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2019 March

Expanding Access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Adolescents and Young Adults: Models for Addressing Consent, Confidentiality, and Payment Barriers - 18-Mar-2019
This report offers a brief examination of how three jurisdictions consider and address policy issues that arise related to consent, confidentiality, and payment barriers: Colorado, New York, and California. Each of them is discussed in the context of highlighting successful HIV efforts to reform public health laws or adopt programs specific to the adolescent and young adult populations. (American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR))

Community Meal Site #bestlookingplate Event - 18-Mar-2019
During the week of March 25-29,2019, ACL is encouraging senior community locations/meal sites funded by Title IIIC of Older Americans’ Act to showcase your best looking plate. The Twitter Hashtag to use is #bestlookingplate. (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS)

Call for Nominations - Understanding the Status and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Populations - 15-Mar-2019
The Committee on Population of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a new study that will review and assess the available data and research on LGBT and other sexual and gender minority populations and identify the most pressing needs for additional data and research-generated knowledge regarding their achievement, labor force and civic participation, and health. For this study, the National Academies will appoint a multidisciplinary committee of 12-14 members, with expertise in areas such as demography, epidemiology, public health, culture and social structure, aging, family, economics, political science, public policy, and statistics/methodology. Submissions are due March 22, 2019. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

ASTHO Vector-Borne Disease GIS Training Workshop - 15-Mar-2019
ASTHO is hosting a two-day vector-borne disease surveillance workshop on June 18-19, 2019 facilitated by their partners at the National Library of Medicine’s Community Health Maps Initiative. Expert and novice users will learn how to implement mapping workflows and enhance existing surveillance efforts with little budget resource and develop a community-oriented approach to collecting, analyzing, and sharing their own spatial data. If you are interested in attending, please send a short statement of need (Max. 300 words) with your professional CV by COB Friday, April 26th to Sam Williams ( or Courtney Youngbar ( (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

The Ecology of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - 15-Mar-2019
This study demonstrates how a county's context can affect NAS rates. The rate of babies born with NAS varied across the 580 counties examined, but the rates were often highest in the most rural counties. The study also links higher NAS rates with high long-term unemployment rates, highlighting the sustained influence of poor economic conditions, especially in rural areas. (RAND Corporation)

Simulation of County Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Rates Tool - 15-Mar-2019
This web-based tool displays the rates of NAS per 1,000 hospital births from 2009 to 2015 by county in eight states: Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. The data can be customized by such county characteristics as percentage unemployment, number of obstetricians, and percentage of manufacturing jobs. (RAND Corporation)

Global influenza strategy 2019-2030 - 15-Mar-2019
Report highlights the WHO strategy to enhance global and national pandemic preparedness, to combat the ongoing threat of zoonotic influenza, and to improve seasonal influenza prevention and control in all countries. (World Health Organization (WHO))

National HIV Testing Week (NHTWUS) - 15-Mar-2019
June 21-27. NHTWUS provides an opportunity for partners across the US to unite for one week to encourage individuals to become aware of their HIV status and to encourage those that are HIV-positive and are not in care to start a discussion about treatment options with medical professionals (Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS))

Global Environment Outlook 6 - 15-Mar-2019
Report outlines the current state of the environment, illustrates possible future environmental trends and analyses the effectiveness of policies. It emphasizes that urgent and inclusive action is needed by decision makers at all levels to achieve a healthy planet with healthy people. (United Nations (UN))

