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Zero Breast Cancer seeks an experienced Executive Director to drive the direction and expansion of breast cancer prevention research, advocacy and educational programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Zero Breast Cancer (ZBC) is a community-based, non-profit organization founded in 1995 by a small but committed group of women with invasive breast cancer who set out on a remarkable journey to find the causes for the historically high incidence of breast cancer in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. ZBC exists today because we believe the continued high breast cancer incidence rates are unacceptable.
From the outset, Zero Breast Cancer has differentiated itself from other breast cancer organizations through its unique involvement in research. For the past 19 years, the primary goal of Zero Breast Cancer has been to prevent breast cancer by participating in research aimed at discovering who develops breast cancer and why and what we can do to eliminate the disease. Over the past two decades, Zero Breast Cancer has partnered with senior academic scientists on more than a dozen breast cancer research grants, bringing over 19 million research dollars to Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. These grants are investigating …
KEEP READING: Zero Breast Cancer Looking for Executive Director
In November 2014, the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) plans to release Request for Applications (RFA), #CTCP 15-100, Achieving Tobacco-Related Health Equity among California’s Diverse Populations, with the intent to fund approximately 25 to 50 projects to prevent and reduce tobacco use among groups with high rates of tobacco use.
The term of the funded projects is anticipated to be July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020. Approximately $5.3 million per year will be available from the Proposition 99 Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. Funding is contingent upon available revenues and appropriations by the Legislature and the Governor’s Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015-16 and subsequent FYs. Applications are due in January 2015.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is pleased to announce “Stakeholder Brief,” a quarterly update of important upcoming activities, actions and accomplishments from CDPH and involving its partners. Updates include information about meetings, presentations, press announcements, solicitations for input or service.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed 4 enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases in patients in San Diego (3). These are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014 due to EV-D68.
There are other specimens from throughout the state being tested at CDPH labs. More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age or from clusters of cases of any age to CDPH for further typing.
Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway. EV-D68 causes respiratory illness and the virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. Symptoms of EV-D68 include fever (although fever may not be present), runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
Some children have more serious illness with breathing difficulty and wheezing, particularly children with a history of asthma. The best way to prevent transmission of enteroviruses is: Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers; Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; Avoid kissing, hugging, and …
KEEP READING: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases confirmed in California
The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent special emphasis on skin cancer is of great importance and comes at the right time. You can gain a better understanding about the most serious form of skin cancer, Melanoma at www.aimatmelanoma.org
The Aim at Melanoma organization site provides a good review of this form of cancer, including updates on prevention, early detection and the array of options now available for treatment.
The Southern California Public Health Assn. is holding their Annual Meeting “Place Matters: Healthography in Southern California” at the California Endowment Conference Center. For information: www.scpha.org firstname.lastname@example.org
The first cases of the current West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (hereafter referred to as Ebola) were reported on March 22, 2014, with a report of 49 cases in Guinea. By August 31, 2014, a total of 3,685 probable, confirmed, and suspected cases in West Africa had been reported.
To aid in planning for additional disease-control efforts, CDC constructed a modeling tool called Ebola Response to provide estimates of the potential number of future cases. The Ebola Response modeling tool also was used to estimate how control and prevention interventions can slow and eventually stop the epidemic.
In a hypothetical scenario, the epidemic begins to decrease and eventually end if approximately 70% of persons with Ebola are in medical care facilities or Ebola treatment units (ETUs) or, when these settings are at capacity, in a non-ETU setting such that there is a reduced risk for disease transmission (including safe burial when needed). In another hypothetical scenario, every 30-day delay in increasing the percentage of patients in ETUs to 70% was associated with an approximate tripling in the number of daily cases that occur at the peak of the epidemic (however, the epidemic still eventually ends).
Officials have developed …
KEEP READING: Epidemics—Calculating the Impact
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions.
The Institute of Medicine convened the Roundtable on Health Literacy to address issues raised in the report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion (IOM, 2004). The roundtable sponsored a workshop in Irvine, CA, on November 21, 2013, that focused on the implications of health literacy for the mission and essential services of public health. The workshop featured the presentation of a commissioned paper on health literacy activities underway in public health organizations.
