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+ 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))

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))

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)

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))

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 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)

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 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 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)

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)

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))

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.

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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))

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)

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))

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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))

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)

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 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))

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.

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)

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))

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))

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)

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)

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))

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)

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))

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))

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))

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

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))

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)

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)

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))

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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 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))

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 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))

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.

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 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))

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)

Request for Proposals: A cross-sectional survey of HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women and their male sexual partners in Haiti  Aug-02-2018 MEASURE Evaluation is seeking a local organization to serve as an implementing partner for a cross-sectional survey of HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women and their male sexual partners. Proposals are due by August 31, 2018. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation)

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))

The Older Americans Act in Action: Building & Cultivating Your Elder Law Program  Aug-10-2018 August 28, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (National Center on Law & Elder Rights)

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)