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Public Health Education/Public Policy

Looking at Policies Through a Health Lens

Applying a Health Lens to Decision Making in Non-Health Sectors

healthlens

How can communities put health on the map?

Good health doesn’t start just at the doctor’s office. Where we live, learn, work, and play can influence healthy behaviors.

While an individual can take steps to change her behavior – for example, to exercise more – it takes individuals and organizations working together to reshape the physical environment, such as through policies related to playgrounds and reliable public transit, to help create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods.

An Institute of Medicine workshop explored how different sectors can work together to advance their own aims while supporting behaviors intended to lead to better health.

Check out a new infographic that explores intersections of policy and population health.

Jobs

Job Listing: Consumer Services Advisor, UC Division of Agriculture/Natural Resources

Area Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Services Advisor
Cooperative Extension
Serving Fresno and Madera Counties

Across California, the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is an engine for problem solving.  Serving as the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research, our more than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to Californians.

We seek an academic advisor who can conduct a multi-county-based extension, education, and applied research program for adults, families, and youth with an emphasis on nutrition and obesity prevention, including associated issues relevant area served such as food security and health literacy.

We seek an advisor who is:

  • An innovative researcher, who can develop an applied research program, evaluate programs, and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
  • An educator, who can deliver an ongoing extension education program using traditional, contemporary, and emerging tools that address the needs of clients in the area served that are age, literacy and culturally appropriate; and that adhere to research-based curricula, program protocols, and grant requirements.
  • A collaborator, who can develop partnerships and leverage resources to deliver innovative approaches that will develop, strengthen and expand the local delivery of statewide programs; one who can collaborate with UC ANR Strategic Initiatives, Program Teams, workgroups, and specialists; federally funded nutrition programs, the private sector, and others within the research/extension network.
  • A visionary, who can complement UC ANR’s Strategic Vision, optimizing opportunities for conducting outstanding research and extension programs that meet the needs of Californians.

For information about UC ANR, the rich breadth of program scope and delivery, and how we are making a difference in California, candidates are invited to visit our Web site: ucanr.edu.

Fresno County, the headquarters for this position, is located in the heart of the fertile San Joaquin Valley and is the number one agricultural county in the nation.  The vibrant and culturally diverse city of Fresno boasts a lively local arts and culture scene, historic neighborhoods, and over 75 parks.  The area offers easy access to a range of local outdoor activities including boating, fishing, and snow sports; and serves as a major gateway to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks.  The city is also home to the Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team.

This position is an academic career track appointment; a minimum of a Master’s Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged in nutrition, health education, human development or a closely related field. Academic training and/or professional experience must provide an understanding of nutrition with the ability to transfer research-based principles to program design and research design methodologies. Five years in program and/or personnel management is required. The ability to apply low-literacy and cultural/ethnic principles to program-research design is necessary. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. Having community collaboration experience and being credentialed as a Registered Dietitian and bilingual in Spanish is highly desirable.

For information regarding this position, please contact:

University of California
ANR Academic Personnel
Pam Tise
(530) 750-1281
E-mail: ANRacademicsearch@ucop.edu
Internet: http://www.ucanr.edu/jobs
PLEASE REFER TO POSITION NUMBER AP #14-21 IN ALL CORRESPONDENCE

For a full position vacancy announcement, application procedures, and more about what makes UC ANR a great place to work, please visit http://ucanr.edu/jobs To assure full consideration, applications should be submitted by August 25, 2014.

The University of California offers an attractive benefits package. For more information, please visit the UC Benefits Web site: atyourservice.ucop.edu.

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Jobs

Job Listing: Director, Care Coordination, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Job Title           Director Care Coordination (Social Work & Case Management)

Location: Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Job # 28366
Department Name: CQSS-SOC WORK
Job Type: Full Time
Schedule 0830-1700
Bargaining Unit  NONE

Job Description: Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Director of Care Coordination (Case Management and Social Work) provides leadership and management of clinical care coordination, utilization management, discharge planning, and psychosocial assessment and support functions. The Director has responsibility for the systems, processes, and outcomes of clinical care teams and programs designed to address clinical, psychosocial, and financial needs of patients and families. The Director not only represents areas under his/her direct responsibility but provides leadership around organization-wide issues such as improved patient care, clinical effectiveness, cost

reduction, patient and staff satisfaction, and patient throughput and flow. In addition, the Director provides leadership of and active participation in short- and long-term improvement initiatives as requested by the SHC organization.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.

