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2018 September

NIMH Twitter Chat: Depression - 21-Sep-2018
October 11, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm ET. In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, NIMH is hosting a Twitter chat on depression, a common but serious mood disorder. (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)

Remembering the ‘Mother of All Pandemics,’ 100 Years Later - 21-Sep-2018
The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises. (CityLab)

National Food Affordability: A County-Level Analysis - 21-Sep-2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the sociodemographic factors that contribute to food affordability across space, with specific emphasis on rural and urban differences in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Nutrition: Call for Effective Strategies to Increase Voluntary Contributions - 21-Sep-2018
ACL's Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs (ONHPP) is looking for examples of how congregate meals sites encourage participants to make voluntary contributions. If you or your organization run a congregate meals program, they want to hear about what strategies you've used to collect or solicit voluntary contributions, and what worked well. Email submissions healthpromotion@acl.hhs.gov by October 12, 2018. (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS)

HHS Sponsors Development of Intranasal Form of Long-acting Opioid Overdose Drug - 21-Sep-2018
To help save lives in the current opioid epidemic or following a deliberate attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica, California, to develop a fast-acting, long-lasting intranasal, potentially improved form of an opioid overdose drug. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter jejuni Outbreak Linked to Puppy Exposure — United States, 2016–2018 - 21-Sep-2018
Investigation of a multistate, multidrug-resistant outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni infections implicated puppies from breeders and distributors sold through pet stores as the outbreak source. Outbreak strains were resistant to all antibiotics commonly used to treat Campylobacter infections. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Age-Associated Trends in Diagnosis and Prevalence of Infection with HIV Among Men Who Have Sex with Men — United States, 2008–2016 - 20-Sep-2018
During 2008–2016, the number of HIV diagnoses increased 3% annually among men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 13–29 years. The number of HIV diagnoses among MSM aged 13–29 years was four times that of MSM aged ≥50 years. Racial/ethnic inequities in HIV persisted, particularly among younger black/African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — September 27, 2018 - 20-Sep-2018
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (https://www.cdc.gov/features/ngmhaad/index.html) is observed on September 27, 2018, to direct attention to the ongoing and disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Join September 24 Food Safety Twitter Chat - 20-Sep-2018
September 24 from 2-3 p.m. ET, co-hosted by CDC, the National Restaurant Association, and Media Planet. Use #FoodSafetyChat to join the conversation. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

FDA Grand Rounds: The Science to Inform a Tobacco Product Standard for the Level of Nicotine in Combusted Cigarettes - 20-Sep-2018
October 11, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Integrating Genomics into Public Health Surveillance: Ushering in a New Era of Precision Public Health - 20-Sep-2018
October 11, 2018 1:00-3:00pm ET. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Beverage Consumption Among Youth in the United States, 2013–2016 - 20-Sep-2018
In 2013–2016, water accounted for 43.7% of total beverage consumption among U.S. youth, followed by milk (21.5%), soft drinks (19.9%), 100% juice (7.3%), and other beverages (7.6%). The contribution of milk and 100% juice to total beverage consumption decreased with age, while the contribution of water and soft drinks increased with age. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Public Health Emergencies and the Law - 20-Sep-2018
October 16, 2018; Washington, DC. (The District of Columbia Bar)

The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare in the 21st Century: Hot Topics and Practice Tips, Part II - 20-Sep-2018
September 26, 2018 2:00-3:30pm ET. (American Health Lawyers Association)

From policy to plate: Increasing fruit and vegetable intake through accessibility, affordability, and demand - 20-Sep-2018
September 27, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Healthy People)

Pay for Success and SIPPRA: A Model for Investing in Social Determinants of Health - 20-Sep-2018
October 26, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Altarum Institute)

OCHIN Grand Rounds: HRSA's Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence: Integration and Innovation in Practice - 20-Sep-2018
September 21, 2018 3:00-4:00pm ET. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis - 20-Sep-2018
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the crisis ravaging our country. The awards support HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week. New data unveiled recently by HHS suggests that efforts are now yielding progress at the national level. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids - 20-Sep-2018
The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder. (Office of the Surgeon General, HHS)

