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  • #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon   - May 6, 2019. During the all-day online event, we invite you to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources like MedlinePlus, PubMed, and Genetics Home Reference. Participants can follow the hashtag #CiteNLM on Twitter throughout the day to ask questions, post photos, and share personal experiences. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

    + 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.

    Airport Roles in Reducing Transmission of Communicable Diseases (2019)   - Report summarizes an event held from March 6-7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. that discussed the roles of airports in reducing transmission of communicable diseases. Speakers represented the federal government, domestic and foreign airports, local public health agencies, an international aviation organization, and academia. The proceedings focused largely on strategies, best practices, and suggestions that pertain specifically to airports, as identified by the invited speakers. (National Academies Press)

    American Indian and Alaska Native Health Portal and Arctic Health to Retire on December 16, 2019   - The American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal (https://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov) will be retired on December 16, 2019. Please visit the MedlinePlus American Indian and Alaska Native Health page for information about this topic. The Arctic Health portal moved to a new home on September 28, 2018. The University of Alaska Anchorage will continue to host and maintain the publications database at https://arctichealth.org/. Content from NLM-hosted Arctic Health has been moved to the new site and the search engine has been enhanced. Please bookmark https://arctichealth.org for Arctic Health. The current NLM site (https://arctichealth.nlm.nih.gov/) will no longer be available after December 16, 2019. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

    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 Media Statement: Measles cases in the U.S. are highest since measles was eliminated in 2000   - As of 3 p.m. on April 24, 2019, CDC is reporting 695 cases of measles from 22 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000. The high number of cases in 2019 is primarily the result of a few large outbreaks – one in Washington State and two large outbreaks in New York that started in late 2018. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

    COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports   - These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential. (Google)

    COVID-19 Data Hub   - Stay up to date with the most impactful Coronavirus visualizations from the Tableau Community.

    COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center   - The National Indian Health Board is leading a national effort to advocate and secure resources for Tribes to respond to COVID-19. NIHB seeks to ensure that the Tribes remain informed on COVID 19, have the resources and assistance needed to respond to the pandemic, and that the Congress and Administration understand and address Tribal needs and priorities. (National Indian Health Board)

    COVIDView: A Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity   - This CDC report provides a weekly summary and interpretation of key indicators being adapted to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. This includes information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

    Call for Timely Papers on COVID-19 in Rural Areas   - The JRH is committed to publishing timely papers pertaining to COVID-19 in rural areas and its consequences for rural health care personnel and organizations. To facilitate rapid publication, we encourage several types of submissions that do not require peer review, but which the Editor may accept or reject. These include commentaries and letters to the editor that describe current problems and innovative solutions pertaining to rural COVID-19 prevention, mitigation, and containment. Commentaries are limited to 1500 words and letters to the editor to 400 words, and neither require an abstract. (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))

    Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label   - On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. FDA published the final rules in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

    Collision of the COVID-19 and Addiction Epidemics   - Risk for severe COVID-19 and death escalates with older age but is also concentrated among those who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and heart and respiratory diseases. Many of the latter arise from smoking and thus may increase risk for death and illness among smokers (tobacco or cannabis). (American College of Physicians)

    Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties (April 2020)   - While much of the COVID-19 focus has been on major metropolitan areas, rural areas of the United States are not free of exposure. As of April 5, 2020, there were a total of 328,924 cases and 9,172 deaths identified in counties (data provided by USAFacts.org), with 12,693 cases and 327 deaths (about 3.9 percent of cases and 3.6 percent of deaths) reported in non-metropolitan counties. (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI))

    Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE   - An interactive web-based dashboard hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases of 2019-nCoV in real-time. The dashboard reports cases at the province level in China, city level in the US, Australia and Canada, and at the country level otherwise. (Johns Hopkins University)

    Coronavirus Tracker   - This tracker provides the number of cases and deaths from novel coronavirus by country, the trend in case and death counts by country, and a global map showing which countries have cases and deaths. The data are drawn directly from official coronavirus situation reports released regularly by the WHO. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

    Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19)   - In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. (National Science Foundation)

    Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Among Residents and Staff Members of an Independent and Assisted Living Community for Older Adults — Seattle, Washington, 2020   - Following identification of two COVID-19 cases in a Seattle independent and assisted living facility, stringent preventive measures were implemented. Testing of all residents and staff members found few cases of COVID-19. Three of four residents who had positive test results were asymptomatic. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

    Do Health Impact Assessments Promote Equity?   - Several evaluations have found that in the near term, HIAs can illuminate the potential health effects on communities of policy and program choices, influence decision-making, increase knowledge about health impacts among decision-makers, and demonstrate the connection between health and sectors such as education, housing, and employment. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

    Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Mental Health: Proceedings of a Workshop (2020)   - To explore how health professions education and practice organizations and programs are currently addressing social determinants that contribute to mental health disparities across the lifespan, the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop in Washington, DC on November 14-15, 2019. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

    Fighting Together: National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day 2019   - National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) highlights the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic and Latinx communities. The Latino Commission on AIDS—the lead organizer for this October 15 observance—notes, “the NLAAD 2019 campaign want[s] to address that people of either HIV status have a say on ending HIV, in stopping new diagnoses. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

    HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Sentinel Network   - The HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Sentinel Network (Sentinel Network) was formed to increase NACCHO’s understanding of local health department efforts, needs, challenges, and successes. The Network is comprised of more than 100 LHDs from over 40 states and the District of Columbia who complete brief surveys on an approximately quarterly basis. The Sentinel Network is open to all local health departments and NACCHO aims to expand Sentinel Network membership to include at least two local health departments from each state and ensure a spectrum of jurisdiction sizes and geographic locations and settings are represented. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