Awareness Among US Adults of Dental Sealants for Caries Prevention - 15-Mar-2019
Study assessed knowledge of dental sealants among US adults and adult parents of children younger than 18 and the differences in knowledge among demographic and socioeconomic groups. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Health Care Industry Insights: Why the Use of Preventive Services Is Still Low - 15-Mar-2019
Clinical preventive strategies are available for many chronic diseases; these strategies include intervening before disease occurs (primary prevention), detecting and treating disease at an early stage (secondary prevention), and managing disease to slow or stop its progression (tertiary prevention). These interventions, combined with lifestyle changes, can substantially reduce the incidence of chronic disease and the disability and death associated with chronic disease. However, clinical preventive services are substantially underutilized despite the human and economic burden of chronic diseases, the availability of evidence-based tools to prevent or ameliorate them, and the effectiveness of prevention strategies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Diagnostic Methods Used to Classify Confirmed and Probable Cases of Spotted Fever Rickettsioses — United States, 2010–2015 - 15-Mar-2019
A total of 16,807 SFR supplemental case report forms were provided to CDC with illness onset during 2010–2015; 1.0% met criteria for confirmation. Reasons for nonconfirmation included failure to submit a second serum specimen and low use of molecular diagnostic techniques. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Risk Factors for Congenital Syphilis Transmitted from Mother to Infant — Suzhou, China, 2011–2014 - 15-Mar-2019
In a cohort of mothers with recently diagnosed syphilis, migrant women and those who received a diagnosis at >36 gestational weeks were approximately five times and 25 times more likely, respectively, to deliver an infected baby than were nonmigrant women and those who received a diagnosis earlier in pregnancy. Every twofold increase of maternal nontreponemal or treponemal antibody titers doubled the odds of delivering an infected infant. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Notes from the Field: HIV Diagnoses Among Persons Who Inject Drugs — Northeastern Massachusetts, 2015–2018 - 15-Mar-2019
From 2000 to 2014, the number of annual diagnoses of HIV infection in Massachusetts declined 47%. In August 2016, however, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) received reports of five new HIV cases among persons who inject drugs from a single community health center in the City of Lawrence. On average, less than one case per month among persons who inject drugs had been reported in Lawrence during 2014–2015 from all providers. Surveillance identified additional cases of HIV infection among such persons linked to Lawrence and Lowell, in northeastern Massachusetts, during 2016–2017. In 2018, MDPH and CDC conducted an investigation to characterize the outbreak and recommend control measures. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

HIMSS Co-leads Campaign to Modernize Public Health Surveillance - 15-Mar-2019
On Wednesday February 27, HIMSS along with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and NAPHSIS launched a campaign, Data: Elemental to Health aimed at securing $1 billion over 10 years – $100 million in Federal Fiscal Year 2020 – in a new appropriation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for an innovative initiative that will transform the public health surveillance enterprise. (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))

AIDSinfo Updates Consumer Fact Sheets on HIV Treatment - 14-Mar-2019
The updated AIDSinfo consumer fact sheets provide important information about HIV treatment. Each fact sheet includes a summary of key points and links to additional information and resources. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Critical Access Hospital Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule (March 2019) - 14-Mar-2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Understanding the County Role in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (March 2019) - 14-Mar-2019
Counties utilize federal, state and local resources to address and combat the root cause of poverty and provide nutrition assistance and social services to low-income individuals across the country. In every county, SNAP is a crucial aspect to healthy eating, especially for areas lacking access to sustainable and fresh food supplies. (National Association of Counties)

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 20 - 14-Mar-2019
The four seasons are highly respected in many cultures because they represent the cycle of life. The Spring Equinox is a time of equality and balance. It is a time of new beginnings. March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). We hope this awareness day will bring about an awareness of the presence of HIV/AIDS in our Native communities – American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Principles of Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Justice-involved Individuals: A Research-based Guide - 14-Mar-2019
This guide provides information and practices that behavioral health providers can implement in their daily practice with patients or clients who are involved in the criminal justice system. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part B Coverage of Treatment & Services in Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) (March 2019) - 14-Mar-2019
This fact sheet outlines key considerations for RWHAP Part B recipients as they support the delivery of and access to core medical and support services within and/or in combination with local SSPs to serve the needs of persons who inject drugs (PWID) living with HIV. (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD))

Notice of Special Interest in Research on the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations - 14-Mar-2019
This Notice encourages research that describes the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social processes that affect the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families, and that leads to the development of acceptable and appropriate health interventions and health service delivery methods that will enhance health and development of these populations. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Drilling Down on Dental Coverage and Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries - 14-Mar-2019
This brief reviews the state of oral health for people on Medicare. It describes the consequences of foregoing dental care, current sources of dental coverage, use of dental services, and related out-of-pocket spending. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Proposed Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Waivers to Work-Related Time Limits - 14-Mar-2019
This issue brief, the third in a series of briefs analyzing the impact of proposed changes to SNAP, provides background on SNAP work requirements, time limits, and the proposed regulatory changes. The brief also sheds light on the characteristics of SNAP participants who could face time limits on receiving SNAP benefits under the proposed regulatory change. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