CDC provides new funds to battle the opioid overdose epidemic - 20-Sep-2018
To address the opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC is increasing support to states, territories, tribes, and non-governmental organizations working to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes. CDC has awarded $155 million in new funding to states and four U.S. territories to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to scale-up prevention and response activities, including improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Measuring Community Stress - 20-Sep-2018
Report investigates whether a community that experiences challenges—for instance, high unemployment, community violence, segregation, or high opioid use—could develop community allostatic load, which, in turn, could affect how it responds to future traumatic events. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Factsheets - 20-Sep-2018
This series of four fact sheets emphasizes the importance of continuing a mother's treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. The series includes information on OUD and pregnancy, OUD treatment, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and considerations to address before hospital discharge. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

The Recovery of Community Health Centers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands One Year after Hurricanes Maria and Irma - 20-Sep-2018
his issue brief presents findings from the Geiger Gibson/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of community health centers in Puerto Rico and USVI one year after the hurricanes. It describes the current state of health center recovery and examines shifts in need and capacity, which have potential longer-term implications. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional) - 20-Sep-2018
This funding opportunity announcement encourages SBIR grant applications to support the development of new technologies for HIV prevention or treatment or the application of existing technologies to behavioral and social science HIV research in these domains. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Research Sites) (UM1 - Clinical Trial Required) - 20-Sep-2018
NIDA and SAMHSA are soliciting cooperative agreement applications with the intention of ultimately funding up to three research sites and one data coordinating center (DCC) to participate in the 'HEALing Communities Study': Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis. The HEALing Communities Study will test the immediate impact of implementing an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) within highly affected communities. (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH)

HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Data Coordinating Center) (UM1 - Clinical Trials Not Allowed) - 20-Sep-2018
NIDA and SAMHSA are soliciting cooperative agreement applications with the intention of ultimately funding up to three research sites and one data coordinating center (DCC) to participate in the 'HEALing Communities Study': Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis. The HEALing Communities Study will test the immediate impact of implementing an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) within highly affected communities. (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH)

Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Optional) - 20-Sep-2018
This funding opportunity announcement encourages STTR grant applications to support the development of new technologies for HIV prevention or treatment or the application of existing technologies to behavioral and social science HIV research in these domains. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Health Center Resource Clearinghouse - 20-Sep-2018
Clearinghouse addresses the competing demands placed on a busy public health workforce by providing a broad framework of resources, tools, and supports to facilitate professionals’ ability to access and utilize critical resources. Topics include diabetes, outreach, special & vulnerable populations, quality improvement, and emergency preparedness. (National Association of Community Health Centers)

Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic: A Workshop - 20-Sep-2018
October 9, 2018; Washington, DC or via webcast. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

The Role of Drug Control Policies on Individual and Community Health for People of Color: A Workshop - 20-Sep-2018
October 8, 2018; Washington, DC. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Meeting #2 - Committee on Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation's Health - 20-Sep-2018
September 24, 2018; Washington, DC or via webcast. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 - 20-Sep-2018
Summary of the bill passed in September 2018 by the Senate to address the opioid crisis. (U.S. Senate)

AHD Webinar Series: Utilizing Academic Partnerships to Enhance Capacity in Small Health Departments - 20-Sep-2018
October 24, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids about the dangers of e-cigarette use as part of agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, amid evidence of sharply rising use among kids - 20-Sep-2018
“The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign will target nearly 10.7 million at-risk youth through digital platforms, social media, and in-school ads nationwide (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

SNAP Supports Children and Families - 20-Sep-2018
Fact sheet and policy recommendations on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Washington Tracking Network (WTN) - 20-Sep-2018
Provides access to public health and environmental health data in Washington State, including BMI, drinking water, air pollution, and local public health indicators. (Washington State Department of Health)

