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Oct 2, 2023 - The Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACD, CDC) will hold a public meeting on November 14, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. ACD advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the CDC on policies and strategies that will enable the CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. Agenda items will include an introduction of the new CDC Director, Dr. Mandy Cohen; agency updates and priorities, including updates on health equity, laboratory, and data and surveillance recommendations; and discussion and voting on the Laboratory Workgroup final recommendations, among other things. Registration is required to attend in person and can be done via email to Information on how to join the meeting virtually will be posted on the ACD website prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2023 - Highlights the rise in congenital syphilis rates. The highest rates are found in the South, Southwest, and in Native populations. Discusses public health funding, screening, access to maternal healthcare in rural communities, stigma, and racism.
Source: Stateline
Sep 26, 2023 - Discusses the disparity in suicide deaths for teen boys compared to teen girls and the role that firearm access plays in the higher rate. Includes information on rate increases by race and ethnicity. Discusses rural specific issues with suicide such as stigma in accessing mental healthcare. Offers recommendations to reduce suicide by firearm through patient education from healthcare providers.
Source: The 19th
Sep 20, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking comments on the draft National One Health Framework to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Advance Public Health Preparedness in the United States: A Framework for One Health Coordination and Collaboration across Federal Agencies (NOHF-Zoonoses). This framework describes a common vision, mission, and goals for key federal partners involved in implementing a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases and advance public health preparedness in the United States. Comments are due by November 6, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 19, 2023 - Announcement of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a new innovation center focusing on detecting and preparing for infectious disease, particularly for rural areas. The center will use surveillance and data to help local healthcare facilities and other government officials respond to predicted outbreaks.
Source: Northeastern Global News
Sep 13, 2023 - Discusses guidance from the Department of Health in New Mexico regarding vaccination for the flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Discusses vaccination rates in rural areas and partially attributes lower rates to longer distances to primary care. Notes that vaccines can keep rural hospitals from being overwhelmed by illness and the poorer outcomes for patients that follows.
Source: NM Political Report
Sep 5, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection titled "Public Health/Public Safety Strategies to Reduce Drug Overdose Data Collection." This data collection collects information on overdose prevention efforts that involve public health and public safety sectors or address justice-involved populations at increased risk of overdose. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2023 - New buggy lanes are being constructed in a rural Tennessee town to accommodate an increase in buggies on roads. The local Amish community has increased in size, leading to more buggies and more accidents between buggies and cars. Notes similar projects in Ohio.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 30, 2023 - Call for papers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on diabetes and public health to be published in the Preventing Chronic Disease journal. Inquiries are due October 20, 2023. Final manuscripts are due June 21, 2024.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Aug 28, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Center for Preparedness and Response (BSC, CPR). Nominations are being sought from individuals with the expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to accomplishing the BSC, CPR objectives. Nominees will be selected based on expertise in the fields of business, crisis leadership, emergency response and management, informatics, laboratory science, medicine, mental and behavioral health, public health law, public health practice, risk communication, and social science. Nominations are due by October 31, 2023.
Source: Federal Register