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#HealthyLatinos Twitter Chat  October 4, 2018 2:00pm ET. Follow @MinorityHealth & @SaluddeMinorias and use #HealthyLatinos to participate. (Office of Minority Health (OMH), HHS)

+ Series  Series designed for any organization committed to fighting HIV stigma and HIV, regardless of where they are located in the United States. Visitors can download materials that show their commitment to ending HIV stigma and HIV, using them to educate and raise public awareness about stopping HIV transmission.

2017 BRFSS Survey Data and Documentation  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)

2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires: Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges  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)

2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes (August 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)

2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Call for Nominations  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))

3rd Annual Children’s Environmental Health Day: October 11, 2018  Thursday, October 11th, 2018 is Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Day. The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) established CEH Day in 2016, to be observed on the second Thursday of every October, to raise awareness and incite action regarding the importance of safe and healthy environments for all children. (Children's Environmental Health Network)

7 States Now Report Obesity at or Above 35%  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)

A Call for Papers: Writing for Public Health  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)

A Closer Look at the Senate’s Bipartisan Legislation Targeting the Opioid Epidemic  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)

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

A Portrait of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families  This brief summarizes findings from the implementation of the first design for the American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs Assessment, which used existing data to create a national picture of the AI/AN population of young children and their families, and their access to and participation in early childhood services using the 2010–2014 American Community Survey. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

A community-based approach to rural health research  The Collaborative for Rural Primary Care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) is dedicated to making research more accessible through its community of practice activities. Rural PREP programs bring people together in a community of practice around education, training, and research. (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))

Actions to Improve Physical Activity Surveillance in the United States  Discussion paper highlights discussion from a January 2017 roundtable to identify specific actions that could improve physical activity surveillance in the United States and to suggest approaches for moving forward on those actions. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Active People, Healthy Nation  Active People, Healthy Nation is a national initiative by CDC and its partners, with the goal of saving lives and protecting health by helping 25 million Americans become more physically active. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Acute Flacid Myelitis (AFM) Investigation  Since August 2014, CDC has seen an increased number of people across the United States with AFM. They have not confirmed the cause for the majority of these cases. CDC has been actively investigating these AFM cases, and we continue to receive information about suspected AFM cases. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Addressing the Opioids Crisis: Data Sources and Linking Strategies  This report highlights key research questions and identifies opportunities to use existing data sources and implement data-linking strategies that can support the HHS five point strategy to combat the opioid crisis. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS)

Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Use: Federal Grants for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services and for Research  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)

Advancing Health and Well-Being: Using Evidence and Collaboration to Achieve Health Equity  This volume is the second in RWJF's Culture of Health series, spanning a broad range of topics related to current public discourse, including the role of place, race, opportunity, and class in health and well-being; mass incarceration; health and climate change; new methods and approaches for research and dissemination of evidence; and a deep dive on health and well-being in Kentucky. Users can request a free hardcover copy. (Kaiser Health News (KHN))

Age-Associated Trends in Diagnosis and Prevalence of Infection with HIV Among Men Who Have Sex with Men — United States, 2008–2016  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))

America’s Eating Habits: Food Away From Home (September 2018)  This report takes a comprehensive look at the role of food away from home (FAFH) in American diets, exploring nutritional composition of FAFH and key Federal programs that may influence FAFH. The report also discusses how FAFH choices and availability relate to diet quality, income, age, and other socioeconomic factors. (Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA)

Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Non-Elderly Adults in 2015-2016, by Socioeconomic Characteristics (September 2018)  Brief presents estimates from the 2015 and 2016 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC) of fills of prescriptions for opioid medications that are commonly used to treat pain. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Apply Now: Free Training for New and Potential HIV Prevention Program Managers  Capacity for Health, a national project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide free training and capacity building to organizations involved in HIV prevention services, with support from the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), is offering a FREE two-day training for new and potential HIV prevention program managers. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Applying New Methods to Estimate Viral Suppression: The “Last 90”  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)

Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio  Assessment identifies Ohio’s top child health and healthcare-related priorities and provides a starting place for a child-focused health policy agenda that can pave the way for a healthier Ohio. (Health Policy Institute of Ohio)

Assessment of Epidemiology Capacity in State Health Departments — United States, 2017  From 2013 to 2017, the number of state epidemiologists increased by 22%. Several emerging program areas remain seriously understaffed. The federal government continues to fund most (77%) state epidemiology activities and personnel. Capacity in four assessed Essential Public Health Services has remained stable or has declined in all areas except evaluation. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Assessment of State, Local, and Territorial Zika Planning and Preparedness Activities — United States, June 2016–July 2017  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))

Availability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in United States Counties, March 2017  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)

Behavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Natural Disasters (September 2018)  This issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin focuses on mental health and substance use (behavioral health) conditions in children and adolescents following exposure to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Best Practices and Innovative Solutions to Overcome Barriers to Delivering Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes in Rural Communities  To better understand the barriers to implementing policy; systems; and environmental (PSE) change initiatives within Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) programming in U.S. rural communities; as well as strategies to overcome these barriers, this study identifies: (1) the types of nutrition-related PSE SNAP-Ed programming currently being implemented in rural communities; (2) barriers to implementing PSE in rural communities; and (3) common best practices and innovative solutions to overcoming SNAP-Ed PSE implementation barriers. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Beverage Consumption Among Youth in the United States, 2013–2016  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)

Building Sustainable Financing Structures for Population Health Insights from Non-Health Sectors: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)  The results of an October 2016 workshop, which examined the use of financing strategies from other sectors in population health. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

CDC Grand Rounds: New Frontiers in Workplace Health  Article provides an overview of current workplace health promotion programs and evidence and best practice for programs, and introduces the CDC Workplace Health Resource Center. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

CDC Issues Guidance on Shingrix Vaccine Delays  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance to providers who are experiencing difficulty receiving sufficient supplies of the Shingrix vaccine to meet demand. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

CDC Public Health Surveillance Strategy Report: 2014-2018  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)

CDC activates Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence  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)

CDC provides new funds to battle the opioid overdose epidemic  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)

CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System now includes all 50 states  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)

California County Health Status Profiles 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)

Call for Nominations: Assessment of Long-Term Health Effects for Antimalarial Drugs  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice is seeking nominations of experts to serve on a new consensus committee that will review the long-term health effects that might result from the use of antimalarials by adults. Nominations are due by November 2, 2018. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Call for Nominations: Study on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings  The Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is searching for experts to be considered for membership on a committee to conduct a consensus study on “Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings.” Nominations are requested by October 5, 2018. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Call for Papers: 165 Years After Broad Street: Progress in Spatial/Temporal Analysis to Identify Infectious Disease Outbreaks  A special feature in Health Security will be devoted to geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial/temporal analysis, and disease modeling as they pertain to the prevention, detection, or prediction of infectious disease outbreaks that threaten public health security. This special issue seeks papers that focus on infectious diseases with moderate to high potential to cause pandemics in human, animal, or plant populations. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Call for Research Papers: Physical Activity Among Women & Girls  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)

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016  In an effort to understand the opioid epidemic dynamics and perhaps predict its future course, researchers analyzed records of 599,255 deaths from 1979 through 2016 from the National Vital Statistics System where unintentional drug poisoning was identified as the main cause of death. (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year  “Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet. (United Nations (UN))

CityHealth Gives Local Communities Evidence-Based Tools to Improve Health  CityHealth provides city leaders with a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help people live longer, better lives. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendations are among the evidence-based resources CityHealth considered in their selection of policy solutions. (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF))

Clarity Across Languages  Blog post discusses how the National Library of Medicine works to improve health literacy and cultural competence in MedlinePlus. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Clinical Perspectives on Obesity Treatment: Challenges, Gaps, and Promising Opportunities  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)

Closing the Gap on Dental HPSAs: Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Assessment (August 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)

Collaborative Approach for Youth Engagement in Sports  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health expects to release a funding opportunity in December 2018 seeking to create opportunities for sports participation where none or few currently exist; particularly in racial/ethnic minority, low income and disadvantaged communities. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), HHS)

Collecting Violent Death Information Using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)  In January 2019, the CDC will release a new funding opportunity that builds on previous and current work within the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct surveillance of violence and to prevent violence. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community Health Centers' Experiences in a More Mature ACA Market  This brief summarizes findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy 2018 Health Center Survey to provide a snapshot of health centers’ outreach and enrollment activities as well as changes in service capacity, and overall financial condition since implementation of the ACA. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Continuing Education: HIV Testing Intervals for At-Risk Adults  CDC’s MMWR and Medscape are proud to introduce a new FREE continuing education (CE) activity that describes compliance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for HIV infection screening among persons at increased risk, based on an analysis of 2006-2016 data from the General Social Survey (GSS). (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Cost-effective Screening and Treatment of Hepatitis C  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))

Cost-effectiveness of financial incentives and disincentives for improving food purchases and health through the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): A microsimulation study  Study aimed to estimate the health impact, program and healthcare costs, and cost-effectiveness of food incentives, disincentives, or restrictions in SNAP. (Public Library of Science)

Crossing the Global Quality Chasm: Improving Health Care Worldwide  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))

Culture of Health Prize 2018 Winners Announced  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.