Excess Opioid Destruction Implementation Webinar - 20-Sep-2018
September 26, 2018 3:00pm ET. (Indian Health Service (IHS))

NIH funds study to prevent, treat HIV among adolescents in poor countries - 20-Sep-2018
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $7.5 million for an international research program to prevent and treat HIV infection among adolescents and young adults in seven African countries and Brazil. The study, called Prevention and Treatment through a Comprehensive Care Continuum for HIV-affected Adolescents in Resource Constrained Settings (PATC3H), will support research to develop strategies to identify youth at risk of HIV infection and those living with HIV and to enroll them into medical care programs. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

FSU Webinar: The Relationship Between Mental Health & Physical Health - 20-Sep-2018
September 25, 2018 1:00pm ET. (Migrant Clinicians Network)

Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - 19-Sep-2018
Resource is intended to help healthcare systems integrate the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and associated quality improvement (QI) measures into their clinical practice. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Crossing the Global Quality Chasm: Improving Health Care Worldwide - 19-Sep-2018
Study examines the global impacts of poor-quality health care and recommends ways to improve quality while expanding universal health coverage, particularly in low-resource areas. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Strategies to Build a Culture of Health: A Moment in Time Review of RWJF Culture of Health Prize-Winning Communities 2013-2017 - 19-Sep-2018
This report describes the work of the thirty-five 2013-17 Culture of Health Prize winners and features how they apply two of the six Prize criteria—defining health broadly and committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented solutions. It is intended to identify common priorities and strategies to facilitate connections with, and among, Prize-winning communities. (County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

Implementing an Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program at Community Health Centers: Lessons from a Pilot Project in California - 18-Sep-2018
Evaluation of a pilot project to develop sustainable, integrated care models to provide mental health care and substance use disorder treatment with health care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the primary care setting using medication-assisted treatment (MAT). (Urban Institute)

The State of Obesity: 2018 - 18-Sep-2018
Each year, the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report highlights the latest obesity trends as well as strategies, policies, programs, and practices that can reverse the epidemic. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

Cost-effective Screening and Treatment of Hepatitis C - 18-Sep-2018
Issue Brief reviews recent evidence on the cost-effectiveness of screening and treatment strategies, and makes the case for universal, one-time HCV screening for all US adults. (University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI))

Culture of Health Prize 2018 Winners Announced - 18-Sep-2018
The Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates American communities making great strides in their journey toward better health. Learn more about this year's winners.

Applying New Methods to Estimate Viral Suppression: The “Last 90” - 18-Sep-2018
Guidelines describe an operational protocol for applying new methods to estimate viral suppression—the “last 90” of the 90-90-90 cascade—at the clinical, programmatic, regional, or national level. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation)

Sexual Risk Behavior Differences Among Sexual Minority High School Students — United States, 2015 and 2017 - 18-Sep-2018
Among sexual minority youths, risk behaviors were more prevalent among bisexual females and males who were not sure than among their heterosexual peers as well as among students who had sexual contact with both sexes than among those with only same-sex sexual contact. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

USAID Partners with U.S. Universities to Fight Global Hunger - 18-Sep-2018
Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced the expansion of research partnerships with U.S. universities to develop and deploy solutions to address global agricultural challenges and help end hunger. (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID))

NSF, NIEHS award $30 million for new research on links among oceans, lakes and human health - 18-Sep-2018
To study the effects of harmful algae blooms and other ocean and Great Lakes pathogens, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health, have awarded new grants totaling $30 million. The grants fund research on ecosystems in the oceans and in the Great Lakes Basin. (National Science Foundation)

Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy - 17-Sep-2018
Report uses six diverse case studies to provide examples of policy change that addressed multiple determinants of population health. (Milbank Memorial Fund)

Physical Activity Resource Guide: Implementing Physical Activity Programming for SNAP-Eligible Populations (2018) - 17-Sep-2018
This resource provides practical “how-to” information about physical activity programming. This guide is intended to assist public health professionals, community leaders, community based and similar organizations assess, plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based physical education and physical activity programing in early child care, elementary school, middle school, high school, parks and the worksite environment. (California Department of Health)

