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Media topics, physical activity, distracted driving on tap
The monthly call for members with CDC's Division of Public Affairs is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. Eastern. The call will include a preview of next month's Vital Signs report on physical activity, hot upcoming media relations announcements and publications from CDC, and a presentation on distracted driving during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Dial (877) 491-3955; passcode 82268545.
 
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Does your immunization manager need media training?
Members of NPHIC's Immunization Committee will be providing a pre-conference media training session at the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions, May 21-23, in Seattle. The training will cover such topics as how to work with the news media to communicate health information; how to use best practices and research-based methods to develop effective messages; and how to use risk communication to frame vaccine/immunization-related information and conduct effective interviews. Click here for more information about the media training session and conference.
 
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Facts and information for 44th Earth Day
Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day, although many communities extend the celebration throughout the week. Earth Day first was celebrated in 1970 in the U.S. It now is coordinated globally by the non-profit Earth Day Network and celebrated in nearly 200 countries. It has become the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than 1 billion people yearly. Earth Day's home page is here and this year's theme is "Green Cities." Also, here's a roundup of planetary facts.
 
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Briefing set on undiagnosed hepatitis C among young
The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and others have scheduled a briefing on undiagnosed hepatitis C among young persons who inject drugs. It's set for Thursday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nearly 4 million people are living with hepatitis C in the U.S., and up to 75% are undiagnosed and unaware of their infection. Most new hep-C infections involve those who inject drugs. Several states have reported increases in hep-C among adolescent and young persons who inject drugs. These include Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia. You may register here.
 
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Food Safety report card fails to impress
CDC's annual report food safety card shows mixed results and much room for improvement. Salmonella decreased 9%, but only returned to the rate observed in the 2006-08 baseline period. Campylobacter infections have risen 13% since 2006-08 and vibrio infections are at the highest level since active tracking began in 1996. Meantime rates of other foodborne infections haven't changed since 2006-08. It should be noted the report card is only a representative sample drawn from 10 sites in nine states that represent about 15% of the U.S. population. In 2011, CDC extrapolated the figures nationwide and found that 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths were being caused annually by foodborne illnesses. Report card is here and news release is here.
 
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7 statistics to boost your Facebook engagement
This excellent infographic shares a few pointers to help boost your Facebook engagement. The pointers range from the two best days to post to the use of photos and emoticons.
 
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Teen births decline, but rate still too high
Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined 63% from a rate of 38.6 per 1,000 in 1991 to 14.1 per 1,000 in 2012, according to CDC. Births to younger teens still represent more than a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month's Vital Signs. Also the rate is substantially higher for Hispanic, Black and American Indian/Alaska Native teens. New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma posted the highest state rates and New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine posted the lowest rates. Here's MMWR with state rates. Here's CDC's news release.
 
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Study: Climate change bringing massive wildfires
Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western U.S. due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, according to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters. The study found that the number of large wildfires increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, while the total area damaged by fire increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres per year. News article here.
 
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Foster Farms salmonella outbreak rages on
The outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms chicken that began more than a year ago is continuing. CDC reports that as of April 7, there have been 524 cases in 25 states, including 43 cases since the last update on March 3. The majority of all cases have occurred in California. The outbreak's initial cases were reported in March 2013. CDC's update is here and an LA Times report is here.
 
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Events sought for Hepatitis Testing Day
CDC's National Prevention Information Network is looking events planned for Hepatitis Testing Day, which is May 19. If you are hosting an event, please register your event here. Once events are registered people can search for testing events in their area by entering their zip code. You can promote the event page by featuring one of two different buttons on your site, so that others can register their events and your constituents can find testing events near them. Buttons, posters and other materials are here.
 
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Public health groups urge Keystone health study
The American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that they're supporting an effort by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Sheldon Whitehouse calling for a study of the health consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline. "There is an increasing recognition that the environments in which people live, work, learn and play have a tremendous impact on their health," stated the letter. "The administration will certainly benefit by having a clear understanding of how the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could impact the public's health, including the health of our most vulnerable citizens." Here's the letter.
 
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New opportunities on NPHIC jobs board
New opportunities in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, Ohio and Pennsylvania have been posted on NPHIC's career opportunities site for members. Check them out here.
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NPHIC Upgrading Phone Services
NPHIC moves to a new phone system Thursday April 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT. We have worked diligently to minimize any impact to our members. Our main phone, fax and toll-free numbers remain the same, but we will no longer use extensions. Staff now have direct telephone numbers. They are listed on the NPHIC website under ABOUT US / Staff. You also may depress 1 on your telephone key pad to access a staff directory; then use your telephone keypad to spell the staff person's first name. The system will look up the name and transfer you. Press 2 on your telephone keypad to leave a message in our general voicemail box. Thank you in advance for your patience while we go through this upgrade!
 
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NPHIC jump-starts Facebook page
NPHIC began filling its Facebook page with content this month week. So get on board, "like" us, and sign up as a "friend." Our Facebook page is here. See you there!
 
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Are you missing some sweet tweets?
What? You’re not following NPHIC on Twitter? Well, let’s get in gear and join our growing list of followers. You can get on board here.
 
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