Current Tobacco Smoking, Quit Attempts, and Knowledge About Smoking Risks Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years — Global Adult Tobacco Survey, 28 Countries, 2008–2016  Across 28 countries, the median prevalences of tobacco smoking and smokers making a quit attempt were 22.5% and 42.5%, respectively. The median prevalences of knowing that tobacco smoking causes stroke, heart attack, and lung cancer were 73.6%, 83.6%, and 95.2%, respectively. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Data Sources and Data-Linking Strategies to Support Research to Address the Opioid Crisis (September 2018)  This report presents findings from a scoping study to assess the types of data sources and data-linkage efforts that are currently being used or could potentially be leveraged to support research and evaluations relevant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Priorities to combat the opioids crisis. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS)

Deadline: Abstracts Due Nov. 3 — Physical Activity Among Women & Girls  Public Health Reports (PHR), a peer-reviewed journal of public health research and practice, and the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and U.S. Public Health Service, is calling for manuscripts in the following areas: critical periods during the life course that impact physical activity levels among women and girls; organized sports participation among women and girls; effective policies and/or programs that promote physical activity among women and girls; and social determinants of physical activity among women and girls. (Office on Women's Health, HHS)

Demographics Dashboard  The team recently launched a new demographics dashboard. This interactive tool combines population, income, age, and other Census data with HRSA grant funding, shortage areas, loan repayment, and scholarship awards. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Despite Infectious Disease Outbreaks Linked To Opioid Crisis, Most Substance Abuse Facilities Don’t Test For HIV Or HCV  To better understand what regions may not be adequately offering STD testing services, researchers conducted an analysis of substance abuse facilities to assess the availability of HIV and HCV testing nationally. (Health Affairs)

Developing an Equity-Focused Policy Research Agenda for Low-Income Families with Young Children  This brief summarizes an equity-focused policy research agenda for low-income families with young children, in the areas of nutrition, income supports, and early care and education (ECE). (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

Differences in Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes Among Hispanic/Latino Men and Women Receiving HIV Medical Care — United States, 2013–2014  During 2013–2014, among Hispanics/Latinos with HIV infection in care, women were significantly more likely than were men to live in poverty, have English language difficulties, and receive ancillary services. Prescription of antiretroviral therapy and sustained viral suppression did not significantly differ by sex. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for State Medicaid Agencies (August 2018)  This memorandum which provides a high-level summary of the types of Medicaid and CHIP strategies that can be deployed by states and Territories. It is organized by operational area—eligibility and enrollment, benefits and cost sharing and provider workforce—and provides examples of how the strategies were used by other states and Territories. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)

Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners To Stop A Surge In STDs  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.

Disparities in Health Care Access and Health Among Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals in California  This policy brief examines differences in health care access, health behaviors, and health outcomes by sexual orientation among California adults. (University of California Los Angeles (UCLA))

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence: Some Do’s and Don’ts for Health Providers  From the “do’s and don’ts” of screening to the “do’s and don’ts” when violence is disclosed, rural providers need to be prepared to meet the challenges of this ongoing public health crisis. (Rural Health Information Hub)

E coli cases prompt ground chuck recall from Publix stores  An investigation into Escherichia coli O26 illnesses, mostly in Florida, has prompted the Publix supermarket chain to voluntarily recall ground chuck shipped to stores in two dozen Florida counties, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last week. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

EPH Tracking Mentoring Fellowship Application  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)

Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public's Health and National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)  To identify and understand approaches to aligning health care system incentives with the American public’s need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a 2-day public workshop on March 20 and 21, 2018. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Event registration opens for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week  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)

Evidence-Based Interventions for Adolescent Opioid Use Disorder  Report provides evidence-based strategies to help develop county-specific plans for addressing OUD in adolescent populations.

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

Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health Equity, and Economic Prosperity: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement has been focused on the subject of dependable resources for population health since its inception in 2013. On December 7, 2017, the roundtable convened a workshop to explore tax policy as it relates to advancing population health, health equity, and economic prosperity. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Exploring the Potential of Tax Credits for Funding Population Health  This paper reports the outcomes of research exploring the potential of tax credits as both a sustainable financing source for population health and a sound investment for taxpayers. (National Academy of Medicine)

FDA Releases Five-Year Plan for Supporting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Settings  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)

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  “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)

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids  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)

Factors Contributing to Congenital Syphilis Cases — New York City, 2010–2016  During 2010–2016, 578 New York City women with syphilis infection were noted to be pregnant, and in 510 (88.2%) pregnancies congenital syphilis did not occur. In the majority of the 68 congenital syphilis cases, maternal syphilis diagnosis occurred too late to prevent congenital syphilis. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Fast Food Consumption Among Adults in the United States, 2013–2016  This report presents data on the percentage of adults who consumed fast food on a given day in the United States during 2013–2016. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Federal report on health, well-being of America's children and youth now available  The latest annual report of federal statistics on the health and well-being of America's children and youth is now available. The 2018 America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, highlights six measures on the status of children and youth who face heightened risks to their well-being. (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics)

Few California Children and Adolescents Meet Physical Activity Guidelines  ​This policy brief describes physical activity among California children and adolescents. Using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) from 2013-14, the study found that only 31 percent of children ages 5-11 and 18 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 meet the physical activity guidelines of engaging in at least one hour of physical activity every day. (University of California Los Angeles (UCLA))

Final Research Plan for Healthful Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions  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))

Final Research Plan for Illicit and Nonmedical Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Preventive Interventions  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final research plan on interventions to prevent illicit and nonmedical drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

Five Things to Know About CDC's 6|18 Initiative  This blog post, authored by CHCS along with CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice blog, highlights five things to know about the 6|18 Initiative now underway in 34 states, territories, and localities across the country. (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS))

Flu vaccine reduces risk of flu hospitalization among pregnant women  Over the course of six flu seasons, getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman’s risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent. The findings come from a multi-country, CDC-coauthored study published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases. This is the first study to show vaccination protected pregnant women against flu-associated hospitalization. Previous studies have shown that a flu shot can reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of flu illness. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Food Safety Education Month  September is National Food Safety Education Month. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about steps you can take to prevent food poisoning. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Food Safety Scares Are Up In 2018. Here's Why You Shouldn't Freak Out  Post highlights the improvements in foodborne disease surveillance. (National Public Radio (NPR))

For Beating the Opioid Crisis, America has Better Weapons than Fentanyl Test Strips  Blog post from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use discusses using fentanyl test strips as a bandaid on the opioid epidemic. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

GW Health Workforce Institute Announces $1.8 Million Grant  The George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health just announced a $1.8 million grant from HRSA to support a new Health Workforce Research Center focused on increasing diversity in health workforce education and training. The Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) on Health Equity in Health Workforce Education will identify how pipeline programs, health profession schools and ongoing professional training contribute to workforce diversity, address maldistribution and prepare trainees to address social determinants of health. (George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health)

Geographic differences in obesity prevalence and its risk factors among Asian Americans: findings from the 2013–2014 California Health Interview Survey  This study aimed to examine the geographic differences in obesity prevalence and its risk factors among Asian Americans in California.