A Closer Look at the Senate’s Bipartisan Legislation Targeting the Opioid Epidemic - 17-Sep-2018
Next week the United States Senate is poised to pass its sweeping response to the opioid crisis. The bipartisan legislation includes more than 70 individual bills that fall within the jurisdiction of five Senate committees (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Finance; Judiciary; Commerce; and Banking). (Commonwealth Fund)

FDA Releases Five-Year Plan for Supporting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Settings - 17-Sep-2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has just unveiled its five-year action plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners To Stop A Surge In STDs - 17-Sep-2018
The U.S. is in the middle of a steep and sustained increase in sexually transmitted diseases. So how are public health officials responding? In northwest Oregon’s Clackamas County, health officials have decided to ask anyone who comes in with an STD who their sexual partners are — and then track those partners down.

Reports and Detailed Tables From the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) - 17-Sep-2018
These reports and detailed tables present estimates from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Visualizing Reach of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian Americans: the REACH FAR Project in New York and New Jersey - 17-Sep-2018
The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian Americans (REACH FAR) project is a multilevel, evidence-based program of health promotion and disease prevention for Asian American communities in New York and New Jersey. Guided by a socio-ecological framework, social marketing principles, and a community based participatory approach, the project implemented multilevel, evidence-based strategies culturally adapted to address hypertension and improve access to healthy food options for Asian Americans in various community settings. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

EPH Tracking Mentoring Fellowship Application - 14-Sep-2018
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2018-19 Environmental Public Health Tracking: Tracking Mentoring Fellowship Program. Applications are due October 1, 2018. (National Environmental Health Association)

Multistate Outbreaks of Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks, 2018 (Final Update) - 14-Sep-2018
CDC and multiple states investigated several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. A total of 334 people were infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella reported from 47 states. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Join the NASEM Twitter Chat on September 20: #PopHealthChat - 14-Sep-2018
The NASEM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) will host a Twitter Chat on September 20th at 1pm as an introduction to the workshop on population health science in the United States, focusing on trends, evidence, and effective policy. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults — United States, 2016 - 14-Sep-2018
In 2016, an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults had high-impact chronic pain. Both were more prevalent among adults living in poverty, adults with less than a high school education, and adults with public health insurance. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Call for Research Papers: Physical Activity Among Women & Girls - 14-Sep-2018
Public Health Reports is calling for manuscripts in the following areas: critical periods during the life course (e.g. puberty, marriage, educational transitions, pregnancy, and menopause) that impact physical activity levels among women and girls; organized sports participation among women and girls; and effective policies and/or programs that promote physical activity among women and girls. Abstracts are due November 3, 2018. (Public Health Reports)

Closing the Gap on Dental HPSAs: Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Assessment (August 2018) - 14-Sep-2018
In order to understand the challenges and successes related to oral health in Louisiana and trying to identify how the entire health care community can more effectively address oral health needs, the Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health (BPCRH) undertook a comprehensive assessment of the oral health system in Louisiana. (Louisiana Department of Health)

Final Research Plan for Healthful Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions - 14-Sep-2018
This systematic review will examine the evidence on the effectiveness of behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among adults with hypertension, elevated blood pressure, or dyslipidemia, or in populations identified as at increased risk of CVD due to multiple risk factors. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

SOPHE issues a call for papers for special issue of Health Education & Behavior - 13-Sep-2018
Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) is calling for papers for a special supplement issue of the journal that will focus on the application and impact of social media and digital health on public health education and behavior. (Society for Public Health Education)

CDC Public Health Surveillance Strategy Report: 2014-2018 - 13-Sep-2018
Report chronicles CDC’s efforts to improve its surveillance systems and approaches and sets the stage for a more transformative data and IT modernization strategy. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Using Homes to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes in the Rural West (September 2018) - 13-Sep-2018
Housing is intertwined with well-being and health. For those who have a behavioral health condition, housing can be unstable, uncertain, and hopefully, a location for recovery. In this brief, the varied ways that housing interacts with behavioral health are presented and placed within the current policy context of Medicaid expansion.

