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ICYMI: August’s NPHIC Member-Shared and Federal Public Health Resources

Newly updated! NPHIC provides members access to an up-to-date guide with public health resources called “In Case You Missed It – ICYMI” with topics ranging from immunizations, food outbreaks, monkeypox, polio, travel, COVID, and more. NPHIC’s “ICYMI” resource also provides members links to current and timely social media toolkits. August’s edition includes newly translated resources and topics ...

New Book | Talking Health: A New Way to Communicate About Public Health

Building support for public health — and improving our nation’s health — must begin with a better understanding of what public health is and why it matters. Talking Health: A New Way to Communicate About Public Health provides new research-based tools to help health professionals communicate more effectively about public health, strengthen community partnerships, and improve health outcomes. In...

Guns Are Driving Rising Suicide Rates in America

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and it brings unwelcome news regarding the relationship between guns and suicide. The first-ever city-level analysis of data from the CDC on firearm deaths found that the rate of gun suicides increased 11 percent between 2014 and 2020. More than half of all gun deaths in the U.S. are the result of suicide. According to the CDC, in 2020 it was the...

AIM is Hiring a Public Health Communications Specialist

AIM is seeking qualified candidates for its Public Health Communications Specialist position. As a key member of the communications team, the position’s core function is to create and develop communication plans, projects, and materials to boost health awareness about influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. The work will focus on initiatives to support historically under-resourced communities that exp...

CDC Announces Monkeypox Vaccine Equity Pilot Program

Last week, the CDC announced their Monkeypox Vaccine Equity Pilot Program. This new pilot program is intended to reach populations that may face barriers to monkeypox vaccination, which may include differences in language, location of vaccination sites, vaccine hesitancy, mistrust of government, lack of access to on-line scheduling technology, accessibility/disability issues, immigration status...

U.S. Added to WHO List of Countries with Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus

The U.S. has joined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of countries where polio is circulating owing to the spread of vaccine-derived virus in New York, the CDC announced last week, marking a new low for the country’s public health efforts and highlighting the dangerous consequences of the growing anti-vaccine movement. It is the only country from the Americas in the list and, alongside...

PHCC Updated COVID-19 Booster Dose Toolkit

“Updated Boosters” of Pfizer and Moderna are now available. The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) has updated their COVID-19 booster dose messaging and toolkit to support your outreach efforts. As new variants of the virus emerge, updated boosters are intended to provide optimal protection against COVID-19 and address waning vaccine effectiveness over time. To help answer questi...

CDC Announces Environmental Justice Index Tool

Last week, the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United State...

“Connecting the Dots” To Help Promote Vaccine Confidence

The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) has updated their guide designed to equip public health communicators with the tools and information necessary to promote vaccine confidence across the nation and its territories. Their easy-to-read and concise guide called “Connecting the Dots – Vaccine Confidence” has links to resources for you to engage with the public, find education and traini...
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