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November 2019

2019 NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course

November 16 - November 17

Hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), the 2019 NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course is a two-day event that will focus on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty swill provide the latest information on vaccines, including updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate immunization. Space is limited, so register now for the 2019 NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course (November 16-17, 2019 in Washington, DC). Learn…

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U.S. Antibiotics Awareness Week 2019

November 18 - November 24

Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily. Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 18-24) is an annual one-week observance that gives participating organizations an opportunity to raise…

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Webinar: Introduction to Harm Reduction

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Region IV Public Health Training Center is hosting a webinar about harm reduction for people who use drugs on Monday, 11/18 at 12:00pm EST. The webinar will introduce listeners to specific harm reduction interventions including Syringe Services Programs (SSP) and Naloxone distribution. The speaker will also discuss barriers to implementing harm reduction programs and strategies to involve your community in program implementation. REGISTER.

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STD Engage 2019

November 19 - November 22

The National Coalition of STD Directors has announced the theme of STD Engage 2019: Innovate. Impact. Empower. This year’s meeting will be held November 19-22 in Alexandria, VA, just outside the nation’s capital. The meeting will focus on the soaring STD rates in America and explore what it will take to move the needle, including: What’s new and innovative in the STD public health field? How can we measure the impact of our programs in an environment of increasing accountability?…

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Public Health Grand Rounds: PFAS and Protecting Yourself

November 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Human exposure to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) is a growing public health concern. PFAS are a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. These chemicals are in food packaging and many other household products, and have been found in the air, soil, and water. Studies suggest that exposure to PFAS may adversely affect a woman’s chance of getting pregnant and cholesterol levels and the risk of some forms…

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Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

November 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Extreme weather events including droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires are a growing threat to our health and well-being. Scientific studies continue to demonstrate the close relationship between climate change and these more frequent, severe weather events. However, different regions of the globe will be impacted in different ways. Scientific studies of regional variability and future extreme weather events aid us in better understanding the vulnerabilities of specific populations. From wildfires in California to hurricanes in the Gulf…

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Four Common Oversights Government Officials Make With Mosquito Management

November 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The rise in vector-borne disease cases is increasing the awareness that mosquitoes are more than just nuisance pests. When populations surface, often public health concerns follow. How can you increase awareness and protection surrounding your local management efforts? That's why Vector Disease Control International is hosting a live class on Four Common Oversights Government Officials Make With Mosquito Management. Learn more and register.

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Coastal Nutrient Management Research Update

November 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nutrient pollution is one of the most widespread, costly and challenging problems in the U.S., reflecting a close and complex interaction of nutrient concentrations with human cultural and economic activities and their associated land use. Lakes and coastal zones, often the receiving waters for high nutrient loads, can experience algal blooms, hypoxia and degraded habitats. Over several decades, fundamental questions about the underlying mechanisms of adverse effects from nutrient pollution have been answered. Additionally, examples of successful remediation and restoration…

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Quality Water From Every Tap

November 21 - November 22

The quality of U.S. drinking water is at risk as our water infrastructure ages and environmental conditions impact source water purity and quantity. This workshop from the Environmental Health Matters Initiative will explore the paths we can take to increase the quality of water from systems that do not meet today’s drinking water standards, especially for communities that lack adequate resources and expertise because they are small or declining in size. Participants will delve into existing scientific knowledge on this…

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December 2019

Tick Surveillance Practices in the Northeast

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This webinar hosted by the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases will be a review of tick surveillance guidance and best practices tailored for the Northeast USA. Speakers include experts from the New York State Department of Health, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Vermont Department of Health, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, and Columbia University. Topics to be covered include: Considerations for starting a surveillance program; Field methods for medically important species; Pathogen testing;…

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