National Network of Public Health Institutes Leads Initiative to Enhance Disaster-Related Health Recovery Efforts Across the Country - 13-Mar-2019
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) recently announced the availability of training, technical assistance, and support through the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) initiative. Funded by the CDC, the HRH initiative is designed to enhance disaster surveillance in addition to environmental and occupational health recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria by building disaster-related public health workforce capacity. (National Network of Public Health Institutes)

HIV Prevention Progress Report (2019) - 13-Mar-2019
Report reports on 21 key HIV prevention and care indicators and provides an objective way to assess progress on key indicators of the DHAP Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and other federal reporting. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

2019 National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health - 13-Mar-2019
Survey to better understand the location and nature of multi-sector collaborations in the United States, their capacity for data-sharing to improve health, and to assess progress in this field among multi-sector collaborations. Your participation in The National Inventory will also help the All In program identify areas for further learning and opportunities to support and expand these activities. (All In: Data for Community Health)

Leaders in Reducing Lead in Drinking Water - 13-Mar-2019
This interactive website allows you to explore communities across the country and learn about their programs to reduce lead in drinking water systems. (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

Foot-and-Mouth Disease: USDA's Efforts to Prepare for a Potential Outbreak Could Be Strengthened - 13-Mar-2019
his report examines (1) USDA's planned approach for responding to an FMD outbreak; (2) challenges USDA would face in pursuing its response goals; and (3) how USDA identifies, prioritizes, and monitors corrective actions to mitigate the challenges. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

NLM Retiring GeneEd on March 31, 2019 - 13-Mar-2019
GeneEd, a resource of genetics education materials for grades 9 to 12, will be retired on March 31, 2019. Selected content has been integrated into Genetics Home Reference (GHR) to create a single access point at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for consumer level genetics information. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Dying Too Soon: County-level Disparities in Premature Death by Rurality, Race, and Ethnicity (March 2019) - 13-Mar-2019
Brief examines county-level differences in premature death (years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 people) by county-level racial and ethnic composition, across rural and urban counties and calculates whether there were rural-urban disparities in mortality within counties with similar racial and ethnic compositions. (University of Minnesota, Rural Health Research Center)

Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries (2019) - 12-Mar-2019
Report covers prevention, preparedness, detection and response to zoonotic threats at the animal-human-environment interface in all countries and regions, and to include examples of best practices and options based on the experiences of countries. Although focused on zoonotic diseases, the 2019 Guide is flexible enough to cover other health threats at the human-animal-environment interface (e.g., antimicrobial resistance and food safety). (World Health Organization (WHO))

Risk Communication Strategies for the Very Worst of Cases: How to Issue a Call to Action on Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (2019) - 12-Mar-2019
Report reframes the discussion of the most severe biological threats to provide policy advocates with an additional tool to help them catalyze expansive international support for work on pandemic prevention and response, outlining current awareness gaps—present inside and outside the scientific community—and identifies opportunities for communication to close them. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Statement on FY2020 Budget Proposal for Ending The HIV Epidemic In America - 12-Mar-2019
Today, President Trump proposed $291 million in the FY2020 HHS budget to begin his Administration’s multi-year initiative focused on ending the HIV epidemic in America by 2030. This new initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections by 75 percent in the next 5 years and by 90 percent in the next 10 years, averting more than 250,000 HIV infections in that span. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

HIV Prevention Study Finds Universal "Test and Treat" Approach Can Reduce New HIV Infections - 11-Mar-2019
New HIV infections declined by 30 percent in southern African communities where health workers conducted house-to-house voluntary HIV testing, referred people who tested positive to begin HIV treatment according to local guidelines, and offered other proven HIV prevention measures to those who tested negative. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

When Poverty Makes You Sick: The Intersection of Health and Predatory Lending in Missouri (February 2019) - 11-Mar-2019
Study found that the 10 Missouri counties with the worst health rankings have a much higher density of payday lenders than do the 10 counties with the highest health rankings. (Human Impact Partners)

