Public Health News

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

Call for Input on Tribal Public Health Accreditation Standards and Measures
Due January 14
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) are partnering to develop a national voluntary public health accreditation program for Tribal, state, local, and territorial health departments. Feedback on the draft standards are due January 14, 2011.

IOM Report Recommends Changes in How U.S. Tracks Health Trends And Measures Health Outcomes
Social and environmental factors are the most powerful shapers of life expectancy and health-related quality of life, yet the United States lacks a cohesive national strategy and appropriate measurement tools to track and respond to these critical influences, says the IOM’s new report For the Public’s Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability.

America’s Health Rankings 2010 Report Released
America’s Health Rankings 2010 Edition shows that the nation’s overall health improved one percentage point last year, but reductions in smoking, preventable hospitalizations and infectious disease were offset by continued increases in obesity, children in poverty, and lack of health insurance.

New Surgeon General’s Report: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease
Exposure to tobacco smoke – even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke – causes immediate damage to your body that can lead to serious illness or death, according to a report released by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin.
[PHPartners – New Links for the week of Dec 10, 2010]

The Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2010, which update the 2006 Guidelines, will be published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommendations and Reports on Friday, December 17, 2010, but will be available for early viewing on the MMWR website the afternoon of December 16. After the release, please visit CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines 2010 webpage for additional information and updates. From there you will be able to order hard copies of the report as well as wall charts and pocket guides. A podcast featuring lead author, Dr. Kimberly Workowski, will be posted on Monday, December 20 for viewing. CDC is also developing iPhone and eBook applications of The Guidelines and will keep you updated on their progress and availability. [CDC e-HAP FYI: 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines Update]

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