CDC activates Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence - 13-Sep-2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) yesterday to coordinate 24/7 all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the deployment of resources and personnel, as requested. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

A Comparative Analysis of Affected Residents’ Views of the Response to Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Katrina - 13-Sep-2018
Survey (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

TargetHIV: New Name, New Look - 13-Sep-2018
HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) technical assistance (TA) and training website has undergone a major update to make it easier for users to access tools and materials for the RWHAP. The website, formerly called TARGET Center, is now named TargetHIV. Beyond the name change, there have been multiple revisions and updates, including a new look, easier navigation, and decluttering of the content. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

7 States Now Report Obesity at or Above 35% - 12-Sep-2018
Today, CDC released new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The 2017 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that adult obesity prevalence across the country remains high and differs by race, ethnicity, and education. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

The Impact of Parental and Medical Leave Policies on Socioeconomic and Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature - 12-Sep-2018
Researchers conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature on paid leave and socioeconomic and health outcomes, finding that increases in paid parental leave were consistently associated with better infant and child health, particularly in terms of lower mortality rates. (Milbank Memorial Fund)

CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System now includes all 50 states - 12-Sep-2018
The CDC just announced new state grants for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). A total of $3.2 million in FY 2018 funds will go to the 10 new states to become part of NVDRS: Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. NVDRS will now receive data on violent deaths from all 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes - 12-Sep-2018
Issue of VItal Signs focuses on Million Hearts®, a national initiative with a network of partners focused on preventing one million heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events by 2022. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Special Supplement: Community-Driven Efforts to Increase Equity in Communities Through Policy and Systems Change: Outcomes and Lessons Learned From 9 Years of Food & Fitness Community Partnerships - 12-Sep-2018
Health Promotion Practice supplement features 12 articles and two commentaries, including three case studies highlighting the processes, partnerships and local policy changes needed to overcome barriers and create community-driven equitable change in food and fitness environments. (Society for Public Health Education)

New Data Provides a Deeper Understanding of Life Expectancy Gaps - 12-Sep-2018
The more local the data, the more useful it is for pinpointing disparities and driving action. The first universal measure of health at a neighborhood level, USALEEP, reveals gaps that may previously have gone unnoticed. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Medicaid Coverage of Guidelines-Based Asthma Care Across 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2016-2017 - 11-Sep-2018
Project tracked coverage for 7 areas of guidelines-based asthma care and 9 barriers related to accessing care in Medicaid programs for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Results from the Project show a lack of consistent and comprehensive coverage across states, as well as coverage-related challenges to accessing asthma care within states. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Availability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in United States Counties, March 2017 - 11-Sep-2018
Study assessed the presence of publicly available in-person lifestyle change program (LCP) classes, as of March 1, 2017, by diabetes incidence and socioeconomic status at the county level, because higher diabetes incidence and lower socioeconomic status are correlated and may be useful in targeting type 2 diabetes prevention efforts. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes (August 2018) - 11-Sep-2018
This is the second annual surveillance report summarizing the latest information at the national level for prescribing patterns, drug use, and nonfatal and fatal overdose related to the current drug overdose epidemic in the United States. This report is intended to serve as a resource for persons charged with addressing this ongoing national crisis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

What Works? Social and Economic Opportunities to Improve Health for All - 11-Sep-2018
This report outlines key steps toward building healthier and more equitable communities and features specific policies and programs that can improve social and economic opportunities and health for all. Policies and programs that are likely to reduce unfair differences in health outcomes are emphasized. (County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