New Title X Regulations: Implications for Women and Family Planning Providers - 11-Mar-2019
This brief reviews the Trump Administration’s new final Title X family planning regulations, compares them to the current program rules and discusses the implications of these changes for low-income women seeking family planning services and the providers that have been serving them with Title X support. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

HRSA Maternal Mortality Summit: Promising Global Practices to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes Technical Report (February 2019) - 11-Mar-2019
Report summarizes key findings from a June 2018 summit to discuss evidence-based approaches and identify innovative solutions to decreasing maternal mortality and morbidity rates both in the U.S. and across the globe. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Working Together for Children and Families: Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships - 11-Mar-2019
This report documents findings from the national descriptive study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children - 08-Mar-2019
A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Vaccines are safe - 08-Mar-2019
Website provides clear, concise, and evidence-based answers to questions about vaccine safety and other commonly asked questions about health and science as identified through a NASEM partnership with Google. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Researchers report high rate of viral suppression among people new to HIV care - 08-Mar-2019
Eighty-six percent of individuals who entered HIV care soon after diagnosis maintained viral suppression after 48 weeks during a clinical trial conducted at four National Institutes of Health-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) across the United States. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Drug Policy: Preliminary Observations on the 2019 National Drug Control Strategy - 07-Mar-2019
This statement includes preliminary GAO observations on the 2019 National Drug Control Strategy and related findings from select GAO reports on federal opioid-related efforts. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

Best Practices and Barriers to Engaging People with Substance Use Disorders in Treatment (March 2019) - 07-Mar-2019
This study examines how higher-performing health plans improve initiation and subsequent engagement in SUD treatment. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS)

State-Specific Cessation Behaviors Among Adult Cigarette Smokers — United States, 2014–2015 - 07-Mar-2019
During 2014–2015, as many as 6 in 7 US adult cigarette smokers were interested in quitting smoking (state range, 68.9%–85.7%); 3 in 5 made a past-year quit attempt (42.7%–62.1%); 1 in 9 recently quit smoking (3.9%–11.1%); and 4 in 5 received advice to quit smoking in the past year from a medical doctor (59.4%–81.7%). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Geographic and Social Factors Associated With Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Participation: Going the “Extra-Mile” for Disease Prevention - 07-Mar-2019
Study examined geographic and social factors associated with participation in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) implemented at 144 sites in Illinois. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

HIV Among Women - 07-Mar-2019
Though HIV diagnoses among women have declined in recent years, more than 7,000 women received an HIV diagnosis in the United States and dependent areas in 2017. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families - 07-Mar-2019
Report describes innovative programs around the nation that address the successive waves of loss and trauma experienced by newborns, young children, adolescents, and their families affected by opioid addiction. It draws on lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS and crack/cocaine epidemics, which, like the opioid crisis, were characterized by stigma and failures to provide needed services to children and families. (Milbank Memorial Fund)

Building the Capacity of Public Health to Advance Equity - 07-Mar-2019
Report explores governmental public health’s role in advancing health equity with racial equity as a major priority and community engagement as a central strategy. Through literature reviews, key informant interviews and focus groups with health officials, public health experts and community leaders across the country, the report identifies a variety of opportunities for governmental public health to advance equity within health departments, in partnership with other departments and communities, and through national networks of leaders within and outside of public health. (National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE))

Join NACCHO’s Information Technology Community of Practice - 06-Mar-2019
NACCHO is launching a new Local Health Department Information Technology (IT) Community of Practice (CoP), bringing together local health IT staff from across the country to share tips and best practices.​ The CoP will convene through regular conference calls and webinars. The first meeting will be on March 21 at 1:00pm ET. To join, email Angie McPherson at Learn more at (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

5 strategies rural hospitals are using to bolster their workforce - 06-Mar-2019
In order to meet the needs of rural residents, hospitals and health systems must think innovatively about delivery models, community partnerships, telehealth, care teams and recruitment. Post describes examples from the field on how rural hospitals and health systems are strategically and efficiently rethinking workforce planning and development to deliver high-quality care to their communities. (American Hospital Association)

