Issue 189

Reminder: December 23rd Application Deadline for Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-12-20

The local health department field support assistance application, Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support, from the CDC is due Friday, December 23rd. This application is for local health departments in communities with pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection.

The Case for Healthy Places

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-12-20

The Project for Public Spaces has released a new report, 

The CDC Has Released New Alcohol Program Updates

Published Date: 
Wed, 2016-12-14

The CDC’s new alcohol program updates include reducing youth exposure to alcohol marketing, and 2015 BRFSS data availability.

USDA Released Final Rule for Enhancing Standards for SNAP Retailers

Published Date: 
Wed, 2016-12-14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its final rule for enhancing standards for SNAP retailers.  This rule increases the minimum stock requirement for stores wanting to accept SNAP benefits, and provides a one year compliance mandate for stores already accepting SNAP benefits.

Sylia Burwell’s Blog: Building a System that Works: The Future of Health Care

Published Date: 
Wed, 2016-12-14

A new blog, Building a System that Works - The Future of Health Care, by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell is available. In this blog she discusses the future of the health care systems, saying "I have no doubt that the transformation of our health care system is larger than any one Administration or any one President. Rather, it is a transformation guided by the work of actors at all levels and across the country. The Affordable Care Act may have been an important catalyst, but the changes it set in motion are permanent. And were well overdue.

Blueprint for Reducing Teen Drive Car Crashes

Published Date: 
Fri, 2016-12-09

The National Safety Council and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation has created a framework for reducing teen driver car crashes, the leading cause of death for this age group. The framework includes a multi-year licensing system applying to drivers younger than 21, mandatory in-vehicle technology to track practice hours, a full-year ban on carrying passengers, decals to aid in teen driver identification, and on-going driver's education classes. Read the framework here.

Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

Published Date: 
Fri, 2016-12-09

The Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has

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