    High Obesity Program Collection (March 2020)   - A collection of Preventing Chronic Disease articles on the High Obesity Program, a program that implemented evidence- and practice-based strategies with a goal to increase access to nutritious foods and places to be physically active in counties in which the prevalence of obesity among adults was more than 40%. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

    Housing for Health: Creating a Permanent Supportive Housing Program to Help People with Comlex Conditions Experiencing Homelessness   - The Los Angeles Department of Health's Housing for Health (HFH) division reflects the national movement for “housing first,” an approach that prioritizes providing individuals experiencing homelessness with housing, regardless of whether they are in treatment for their substance use, mental health, or physical health conditions (and, unlike most other housing programs outside this model, does not require sobriety as a condition of entry.) That view sees housing as necessary for the health of people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, HFH also embraces the philosophies of harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and, ultimately, “whatever it takes” to help individuals who are homeless. (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS))

    How to Talk About Mental Health: Addressing Misunderstandings about Mental Health in the Media (September 2019)   - This tip sheet was developed as a collaboration between the Massachusetts Statewide Youth Advisory Council (SYAC) and the Learning and Working Center at the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (TACR) to clear up some common misunderstandings about mental health conditions and to share strategies to talk about mental health in a more accurate and more helpful way. (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

    Improving Chronic Illness Management in Harlem: Leveraging Community Health Coaches to Address the Challenge of Medication Management   - Since 2012, City Health Works in Harlem, New York, has hired clinically supervised, neighborhood-based health coaches to support low-income patients manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension. Study presents the major reasons for medication issues, including those that required “escalations” to clinical supervisors, discusses the unique ways that community-based coaching can help address medication management challenges that emerge in patients’ daily lives, and recommends several action items for medical training and practice, aimed at improving the delivery of patient-centered care. (Urban Institute)

    LitCovid   - LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 1121 (and growing) research articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

    National Coronavirus Response: A Roadmap to Recovering   - This report provides a road map for navigating through the current COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. It outlines specific directions for adapting our public-health strategy as we limit the epidemic spread of COVID-19 and are able to transition to new tools and approaches to prevent further spread of the disease.

    Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)   - NIAID is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the need for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). NIAID is particularly interested in projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)

    Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative   - On March 13, 2020, the National Science and Technology Advisors from a dozen countries, including the United States, called on publishers to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) and other appropriate public repositories to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts. This page lists the publishers that have responded to the call. (National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM)

    Rapid Sentinel Surveillance for COVID-19 — Santa Clara County, California, March 2020   - During March 5–14, among patients with respiratory symptoms evaluated at one of four Santa Clara County urgent care centers serving as sentinel surveillance sites, 23% had positive test results for influenza. Among a subset of patients with negative test results for influenza, 11% had positive test results for COVID-19. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars   - Clinical Scholars fellows include pharmacists, physical therapists, veterinarians, dentists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and many others working in clinical or academic settings. Through mentoring, networking, and an intensive curriculum centered on equity, they deepen their influence and impact as leaders with the power to transform their workplaces and communities. Working in teams of two to five representing diverse disciplines, they design an innovative project to address a complex health problem in their area. Teams receive annual grant funding up to $525,000 so members can participate in the three-year program at no cost to themselves or their organizations. Clinical Scholars is one of several programs created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a network of strong, interdisciplinary leaders from every sector working to create a nation where everyone can reach their best possible health and well-being. Clinical Scholars, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a national leadership development program for experienced health practitioners. Applications open each January and are in March.

    Share Your Community's COVID-19 Innovations   - How have families, businesses and key sectors of your community (agriculture, healthcare, human services, schools) had to innovate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic? Share the creative ways you are adapting to the current situation with other rural communities. The RHI Hub is looking for best practices, lessons learned, and other examples across a wide range of activities. (Rural Health Information Hub)

    Sodium Reduction Learning Collaborative   - The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to invite you to a Sodium Reduction Learning Collaborative (SRLC) to help us work together to reduce the burden of excess sodium intake in our communities! (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

    Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on advancing new policies aimed at preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars   - FDA is proposing to end current compliance policy as it applies to flavored electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products such as electronic cigarettes (other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored products), and prioritize enforcement of such products offered for sale in ways that pose a greater risk for minors to access these tobacco products. In addition, FDA expects manufacturers of all flavored ENDS products (other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored) that remain on the market under these new conditions to submit premarket applications to the agency by Aug. 8, 2021. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), 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)

    The High Obesity Program: Overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cooperative Extension Services Efforts to Address Obesity   - HOP is a pilot program that funded 11 land-grant universities (LGUs) from September 30, 2014, through September 29, 2018, in states with a least 1 county in which the prevalence of obesity among adults was more than 40% according to data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The purpose of HOP was to implement evidence- and practice-based strategies to improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, and prevent or control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

    Updates on NIAID Funding for SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-2019 Research   - NIAID recently replaced the NIAID Urgent NOSI with an NIAID Emergency NOSI, Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) Regarding the Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which instead directs applicants to NIH’s Emergency FOA, Emergency Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Awards (Emergency Supplement, Clinical Trial Optional). (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)

    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)

    What is the Value of Social Determinants of Health in Dental Education?   - Incorporating the social determinants of health would be a major shift for dental education, but as the authors of our new NAM Perspectives Commentary argue, a necessary one to ensure that the future dental workforce is prepared to improve health outcomes for their patients. (National Academy of Medicine)

    What’s in Our Water? New Research on Forever Chemicals in Drinking Water and Their Public Health Implications   - On this week's episode of On the Evidence, we speak with Cindy Hu, a data scientist at Mathematica, who studies how humans are exposed to and affected by this class of emerging contaminants in drinking water. We discuss the prevalence of these chemicals in our drinking water, as well as their health implications and ways to address them through public policy. (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)