Global Handwashing Day - October 15  Established by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated each year on October 15 as a way to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of handwashing with soap. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to get involved in creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Grants to Support New Investigators in Addressing Cross-Cutting Violence Prevention and Opioid Overdose Prevention  The National Center for Injury and Prevention Control (NCIPC) intends to provide support and 75% “protected time” for an intensive, supervised (mentored) career development experience to develop new researchers in the fields of opioid overdose prevention and cross-cutting violence prevention. The funding synopsis is estimated to be released in December 2018. (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC) will be down for maintenance October 20-22, 2018 will be down October 20-22 for maintenance and its Release 16.3 upgrade, which will bring a set of enhancements and updates to improve the user experience, including enhanced password reset security, a related opportunities feature, and account merging. (

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis  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))

HHS Sponsors Development of Intranasal Form of Long-acting Opioid Overdose Drug  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))

HHS announces $6.2 million in new grants in Fairbanks focusing on opioid and mental health services  Yesterday, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan announced three new grants to combat opioid addiction and improve access to mental health services for youth and young adults. The grants funding by HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) were awarded to Fairbanks Native Association and Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., are expected to total over $6.2 million over the next few years. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

HHS awards $2.34 billion in grants to help Americans access HIV/AIDS care and medication  HHS just announced that approximately $2.34 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants were awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2018. This funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than half a million people living with HIV in the United States. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

HHS awards $50 million to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal efforts combating the opioid overdose epidemic  The Department of Health & Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded grants of about $50 million to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes Tuesday to strengthen their efforts to combat the opioid overdose epidemic. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis, by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 2014–2016  In 2016, among 78,360 persons who filled prescriptions for PrEP in the United States, women accounted for only 4.7%. Among PrEP users with available race/ethnicity data, 68.7%, 11.2%, 13.1%, and 4.5% were white, black, Hispanic, and Asian, respectively. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

HRSA releases new data on child health across the U.S.  HRSA has released the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data from nearly 21,000 households across the U.S. This voluntary survey, funded and directed by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape: Proceedings of a Workshop  Proceedings of a one-day workshop focused on changing the health needs of older adults, chronic disease and medication management, health communication challenges for older adults, health literacy needs and challenges for caregivers, and other topics related to health literacy for older people. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Health eBulletin - Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018.  In this issue, contributors discuss the how experiences of violence and trauma intersect with substance use and addiction, how domestic violence advocates can support survivors who use drugs, and ways that we can use healing-centered policy and programs to address the current opioid epidemic. (Futures Without Violence)

Health, United States 2017 (2018)  The annual report on the health status of the nation, prepared by the National Center for Health Statistics and submitted by the Secretary of HHS to the President and Congress. This year’s Health, United States Special Feature focuses on selected trends in mortality. Measures of mortality (numbers and death rates), together with life expectancy, describe the burden of illness and assess the health of a population. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Factsheets  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)

Home visits helping to reduce asthma disparities: Addressing triggers  Home visits, in which community health workers come to people’s homes to assess potential asthma triggers and offer holistic solutions to illness, can be especially beneficial to low-income families who may lack the resources and support to make their homes conducive to easy breathing. (The Nation's Health)

Hospitals Reported Improved Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Diseases After the Ebola Outbreak  This study seeks to assess infectious disease preparedness efforts by describing the reflections of hospital administrators regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the actions that hospitals have taken to improve readiness since then. (Office of Inspector General (OIG), HHS)

How Can States Stop HIV Transmission? Increase Access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) (October 2018)  NASHP brought together officials from Maryland, Michigan, and Connecticut in a PrEP Policy Learning Series to learn and report on how states are effectively deploying and improving their PrEP initiatives to save lives and reduce health care costs. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

How Can Workers' Compensation Systems Promote Occupational Safety and Health?  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)

How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl’s popularity didn’t take off until 2013, propelling what the agency now calls the third wave of the opioid epidemic, after painkillers and heroin. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

How Local Health Departments with Moderate Resources Can Increase Active Transportation  This is the second in a three-part series covering the Capabilities for Public Health Agency Involvement in Land Use and Transportation Decision Making to Increase Active Transportation Opportunity from the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

How to Boost Vaccine Rates for Low-Income Families  A new five-state project funded by the federal government aims to improve vaccination rates among low-income children and pregnant women, using statewide registries intended to track the immunization histories of all residents. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Immunization and Vaccines for Children Project  The CDC will be releasing a grant opportunity in January 2019 to support development, implementation, assessment, and promotion of immunization related activities with the goal of achieving and sustaining high immunization coverage. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Implementation of population-based screening for new newborn conditions: Research studies to evaluate the feasibility and clinical validity in support of evidence based decision making  The CDC will be releasing a new funding opportunity in November 2018, seeking rigorous research that will improve evidence-based decision-making for national implementation of the addition of new conditions to the "Recommended Uniform Screening Panel" for newborn disease screening.

Implementing Tobacco Cessation Programs in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings  This quick guide contains an overview of the challenges associated with tobacco cessation and the benefits of being tobacco-free for individuals as well as those of a smoke-free workplace. It also includes tips that substance use disorder treatment settings can use to implement their own tobacco cessation programs. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

Implementing an Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program at Community Health Centers: Lessons from a Pilot Project in California  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)

Improving Health Decisions and Outcomes for Chronic Diseases: The Impact of Incentives and Information  This dissertation assesses the impact of policies designed to address the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases in the context of HIV and obesity, using a range of causal inference and quantitative methods. (RAND Corporation)

In Focus: Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care by Confronting Racism  This issue of Transforming Care offers examples of health systems that are making efforts to identify implicit bias and structural racism in their organizations, and developing customized approaches to engaging and supporting patients to ameliorate their effects. (Commonwealth Fund)

Indigenous People and Domestic Violence: Who’s Bringing Solutions  Blog post features Alaska’s Southcentral Foundation and its Family Wellness Warriors Initiative to address Native Alaskan domestic violence issues. (Rural Health Information Hub)

Infectious Disease Preparedness: Reflections from CDC’s Pandemic Flu Exercise  On September 12-14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a pandemic influenza functional exercise in response to a fictional influenza pandemic with federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners. Post provides reflections on the exercise from Lilly Kan, Senior Director for Infectious Disease and Informatics, who represented NACCHO during the exercise. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season  Opt-in Internet panel survey-assessed influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel during the 2017–18 season was 78.4%, similar to the previous four seasons. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Influenza and Tdap Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women — United States, April 2018  During the 2017–18 influenza season, 49.1% of pregnant women received influenza vaccination before or during pregnancy, 54.4% of women with a live birth received Tdap during pregnancy, and 32.8% received both recommended vaccines. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Integrating HIV Services through Partnerships for Care (P4C)  The P4C project identified promising practices for the integration of HIV services into primary care and for building strong primary care-public health partnerships to expand the provision of HIV prevention and care services. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care: Communication, Coordination and Referral  This discussion paper focuses on some particularly challenging aspects of bridging primary care and oral health care for low health literacy populations. Because of the lack of physical proximity between most dental and medical practices, even in some co-located places, many patients and providers have difficulty navigating this divide. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Join September 24 Food Safety Twitter Chat  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)

Kentucky Takes a Novel Approach to Fight the Opioid Crisis  The website bridges a gap between Kentucky residents and timely access to substance use treatment facilities and services. It provides near real-time available openings at local area substance use disorder (SUD) facilities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Key Informant Perspectives on Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness (October 2018)  This policy brief uses data from interviews with 22 key informants in 12 states, all of whom were experts in the issue of social isolation and/or rural health, to describe key challenges and opportunities related to rural social isolation. (University of Minnesota, Rural Health Research Center)

Late Life Domestic Violence: No Such Thing as “Maturing Out” of Elder Abuse  Article focuses on elder abuse, with information on prevalence, screening, costs, and legal issues. Also features work being done in indigenous populations to address elder abuse. (Rural Health Information Hub)

Leveraging Laws and Policies to Help Achieve Healthy People 2020 Objectives  The Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy project is developing resources that will provide practical information to a broad audience about the impact that laws and policies can have on health outcomes. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Libraries, public health work together on community health: Settings serve as community hubs  When it comes to finding the best health information available, getting a blood pressure check or even finding a safe, cool place to spend an afternoon during a heat advisory, many people do not turn to their doctor or health department. In the U.S., they visit their local library. (The Nation's Health)

Life Expectancy Data Has Arrived at City Health Dashboard  Using new data available from the United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP), City Health Dashboard now has a new metric available: life expectancy at birth. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Life in Rural America (October 2018)  This “Life in Rural America” report is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The survey was conducted June 6 – August 4, 2018, among a nationally representative, probabilitybased telephone (cell and landline) sample of 1,300 adults ages 18 or older living in the rural United States. The purpose of this survey was to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues. (Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Major Earthquakes & Cascading Events: Potential Health and Medical Implications (October 2018)  This resource provides an overview of the potential significant health and medical response and recovery needs facing areas affected by a major earthquake with or without additional cascading events. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS)

Mass incarceration and the impact of prison release on HIV diagnoses in the US South  The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of prison release on HIV incidence in the southern region of the United States, the region with the highest rates of both incarceration and new HIV diagnoses nationwide. (Public Library of Science)

Measuring Community Stress  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))

Medicaid Coverage of Guidelines-Based Asthma Care Across 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2016-2017  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)

Medical Product Shortages During Disasters: Opportunities to Predict, Prevent, and Respond: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief  Summary of a September 2018 workshop to better understand the gaps in product shortages during disasters that led to cascading effects in patient care throughout the U.S. health care system. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

More States Authorizing the Use of Overdose Fatality Review Teams  As of August 2018, nine states (Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia) have authorized the review of fatal drug overdoses. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter jejuni Outbreak Linked to Puppy Exposure — United States, 2016–2018  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))

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal (Final Update)  CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections. 135 people infected with the outbreak strain were reported from 36 states. 34 people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Multistate Outbreaks of Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks, 2018 (Final Update)  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)