Clinical Perspectives on Obesity Treatment: Challenges, Gaps, and Promising Opportunities - 11-Sep-2018
This discussion paper highlights the challenges, remaining gaps, and promising opportunities in advancing obesity treatment. The authors discuss challenges facing children and adults with obesity, including access to treatment, risks involved with treatment, responsiveness to treatment, and the importance of multidisciplinary care teams. (National Academy of Medicine)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows 2019-2020 Call for Applications - 11-Sep-2018
The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Applications are due by November 7, 2018. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Simulating Proposed Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Countable Resources and Categorical Eligibility - 11-Sep-2018
This issue brief, the first in a new series of briefs analyzing the impact of proposed changes to SNAP, provides insight into how changes to SNAP eligibility requirements could impact SNAP participants, including children, seniors (age 60 or older), and people with disabilities. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

California County Health Status Profiles 2018 - 11-Sep-2018
Annual report presents public health data that can be directly compared with clearly established benchmarks, such as national standards, and populations of similar composition. (California Department of Health)

NACCHO’s Rural Health Section - 11-Sep-2018
This initiative calls for the development of Rural Health Section composed of NACCHO members and partners working together on specific rural public health issues across multidisciplinary and programmatic expertise in support of NACCHO’s mission. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Trends and Disparities in Delivery Hospitalizations Involving Severe Maternal Morbidity, 2006–2015 (September 2018) - 11-Sep-2018
Brief presents trends and disparities in delivery hospitalizations involving severe maternal morbidity from 2006 through the third quarter of 2015. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Preventing Suicide in Tribal Communities—and Beyond - 10-Sep-2018
Each September 10, the International Association for Suicide Prevention sponsors World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide rates have increased significantly since 1999 in almost every state, but suicide affects some groups far more than others. American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 15-24 die by suicide at a rate four times the overall rate for this age group. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Get Ready: Hurricane Florence Targets East Coast - 10-Sep-2018
As the likelihood that Hurricane Florence will strike somewhere along the East Coast increases, residents are encouraged to make preparations ahead of a potential landfall. Check out the list of disaster information resource that can help before and after a storm or other weather emergency. (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))

Surgeon General's Call to Action: “Community Health and Prosperity” - 10-Sep-2018
CDC announces the opening of a docket to obtain comment on an upcoming Surgeon General's document/Call to Action with a working title “Community Health and Prosperity”. The goal of the Call to Action is to: Clearly demonstrate that investments in community health have the potential to improve the health and prosperity of communities and issue a call to action to the private sector and local policy makers for investment in communities, unilaterally or as part of multi-sector or other consortium, to improve community health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Evolution of the U.S. Overdose : Understanding China's Role in the Production and Supply of Synthetic Opioids - 10-Sep-2018
Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on September 6, 2018. (RAND Corporation)

Vital Signs: Prevalence of Key Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors for Million Hearts 2022 — United States, 2011–2016 - 07-Sep-2018
This report establishes a baseline for the CVD risk factors targeted for reduction by the initiative during 2017–2021 and highlights recent changes over time. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Vital Signs: State-Level Variation in Nonfatal and Fatal Cardiovascular Events Targeted for Prevention by Million Hearts 2022 - 07-Sep-2018
This study describes the burden, in 2016, of nonfatal and fatal cardiovascular events targeted for prevention by Million Hearts 2022, a national initiative working to prevent one million cardiovascular events during 2017–2021. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Assessment of State, Local, and Territorial Zika Planning and Preparedness Activities — United States, June 2016–July 2017 - 07-Sep-2018
Among 53 jurisdictions, Zika planning and response activities increased from June 2016 to July 2017, with the largest increases in percentage of jurisdictions reporting fully completed actions for the operations and planning, communications and community education, outreach to pregnant women, and blood safety domains. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

How Can Workers' Compensation Systems Promote Occupational Safety and Health? - 07-Sep-2018
Report explore the beliefs and priorities of key workers' compensation stakeholder groups about system challenges and research priorities that, if addressed, would be most useful for reforming workers' compensation systems to promote OSH and the well-being of workers. (RAND Corporation)