They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings. Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Continuously assesses and improves department’s performance based on “customer” needs; directs and participates in improving performance and services which benefit staff, patients and other customers.
  • Maintains appropriate quality improvement and control programs in response to staff and patient feedback, internal standards of care and external requirements. Evaluates and implements changes based on data related to productivity, quality and outcomes for departmental projects and programs.
  • Coordinates and integrates services within department and with other departments by continually collaborating with other managers and physicians. Functions as the primary Stanford Hospital and Clinics liaison to internal and external customers, including departments, service lines, physicians, medical groups, health plans, and customers.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services; ensures that policies and procedures are compatible with the function and goals of SHC and which meet the external regulatory and statutory requirements.
  • Develops and maintains an effective system of information, records and reports for assigned department(s) utilizing appropriate manual or electronic systems. Implements and maintains information systems solutions to maintain accurate, adequate, and accessible data.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable standards and requirements of external professional, regulatory and accrediting agencies/bodies for social work, case management, discharge planning, and continuum of care through policy and procedure development, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Integrates department’s services with the hospital’s primary functions by supporting organizational mission, priorities and goals, and by delivering optimal quality health care services.
  • Leads and manages hospital-wide projects, initiatives, task forces, and committees. Maintains an openness to change and fosters that attitude with peers, staff, physicians, and committee members. Maintains a focus on both the operational details and larger strategic vision in order to effectively move toward completion and positive outcomes. Facilitates inter-departmental change initiatives. Communicates change initiatives effectively to facilitate buy-in from key stakeholders and involved staff.
  • Provides leadership for and participates in Stanford Hospitals and Clinics program planning, task forces, projects, and committees. Provides expertise and direction for complex problem solving.
  • Recommends and ensures that a sufficient number of qualified and competent persons are available to provide care that is safe and service oriented. Has overall responsibility for selection, orientation, coaching, development and evaluation for department personnel. Effectively determines the qualifications and competence of departmental staff who provide patient care services and who are not licensed independent practitioners, documents initial and ongoing competence of staff. Ensures that there are adequate ongoing educational programs and training opportunities for all staff in area of responsibility, including orientation of new employees and relevant in-service education sessions.
  • Recommends space and other resources needed by the department to meet patient and staff needs.
  • Recommends and participates in selecting outside sources for needed services. Responsible for all aspects of fiscal operations for the department, including forecasting, projecting and monitoring the operating and capital budgets and negotiating departmental recoveries.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status or on the basis of disability.

Job Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

  • Education: Master’s degree in a work-related field/discipline from an accredited college or university
  • Experience: Broad and extensive and progressively responsible directly related work experience in clinical, administrative and managerial positions.
  • License/Certification: Either (1) RN – Registered Nurse license from the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing; or (2) LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential from the State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to design, develop and administer programs
  • Ability to: establish the goals, vision, and overall direction of a department; create and implement departmental standards, systems, staffing plan and processes; analyze issues and create and effective plan to address them; critically and comprehensively evaluate the department’s outcomes; identify, collect and analyze data related to the internal and external environment as well as departmental functioning; and,
  • develop and educate staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and analyze general, statistical, and technical reports; establish priorities, meet deadlines, and develop and manage the department’s productivity standard in the management of assigned work; form and maintain positive and collaborative relationships with members of the executive team, hospital staff, and others; problem solve in a proactive, creative manner, using sound judgment based on factual information and clinical knowledge;
  • Knowledge of managed care and commercial insurance, MediCal, Medicare, and other third-party reimbursement.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of case management, discharge planning, utilization management, and psychosocial assessment and support functions.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, administration, fiscal and personnel management
Jobs

Job Listing: Public Health Education Associate, San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Announcement
Public Health Education Association I — Spanish-Speaking Temp

(Public Health Services)
Recruitment #0714-RA4001T=TM

Approximate Salary: $21.07/hour
Opening Date: 7/28/14—8 am
Closing Date: 8/8/14 —11:59 pm
Employment Type: Temporary
Analyst: Holly Nguyen

Click here to download the job announcement

Jobs

Job Listings: California Office of AIDS

Two new job listing from the California Office of AIDS:

1) Chief, Care Research and Evaluation Section, California Office of AIDS http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=563923 http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=563918

2) Chief, Prevention Research and Evaluation Section, California Office of AIDS http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=563808 http://cdphinternet/programs/aids/Documents/581-404-5647-904.pdf

Interested folks are welcome to contact Juliana Grant, Chief, Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation Branch – juliana.grant@cdph.ca.gov. Especially if folks are not already in California state service, they should contact immediately for guidance on getting their application through in a timely fashion.