Mumps Outbreak in a Marshallese Community — Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado, 2016–2017  An outbreak of 47 mumps cases occurred in the Denver metropolitan area, mostly among members of a Marshallese community. Public health response included early active surveillance, public education, and prompt implementation of MMR vaccination clinics. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

NACCHO’s Rural Health Section  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))

NIAID Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Research (September 2018)  Plan proposes building on current trans-NIAID efforts to understand better the immunology and pathogenesis of TB and expanding resources to quickly develop new tools to more effectively combat this disease. These tools include preventive vaccines and therapies, less-toxic treatment regimens of shorter duration, and rapid, accurate, easily implementable, point-of-care diagnostics to detect all forms of TB. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)

NIH funds specialized centers for child maltreatment research  The National Institutes of Health is funding three centers that will conduct research on all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Capstone Centers for Child Maltreatment Research promise to identify best practices for prevention and screening, as well as treatment of children affected by abuse. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

NIH funds study to prevent, treat HIV among adolescents in poor countries  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)

NIH research program to explore the transition from acute to chronic pain  The National Institutes of Health has launched the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) program to investigate the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain. The effort will also seek to determine the mechanisms that make some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

NIH supports study of health risks and resilience following Hurricanes Irma and Maria  Eight new awards will help researchers examine the health impacts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the physical damage and community-level hardships left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Research will focus on hurricane-related psychosocial stressors, such as grief, separation from home and loved ones, loss of income, and limited access to medical care, which can result in immediate health impacts. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

NIMH Twitter Chat: Depression  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)

NSF, NIEHS award $30 million for new research on links among oceans, lakes and human health  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)

National Food Affordability: A County-Level Analysis  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)

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — September 27, 2018  National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( 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))

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day — October 15, 2018  National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (, October 15, is observed each year to focus on the continuing and disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018  NLPPW, held October 21-27, 2018, is a call to action to bring together families, individuals, community-based organizations, state and local governments and others, to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness and increase efforts to reduce childhood exposure to lead. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD))

National Preparedness Month — September 2018  For this year's National Preparedness Month, CDC is highlighting four areas: 1) personal preparedness, 2) pandemic planning, 3) policy and partnerships, and 4) public health response. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2017  In 2017, coverage among adolescents aged 13–17 years increased for ≥1 dose of HPV vaccine and ≥1 and ≥2 doses of meningococcal vaccines and remained high for ≥1 dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine. HPV vaccination initiation has increased an average of 5.1 percentage points annually since 2013. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorderin California Counties  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)

New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs in recent years  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)

New Data Provides a Deeper Understanding of Life Expectancy Gaps  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))

New Website Design for Tox Town  The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. The new design, informed by extensive user research has: enhanced search optimization and improved readability. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Novel Intervention Halves Rate of Death Among People Living with HIV Who Inject Drugs  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.

Now Recruiting: NACCHO Health & Disability Fellowship Program  NACCHO is recruiting for two graduate students to join the 2018-2019 Health and Disability Fellowship Program. This program offers an invaluable workforce development opportunity for graduate students seeking hands-on experience in the public health disability field. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Nutrition: Call for Effective Strategies to Increase Voluntary Contributions  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 by October 12, 2018. (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS)

ODP Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023, Prevention Research: Building a Healthier Future  Plan includes six strategic priorities that will guide the activities of the Office over the next 5 years. To better integrate disease prevention into trans-NIH initiatives, we’ve introduced three new cross-cutting themes: leading causes and risk factors for premature mortality and morbidity, health disparities, and dissemination and implementation research. (Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), NIH)

Occupational Patterns in Unintentional and Undetermined Drug-Involved and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2007–2012  During 2007–2012 proportional mortality ratios (PMR) for heroin-related overdose deaths (1.46) and methadone-related overdose deaths (1.34) were highest for the construction occupation group. PMRs for natural and semisynthetic opioids were highest for the extraction (1.39) and health care practitioner (1.81) occupation groups. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month  October 2018 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). During DVAM, victim advocates, allied professionals, survivors of abuse, their loved ones, and the surrounding community come together to mourn the lives lost to domestic violence, celebrate the progress that has been made to end this epidemic, and connect with others working to create change. (Administration for Children and Families (ACF), HHS)

One Year After the Storm: Texas Gulf Coast Residents’ Views and Experiences with Hurricane Harvey Recovery  Results from two surveys and a focus group on how Texas Gulf Coast residents recovered from Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool  Tool allows users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents. (University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center (NORC))

Opioid-Affected Births to Rural Residents (September 2018)  Brief examined rates of diagnosis of maternal OUD and infant NAS at the time of childbirth for rural residents, based on the type of hospital where the birth occurred—rural hospital, urban non-teaching hospital, or urban teaching hospital. (University of Minnesota)

Opportunities to Enhance the Health and Well-Being of the Department of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Workforce: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief  Proceedings of a January 2018 workshop focused on enhancing the health and well-being of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) law enforcement workforce. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Opportunities to Prevent Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 11 States, July 2016–June 2017  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))

Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Needs Report (August 2018)  The report includes nine variables that measure access to primary physical, mental and oral health care: travel time to provider, primary care capacity, mental health providers, dental providers, poverty rate, preventable hospitalizations, prenatal care, ED dental visits, and substance abuse ED visits. (Oregon Health & Science University)

Overdose Prevention in States: Data to Action  The CDC will be releasing a new funding opportunity in February 2019 for work focused on: increasing comprehensiveness and timeliness of surveillance data; building state and local capacity for public health programs determined to be promising based on research evidence; making Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) easier to use and access; and working with health systems, insurers, and communities to improve opioid prescribing. It adds new work focused on linkages to care and other areas of innovation supported by evidence-based practice. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020): 2018 Progress Report  Report describes the progress made in controlling the global HIV/AIDS epidemics. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

PHII's Director Vivian Singletary is now taking your questions for the Inform Me, Informatics Podcast  Vivian Singletary, PHII's director and one of Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Health IT for 2017, will be coming on the Inform Me, Informatics show in the fall. If you'd like to have your question answered by Vivian on the air, please call in by October 1, either by sending a sound file to or by leaving a voicemail at our podcast call-in line at 678-974-0344. (Public Health Informatics Institute)

Parents’ Reports of Fast-Food Purchases for Their Children: Have They Improved? (September 2018)  Study documents parents’ reported fast-food purchases for their children (ages 2-11) and examines changes over time. (University of Connecticut, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity)

Physical Activity Resource Guide: Implementing Physical Activity Programming for SNAP-Eligible Populations (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)

Podcast: Public Health Innovation: What Is It and How Can It Be Achieved?  Podcast shares examples of innovative initiatives happening in communities across the country and gives advice for overcoming the many challenges to driving meaningful change. (All In: Data for Community Health)

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

Preparedness for Expectant and New Parents  Disasters can be scary and stressful, especially if you’re expecting or have a baby. You can take the following steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and better cope if an emergency happens. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Prescribe HIV Prevention  Prescribe HIV Prevention is part of CDC’s Act Against AIDS communication campaign designed to help reduce HIV incidence in the United States. The Prescribe HIV Prevention program helps healthcare providers use PrEP and PEP to prevent new HIV infections and improve health outcomes for patients at high risk for acquiring HIV infection. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults — United States, 2016  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))

Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Severe Obesity Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 1960–1962 Through 2015–2016  Results from the 2015–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 39.8% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over have obesity, including 7.6% with severe obesity, and another 31.8% are overweight. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Severe Obesity Among Children and Adolescents Aged 2–19 Years: United States, 1963–1965 Through 2015–2016  Results from the 2015–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 18.5% of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2–19 years have obesity, including 5.6% with severe obesity, and another 16.6% are overweight. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes  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)

Preventing Violence Against Women in Priority Communities through Expanded Services  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health will be releasing a funding opportunity in December 2018 to encourage a focus on preventing and responding to violence against women in these and other priority communities. Harmful social norms, including social constructs around what it means to be a woman or a man, contribute to the risk of perpetrating violence against women. As such, this FOA encourages applications from organizations and coalitions working to prevent violence against women by transforming harmful gender norms through women’s empowerment and male engagement efforts. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), HHS)

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2018–19 Influenza Season  This report focuses on the recommendations for use of influenza vaccines for the prevention and control of influenza during the 2018–19 season in the United States. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Providing Integrated Access to Health Services in Nashua, New Hampshire  The Partnership for Successful Living (PSL) in Nashua, New Hampshire takes an integrated approach to health care. Its goal? To provide comprehensive care that’s easy for vulnerable populations to access, with services ranging from primary care, behavioral health, and oral health to housing support and treatment for substance use disorder. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review: Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on interventions to prevent perinatal depression. Comments are open through September 24, 2018. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

