Congenital Syphilis Information

The March of Dimes in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to increase patient awareness of Congenital Syphilis.

Syphilis during pregnancy can cause serious problems for your baby, like premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). It also can cause death for your baby before or after birth. If your baby is born with syphilis, it can cause lifelong problems, like being blind or deaf. Learn how to protect your baby from syphilis.

Reference the following materials for more information.

Announcing call for 2018 Public Health Fellowship in Government

AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION

The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C.

Applications, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available on APHA’s website.

The application deadline for the 2018 fellowship is August 14, 2017

New Jersey Department of Health Achieves National Accreditation

“Achieving accreditation indicates that the New Jersey Department of Health is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.

Find full details here.

 

Emerging Issues in Tobacco Use and Opioid Addiction and Prevention webinars

Emerging Issues in Tobacco UseTuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will discuss the current landscape on tobacco use and address emerging issues in tobacco misuse and prevention. It will feature experts from SAMHSA and the CDC, as well as NPW partner Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Register today: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/aw7y9kj6ybk&eom

Opioid Addiction and PreventionWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will discuss the growing issue of opioid addiction and how partner engagement can support prevention efforts. It will feature SAMHSA and state prevention experts, and NPW partner, American Society for Addiction Medicine.

Register today: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/749hzwn4sivd&eom

A Third of Children Exposed to Lead in the U.S. Likely Undiagnosed

PEDIATRICS STUDY REVEALS STATES WHERE MORE THAN 80% OF LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN REMAIN UNIDENTIFIED

As concerns about lead exposure peak across the U.S., a PHI study published today in Pediatrics indicates that reporting may be capturing just 2 out of every 3 children poisoned by lead. "Assessing Child Lead Poisoning Case Ascertainment in the US, 1999-2010," from PHI’s California Environmental Health Tracking Program, found states where more than 80% of lead-poisoned children remain unidentified—and researchers expect that testing rates have only declined in the subsequent years.

Read for complete details of this study here.

May Webinars – 5/9 and 5/18

Plan4Health: Nutrition webinar:  Tuesday, May 9

Join us for the third webinar of a three-part series to learn about the Plan4Health Initiative, and the importance of planning and public health to create the healthiest nation. Presenters will talk about nutrition focused policies, systems and environmental strategies that improve access to food and beverage options.

Objectives

·       Discuss policies, systems and environmental strategies focused on access to healthy food and beverages.

·       Describe successes, challenges and lessons learned when implementing policies, systems and environmental change related to nutrition.

Date: May 9

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Webinar Link: https://ampublichealthassoc.adobeconnect.com/_a1127126520/seminars/

Please use your computer audio

Moderator:       Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Past APHA President

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Presenters:   Aaron Mondada   Idaho Plan4Health Coalition

                       Melissa Oden  Plan4Health Tarrant County

Accreditation Webinar: Thursday, May 18

National voluntary public health accreditation is designed to establish a standard for the provision of governmental public health services available to all residents of the United States. This past year, the CDC and APHA provided funding to 6 APHA Affiliates to implement accreditation readiness activities with local, state, tribal and/or territorial health departments. Join us to learn more about the activities and work being conducted in GA, OH, TX, and UT.

Objectives:

·       Provide an overview of current accreditation readiness activities

·       Discuss successes, challenges, and opportunities

·       Discuss needs for PI resources and assistance to health departments that are not seeking accreditation

 Date: May 18

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

RWJF and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute Released the 8th Annual County Health Rankings

A collaborative project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org, show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on more than 30 factors including high school graduation rates, children in poverty, housing, unemployment, access to healthy foods, and much more.

 The Rankings motivate community leaders and citizens to work together in new and creative ways to build a Culture of Health. The Roadmaps offer communities resources and tools to move from awareness to action.

Learn more at www.countyhealthrankings.org