Prevent to Protect: January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

By Sara Lyons, NACCHO Program Analyst, Health and Disability Every four and half minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. In an effort to address this serious public health issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrates…

Local Approaches to Eliminating Viral Hepatitis: Exploring the End Hep C SF Initiative

Approximately 3.5 million Americans are currently living with hepatitis C virus (HCV), yet only around half are aware of their infection. In 2013, hepatitis C-related mortality surpassed the total number of combined deaths from 60 other infectious diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis, reported to CDC.…

Improving Hand Hygiene through Visual Advertising – Campaign Outcomes and Next Steps

By Kyle Foerst, M.S., Emergency Response Planner, Saint Louis County Department of Public Health Nearly three month have passed since the launch of Saint Louis County Department of Public Health’s (SLCDPH) “Dirty Hands can be Scary!” campaign (originally introduced in an earlier blog post). Part of a grant-funded…

The Digital Bridge Initiative: Improving Public Health Surveillance in the U.S.

Local health departments (LHDs) are the keystone to successful public health surveillance – the systematic and ongoing collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of data to stimulate public health action. As local providers of health services, LHDs are well-positioned to monitor community health data, flag potential…