Public Health Emergencies: Unpacking Medical Countermeasures Management for Preparedness and Response  This special open-access Supplement issue features a selection of articles that focus on emergency medical countermeasures. Specifically, AJPH highlights research regarding mass vaccination programs, pandemic influenza preparedness, training during public health emergencies, and education of elderly patients. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan  The National Indian Health Board is collecting information for the Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS). The purpose of this scan is to increase the knowledge of Tribal and federal health leaders and advocates through the creation and dissemination of a national-level, comprehensive profile of the public health system and infrastructure in Indian Country. (National Indian Health Board)

Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain  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)

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014–2017  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))

Rapid Development in Central Africa Increases the Risk of Infectious Disease Outbreaks  The Central Africa region is experiencing rapid urbanization and economic growth, and infrastructure development. These changes, while generally positive and welcome, also make the region more vulnerable to explosive infectious disease outbreaks, according to a new article in NEJM. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)

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

Reports and Detailed Tables From the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)  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)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows 2019-2020 Call for Applications  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))

Role of Policies and Practices within Early Care and Education Programs to Support Healthy Food and Physical Activity Practices  This open-access supplement of 13 articles published in Childhood Obesity unites a group of outstanding researchers focusing on the role of policies and practices within ECE programs to support healthy practices. Each article addresses one or more important influences, including public policies, such as the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or state licensing standards, facility-level policies for physical activity or screen-time, and food procurement practices.

Rural and Frontier Healthcare Coalitions: A Preparedness and Response Snapshot (September 2018)  Fact sheet documents the responsibilities, capabilities, and challenges of rural and frontier healthcare coalitions (HCCs) in preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

SAMHSA partners with NCHS to make Restricted-use NSDUH data available  SAMHSA has partnered with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to host restricted-use National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data at their Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs). RDCs are secure facilities that provide access to a range of restricted-use microdata for statistical purposes. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)

SBIRT Program for Women of Reproductive Age Misusing Opioids in Rural Primary Care Settings  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health will release a funding opportunity in December 2018 to modify, implement and evaluate the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services (SBIRT) approach to take a rural-sensitive and approach that meet the unique needs of women. Adaptation of SBIRT may include rural specific access issues and identification of other critical linkages to services from multiple sectors including but not limited to legal assistance; law enforcement; mental health services; substance abuse treatments; and housing. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), HHS)

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

SOPHE Journals are open access  SOPHE has opened access to its three peer-reviewed journals, Health Education & Behavior, Health Promotion Practice, and Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning during this 45-day period, October 15 – November 30, 2018. (Society for Public Health Education)

SOPHE issues a call for papers for special issue of Health Education & Behavior  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)

Sexual Risk Behavior Differences Among Sexual Minority High School Students — United States, 2015 and 2017  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))

Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2017  Report presents statistics and trends for STDs in the United States through 2017. This annual publication is intended as a reference document for policy makers, program managers, health planners, researchers, and others who are concerned with the public health implications of these diseases. (National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), CDC)

Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Network (SSuN)  The CDC is expecting to release a funding opportunity in March 2019 for new approaches to community-based enhanced and sentinel surveillance integrating monitoring of STDs, HIV and behavioral data to identify opportunities and gaps in prevention and control efforts. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Simplify: How to quickly code industry and occupation data  NIOSH has developed a free, web-based software application that translates industry and occupation (I&O) text to standardized industry and occupation codes. The NIOSH software application is called The NIOSH Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System (NIOCCS). (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC)

Simulating Proposed Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Countable Resources and Categorical Eligibility  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.)

Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care  This website provides a structured systems-based approach for improving management of patients on chronic opioid therapy. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Social Determinants of Health Among Adults with Diagnosed HIV Infection, 2016 (October 2018)  This report presents numbers and rates of diagnoses of HIV infection in 2016 among persons aged 18 years and older by 6 SDH indicators and selected characteristics that include sex, age, race/ethnicity, transmission category and area of residence. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Special Edition: Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking  In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, HRSA issued a special edition of the Primary Health Care Digest last week focused on intimate partner violence and human trafficking. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 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  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)

Stable Housing, Stable Health: Addressing Housing Insecurity Through Medicaid Value-Based Payment  This brief illustrates potential opportunities in New York City for Medicaid providers and plans to address one such determinant—housing—to support delivery of more appropriate and higher-quality care, improve enrollees' health outcomes, and potentially prevent high-cost utilization in the future. (United Hospital Fund (UHF))

State Snapshots Provide a Fresh Look at State-Specific Health Care Quality Trends  AHRQ has just released its 2017 State Snapshots, a set of online dashboards that each year provide updated, detailed analyses of how each State, plus the District of Columbia, is performing in important areas of health care quality. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

State Strategies to Incorporate Oral Health into Medicaid Payment and Delivery Models for People with Chronic Medical Conditions  Report provides recommendations from state leaders on first steps to incorporating oral health, such as sharing Medicaid health home members' dental data with both dental and medical providers and including oral health questions in health home screening tools. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis  Report explores: state strategies to support young children and families affected by the epidemic; available state and federal funding sources for these initiatives; and key considerations for states working to improve services and outcomes for this vulnerable population. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map  Road map outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can continue to promote cognitive health, address cognitive impairment for people living in the community, and help meet the needs of caregivers. Twenty-five specific actions are proposed in four traditional domains of public health: educate and empower, develop policies and mobilize partnerships, assure a competent workforce, and monitor and evaluate. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Stories from the Field: Essentials for Childhood Framework  Post shares five stories of health departments engaged in projects based on the Essentials for Childhood Framework. The framework calls for creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children, with the aim to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure that all children reach their full potential. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Strategies to Build a Culture of Health: A Moment in Time Review of RWJF Culture of Health Prize-Winning Communities 2013-2017  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)

Study Documents Purchasing, Consumption Impacts of Philadelphia’s Sweetened Beverage Tax  New research reported in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper finds that, after roughly one year, Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened beverages did not substantially reduce children’s consumption of such beverages overall. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

Surgeon General's Call to Action: “Community Health and Prosperity”  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)

Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks United States, 2016: Annual Report (2018)  In 2016, 839 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported, resulting in 14,259 illnesses, 875 hospitalizations, 17 deaths, and 18 food product recalls. Norovirus was the most common cause of confirmed, single-etiology outbreaks, accounting for 145 (36%) outbreaks and 3,794 (42%) illnesses. Salmonella was the next most common cause, accounting for 132 (33%) outbreaks and 3,047 (33%) illnesses, followed by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, which caused 25 (6%) confirmed, single-etiology outbreaks and 366 (4%) illnesses. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 27 States, 2015  This report summarizes data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) regarding violent deaths from 27 U.S. states for 2015. Results are reported by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, location of injury, method of injury, circumstances of injury, and other selected characteristics. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Tackling Health Disparities Among Latinos in the United States  Post highlights work and research from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to reduce health disparities among Latino Americans. (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH)

TargetHIV: New Name, New Look  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)

Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Women: Report to Secretary, Health and Human Services & Congress (2018)  Report provides recommendations on identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and lactating women, including the development of such therapies and the collaboration on and coordination of such activities. (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)

Team from University of Maryland, Baltimore, Wins Grand Prize in 2018 D.C. Public Health Case Challenge  The challenge topic was “Reducing Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing Tobacco Use in African American Adolescents.” The teams from D.C.-area universities- each composed of four to six members from at least three disciplines- were given two weeks to develop a solution to this complex problem with a hypothetical $2.5 million budget to be used during a five-year span. (National Academy of Medicine)

Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks  This report highlights 15 technologies or categories of technologies that, with further scientific attention and investment, as well as attention to accompanying legal, regulatory, ethical, policy, and operational issues, could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

The 21st Century Learning Community - Transforming Public Health in Three States: Lessons for the Nation (2018)  Using data, expertise, and evidence, health departments must demonstrate their value and make the case for public health to policymakers and partners. In this new publication, these critical themes and more are highlighted from three 21st Century states – Ohio, Oregon, and Washington – as they work to modernize their public health systems. (Public Health National Center for Innovations)

The Critical Role of Public Health Programs in Responding to Natural Disasters (September 2018)  Fact sheet outlines the role of public health in disaster preparation, response, and long-term recovery. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

The Effect of Parental Incarceration on Children’s Health: Lessons Learned from a Health Impact Assessment  The Special Project recently completed a health impact assessment (HIA) demonstrating how public health leaders, artists and criminal justice reformers can work together to assess how parental incarceration harms children’s health. Post outlines their project and results. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

The Impact of Parental and Medical Leave Policies on Socioeconomic and Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature  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)

The Link Between Community Health And Worker Productivity In US Manufacturing Plants  Using employee-level human resources data from four large, diverse manufacturing plants located in four different states, researchers found that hourly employees living in counties with poor community health outcomes had considerably higher rates of absenteeism. (Health Affairs)

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

The Opioid Epidemic: Collecting Now for Future Research  In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the current opioid epidemic a “public health emergency,” and the NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group began to identify content on the web to archive in support of future research. The National Library of Medicine collects and archives web content documenting current topics in health and medicine in line with the Library’s Collection Development Manual, including on addiction, public health, and health policy, and how our knowledge, experiences, and understandings of these topics evolve over time. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

The Public Health Impacts of Gaza's Water Crisis  This report describes the relationship between Gaza's water problems and its energy challenges and examines the implications of this water crisis for public health. (RAND Corporation)

The Recovery of Community Health Centers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands One Year after Hurricanes Maria and Irma  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))

The Ruralness of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence: Prevalence, Provider Knowledge Gaps, and Healthcare Costs  Article examines rural domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Addresses prevalence rates, provider knowledge gaps, and associated healthcare costs. (Rural Health Information Hub)

The State of Obesity: 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))

The Stay Study: A Demonstration Project Advancing PrEP Delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area Transgender Community  The Stay Study is a multi-site, open-label HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) demonstration project for advancing PrEP delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area Transgender Community. Approximately 188 HIV-uninfected participants will be enrolled at 4 sites in San Francisco and Fremont and will be provided Truvada to take orally once daily as PrEP.

