Wednesday, December 7, 2016

USPSTF Recommends Statins


In November, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended with a Grade B recommendation: 

Lipid screening and use of statins for adults ages 40–75 years with no history of CVD, 1 or more CVD risk factors (ie., diabetes, smoking, hypertension, or dyslipidemia) and a calculated 10-year CVD event risk of 10% or greater for primary prevention. Check out the USPSTF recommendation.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

State and local public health job openings

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Job Announcements

CDPHE
  • The Center for Health and Environmental Data is recruiting for a term-limited Media and Communications Specialist. This is a term-limited position with employment that cannot be guaranteed past November 30, 2018. The announcement is open to all Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 7, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

  • The Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division is recruiting for a part-time Food Safety Center of Excellence Epidemiologist. The announcement is open to all Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 9, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

  • The Air Pollution Control Division is recruiting for a Division Director. The announcement is open to all Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 15, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

  • The Laboratory Services Division is recruiting for an Accessioning Assistant. The announcement is open to all Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 18, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

  • The Water Quality Control Division is recruiting for a term-limited Contract Administrator. This is a term-limited position with employment that cannot be guaranteed past January 1, 2019. The announcement is open to all Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 19, 2016, or until 30 qualified applications are received, whichever comes first. As such, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

El Paso
  • El Paso County Public Health is recruiting for a Behavioral Health Specialist. The position is open to all qualified Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 18, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

  • El Paso County Public Health is recruiting for a Public Health Nurse - Nurse Family Partnership. The position is open to all qualified Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 18, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

SJBHD
  • San Juan Basin Health Department is recruiting for a Director of Health Protection Programs. The position is open to all qualified Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 31, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

Weld
  • Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is recruiting for a Public Health Nurse Program Coordinator. The position is open to all qualified Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted until filled, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first. As such, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Montrose
  • Montrose County Department of Health and Human Services is recruiting for a Public Health Director. The position is open to all qualified Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through January 15, 2017, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

Montezuma
  • Montezuma County Public Health Department is recruiting for a Project Manager to coordinate the Communities That Care model. The position is open to all qualified Colorado residents and is scheduled to be posted through December 8, 2016, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first.

Health department publishes maternal mortality paper

Members of the Colorado Maternal Mortality Review Committee have published "Maternal Deaths From Suicide and Overdose in Colorado, 2004-2012" in the December 2016 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The percentage of pregnancy-associated deaths attributed to suicide and accidental overdose has been increasing over the years, accounting for almost one third (30%) of all pregnancy-associated deaths. To better understand demographic and clinical characteristics of such cases, MMRC members conducted an in depth chart review. These findings highlight the continued need to address maternal mental health during the pregnant and postpartum time period.

CCPD Review Committee seeking public comment


 The Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grant Program Review Committee members are strategically planning the next three-year funding cycle (FY19-21). The last several meetings have included presentations on chronic disease data, evaluation results and recommendations by content experts. You can find additional information on the CCPD Review Committee webpage. At this time, the Review Committee has committed to: 

1. Maintaining the current momentum and direction of the CCPD Grants Program
2. Focusing on reducing health disparities
3. Increasing reach and achieving greater impact
4. Increasing collaborations

The Committee will continue deliberations at the next two CCPD Review Committee meetings and is requesting feedback:
CCPD Review Committee meeting
Friday, Dec. 9, 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: CDPHE

CCPD Review Committee meeting
Friday, Jan. 13, 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: CDPHE

If you plan to attend and share your comments, please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/cR1Ul3vP39DdrXnr1 by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 
One hour will be dedicated to public comment, 3 minutes per speaker, in order of sign up.

If you plan to offer written comments, please limit them to one page and email them to cdphe_a35grantreviewcommittees@state.co.us by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 
Comments will be provided to Review Committee members prior to the meeting.

Join the Telligen Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative for Outpatient Healthcare

Concerns about the rise of antibiotic resistance cross federal, state, academic and industry lines. But how do outpatient healthcare providers translate this grave concern into action? And what resources are available to outpatient providers to help face this threat?

Antibiotic stewardship programs harness multidisciplinary teams and a strategic approach to monitor, reduce and prevent misuse and overuse of antibiotics.