Juliana Grant, MD MPH Chief, Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation Branch Acting Chief, Surveillance Section California Office of AIDS

Email: juliana.grant@cdph.ca.gov Office: (916) 341-7016 Cell: (916) 317-1186

Environment/Public Policy

California Adapts to Water Shortages

California Adaptation Forum Highlight:

Learn how California entities are adapting and responding to water shortages

With California in the third year of record-breaking drought, and long term uncertainties about temperature shifts and precipitation patterns associated with climate change, water concerns have never been higher across California.

As many communities start looking for alternative methods to conserve water, it is important to have access to water solutions. The California Adaptation will provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn more about, and discuss, how entities in California are pursuing innovative strategies for water conservation and responding to the drought.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from State Water Resources Control Board Vice-Chair, Frances Spivy-Weber, during the Tuesday morning plenary session. She will discuss the State’s response to the drought, the impact of climate change on water, and the important partnerships we must form in order to effectively, and adequately, respond to the increasingly dry conditions facing California in order to create a more resilient water system for our state.

You may also want to check out the following breakout sessions:

  • California Coastal Fog: An Untapped and Little-known Water Resource?
  • From Watershed to Coast: Cases Adapting to Rising Seas and

    KEEP READING: California Adapts to Water Shortages

  • Environment/

    Healthy Resources for Walking & Biking to School

    From ChangeLab Solutions

    Law & Policy innovation for the common good

    Even though the Safe Routes to School movement has gained momentum nationwide, many communities still face challenges implementing these programs. Four new publications from ChangeLab Solutions are now available to help districts, parents, and active transportation advocates develop policies for walking or bicycling to school. On the Move and Get Out & Get Moving are geared toward rural areas that face unique challenges around implementing Safe Routes to School programs. On the Move breaks down approaches and tools of particular interest to rural school districts, including highlights of the online Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook tool. Get Out & Get Moving explores the legal implications of remote drop-off programs, and includes a cost-benefit worksheet for assessing risk.

    Incorporating Safe Routes to School into Local School Wellness Policies and Model General Plan Language Supporting Safe Routes to Schools provide model language that communities can adapt to their specific needs. These publications—in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook and our other Safe Routes to School resources—can help create environments that

    KEEP READING: Healthy Resources for Walking & Biking to School

    Jobs

    Job Listing: Research Associate, Human Impact Partners

    Human Impact Partners is looking for a Research Associate to work on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP) projects. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a very rapidly growing field that is creating systemic change to improve people’s lives.

    About Human Impact Partners

    Human Impact Partners envisions a world where all communities have optimal health and where the resources for health are equitably shared across race, class, gender, immigration status, geography, and other attributes. In that vision:

  • Communities and policy-makers have a holistic understanding of health;
  • Health and equity are primary considerations in decision-making;
  • All people have the information, tools, and power needed to influence decisions that affect their lives; and
  • Health provides a framework that brings diverse people and organizations together.
  • HIP’s mission is to transform the policies and places people need to live healthy lives by increasing the consideration of health and equity in decision-making. To accomplish our mission, we:

  • Conduct policy-focused, innovative, and strategic research that evaluates health impacts and inequities to support targeted campaigns and movements for social change.
  • Amplify the use of public health research, expertise, framing, and communications to support those campaigns and movements.
  • Provide training and

    KEEP READING: Job Listing: Research Associate, Human Impact Partners

  • Healthcare Costs/

    New UCLA Study on Health Statistics and Ethnicity

    A series of new fact sheets by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research detail different health statistics of California residents by their ethnicity and race, the Los Angeles Examiner reports. The fact sheets include health statistics for five major ethnic and racial groups in California: American Indians/Alaska Natives; Asians; Blacks; Caucasians; and Latinos.