The U.S. Government Engagement in Global Health: A Primer  This primer provides basic information about global health and U.S. government’s response in low- and middle-income countries. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Think Fungus: Fungal Disease Awareness Week  Fungal Disease Awareness Week is October 1–5, 2018. CDC and partners have organized this week to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide life-saving treatment. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Three New Research Areas Added to NIMHD’s Language Access Portal  NIMHD has recently added new topics to their Language Access Portal: dementia, mental health, and substance abuse. (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH)

Tracking health seeking behavior during an Ebola outbreak via mobile phones and SMS  The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was an exemplar for the need to rapidly measure population-level health-seeking behaviors, in order to understand healthcare utilization during emergency situations. (Digital Medicine)

Trends and Disparities in Delivery Hospitalizations Involving Severe Maternal Morbidity, 2006–2015 (September 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)

Trends in Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers — United States, 1999–2015  To assess trends, characterized by average annual percent change (AAPC), in HPV-associated cancer incidence during 1999–2015, CDC analyzed data from cancer registries covering 97.8% of the U.S. population. A total of 30,115 new cases of HPV-associated cancers were reported in 1999 and 43,371 in 2015. During 1999–2015, cervical cancer rates decreased 1.6% per year; vaginal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) rates decreased 0.6% per year; oropharyngeal SCC rates increased among both men (2.7%) and women (0.8%); anal SCC rates also increased among both men (2.1%) and women (2.9%); vulvar SCC rates increased (1.3%); and penile SCC rates remained stable. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Twelve More Health Departments Accredited Through the Public Health Accreditation Board  The number of health departments demonstrating their desire to be transparent and accountable to their communities continued to grow larger this week as the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded national accreditation status to 12 more governmental public health departments. Across the United States, the population now served by a health department that has achieved PHAB's rigorous national standards now surpasses 70 percent, with more health departments seeking the credential each day. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Twelve More Health Departments Achieve PHAB Accreditation  The number of health departments demonstrating their desire to be transparent and accountable to their communities continued to grow larger this week as the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded national accreditation status to 12 more governmental public health departments. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

US Emergency Department Visits for Adverse Drug Events From Antibiotics in Children, 2011–2015  Study used nationally representative public health surveillance data to identify (1) the antibiotics that result in the highest frequencies and rates of emergency department visits for adverse drug events and (2) the pediatric patients at the highest risk to help inform and target prevention efforts. (Oxford Journals)

USAID Partners with U.S. Universities to Fight Global Hunger  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))

USDA Outlines Next Steps for Advancing Animal Disease Traceability  The USDA just announced four overarching goals for advancing animal disease traceability to protect the long-term health, marketability and economic viability of the U.S. livestock industry: advance electronic data sharing between federal and state animal health officials, veterinarians, and industry: use electronic ID tags for animals for better data transmission; enhance tracking of animals from birth to slaughter; and work towards a system where health certificates are transmitted electronically from veterinarians to state health officials. (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)

Understanding the Economics of Microbial Threats  To assess the current understanding of the interaction of infectious disease threats with economic activity and suggest new areas of research, the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine planned a 1.5-day public workshop. Through multisectoral participation, topics in the workshop explored identifying potential knowledge gaps, research priorities, and strategies to advance the field in understanding the econom­ics of microbial threats. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Using Homes to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes in the Rural West (September 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.

Using Yelp Restaurant Reviews to Identify Foodborne Illness  Post highlights projects in Salt Lake City and Chicago to use social media to track foodborne diseases. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

VA National Suicide Data Report 2005-2016 (September 2018)  Report highlights national and state-level findings from the VA's most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data, from 2005 to 2016. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA))

Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2017  In 2017, coverage with most recommended vaccines among children aged 19–35 months remained stable and high but was lower in more rural areas and among uninsured or Medicaid-insured children. A small but increasing proportion of children received no vaccines by age 24 months. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Vaccination Coverage for Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2017–18 School Year  Median vaccination coverage was 94.3% for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; 95.1% for the state-required number of doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine; and 93.8% for 2 doses of varicella vaccine. Although the median exemption rate gradually increased for the third year in a row to 2.2%, most undervaccinated children did not have exemptions. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

View New and Updated HIV Drug Fact Sheets on AIDSinfo  AIDSinfo recently published a number of new and updated drug fact sheets. These include fact sheets for two new antiretroviral (ARV) medications recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as new and updated investigational drug fact sheets. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Visualizing Reach of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian Americans: the REACH FAR Project in New York and New Jersey  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)

Vital Records/Health Statistics Accreditation Module Available for Public Comment Through November 2, 2018  The revised version of the Standards and Measures for National Accreditation of State/Territorial Vital Records/Health Statistics Units is now open for public comment until November 2, 2018. Please click here to view the draft for public vetting. PHAB anticipates launching the program in early 2019. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Vital Signs: Prevalence of Key Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors for Million Hearts 2022 — United States, 2011–2016  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  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))

Vital Signs: Zika-Associated Birth Defects and Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities Possibly Associated With Congenital Zika Virus Infection — US Territories and Freely Associated States, 2018  CDC’s MMWR and Medscape are proud to introduce a new FREE continuing education (CE) activity. Clinicians will become aware of the frequency and type of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities seen among children born to mothers with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

WIC-Medicaid II Feasibility Study: Final Report (September 2018)  This report presents findings from the WIC-Medicaid II Feasibility Study (WM-II). The goal of WM-II was to assess the feasibility of repeating and potentially expanding two previous studies within current (2010) policy and participation environments. These two studies looked at associations between WIC participation and health outcomes and Medicaid costs. (Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA)

West Nile Virus and Other Nationally Notifiable Arboviral Diseases — United States, 2017  In 2017, eastern equine encephalitis virus transmission via organ transplantation was reported for the first time. More cases of Jamestown Canyon and Powassan virus neuroinvasive disease were reported in 2017 than in any previous year. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

What Works? Social and Economic Opportunities to Improve Health for All  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)

National WIC Breastfeeding Week 2018  Aug-01-2018 The USDA has declared August 1-7, 2018 National WIC Breastfeeding Week and has just launched a new WIC Breastfeeding Support portal. (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))

Gender Differences in Social Isolation and Social Support among Rural Residents (August 2018)  Aug-01-2018 This policy brief uses nationally-representative data to identify gender differences in social isolation and social support among older rural residents and provides ways to reduce social isolation and improve associated health outcomes in rural communities. (University of Minnesota)

Addressing Commuting as a Public Health Issue: Strategies Should Differ by Rurality (July 2018)  Aug-01-2018 This brief estimates the rate of solo car commuting and long (>30 minutes) solo car commutes by rurality and urban adjacency, and identifies differences in socio-demographic factors that relate to commuting behavior by geographic location. (University of Minnesota)

Targeted Policy Resource Series: State Strategies to Improve Collaboration Between Medicaid and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (July 2018)  Aug-01-2018 This report explores how Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin are using policy levers to more effectively deploy limited resources and provide better care to people living with HIV. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Notice To Announce Commission of a Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health  Aug-01-2018 The U.S. Public Health Service's Oral Health Coordinating Committee announces the commission of a Surgeon General's Report presenting prominent issues affecting oral health. The report will document progress in oral health in the twenty years since the 2000 Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, identify existing knowledge gaps, and articulate a vision for the future. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

National Immunization Awareness Month 2018   Aug-01-2018 August 2018 is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance sponsored the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPIC). NIAM raises awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly diseases across the lifespan. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

