Issue 188

CDC MMWR: Infants Born With Congenital Zika Virus Infection Without Microcephaly at Birth

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29

The CDC Weekly Mortality and Morbidity Report describes 13 infants born in Brazil with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during October 2015–January 2016. While these infants had the absence of microcephaly at birth, they were later found to have brain abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome. These brain abnormalities include decreased brain volume, ventriculomegaly, subcortical calcifications, and cortical malformations. Head growth was documented to have decelerated as early as five months of age among all of the infants and 11 of the 13 had microcephaly.

A Road Map to Community-Integrated Health Care

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29

America's Essential Hospitals, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has published 

CDC: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Impact Adult Education, Employment, and Income

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29

A new study from the CDC about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) demonstrates how early adversity can impact adult education, employment, and income. The image above, from the CDC, shows the graded dose-response relationship between ACEs and negative health and well-being outcomes.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-11-22

U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, published the report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, which provides a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorders and its impacts in the U.S. Highlights from the report include:

Blueprint for a Healthier America: Social Media Toolkit

Published Date: 
Thu, 2016-11-17

To further promote the ideas in the Blueprint for a Healthier America to policymakers, TFAH has created five graphics and will be conducting a social media campaign over the next week. The graphics include:

The Health Impact Project Stakeholder Sessions

Published Date: 
Thu, 2016-11-10

The Health Impact Project which is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts is gathering input from federal, state, and local stakeholders and decision-makers about policies for the prevention and response to childhood lead exposure. The input gained from these sessions will be used to assist in shaping recommendations for a report to policymakers that will be released in spring of 2017.

TFAH: Policy Briefs from Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016

Published Date: 
Thu, 2016-11-10

Trust for America’s Health has posted a set of 14 policy briefs from the Blueprint for a Healthier American 2016 on its website. The report presents important strategies for improving the health of Americans as it calls for a new approach to healthy by prioritizing addressing major epidemics and improving health in the U.S.

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