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Updated AAP flu policy offers more options this year - 05-Sep-2019
AAP prevention and treatment recommendations for the 2019-’20 influenza season include seven main updates and continue to urge annual vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))

The Implications of Three Major New Trials for the Effect of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene on Childhood Diarrhea and Stunting: A Consensus Statement - 04-Sep-2019
Three large new trials of unprecedented scale and cost, which included novel factorial designs, have found no effect of basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions on childhood stunting, and only mixed effects on childhood diarrhea. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

Emergency Planning among Older Adults - 04-Sep-2019
Report suggests that older adults and their loved ones and health care providers should take time to focus on key steps recommended by emergency preparedness professionals , and planning for how they will cope and communicate in an emergency. (University of Michigan)

Physical Activity Breaks for the Workplace Resource Guide (August 2019) - 04-Sep-2019
Guide offers resources and ideas to help employees build short activity breaks into their workdays—no matter what the season. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

A Forgotten Danger: Burden of Influenza Mortality Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1999-2016 - 04-Sep-2019
Using data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this study analyzed influenza mortality by geography, race, gender, and age group to improve our understanding of the influenza burden on AI/AN communities. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Improving Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation in Rural Alabama Through Community Coalitions - 04-Sep-2019
n Alabama, the ALProHealth initiative used community-based participatory research to work with community coalitions to implement research-based interventions that addressed issues related to the lack of opportunities for physical activity in 14 counties whose populations are at high risk of obesity. This study measured potential reach and improvements in amenities. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

The Future of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids - 04-Sep-2019
This book offers a systematic assessment of the past, present, and possible futures of synthetic opioids in the United States. It is rooted in secondary data analysis, literature reviews, international case studies, and key informant interviews. The goal is to provide decisionmakers, researchers, media outlets, and the public with insights intended to improve their understanding of the synthetic opioid problem and how to respond to it. (RAND Corporation)

Uncovering a Hidden Zika Outbreak in Cuba - 04-Sep-2019
New research shows that a large, previously hidden outbreak of Zika virus disease occurred in Cuba, just when it looked like the worst of the epidemic was over. The finding suggests that the Zika virus can linger over long periods, and that mosquito control efforts alone may slow, but not necessarily stop, the march of this potentially devastating infectious disease. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Celebrating 100 Years of Respiratory Protection: Looking Back and Moving Forward - 04-Sep-2019
This week, NIOSH is celebrating 100 years of respiratory protection as part of our first annual Respiratory Protection Week. This event honors a century of respiratory protection research, evaluation, and testing and celebrates how far we have come in this effort to protect workers. (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC)

September Is National Food Safety Month - 04-Sep-2019
Celebrate National Food Safety Month with these resources for food safety programs! Check out the CDC's environmental assessment training and surveillance system, along with additional resources from CDC and partners. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Toward Understanding the Interplay of Environmental Stressors, Infectious Diseases, and Human Health: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief (2019) - 04-Sep-2019
Brief summarizes presentations and discussions from a January 2019 workshop to explore emerging evidence on the interactions among environmental stressors, infectious diseases, and human health. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Advance Environmental Health Research and Decisions: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief (2019) - 04-Sep-2019
Brief summarizes presentations and discussions from a June 2019 workshop to explore emerging applications and implications of AI and machine learning in environmental health research and decisions. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

In Their Own Voices: Low-income Women and Their Health Providers in Three Communities Talk about Access to Care, Reproductive Health, and Immigration - 03-Sep-2019
This report summarizes findings and highlight selected quotes from the focus group participants on contraceptive services, costs and coverage, abortion care, mental health and intimate partner violence, social determinants of health, and immigration issues. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

A Look At The Costs From The Opioid Epidemic - 03-Sep-2019
A massive suit against the opioid industry could cost them more than $10 billion. But, is that enough money to cover the costs of overdose deaths, treatment programs and more? (National Public Radio (NPR))

Implementing health in all policies: Lessons from around the world - 03-Sep-2019
Health in all policies is an established approach to improving health and health equity through cross-sector action on the wider determinants of health: the social, environmental, economic and commercial conditions in which people live. This collection of case studies looks at practical attempts to implement this around the world. The nine case studies offer valuable insights into the practicalities of delivering a health in all policies approach in different contexts, sectors and levels of government. (Health Foundation)

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: The Known and the Unknown - 03-Sep-2019
Universal screening for social determinants of health by clinicians is now either recommended or being actively considered for recommendation by many professional societies and national organizations. Substantial evidence highlights ways to integrate addressing patients’ social determinants and social service needs into clinical care. However, identifying and addressing patients’ social determinants will only be successful if these clinical practices occur with broad structural, community, and societal changes to the determinants that currently perpetuate poor health. (American Medical Association (AMA))

How Mobile Health Clinics Drive Care to Vulnerable Patients - 03-Sep-2019
The mobile health clinic makes a community-based care option for those who otherwise would face extraordinary social challenges accessing care.

Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide: Synopsis of the 2019 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines - 03-Sep-2019
This synopsis, which includes 3 clinical practice algorithms, summarizes the key recommendations of the guideline related to screening and evaluation, risk management and treatment, and other management methods for patients who are at risk for suicide. Risk management and treatment recommendations address both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches for patients with suicidal ideation and behavior. (American College of Physicians)

A Population Health Approach to America's Opioid Epidemic - 03-Sep-2019
This article reviews the current status of the opioid epidemic, the trends over the last 30-40 years that may have contributed to the epidemic, and a population health approach to addressing the epidemic. (Wolters Kluwer)


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