Request For Abstracts - Rural Health - 06-Mar-2019
Health Affairs is planning a theme issue on Rural Health, to be published in December 2019. The issue will examine differences between rural and non-rural regions of the country and explore the diverse conditions that characterize rural communities, as well as the differential effects that these conditions have--not only in terms of health across different groups and regions, but also on the policies aimed at creating conditions that promote health, wellbeing, and equity in rural communities. The issue will have a practical orientation aimed at drawing lessons from a growing evidence base of policies, practices, and models for improvement. Abstracts must be submitted by March 25, 2019. (Health Affairs)

The Opioid Use Disorder Prevention Playbook - 06-Mar-2019
This publication offers examples of evidence-informed initiatives and ideas on opioid misuse prevention being tried around the country, with as much data as possible relating to their efficacy. (National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC))

Be Smoke and Tobacco Free in March! - 06-Mar-2019
Kick Butts Day is March 20, 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Environments Division supports efforts to educate America’s youth about the health risks of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

HIV prevention study finds universal “test and treat” approach can reduce new infections - 06-Mar-2019
New HIV infections declined by 30 percent in southern African communities where health workers conducted house-to-house voluntary HIV testing, referred people who tested positive to begin HIV treatment according to local guidelines, and offered other proven HIV prevention measures to those who tested negative. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Vital Signs: Trends in Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers — United States, 2005–2017 - 06-Mar-2019
During 2005–2017, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers across the United States experienced a sharp decline in S. aureus infections following introduction of a multifaceted infection control intervention. Most reductions were explained by decreases in methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Decreased MRSA transmission likely played a substantial role. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Pain in the Nation Update (March 2019) - 06-Mar-2019
More than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol- and drug-induced causes and suicide in 2017 — more than twice as many as in 1999 — according to a new analysis by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT) of mortality data from the CDC. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

Vital Signs: Epidemiology and Recent Trends in Methicillin-Resistant and in Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections — United States - 06-Mar-2019
Nearly 120,000 Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections and 20,000 associated deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. After years of progress, the rate of decline of MRSA bloodstream infections has slowed, whereas bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-susceptible S. aureus are increasing slightly in the community (3.9% annually, 2012–2017). (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way - 05-Mar-2019
An updated version of PubMed, which will eventually replace the current version, is now available on the experimental PubMed Labs platform. The updated version includes enhanced search results, responsive design for mobile phones and tablets, updated technology, and user-driven development. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

HHS Now Accepting Public Comments on Youth Sports Participation in the United States - 05-Mar-2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites you to provide comments related to youth sports participation in the United States. The comment period is open until April 1, 2019. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Medicaid's Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health - 05-Mar-2019
States are implementing a number of strategies to address SDOH and to integrate such efforts into the delivery of health care. New state officials will want to consider assessing current state policy to determine if these strategies are being or should be pursued, recognizing that ensuring access to physical and behavioral health care services is most essential, but that a whole person approach to health care delivery may well include addressing social issues through evidence-based interventions. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Methodological Approaches to Understanding Causes of Health Disparities - 05-Mar-2019
Study highlights analytic methods and designs, multilevel approaches, complex systems modeling techniques, and qualitative methods that should be more broadly employed and adapted to advance health disparities research and identify approaches to mitigate them. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the Trans-NIH Strategic Plan to Cure Hepatitis B - 04-Mar-2019
NIH is developing a strategic plan to cure hepatitis B. The strategic plan aligns with NIH's ongoing efforts to intensify innovative hepatitis B research, and with the HHS-wide National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. The trans-NIH strategic plan will be structured around three areas of research vital to developing a cure for hepatitis B. A cure is defined as a sustained loss of hepatitis B surface (HBs) antigen, with or without the presence of antibodies against HBs, and undetectable hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in serum after completion of a finite course of treatment. The public comment period is open until March 29, 2019. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

February issue of the Journal of Urban Health: Special Supplement on Opioid Overdose - 04-Mar-2019
The New York Academy of Medicine’s Journal of Urban Health February Special Supplement focuses on new research on opioid overdose. (New York Academy of Medicine)

