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In This Issue
In the Spotlight
World AIDS Day: How Local Health Departments are Acting to End the Epidemic
Take Action
Register for Webinar on Knowledge-Management System for Reportable Conditions
Submit an Abstract for NACCHO Annual 2016
Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship: Now Accepting Host Site and Fellow Applications
Health and Disability Technical Assistance
Tools and Resources
NACCHO Board Approves New Policy Statements
Big Cities Health Inventory
Flu Near You: A Guide to Engaging in Participatory Disease Surveillance
Branding a Local Health Department: The Process
NACCHO Launches Fracking Project
Communications Corner
The Foundation for the Public’s Health Launches a Newsletter on Public Health and Philanthropy
Preparedness Brief: MRC Units Use Psychological First Aid to Address Mental Health in Disasters
Understanding USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
Upcoming Events
Attend the 2016 Preparedness Summit
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Public Health Dispatch, December 2015

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In the Spotlight
World AIDS Day: How Local Health Departments are Acting to End the Epidemic
Today is World AIDS Day, a day to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS, reflect on our progress and the challenges that remain, and unite in our commitment to an AIDS-free generation. In a post on NACCHO Voice, NACCHO Executive Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck details how local health departments (LHDs) are making a difference. Learn more »
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Take Action
Register for Webinar on Knowledge-Management System for Reportable Conditions
NACCHO has launched a series of 90-minute professional development webinars covering emerging issues affecting LHDs and their staff. The next webinar, “Into a New Age of Reporting: Progress on Developing the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System,” will take place Dec. 16. Learn more and register »
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Submit an Abstract for NACCHO Annual 2016
The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2016 NACCHO Annual Conference is Friday, Dec. 18. NACCHO has organized this year’s program into session tracks based on how LHDs are addressing the underlying causes of health inequity. Learn more »
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Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship: Now Accepting Host Site and Fellow Applications
NACCHO is now accepting applications for the Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship, the Health Systems Integration Program, and the Informatics-Training in Place Program. These fellowships focus on building epidemiology and informatics capacity at state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments. Learn more »
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Health and Disability Technical Assistance
NACCHO is offering technical assistance to LHDs on the topic of including people with disabilities into public health practice, particularly preparedness planning and response and health promotion programming and activities. Applications are due Feb. 16, 2016. Learn more »
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Tools and Resources
NACCHO Board Approves New Policy Statements

NACCHO's Board of Directors recently passed eight new and updated policy statements on issues such as antimicrobial stewardship and risk communication capacity. NACCHO and LHDs use policy statements to educate and urge action by legislators, policymakers, partner organizations, the media, and the public. Learn more »

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Big Cities Health Inventory
The Big Cities Health Coalition, an independent initiative of NACCHO, has released an interactive data platform and report that examines data for 26 cities across 34 health indicators. The data set is the first open-access format to provide a broad, comparable view of city health. Learn more »
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Flu Near You: A Guide to Engaging in Participatory Disease Surveillance
NACCHO created a guide to help LHDs get started with the Flu Near You platform to benefit their communities’ flu awareness and tracking efforts. Through Flu Near You, thousands of volunteers answer a brief weekly digital questionnaire about their health for crowd-sourced flu surveillance. View the guide »
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Branding a Local Health Department: The Process
LHDs can adopt the business practice of branding (also known as image management) to differentiate their role and function within the community from other health-related organizations and providers. This guide introduces brand development, describes the journey toward building a strong brand, and breaks the branding process into manageable steps. Learn more »
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NACCHO Launches Fracking Project
NACCHO has launched a new project on hydraulic fracturing—colloquially called fracking—to provide LHDs tools, resources, and education to protect the health of their communities. Project resources focus on the role LHDs play in fracking education, legislation, and oversight. Learn more »
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Communications Corner
The Foundation for the Public’s Health Launches a Newsletter on Public Health and Philanthropy
NACCHO created The Foundation for the Public’s Health earlier this year as a separate charitable organization to mobilize philanthropic dollars and partnerships to support LHDs. The Foundation recently launched a newsletter, Vanguards and Philanthropists, which contains videos, stories, a podcast, and blog posts from thought leaders in public health and philanthropy. Subscribe using the form in the footer of the Foundation’s website. Learn more »
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Preparedness Brief: MRC Units Use Psychological First Aid to Address Mental Health in Disasters
A new post on the Preparedness Brief blog explores how Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are providing psychological first aid to respond to the emotional and psychological needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families after a natural disaster or act of terrorism. Learn more »
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Understanding USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

In a guest-authored piece for NACCHO’s Healthy People, Healthy Places blog, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representative examines the history of food safety inspections in the United States and provides resources and tools for public health outreach and coordination. Learn more »

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Upcoming Events
Attend the 2016 Preparedness Summit
Registration is now open for the 2016 Preparedness Summit; early-bird rates are available until Feb. 19. The Summit will be held from April 19–22 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. This year’s theme is “Planning Today for Rebuilding Tomorrow: Resiliency and Recovery in the 21st Century.” Learn more »
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