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorderin California Counties - 07-Sep-2018
Brief uses hospital and emergency room patient discharge data to investigate incidence rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) across counties in California and uses data on the locations of opioid-use disorder treatment facilities providing medication-assisted therapy to pregnant women as well as the locations buprenorphine-waivered prescribers to assess the availability of treatment in each county and zip code throughout the state. (Urban Institute)

Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Use: Federal Grants for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services and for Research - 06-Sep-2018
GAO identified 12 federal grant programs within three federal agencies that funded substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services in fiscal year 2017 and targeted adolescents' and young adults' use of illicit substances such as marijuana and nonmedical use of prescription opioids. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires: Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges - 06-Sep-2018
GAO analyzed FEMA policies, procedures, guidance, and data specific to disaster response and recovery programs. GAO focused on the busiest period of disaster response activity for the federal government—August 2017 through January 2018. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Call for Nominations - 06-Sep-2018
USDA and HHS are currently asking for nominations to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Committee will be established to provide an independent, science-based review of specific topics and supporting scientific questions related to nutrition and health – from birth into older adulthood. Applications are open until October 6, 2018. (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))

Event registration opens for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week - 05-Sep-2018
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced recently that event registration is open for the next National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), to be held on Jan. 22-27, 2019. NDAFW is an annual, week-long series of educational events that link teens with scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS about substance use and addiction. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

2017 BRFSS Survey Data and Documentation - 05-Sep-2018
The CDC has just released the 2017 edition of the BRFSS, a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Reaching participants on both landline and cellular telephones, the survey collects information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) from a representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older in each state. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Opportunities to Prevent Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 11 States, July 2016–June 2017 - 05-Sep-2018
Among 11 reporting states, most (58.7%) opioid overdose deaths involved illicit opioids only, followed by those where both illicit and prescription opioids were detected (18.5%); 17.4% of deaths involved prescription opioids only. Bystanders to the overdose, who could potentially intervene, were documented in 44% of deaths; however, laypersons rarely administered naloxone. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014–2017 - 05-Sep-2018
During 2014–2017, ever-use and current use of any tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students were highest among Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders and American Indians/Alaska Natives and lowest among Asians. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs in recent years - 05-Sep-2018
Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

A Call for Papers: Writing for Public Health - 05-Sep-2018
Public Health Reports (PHR) invites submitted articles on the general topic of writing in public health. The journal seeks articles on public health writing quality, writing environment, writing for different genres, teaching students to write in public health, writing pedagogy, the history of writing training in educational settings, commentaries on public health writing, or other related topics. (Public Health Reports)

Novel Intervention Halves Rate of Death Among People Living with HIV Who Inject Drugs - 04-Sep-2018
An intervention designed to facilitate treatment for HIV and substance use was associated with a 50 percent reduction in mortality for people living with HIV who inject illicit drugs, a study has found.

Recovery Month: A Time of Celebration and Hope - 04-Sep-2018
September is National Recovery Month. To help the millions of people with a mental and substance use disorders, Recovery Month serves to educate Americans about the benefits of treatment and recovery services. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Academic health department partnerships boost training: Joining with schools benefits students - 04-Sep-2018
Highlights the value of academic health department (AHD) partnerships – formal partnerships between health departments and academic institutions – and shares examples from health departments and academic institutions that are meeting the needs of their communities through this collaborative approach. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

PHQIX Transitions to a New Home and a New Look - 04-Sep-2018
It’s now time for PHQIX to move to the next phase of supporting the public health field in continuing to work on quality improvement. In fulfilling that next phase, PHQIX will transition to a new online learning platform supported by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). It will take a few months to achieve the full transition. (Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange)

National Preparedness Month: Make and Practice Your Plan - 04-Sep-2018
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))

The Power of Preparedness: Prepare Your Health - 04-Sep-2018
Being prepared with supplies and an Emergency Action Plan can help you protect the health of your family until help arrives. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Genetics and pollution drive severity of asthma symptoms - 04-Sep-2018
Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators. The study appeared online in Scientific Reports. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

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