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In the Spotlight
Last Call for Model Practices Applications
Take Action
Tell Congress Not to Cut Prevention Funding for LHDs
Apply for Funding to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates
Participate in the Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program
October Pilot for NACCHO’s 2016 Profile Study
Survey: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
Tools and Resources
Directory of Organizations Serving Older Adults
NACCHO Launches GIS Mapping Service
Roadmap to Ready: Training for Preparedness Coordinators
Medical Reserve Corps Capability: Electronic Smoking Devices
Communications Corner
Op-Ed: Congress Should Support Fund that Prevents Disease and Saves Lives
NACCHO Voice: National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month
Preparedness Brief: Addressing Suspicious Biological Outbreaks
Healthy People, Healthy Places: Live Testing of Flu on Call and the Start of Flu Season
Upcoming Events
2016 Public Health Informatics Conference
Webinar on Public Health, Healthcare, and Community Development
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Public Health Dispatch, October 2015

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In the Spotlight
Last Call for Model Practices Applications
NACCHO’s Model Practices Program nationally honors outstanding local public health practices and shares them through the Model Practices Database. By sharing evidence-based practices, local health departments (LHDs) contribute to the improvement of public health. NACCHO will accept award applications through Oct. 31. Learn more »
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Take Action
Tell Congress Not to Cut Prevention Funding for LHDs
The House Budget Committee has voted to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a vital source of funding for LHDs. Ask your Members of Congress to support the Fund by visiting NACCHO’s Engage Action Center. Learn more »
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Apply for Funding to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates
NACCHO has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support LHDs as they engage and collaborate with healthcare providers and other key community stakeholders to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in their communities. Applications are due Oct. 29. Learn more »
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Participate in the Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program
NACCHO invites LHDs to submit applications to participate in a peer mentorship program related to the Food and Drug Administration’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. Applications are due Oct. 31. Learn more »
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October Pilot for NACCHO’s 2016 Profile Study
Pilot testing of the 2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) study has begun. The pilot study is an important step in ensuring the Profile questionnaire is scientifically rigorous and easy for participants to complete. If you are not in the pilot, make sure your voice is heard by participating in the Profile study when it is fielded in January 2016.
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Survey: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
NACCHO is participating in a project sponsored by the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services to understand better how LHDs use the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care. NACCHO encourages LHDs to complete a brief 10-minute survey about the standards. Learn more »
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Tools and Resources
Directory of Organizations Serving Older Adults
This fact sheet can help LHDs prepare for emergencies by identifying organizations that provide direct services at the local level or can connect people to providers of direct services for older adults. Learn more »
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NACCHO Launches GIS Mapping Service
Geographic information systems (GIS) make it easier for LHDs to make critical decisions, tell the stories of their communities, and streamline resources to minimize costs. Recognizing the value of GIS for its members, NACCHO has dedicated experts on staff to create data-rich visual analyses in partnership with LHDs. Learn more »
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Roadmap to Ready: Training for Preparedness Coordinators
NACCHO's Roadmap to Ready is a training and mentorship program to help new emergency preparedness coordinators gain knowledge, skills, connections, and resources to successfully prepare their jurisdictions for new and emerging threats. Learn more »
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Medical Reserve Corps Capability: Electronic Smoking Devices
Use of electronic smoking devices (ESDs), sometimes referred to as e-cigarettes, continues to climb throughout the United States. ESDs are not restricted by federal regulation and little long-term clinical research about the health effects of ESDs exists. This NACCHO fact sheet explains how Medical Reserve Corps Units can play a role in this public health issue. Learn more »
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Communications Corner
Op-Ed: Congress Should Support Fund that Prevents Disease and Saves Lives
In an article in The Hill, NACCHO Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, urged Congress to support the Prevention and Public Health Fund. He explains that the fund deserves continued congressional funding because it makes sense economically, medically, and ethically. Learn more »
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NACCHO Voice: National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month
In a post on the NACCHO Voice blog, NACCHO President Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, highlights two LHDs taking innovative approaches to addressing mental health issues in their jurisdictions. Learn more »
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Preparedness Brief: Addressing Suspicious Biological Outbreaks
This blog post explores the importance of a coordinated response between law enforcement and public health when trying to discern whether a suspicious biological outbreak was intentional or occurred naturally. Learn more »
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Healthy People, Healthy Places: Live Testing of Flu on Call and the Start of Flu Season
A post on the Healthy People, Healthy Places blog describes how the Flu on Call program can help LHDs address the burden of seasonal influenza in their communities. Learn more »
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Upcoming Events
2016 Public Health Informatics Conference
NACCHO and CDC will host the next Public Health Informatics Conference Aug. 21–24, 2016, in Atlanta. The conference provides a forum for informatics professionals to exchange experiences, ideas, and strategies to advance public health practice and health equity. Learn more »
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Webinar on Public Health, Healthcare, and Community Development
NACCHO Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck MD, MPH, will present in a webinar on Oct. 20 hosted by the Building Health Places Network. Panelists will discuss ways the public health, community development, and healthcare sectors can work together to improve health outcomes. Learn more »
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