December 15, 2015 View Web Version | Text Only Version
In This Issue
In the Spotlight
NACCHO Statement on the San Bernardino Shooting
Take Action
Act Today to Support Research on Gun Violence
Last Chance: Submit an Abstract for NACCHO Annual 2016
Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar on the Reportable Conditions System
Abstracts Now Open for the 2016 Public Health Informatics Conference
Health and Disability Program Offers Technical Assistance
Tools and Resources
NACCHO Exchange: Model Practices
NACCHO Funds 10 LHDs to Identify Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates
Story from the Field: Improving Cardiovascular Health
The Raising of America Documentary Series
Communications Corner
Protect Yourself while Pregnant: Food Safety Resources for Local Health Departments
Building a Culture of Health before Disaster Strikes
Upcoming Events
2016 Preparedness Summit: Resiliency and Recovery in the 21st Century
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Public Health Dispatch, December 2015

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In the Spotlight
NACCHO Statement on the San Bernardino Shooting
NACCHO Executive Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck released a statement about the tragic San Bernardino shooting, which left 14 people dead and 21 wounded. “As our thoughts turn to our friends and colleagues at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, we want to remind and urge all of our colleagues that we are a resilient community that strongly supports each another, especially in times of crisis,” he stated. Read the full statement »
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Take Action
Act Today to Support Research on Gun Violence

House Democrats have called for the final FY2016 appropriations bill to remove the ban on gun research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NACCHO has urged Congress to remove the ban and developed talking points to help NACCHO members reach their Members of Congress. Take action »

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Last Chance: 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 local health departments (LHDs) are addressing the underlying causes of health inequity. Learn more »
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Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar on the Reportable Conditions System
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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Abstracts Now Open for the 2016 Public Health Informatics Conference
The abstract submission process for the 2016 Public Health Informatics Conference, Aug. 21–24, 2016, in Atlanta, is now open through Jan. 27. Start an abstract »
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Health and Disability Program Offers Technical Assistance
NACCHO is providing technical assistance to LHDs interested in including people with disabilities in their programs, products, and services. NACCHO staff will help to develop action items and identify appropriate tools and resources to support LHDs’ goals. Apply today »
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Tools and Resources
NACCHO Exchange: Model Practices
The fall issue of NACCHO Exchange highlights a handful of award-winning practices from NACCHO’s Model Practices Program. The issue features replicable, evidence-based practices in areas such as food safety, diabetes, and infectious disease. Learn more »
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NACCHO Funds 10 LHDs to Identify Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates
NACCHO has funded 10 LHDs to identify strategies and develop action plans to improve vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical and several other types of cancers. The award will directly support the LHDs to engage locally with healthcare providers and other partners. Learn more »
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Story from the Field: Improving Cardiovascular Health
This story from the field outlines how the Mississippi State Department of Health sought to improve cardiovascular health in the Mississippi Delta through a project focused on clinical care, community outreach, and participant surveys. Read the story »
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The Raising of America Documentary Series
NACCHO has partnered with several organizations to disseminate copies of the documentary series The Raising of America, along with a companion viewing guide. LHDs can use the series to foster dialogue and action within communities about how society can ensure every infant has an equal opportunity. Learn more »
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Communications Corner
Protect Yourself while Pregnant: Food Safety Resources for Local Health Departments
Each year, approximately 48 million Americans suffer from foodborne illness; pregnant women in particular should practice food safety as illness can cause miscarriage or premature delivery. A U.S. Department of Agriculture representative examines the tools and resources to support healthy pregnancies in this guest-authored post for Healthy People, Healthy Places. Learn more »
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Building a Culture of Health before Disaster Strikes
A post on the Preparedness Brief blog explores how communities can improve their disaster resiliency by drawing upon lessons from Hurricane Sandy. Learn more »
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Upcoming Events
2016 Preparedness Summit: Resiliency and Recovery in the 21st Century
The 2016 Preparedness Summit will take place April 19–22 in Dallas. This year’s program, based on the theme “Planning Today for Rebuilding Tomorrow: Resiliency and Recovery in the 21st Century,” will provide preparedness professionals with new tools and strategies for preparing for and responding to disasters and other emergencies. Register today »
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