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The New CDC.gov is Live!

The new CDC.gov is live! The site is a direct result of the CDC’s agency-wide effort to modernize and transform digital communication. In the process, they have streamlined their previous web content by more than 65% across the agency, updated navigation, and designed a new look and feel.

 

The CDC recently announced the new CDC.gov with public health communicators and hope you find it enriching for your work. Please note that all URLs have changed or will change throughout the remainder of 2024. However, most links will automatically direct you from any previous links to corresponding new pages. Please contact the Office of Communications if you have any feedback or questions.

Free Pro Learning Designer Training Licenses

Apply for a free lifetime license to the Pro Learning Designer (PLD) Analysis to Design Training Series from the Public Health Foundation and the CDC. This opportunity is aimed at training professionals in developing e-learning for public health. Valued at $597, this opportunity promises professional growth.

 

The series, scheduled for release in July 2024, focuses on simplifying e-learning design, adhering to CDC Quality Training Standards. Divided into three courses, learners gain skills to create engaging e-learning experiences. Each self-paced course includes digital workbooks and requires no specific software. Applicants must apply by May 31, 2024, for a chance to enhance your e-learning design skills. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and access the application form here.

CDC Ending Program for Free COVID Vaccines Early for Some

The CDC is discontinuing a program offering free COVID-19 vaccines early to some states. This shift comes as vaccine demand wanes and the focus shifts to reaching vulnerable populations. While the initiative provided essential support during the pandemic's peak, officials now aim to prioritize resources where they're most needed.

 

The move reflects a dynamic response to evolving public health needs, signaling a transition in vaccination strategies. Read more about how this change may impact vaccination efforts and public health initiatives in the article by The Hill.

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Six Steps to Using AI in Your Communication Strategies

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In the realm of public health communications, the rapid emergence and integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ushering in a transformative era. As a comprehensive leader in communications, public relations and marketing technologies, the Cision company understands the importance of embracing AI’s capabilities early in its development stages as a critical element in the future of addressing complex challenges, bolstering crisis response, and ultimately improving the health outcomes of communities worldwide.

During the Cision-sponsored showcase session “AI & the Future of Crisis Comms,” at the 2023 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing & Media (NCHCMM), its panelists shared key findings and insights derived from real-life crises before delving into a focused conversation on how AI is re-shaping crisis communications in healthcare and empowering healthcare communications teams.

As a supplement to that inspiring and insightful discussion, Cision has followed up with six ways public health communicators, at all levels, can integrate the enormous power of AI tools into their daily work processes. The NCHCMM management team is happy to share these steps as part of our ongoing efforts to keep public health communicators informed and up to date on the evolution of public health communication in a changing world.   

Please click here to access the Six Steps to Using AI in Your Communication Strategies.

Gun Violence is the Number One Public Health Threat

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Many of the health threats that plagued Americans several decades ago—such as unclean drinking water, bacterial and viral illnesses, and the consequences from behaviors such as smoking cigarettes and not wearing seatbelts—have been successfully diminished. These health threats were reduced thanks in part to the work of public health initiatives. 

However, a significant public health threat lingers without much hope on the horizon for a definitive resolution – the threat of gun violence. 

Unfortunately, results from a recent Axios/Ipsos American Health Index poll indicate that the majority of Americans surveyed now name gun violence in their communities as the number one health threat, followed closely by the threat of the opioid epidemic. 

The discussion of gun violence is intrinsically linked to political divisiveness. However, regardless of political lines, the threat to everyday Americans’ safety remains. The more that public health communicators and health organizations can reframe the issue of gun violence as a salient public health threat, the more progress may be made to ensure that Americans are safe. 

Here’s what you need to know about the state of gun violence in 2023 and how this kind of violence represents a threat to public health. 

U.S. Preparedness for the Next Pandemic

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The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration came on May 11, 2023. One significant lesson emerging from the COVID crisis is that the U.S. and most of the world were unprepared for it. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies stress that it is never too soon to prepare for the next global emergency. 

Will the U.S. be able to respond to the next global public health crisis?  

“We Cannot Kick This Can Down the Road” 

While it may feel like the country is winding down from the effects of COVID, many public health leaders and experts warn against complacency and inaction. Instead, they urge governments to negotiate policies and enact legislation to prepare for the next pandemic. 

At this year’s United Nations annual assembly, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed the inevitability of the next pandemic. He claimed, “We cannot kick this can down the road” because it is only a matter of when, not if, the next public health threat will emerge. 

The WHO is drafting a pandemic treaty that the member states will vote on in next year’s general assembly. This new treaty represents an agreement including more than 200 recommended actions countries can take to improve global security. Also, the treaty’s call to action covers the entire spectrum from pathogen identification to widespread vaccination. 

Recognizing June as National Men’s Health Month

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Men and women should be proactive about their health. However, some health issues pertain specifically to men. Each June, healthcare organizations around the country recognize Men’s Health Month as a way to encourage men to take care of their health and prevent future illnesses. 

National Men’s Health Month can also serve as a helpful nudge for some men who are reluctant to discuss health issues with their medical providers. 

Whether you work in public health, are a man, or are a person who loves a man, raising awareness about specific men’s health concerns is a great way to recognize Men’s Health Month this June. 

This article will show you how to encourage men to take care of their bodies, prevent disease, and seek medical attention to stay well. Furthermore, supporting men’s health overall can also help men in minority groups stay healthier. 

How Can Men Stay Healthy Over the Long Term? 

Staying healthy as a man means maximizing one’s longevity and taking steps to avoid the development of disease. This lifelong mission boils down to a few key pillars of healthy living that include exercising, healthy eating, and sleeping enough. And avoiding habits that can impact your long-term health, such as smoking cigarettes or drinking heavily. 


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