As a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Telligen can help your outpatient healthcare facility implement its own antibiotic stewardship program. Participation in this initiative not only improves patient care, but it also helps your facility comply with federal quality improvement program requirements—such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) offered through CMS and the Improving Communications and Readmissions (iCARE) program supported through the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program. And it's free!

Other Benefits include tailored assistance, educational resources, ongoing education, no-cost quality improvement expertise.

In response to the alarming rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, the U.S. White House has called for a 50 percent reduction in inappropriate antibiotic use in outpatient settings by 2020. Telligen offers practical, evidence-based guidance to help get you there.

Check out the fact sheet on the program, fill out the participation agreement or learn more about Telligen.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sample Newsletter and Social Media Messages for Heart Health in December

December is a great time to remind friends and family about heart health. If you have newsletters or other social media, here are some sample articles aqnd messages to share:

Newsletter:

This Holiday Season, Talk with Your Family about Your Health History and Ways You Can Improve Your Health Together.

For many people, the holidays offer time to spend with family, reflect on the year’s past, and make plans for moving forward. These factors make it the perfect time to talk with your family about your health history and ways you can improve your health together.

We all can take steps to improve heart health, including these:

Talk about the history of heart disease in your family. There are tools that can help, including the American Heart Association’s simple My Family Health Tree; the U.S. Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait; and the American Heart Association’s My Life Check.

Find ways to incorporate healthy living habits into your family gatherings. Choose healthier food, incorporate physical activity, make gatherings ‘no smoking’ events, and limit alcohol.

Encourage family members to talk with their health care providers about genetic and lifestyle factors that could impact their heart health. Their provider may want to work with them on the ABCS – aspirin when appropriate, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation.

You know that even if a person has a family history of cardiovascular disease, they can still live a heart healthy life by adopting heart healthy lifestyle behaviors. So, if your family has a history of CVD, take time this holiday season to empower your family to take action.


Social Media Messages

Twitter

#DYK even if heart disease runs in your family, practicing healthy living habits can reduce your risk? http://bit.ly/1Ys5Bjo

This holiday season, talk with your family about your health history & ways to improve health together. http://bit.ly/1Ys5Bjo

Check out these tools to help manage your family’s risk of heart disease & stroke: http://bit.ly/29yYwpM, http://bit.ly/1xDsG4p

#HealthPros: Study finds good health habits can reduce the genetic risk for heart attack & stroke. http://bit.ly/2fpxE1B

Facebook

#HealthPros: Encourage people to talk with their families about their health history and ways to improve their health together. Explain that they can protect their heart health by eating well, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking. Be sure to explain the ABCS of heart health too! http://bit.ly/1Ys5Bjo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

DOLA, CDPHE and CDOT collaborate to create community resource for smart downtown planning

The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), has announced the release of Colorado Downtown Streets, a tool for communities, planners and engineers to help the conversation around designing downtown streets for walkability, bike-ability and access to businesses while ensuring safe transportation infrastructures.

“The preservation of local main streets is critical to the economic growth and stability of a community’s central business district. DOLA is proud to collaborate with agency partners to help streamline the planning and execution of vital downtown streets” said Irv Halter, DOLA executive director.

Recognizing the importance of having a single resource to help guide downtown street design, these three state agencies compiled case studies, arguments for great streets, elements of great streets, and references to applicable policies and processes into this book.

“Communities that provide safe, easy access to walking and biking are investing in the health of all Coloradans,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, CDPHE executive director and chief medical officer.

Downtown main streets often reflect a community’s identity; they are where people live, shop and visit. But they also are often on highways or busy thoroughfares, where creating an enjoyable and inviting space has its challenges. Colorado Downtown Streets provides strategies to help remove barriers to good infrastructure planning.

“Typically, great streets provide options for all users,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt. “We have many communities in Colorado that rely on a state highway to be its main street. This book helps communicate the fine balance in designing to move people as well as goods into and through a community.”

Colorado Downtown Streets is available as a download by visiting the DOLA Main Streets Program website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/main-street-resources In addition to the book, there are four animated videos that provide an interesting and entertaining way of presenting main streets information.