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There's No Such Thing as a Baby Opioid Addict

Experts say they’re seeing some of the same panic from the supposed crack baby epidemic applied to opioid-exposed babies. When newborns go through opioid withdrawal at birth, they’re labeled “drug-addicted infants” and “oxytots.” Experts say these labels are both medically incorrect and stigmatizing for children.

  Nov. 2017 @ VICE ⟶

Tap Into Alumni Altruism

 When Pat Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, died from Alzheimer’s disease in June 2016, her death shook the campus community. Summitt was a legend on campus and in the sports world, winning more games than any other coach in NCAA history during her 38-year career at UT. An estimated 7,000 fans and loved ones attended her memorial service in July at the Thompson-Boling arena, where they celebrated her life surrounded by hundreds of flowers.

 Sept./Oct. 2017 @ Currents magazine ⟶

No Lemons Here

With a proactive approach to sour news, you can serve up sweet solutions to alumni.

May/Jun. 2017 @ Currents magazine ⟶

North Dakota Races to Address Housing Inspection, Facility Needs Following Oil Boom

North Dakota’s shale oil boom made it the state with the lowest unemployment as new workers poured into its Western region in search of high-paying jobs in the oil patches. But the population fluctuations also placed greater demands on the North Dakota Department of Health, which had to find new ways to accommodate growing food and lodging needs.

Feb. 2016 @ StatePublicHealth.org ⟶

‘I Cried for Weeks’: Volunteering With ISIS Escapees in Kurdistan

 I could tell you 100 stories and it wouldn’t cover what the people I’ve met have to say,” Sindy writes to me, shortly before 1 a.m. her time. She has spent the past year in Kurdistan, where she works with individuals who have escaped the horrors of ISIS.

Oct. 2015 @ Jezebel

Poverty Hurts Kids’ Brain Development and Grades, Study of MRI Scans Shows

A new JAMA Pediatrics study has found that children who live below the poverty line have 7 percent to 10 percent less gray matter volume than normal in their frontal and temporal lobes—parts of the brain that are responsible for learning functions.

Jul. 2015 @ StatePublicHealth.org ⟶

Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act’s Tax Subsidies

On [June 25, 2015], the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell to maintain the nationwide tax subsidies established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help poor and middle-class Americans obtain health insurance.

Jun. 2015 @ StatePublicHealth.org ⟶

Virginia and Walgreens Team Up to Provide Free HIV Testing in the Commonwealth

After establishing that they share a commitment to addressing HIV, the Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens created a program that provides free, pharmacist-led HIV testing at select Walgreens sites.

Jan. 2015 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Multistate Measles Outbreak Drives Up State Health Agency Costs

 With the Disneyland measles outbreak up to 87 cases in seven states as of Jan. 26, state health departments are responding to the disease by educating primary care providers and the public about measles and conducting contact tracing.

Jan. 2015 @ StatePublicHealth.org ⟶

On the Front Lines: A Look at How States are Preparing for an Ebola Response

Before Ebola dominated U.S. news media or the first American citizens contracted the disease in West Africa, state and territorial health departments were mobilizing to respond to imported cases. For months, they’ve been creating Ebola guidelines and algorithms for their healthcare facilities and providers, collaborating with their West African populations, and communicating with the public about the disease and how to prevent an outbreak.

Oct. 2014 @ StatePublicHealth.org ⟶

Public Health Leaders Play Key Role in Improving Child Nutrition

United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon was recently eating lunch with elementary school students in Louisiana when a first-grader leaned over to him and said, “Sir, if you don’t finish your broccoli, I’ll finish it for you.”

 Sept. 2012 @ Culture of Health blog ⟶

Protective Orders in Pretrial Discovery Phase Keep Journalists Unplugged

 Millions of pages of documents have been hidden from the public in a high-profile federal court antitrust case between two computer giants, illustrating how parties are able to essentially secretly litigate disputes in public courts. A model holds an Intel chip In 2006. Intel has been accused of unfair trade practices.

 Sept. 2008 @ redOrbit ⟶

Health and Medical Writing

Building Partnerships to Support Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Programs

Strong partnerships are essential to successfully implementing long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) programs, particularly due to budget limitations.

Nov. 2017 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

How Providers Can Use Modifier 25 for Same-Day LARC Insertion Reimbursement

One of the biggest barriers to increasing access to long-acting reversible contraception is that many providers are hesitant to offer LARC devices to patients on the same day of an unrelated office visit.

Nov. 2017 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Arkansas Focuses on College Students to Lower Teen Pregnancy and Birth Rates

With a high rate of teen births among 18- and 19-year-olds, Arkansas passed legislation requiring colleges and universities to create pregnancy prevention action plans.

Oct. 2017 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Arkansas Trains Healthcare Providers to Increase Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

To address its high rate of teen births, the state trains nurse practitioners at its family planning clinic to place LARC and educates healthcare providers about why LARC can be a good option for adolescents.

Oct. 2017 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Conducting Public Awareness Campaigns on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception for Younger Audiences

In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement that recommended long-acting reversible contraception, such as intrauterine devices and Nexplanon implants, as first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents. LARCs are effective, safe, and foolproof, making them uniquely compatible with many teenagers’ needs.

 April 2017 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Strategies for Effective Patient Outreach on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Public health professionals often tout long-acting reversible contraception as a highly effective means of preventing unintended pregnancies, but emphasizing LARC’s efficacy doesn’t always resonate with consumers.

Jan. 2017 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Navigating the Research on Hormonal Long-Acting Reversible Contraception and Breastfeeding

Increasing breastfeeding rates and reducing unintended pregnancy rates are both vital to improving the health of the U.S. population. However, members of the lactation and family planning communities have raised concerns that these two priorities conflict when it comes to inserting hormonal long-acting reversible contraception immediately postpartum.

 Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Delaware Addresses High Unintended Pregnancy Rate Through Public-Private Partnership and Comprehensive Birth Control Initiative

The Delaware Division of Public Health teamed up with a nonprofit to create an innovative initiative focused on increasing same-day access to birth control.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Massachusetts Uses Linked Data to Drive Education on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reduce Adverse Birth Outcomes

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is linking datasets and leveraging its findings to promote single embryo transfers and reduce high-risk pregnancies with multiples.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Facing Budget Constraints, Oklahoma Secures Private Funding for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

To reduce the state’s high rates of teen births and unplanned pregnancies, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority sought funding from foundations to increase the use of long-acting reversible contraception.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Obtaining and Managing Private Funding for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Programs

Funding is often tight at state and territorial health departments, so departments are increasingly looking to outside funders to help support innovative programs that increase women’s access to long- acting reversible contraception.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

California Uses CDC Tool to Assess Maternity Facilities’ Levels of Care and Evaluate Regional Cooperation Agreement Use

To further enhance its perinatal regionalization, a team of perinatal partners in California implemented CDC’s Level of Care Assessment Tool to fill in knowledge gaps about birthing hospitals’ levels of care and their use of regional cooperation agreements.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Michigan Holds Summit to Raise Awareness of Infertility’s Public Health Impacts

The Michigan state health department held its first summit on assisted reproductive technology in 2016, featuring national leaders in the field and patient perspectives.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶

Wyoming Uses CDC Tool to Conduct First Formal Assessment of Its Maternity Facilities’ Levels of Care

After deciding to make risk-appropriate perinatal care a priority, Wyoming implemented CDC’s Levels of Care Assessment Tool to formally assess the state’s care levels for the first time.

Summer 2016 @ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ⟶