K-12 Education: Lead Testing of School Drinking Water Would Benefit from Improved Federal Guidance  Aug-01-2018 GAO was asked to review school practices for lead testing and remediation. This report examines the extent to which (1) school districts are testing for, finding, and remediating lead in drinking water; (2) states are supporting these efforts; and (3) federal agencies are supporting state and school district efforts. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

School District Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans - United States, 2006, 2012, and 2016   Aug-02-2018 To examine improvements over time and gaps in school preparedness plans, data from the 2006, 2012, and 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) were analyzed to assess changes in the percentage of districts meeting Healthy People 2020 school preparedness objectives. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis-Attributable Years of Potential Life Lost to Life Expectancy and Potential Life Lost Before Age 65 Years - United States, 1999-2016   Aug-02-2018 During 1999-2016, the mean CWP-attributable years of potential life lost per decedent increased from 8.1 to 12.6 years, likely because of increased severity and rapid progression of CWP. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Deaths Related to Hurricane Irma - Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, September 4-October 10, 2017   Aug-02-2018 CDC's Emergency Operations Center collaborated with state health departments in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina to collect and analyze Hurricane Irma-related mortality data to understand the main circumstances of death. The most common circumstance-of-death categories were exacerbation of existing medical conditions and power outage. Further analysis revealed two unique subcategories of heat-related and oxygen-dependent deaths in which power outage contributed to exacerbation of an existing medical condition. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Diagnoses of HIV Infection Among Adults Aged 50 Years and Older in the United States and Dependent Areas 2011-2016 (August 2018)  Aug-02-2018 This document is an issue of the HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report that presents data for diagnoses of HIV infection among persons aged 50 and older for 2011-2016, reported to CDC through December 31, 2017. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

HHS announces grantees for Title X family planning program services   Aug-02-2018 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs announced the 96 grantees to whom HHS intends to award Title X family planning service grants for fiscal year 2018. Twelve of the intended awards go to grantees who are new to Title X. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research to Address the Opioids Crisis  Aug-02-2018 The purpose of this Notice is to inform the research community that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in receiving health services research grant applications to advance our nation's understanding of the opioids crisis and provide solutions for addressing it. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public's Health and National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop   Aug-03-2018 Proceedings from a March 2018 workshop to identify and understand approaches to aligning health care system incentives with the American public's need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

A collaborative translational research framework for evaluating and implementing the appropriate use of human genome sequencing to improve health  Aug-03-2018 Study discusses a translational research framework that features collaboration among multiple health systems with already available genome sequencing data, intervention information, and clinical outcomes. (Public Library of Science)

Price Variability Across Food Product and Vendor Type in Food Benefit Redemptions Under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)   Aug-03-2018 This report examines variability in WIC food transaction prices across store formats and WIC State agencies in the Midwest, Western, Southwest, and Mountain Plains using purchase-level data on 2014 Electronic Benefit Transfer transactions. (Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA)

PHF Partners with Tribes to Support Tribal Drinking Water Program Improvement   Aug-03-2018 The Public Health Foundation (PHF), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health, is collaborating to provide technical assistance and training for Tribal drinking water programs around the country. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Adolescent E-Cigarette, Hookah, and Conventional Cigarette Use and Subsequent Marijuana Use   Aug-07-2018 Open access article examined whether adolescent electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), hookah, or combustible cigarette use is associated with initiating and currently using marijuana as well as using both tobacco and marijuana concurrently. (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))

School-based drug and violence prevention and mental health promotion  Aug-07-2018 Brief focuses on policies and programs that support foundational protective factors for children, such as health literacy, impulse control, communication skills, school engagement and opportunities for positive social involvement. (Health Policy Institute of Ohio)

Three-Part Series: Improving Care for People Living with HIV: Opportunities for State Medicaid-Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Collaboration   Aug-07-2018 This three-part series explores policy levers and strategies that states are utilizing to focus limited resources and provide comprehensive and accessible care to people living with HIV. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Medicaid and CHIP Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Indiana's Experience   Aug-07-2018 This study explores Indiana's efforts to promote lead screening and treatment within its Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (and other tickborne diseases) Toolkit for Healthcare Providers with Continuing Education   Aug-08-2018 Toolkit includes video, pocket physician card, clinical timeline, and manual on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

BE Active Slides and Talking Points  Aug-08-2018 This slide deck with talking points can help public health professionals and community leaders spread the word about the BE Active resources to promote and increase physical activity in their communities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Zika in Babies in US Territories   Aug-08-2018 This issue of Vital Signs focuses on prevention, treatment, and surveillance of Zika in infants. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Genetic tests confirm separate DRC Ebola outbreak; vaccination begins tomorrow   Aug-08-2018 A genetic analysis of the Ebola virus from a new outbreak of the disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) North Kivu province confirms that it isn't related to a recent outbreak in Equateur province, and other lab testing has confirmed three more cases in the latest outbreak. (University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP))

Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Implementation and Impact Measurement Program (April 2018)  Aug-08-2018 Report summarizes the findings from four cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS)impact measurement projects in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. (Center for Public Health Sharing)

The Relationship Between Work and Health: Findings from a Literature Review  Aug-08-2018 This brief examines literature on the relationship between work and health and analyzes the implications of this research in the context of Medicaid work requirements. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

Changes in Influenza Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Personnel in US Hospitals   Aug-08-2018 Study compares the proportion of respondent hospitals requiring HCP to receive annual influenza vaccination between 2013 and 2017 and to assess the degree to which these proportions differed between Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA hospitals. (American Medical Association (AMA))

Non-Medical Opioid Use among Rural and Urban Pregnant Women, 2007-2014 (August 2018)  Aug-08-2018 This brief presents data on rural-urban differences in non-medical opioid use among pregnant women to inform policy, programmatic, and clinical efforts to address this crisis. (University of Minnesota)

Assessing Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit For Life Program for Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention in a Rural Midwestern Town   Aug-08-2018 This article reports on the Fit For Life (FFL) health education program designed to address the determinants of obesity in rural settings and help participants lose weight. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Preventing Prescription Opioid Overdoses in New York State   Aug-09-2018 Like many states, New York is suffering from the consequences of the opioid overdose epidemic. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses due to both prescription and illicit drug use in recent years. Overdoses are killing people of all races and ages. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is coordinating statewide prevention interventions to save lives and prevent opioid overdoses. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Call for abstracts: Pedagogy for Global Health and Health Promotion   Aug-09-2018 SOPHE's Health Promotion Practice journal seeks abstracts for its special theme issue, "Pedagogy for Global Health and Health Promotion," which is scheduled for a December 2019 publication date. The abstract deadline is November 1, 2018. (Society for Public Health Education)

National Variation in Opioid Prescribing and Risk of Prolonged Use for Opioid-Naive Patients Treated in the Emergency Department for Ankle Sprains   Aug-09-2018 Between 2011 and 2015, nearly one in four patients with ankle sprains were prescribed opioids in the emergency department. The overall prescribing rate declined during the study period, but varied significantly by state, ranging from 2.8% in North Dakota to 40% in Arkansas. (University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI))

Opioid Use Disorder Documented at Delivery Hospitalization - United States, 1999-2014   Aug-09-2018 National opioid use disorder rates at delivery more than quadrupled during 1999-2014. Rates significantly increased in all 28 states with 3 years of data. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Naloxone Administration Frequency During Emergency Medical Service Events - United States, 2012-2016   Aug-09-2018 Analysis of a national database of EMS events found that from 2012 to 2016, the rate of naloxone administrations increased 75.1%, from 573.6 to 1004.4 per 100,000 EMS events, mirroring a 79.7% increase in the age-adjusted opioid mortality rate. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Update: Interim Guidance for Preconception Counseling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus for Men with Possible Zika Virus Exposure - United States, August 2018   Aug-09-2018 CDC now recommends that men with possible Zika virus exposure who are planning to conceive with their partner wait at least 3 months after symptom onset or their last possible Zika virus exposure before engaging in unprotected sex. This updated timeframe also applies to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Healthcare consumerism 2018: An update on the journey  Aug-09-2018 Survey of healthcare consumers found they desire affordability, continuity, digital tools, and engagement.(McKinsey)

Buprenorphine and the Opioid Crisis: A Primer for Congress   Aug-09-2018 This report addresses questions policymakers may have about the effectiveness of buprenorphine, the demand for buprenorphine, and access to buprenorphine. (CSR Reports)

Health Impacts of Opioid Misuse in Alaska (August 2018)  Aug-10-2018 This report utilizes current data from multiple data sources to provide an overview on the use patterns, trends, morbidity, and mortality associated with opioid use in Alaska. (State of Alaska Epidemiology)