    Data from the report were derived from the 2011-12 California Health Interview Survey and cover a range of health issues, such as insurance status and nutrition. Findings;

    Overall, about 27% of Californians ages 18 to 64 were uninsured for all or part of the year before the survey and about 12% were enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Among the five major ethnic and racial groups:

    24% of American Indians/Alaska Natives were uninsured and 18.5% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;

    About 20% of Asians were uninsured and about 8% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;

    About 23% of blacks were uninsured and about 22% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;

    18% of Caucasians were uninsured and about 6% were enrolled in Medi-Cal; and

    About 39% of Latinos were uninsured and about 17% were enrolled in Medi-Cal.

    While

    KEEP READING: New UCLA Study on Health Statistics and Ethnicity

    Cancer/Jobs

    Job Listing: Rutgers Faculty Positions with expertise in tobacco control

    The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are seeking Associate to Full Professor-level behavioral health scientists/epidemiologists with expertise in the areas of tobacco control.

    This position holds the potential for a significant leadership role within the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, social or clinical psychology, or public health. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications.

    Please address letter of research interests and CV to: Dr. Sharon Manne, Associate Center Director of Population Science, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, c/o Larissa Varela, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Office of Faculty Recruitment & Appointments, 120 Albany St, Tower 2, 5th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

    Application via email is suggested: recruitmentcinj@gmail.com.

    Environment

    FDA advisory on fish and mercury for pregnant women and young children

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a study titled, “Quantitative Assessment of the Net Effects of Fetal Neurodevelopment from Eating Commercial Fish (As Measured by IQ and also by Early Age Verbal Development” (Net Effects Assessment).

    The purpose of the study was to estimate the effects on the developing nervous system of the fetus from a pregnant woman’s consumption of commercial fish during pregnancy. It also reviews the evidence on the effects of fish consumption by young children and their own neurodevelopment.

    A draft of the FDA assessment was first published in 2009 and then revised to incorporate comments and advice from peer reviewers, the public, and other Federal agencies. This assessment and others similar to it support the Federal government’s fish consumption recommendation contained in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (DGA), which encourages pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (or 2-3 servings) of fish that are lower in mercury each week.

    The assessment results also support the draft updated advice FDA and EPA just released. The last time the advice was updated was in 2004.

    Infrastructure

    Preventing fatal worker falls

    New tailgate training and video materials about fatal worker falls are now available for OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, June 2-6, 2014.

    The materials, in both in English and Spanish, are produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. The Safety Stand-Down encourages employers to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention. http://bit.ly/1p4Td3X

    Visit website: www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohb

    For more information contact: Faith Raider, MA at CDPH, Occupational Health Branch- Faith.Raider@cdph.ca.gov

    Environment

    UN reports CO2 Levels hit record April High

    World leaders are running out of time to address the threat of climate change, the UN’s chief meteorologist warned as carbon dioxide levels hit record highs in April.

    Data released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed that for the first time CO2 topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the findings had “symbolic and scientific” significance, adding it should serve as a “wake-up call” over the causes of climate change.

    http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/index_en.html

    No. 991 – CO2 concentrations top 400 parts per million throughout northern hemisphere Geneva, 26 May 2014 (WMO) – For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet. All the northern hemisphere monitoring stations forming the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch network reported record atmospheric CO2 concentrations during the seasonal maximum. This occurs early in the northern hemisphere spring before vegetation

    KEEP READING: UN reports CO2 Levels hit record April High

    Infectious Disease/Prevention

     Preventive Services Task Force Urges HBV Screening

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Urges HBV Screening for High-Risk People

    People at high risk for hepatitis B (HBV) should be screened for the virus, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

    The recommendation, appearing in Annals of Internal Medicine, is a change from the task force’s 2004 position that the potential harms of screening outweighed any benefits. But evidence accumulated since then suggests that — at least for people at high risk — the net benefit of screening is moderate, according to task force chair Michael LeFevre, MD, of the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, and colleagues.

    The recommendation brings the USPSTF into line with several other groups, including the CDC, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the Institute of Medicine.

    Public Health Education

    Community Health Workers Act—a template for California?

    During the 2014 Legislative Session, New Mexico legislators passed the Community Health Workers Act, thus enabling the New Mexico Department of Health to offer voluntary certification for community health workers (CHWs) in the state.

    Governor Susana Martinez chose CHW training and certification among her priority initiatives, recognizing the value and contributions of this critical workforce toward meeting the health needs of New Mexico’s rural and underserved populations.