Other presentations examined the implications of health literacy for the mission and essential services of public health, for example, community health and safety, disease prevention, disaster management, or health communication. This document provides an overview of the topics discussed.
Read the report: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2014
The California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) announced that Pharmacists (PharmD) have been added to the list of eligible disciplines and can apply for the SLRP September 15 to November 15, 2014 application cycle at www.calreach.oshpd.ca.gov
The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (Students to Service) application cycle is now open.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical students (MD and DO) in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years or half time for at least 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.
Awards are subject to the availability of funds. The 2015 Students to Service application cycle closes on November 13, 2014, at 7:30 pm,
Between 1955 and 1992, it is estimated that the rate of cervical cancer mortality decreased by about 70%, due largely to the widespread adoption of the Pap smear as part of the annual Ob/Gyn or well-woman visit. The first big change to the well-woman visit came several years ago when the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommended against routine yearly Pap smear testing and first included HPV testing as part of cervical cancer screening.
The new guidelines recommended Pap testing every 3 years for women aged 21 to 65 years. With the health care community only just adjusting to these updated screening recommendations, even more changes may be around the corner. In April, the FDA expanded the label for one of the HPV tests available on the market, the cobas HPV Test (Roche), approving it as a stand-alone test for primary screening of cervical cancer.
Reaction to the FDA approval and the idea of using HPV testing alone to screen for cervical cancer has been mixed, and whether or not professionals will begin to use the HPV test for first-line screening is unknown. The Society for Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Society for Colposcopy …
KEEP READING: Cervical Cancer Screening Tests Continue to Evolve
Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and help lower our nation’s health care costs.
A total of 193 awards are being made to states, large and small cities and counties, tribes and tribal organizations, and national and community organizations, with a special focus on populations hardest hit by chronic diseases. The CDC will administer the grants.
The goals of the grants are to reduce rates of death and disability due to tobacco use, reduce obesity prevalence, and reduce rates of death and disability due to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke and help Americans to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. California received 28 of the grants for a total of $35,027,710.
For state-by-state lists of funding awards visit: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/2014-foa-awards.htm
Primary care physicians should screen all adults over age 45 for diabetes, according to new recommendations proposed by a government-sponsored panel of experts. The US Preventive Services Task Force, composed of primary care providers, base their new advice on evidence suggesting that diagnosing elevated blood sugar levels before people develop full-blown diabetes can reduce their risk of getting the condition and also developing heart disease.
Evidence from several recent large clinical trials suggest that those who have moderately elevated blood sugar, a condition called pre diabetes, detected on a routine blood test and treated through a diet and exercise program have a 47 percent reduced risk of developing diabetes over the next several years. The Task Force’s previous recommendations from 2008 only recommended diabetes screening in those at increased heart disease risk due to high blood pressure because studies were lacking to show benefits for screening the general population.
People who are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, or are African-American, Asian, or Latino, likely need to be screened earlier than 45, the Task Force recommended, because they’re at higher diabetes risk. Women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome or who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy also fall into the …
KEEP READING: NEW: Adults Over Age 45 Should be Screened for Diabetes
The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program Conference will be held in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero on November 20-21, 2014. This is an opportunity for scientists (including students), clinicians and community advocates to come together to discuss the latest research on the role of the environment and genetics in breast cancer, risk factors for early puberty and how to engage and communicate risk with diverse communities.
We will also discuss the future of the field as the National Institutes of Health begin a new cycle of funding.
The program is available online: http://www.bcerp.org/2014mtg This is a free program, however registration is required.
The 20th edition of the “Control of Communicable Diseases Manual” is now available via the APHA Book Store www.aphabookstore.org A web version of the manual is also being developed that will have the advantage of more frequent chapter updates as new information becomes available. Ebola and MERS are included in the update.
Many public health professionals consider this an essential for their book shelf. Another excellent reference for public health professionals is “The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services”….the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services. Sponsored since 1998 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Task Force is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care. Their pocket guide covers all USPSTF recommendations from 2002 through March 2010.
Up-to-date recommendations are available through the A-Z Topic Index on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Web Site. Recommendations are organized for quick reference and easy searching. One section matches recommended preventive services to patients—men, women, pregnant women, and children. Print …
KEEP READING: Essential Public Health References and Resources