Making Alzheimer's Our Next Public Health Success Story (2018)  Aug-10-2018 With a strong response, public health can mitigate the future impacts of Alzheimer's and other dementias, especially among vulnerable populations. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions  Aug-10-2018 Clinicians were more likely to reduce the number and dose of opioid drugs they prescribed after learning that one of their patients had died from an overdose from a controlled substance than those not notified, according to a recent study appearing in the August 10 issue of Science. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

State Policy Approaches to Incorporating Doula Services into Maternal Care   Aug-10-2018 A growing body of evidence suggests that continuous support from doulas or other non-clinical labor support can improve birth outcomes for both mothers and infants, fewer preterm and low-birth weight infants, and reductions in cesarean sections. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Maine's Physician, Nurse Practitioner, and Physician Assistant Workforce in 2018 (July 2018)  Aug-10-2018 This report uses two sources of data to describe Maine's 2018 physician, nurse practitioner (NP), and physician assistant (PA) workforce supply: Maine health professions license data and the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile. (University of Washington)

Population Health Twitter Brainstorm  Aug-10-2018 August 14, 2018 10:30-11:00am ET. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) and the Health and Medicine Division (@NASEM_Health) will co-host a Twitter brainstorm on important questions for the population health field in the next decade. The chat will use the hashtag #pophealthRT. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

CDC's Tracking Network in Action: Extreme Heat   Aug-13-2018 CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network provides data and tools that you can use to see how extreme heat may affect your health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces: Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief  Aug-13-2018 Brief summary of a May 2018 workshop which examined the magnitude of obesity and overweight in the military, highlighted existing approaches that support a healthy weight, and explored innovative cross-sector opportunities to overcome this challenge. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.   Aug-14-2018 This factsheet discusses HPV and related cancers, use of the HPV vaccines for both females and males, and insurance coverage and access to the vaccines. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

The Opioid Epidemic: National Trends in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths from 2000 to 2016 (June 2018)  Aug-14-2018 This brief provides high-level information about opioids and opioid addiction, presents the historical context for the epidemic of opioid-related addiction and mortality in the United States, and examines trends in opioid-related mortality across the country and among population subgroups. (State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC))

Long-term Outcomes of Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: The Special Diabetes Program for Indians Diabetes Prevention Program   Aug-14-2018 This article reports long-term outcomes, for up to 10 years, of long-term translational effectiveness of lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. (American Diabetes Association)

Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Health Care Systems Using Evidence-Based Interventions  Aug-14-2018 Article discusses the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP), funded by the CDC, which aims to increase CRC screening rates among medically underserved populations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

AHRQ Step Up App Challenge  Aug-15-2018 In the AHRQ Step Up App Challenge: Advancing Care Through Patient Assessments, AHRQ is looking for teams to design, develop, and pilot a user-friendly application that simplifies the process of collecting, interpreting, aggregating, and sharing patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data related to physical function outcomes in the ambulatory care setting. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders   Aug-15-2018 Dissertation measures access to buprenorphine, the fastest growing form of medication-assisted treatment, and the effects of demand side interventions aiming to tackle the opioid problem in America. (RAND Corporation)

Workforce Safety for Syringe Service Programs   Aug-15-2018 This fact sheet provides best practices for ensuring workforce safety at Syringe Services Programs (SSPs), guidance for developing an Exposure Control Plan, and a quick reference checklist that SSPs can use to identify their capacity building needs in this area.

Slide Set: HIV Mortality (through 2015)  Aug-15-2018 Slide set presents trends in rates and distributions of deaths in the United States, focusing on deaths due HIV infection. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

The Opioid Epidemic: What Veterinarians Need to Know   Aug-15-2018 Resource outlines what steps can veterinarians take if they stock and administer opioids. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Mayor Emanuel Announces Five Times More Residents Receive HIV Care, Compared to 2015   Aug-15-2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) just announced that so far this year, the city has served 1,814 people living with HIV in Chicago as the city continues to expand HIV primary care support.

Prevalence of Disabilities and Health Care Access by Disability Status and Type Among Adults - United States, 2016  Aug-16-2018 In 2016, using the HHS six-question set on the BRFSS, one in four (61 million) U.S. adults reported any disability; nearly 6% reported hearing disability. Adults with disabilities, particularly those aged 18-44 and 45-64 years, experienced disparities in health care access by disability type. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Airport Public Health Preparedness and Response: Legal Rights, Powers, and Duties  Aug-16-2018 Report addresses the legal issues concerning the measures to detect communicable diseases, regulations to control communicable diseases, methods for decontamination, emergency legal preparedness, privacy, and potential sources of liability; and provides a checklist that airport attorneys and other staff can use to help prepare, plan, and coordinate with their partners in response to a threat of a communicable disease. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Prevalence of Five Health-Related Behaviors for Chronic Disease Prevention Among Sexual and Gender Minority Adults - 25 U.S. States and Guam, 2016   Aug-16-2018 Study examined five health behaviors (physical activity, smoking, alcohol, normal body weight, and sufficient daily sleep) in LGBT persons using the BRFSS survey. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Contraceptive Use Among Women at Risk for Unintended Pregnancy in the Context of Public Health Emergencies - United States, 2016  Aug-16-2018 Data collected from the BRFSS was used to determine contraceptive use among women of childbearing age. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

Health Justice for People Experiencing Homelessness: Confronting the U.S. Public Sanitation and Hygiene Crisis (July 2018)  Aug-16-2018 Issue brief provides a menu of legal and policy opportunities to advance equitable access and health justice for people experiencing homelessness. (Network for Public Health Law)

To Improve Health Disparities, Focus on Oral Health   Aug-17-2018 A team from our Clinical Scholars program believes that addressing oral health disparities can improve overall health and well-being, and help end cycles of poverty. They are bringing oral health to the community through school clinics, an app and an oral health protocol development for nurses, physicians, dentists and dental hygienists. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Readiness for Responding to a Severe Pandemic 100 Years After 1918   Aug-17-2018 Article assesses public health and health care readiness for the 1918 influenza outbreak and looks at developments in the last 100 years that have improved readiness for a pandemic. (Oxford University Press)

Best Practices for Participant and Stakeholder Engagement in the All of Us Research Program   Aug-17-2018 Report identifies six best practices for engagement in the All of Us program: expanding community partnerships, fostering a spectrum of leadership, engaging a mix of study champions, making precision medicine relevant to communities, building a diverse engagement team, and preparing to talk about uncertainties related to the study. (RAND Corporation)

State Strategies to Address Opioid Abuse   Aug-17-2018 Blog post outlines innovative strategies states have adopted to allow them to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. (Council of State Governments)

Breastfeeding Report Card: United States, 2018  Aug-20-2018 To track our nation's progress on achieving the Healthy People 2020 goals, CDC's 2018 Breastfeeding Report Card provides a compilation of data on breastfeeding practices and supports in all states, the District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Policy Recommendations for the State of Wisconsin (July 2018)  Aug-20-2018 Pew conducted a full system assessment to inform recommendations for Wisconsin on timely, comprehensive, evidence-based, and sustainable treatment for substance use disorder. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Texting/emailing while driving among high school students in 35 states, United States, 2015  Aug-21-2018 This study used 2015 data to explore individual and state-level factors associated with texting while driving among teen drivers (14-18 years of age) in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

NIH officials: closing treatment gaps critical to ending the U.S. HIV epidemic   Aug-21-2018 Disparities in achieving HIV suppression explored in related NIH-funded study. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Real Estate Business   Aug-21-2018 Hospitals have begun to invest in housing to improve the health of their high-risk patients. (National Public Radio (NPR))

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic   Aug-21-2018 Fact sheet provides updated statistics and information on global HIV/AIDs response, global prevalence, vulnerable populations, prevention and treatment, global goals set by WHO and the UN, and U.S. government efforts. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

When Regulations Block Access to Oral Health Care, Children at Risk Suffer  Aug-21-2018 This brief describes a range of state-based regulations or policies that either limit or prohibit dental hygienists from sealing children's teeth at school, or create financial burdens that work against the expansion of school sealant programs. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America  Aug-22-2018 Report highlights emerging research from Philadelphia that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. (Children's HealthWatch)

Genetics and pollution drive severity of asthma symptoms  Sep-04-2018 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)

The Power of Preparedness: Prepare Your Health  Sep-04-2018 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)

National Preparedness Month: Make and Practice Your Plan  Sep-04-2018 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))

PHQIX Transitions to a New Home and a New Look  Sep-04-2018 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)

Academic health department partnerships boost training: Joining with schools benefits students  Sep-04-2018 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))

Recovery Month: A Time of Celebration and Hope  Sep-04-2018 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)

Get Ready: Hurricane Florence Targets East Coast  Sep-10-2018 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))

Preventing Suicide in Tribal Communities—and Beyond  Sep-10-2018 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)

Children's Environmental Health Chat - Youth Engagement  Oct-03-2018 October 11, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #CEHchat. (Children's Environmental Health Network)