    Next Steps: The Department is working on the necessary steps to promulgate rules and regulations that will guide the bill’s implementation, to include the launch of a program that will offer standardized core competency trainings and endorse specialty trainings for specific health topic areas. A CHW generalist certification will be offered that can be augmented with certification for a particular specialty area(s).

    Certification through grandfathering will be available for a specified period. While CHW certification will be a key activity, the overall goal is to support the CHW profession and workforce.Training, technical assistance, and promotion of career development will be offered to all CHWs, regardless of certification status. Venues for stable funding of CHW services, including but not limited to Medicaid reimbursement, are being explored.

    For more information: Contact Christina Carrillo by phone

    KEEP READING: Community Health Workers Act—a template for California?

    Infectious Disease/Prevention

    Germ Catchers – new epidemological tools being developed

    New biosensors are being developed that can identify the viral, bacterial or fungal origin of disease or infection within a few hours of testing a sample from a patient.

    Individuals would receive the right treatment sooner, and doctors would be more likely to prescribe antibiotics only when needed. Connecting as few as 200 of these biosensors together into a network could offer the U.S. earlier warnings of emerging epidemics or bioterrorism attacks.

    Reference: Article in Scientific American Magazine, June 2014. www.scientificamerican.com

    Cancer/Prevention

    Searching for new ways to treat cancer

    A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.

    For 10 years, Stacy Erholtz, 49, battled multiple myeloma, a deadly cancer of the blood. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say she had received every type of chemotherapy drug available for her cancer and had undergone two stem cell transplants, only to relapse time and again.

    Then researchers gave her and five other multiple myeloma patients a dose of a highly concentrated, lab-engineered measles virus similar to the measles vaccine. In fact, the dose Erholtz received contained enough of the virus to vaccinate approximately 10 million people.

    “The idea here is that a virus can be trained to specifically damage a cancer and to leave other tissues in the body unharmed,” said the lead study author, Dr. Stephen Russell.

    Source: http://www.cnn.com

    The Mayo Clinic is moving fast to phase two clinical trials involving more patients with a goal of FDA approval within 4 years. The research will also be extended to other forms of cancer as well.

    Infectious Disease/Prevention

    First Case of MERS Infection Transmitted Inside the U.S.

    We’ve been monitoring reports from WHO and CDC for some months now after the initial series of cases of MERS were discovered in Arabia. Early in May the first cases of MERS were reported in the U.S., including at least one direct contact transmission.

    Although the disease caused mild illness in these few cases here, one confirmed contact showed positive on lab test with no symptoms. (Also, this past month Iran reported its first two confirmed cases ).

    The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome believed to be transmitted within the United States has been identified in an Illinois man who was infected and is no longer sick, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The unidentified Illinois man had “extended face-to-face contact” during a 40-minute business meeting with an Indiana man who was diagnosed with MERS after traveling from Saudi Arabia, Dr. David Swerdlow told reporters during a telephone briefing.

    A blood test confirmed the Illinois man had been previously infected, and he reported suffering only mild cold-like symptoms and did not seek or require medical care, Swerdlow said. “We think that this patient was likely infected with MERS. But technically he doesn’t count

    KEEP READING: First Case of MERS Infection Transmitted Inside the U.S.

    Awards and Fellowships/Cancer/

    AANCART presents award to May Sung, MPH

    The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research & Training (ANNCART) presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to May Sung for her years of exceptional volunteer service and fervent advocacy for Asian American Health Equity.

    The award was presented at a special luncheon program on May 30th in San Francisco.

    May, recently retired, is a former Vice President of the California Division of the American Cancer Society and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

    HIV / AIDS/Prevention

    Preventing HIV infections: HIV Pill Urged for At-Risk Patients

    Healthy people at risk of HIV are advised to take daily pills that cut the odds of infection by more than 90 percent, U.S. health officials said in the first formal recommendation on using the drugs as a preventative.

    The group urged to take the pills includes people with HIV-infected partners and those who inject illicit drugs and share equipment, or have been in treatment programs for injection medicine use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)’s anti-AIDS pill Truvada has been approved as a preventative medicine for the virus that causes AIDS.

    Also advised to take the medicines are heterosexual men or women who don’t always use condoms with at-risk partners and gay or bisexual men who have sex without a condom or aren’t in mutually exclusive relationships with partners testing HIV-negative, the agency said.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com