NIH testing vaccine to protect against mosquito-borne diseases

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has launched a clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine designed to protect against a range of mosquito-transmitted diseases – such as Zika, malaria and West Nile and dengue fevers – by triggering an immune response to mosquito saliva. The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: prevention, Zika

CDC issues data brief on ED visits by seniors

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Hospital emergency departments receive an annual average of 15.5 million visits for illness and 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65 and older, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the ED component of the 2012-2013 National Hospital Ambulatory... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, emergency care

CDC: Flu vaccine 48% effective this season

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This season’s flu vaccine has been 48% effective at preventing flu-related outpatient visits for acute respiratory illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. More specifically, the vaccine has been 43% effective against the predominant influenza A virus (H3N2) and 73% effective... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, prevention

Former CDC official to lead RWJF

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today named as its next president and CEO Richard Besser, M.D., a former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who currently serves as chief health and medical editor for ABC News. Besser will succeed Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., who has led... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: leadership

Reminder: AHA webinar Feb. 15 on promoting a safe workplace culture

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative and its American Society for Healthcare Risk Management will co-host a Feb. 15 webinar on practical strategies for promoting a safe workplace culture. For more information or to register for the 3 p.m. ET webinar, click here.

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

Hospitals care for injured from Louisiana tornadoes

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Louisiana hospitals treated at least 39 people injured after several tornadoes yesterday tore through southeastern portions of the state, according to the Louisiana Hospital Association. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the state, where the storm system damaged dozens of homes and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: disaster readiness

Report: Hospitals support 1 in 9 U.S. jobs

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Hospitals supported one in nine U.S. jobs and more than $2.8 trillion in economic activity in 2015, according to the AHA’s latest annual report on hospitals as economic anchors in their communities. Hospitals were one of the top sources of private-sector jobs, directly employing more than 5.7 million... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

Study looks at tobacco use by adults and youth

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Adults under age 25 were more likely to be current tobacco users than older adults in 2013 and 2014, at an estimated 38% and 26%, respectively, according to a study reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Among other findings, nearly one in 10 teens had used a tobacco product in the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

Organizations invited to apply for 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize

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The AHA, along with Baxter International Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is accepting applications through April 7 for the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The prize honors health care organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Applicants should... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: awards

Study: Cancer death rate down 20% since 1980

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The U.S. cancer death rate declined 20.1% between 1980 and 2014, to 192 deaths per 100,000 people, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For many cancers, the study found clusters of counties with higher mortality. “Clusters of breast cancer were... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

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