A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty (2019) - 04-Mar-2019
A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty reviews the research on linkages between child poverty and child well-being, and analyzes the poverty-reducing effects of major assistance programs directed at children and families. This report also provides policy and program recommendations for reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half within 10 years. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Building capacity for Public Health 3.0: introducing implementation science into an MPH curriculum - 04-Mar-2019
To tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century, public health leaders are promoting a new model titled Public Health 3.0 where public health practitioners become “chief health strategists” and develop interdisciplinary skills for multisector engagement to achieve impact. This requires broad training for public health practitioners in implementation science that includes the allied fields of systems and design thinking, quality improvement, and innovative evaluation methods. (Springer)

Health System Interventions to Prevent Firearms Injuries and Death: Proceedings of a Workshop - 04-Mar-2019
Proceedings of a workshop that examined the roles that health systems can play in addressing the epidemic of firearm violence in the United States. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Evaluation of the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model: First Annual Report (February 2019) - 04-Mar-2019
The primary objective of this report is to describe how the Million Hearts CVD Model has been implemented during its first 16 months (January 2017 to April 2018), including the characteristics of the organizations, providers, and beneficiaries who are participating in the model. It also describes the degree of similarity between the intervention and control beneficiaries at enrollment and draw implications for the feasibility of a rigorous impact evaluation. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

How has diabetes care in the U.S. changed over time? - 04-Mar-2019
This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in health outcomes, quality of care, and treatment costs for people with diabetes and related endocrine disorders. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Use of Electronic Vapor Products Before, During, and After Pregnancy Among Women with a Recent Live Birth — Oklahoma and Texas, 2015 - 04-Mar-2019
In 2015, 7.0% of women with a recent live birth in Oklahoma and Texas reported using EVPs shortly before, during, or after pregnancy, with 1.4% reporting use during pregnancy. Among prenatal EVP users, 38.4% reported using EVPs containing nicotine, and 26.4% did not know if the EVPs they used contained nicotine. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

FDA's Critical Role in Ensuring Supply of Influenza Vaccine - 04-Mar-2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are working toward developing new and better technologies for producing flu vaccines. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Draft Research Plan for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Screening - 01-Mar-2019
The public comment period is open on the USPSTF's draft plan for gestational diabetes screening until March 27, 2019. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

Conceptual Framework for Community-Based HIV Program Data Demand and Use - 01-Mar-2019
This framework outlines a strategy for instilling a culture of data demand and use into community-based programs globally, in line with user needs. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation)

Connecting the Dots: Health Inequities, Power, and the Potential for Public Health’s Transformational Role - 01-Mar-2019
Article highlights four examples of health inequities and their relationship to power imbalances — including examples where public health could do more transformational work and an example where public health has actively participated in policy change for equity. (Human Impact Partners)

NB3 Foundation receives grant to pilot Indigenous Health Evaluation in local community - 01-Mar-2019
The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation announced today the launch of a new intiative to develop an indigenous evaluation health framework to strengthen policy changes aimed at improving Native American children’s health. (Notah Begay III Foundation)

Do Health Impact Assessments Promote Healthier Decision-Making? - 01-Mar-2019
Study explored how health impact assessments affect social determinants of health—the social, economic, and environmental factors, such as income and housing, that shape health. The study also examined HIAs’ impact on two key drivers of health equity: resource allocation and community participation in decision-making. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Home- and Community-Based Services Beyond Medicaid: How State-Funded Programs Help Low-Income Adults with Care Needs Live at Home - 01-Mar-2019
This paper focuses on state-funded programs designed to support low-income older adults and adults with physical disabilities at home. (AARP)

Notes from the Field: Identifying Risk Behaviors for Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Among Persons Who Inject Drugs and Persons Experiencing Homelessness — New Mexico, May 2018 - 01-Mar-2019
In the spring of 2018, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) contacted CDC about an increase in the number and prevalence of invasive group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections reported through New Mexico’s Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) system. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Progress Toward Hepatitis B Control and Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus — Western Pacific Region, 2005–2017 - 01-Mar-2019
During 2005–2017, regional hepatitis B vaccine birth dose (HepB-BD) and third dose (HepB3) coverage increased from 63% to 85% and from 76% to 93%, respectively. In 2017, 15 (42%) and 18 (50%) of 36 Western Pacific Region countries/areas achieved ≥95% HepB-BD and HepB3 coverage, respectively. Chronic hepatitis infection in children declined to <1% in 25 (69%) countries/areas. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))


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