Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
NACCHO is strengthening local health departments' (LHDs') capacity to respond to and control infectious diseases. Cases or suspected cases of new and emerging infections are likely to appear in community hospitals, private provider offices, and community health centers, making LHDs frontline responders. Approaches to preventing infectious disease or controlling its spread depend on identifying causes and understanding how they can most effectively be addressed. More »
In the Spotlight
National Handwashing Awareness Week
National Handwashing Awareness Week, an annual effort to highlight the importance of handwashing in infection prevention and control, is December 1-7, 2013. The Henry the Hand Foundation has developed resources to help your local health department observe this event.
Learn more about the importance of handwashing by visiting CDC's handwashing webpage.
Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Updates & Resources
Untreatable: Report by CDC Details Today's Drug-Resistant Health Threats
A new CDC report, "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013," presents a snapshot of the burden and threats posed by antibiotic-resistant germs that impact human health. CDC also recently published two journal articles on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, "National Burden of Invasive MRSA Infections, United States, 2011" and "Trends in Invasive MRSA Infections," which highlight the importance of reducing MRSA in both healthcare and community settings.
Give Birth to the End of Hep B Campaign
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently launched the Give Birth to the End of Hep B campaign to promote the hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine at birth. A 45-minute webinar on the initiative and a handout on the importance of the HBV vaccine are available online.
IAC developed a comprehensive guidebook, Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns, which contains resources to help providers establish, implement, and optimize HBV birth dose policies.
NACCHO's free, online Toolbox contains materials and resources for local health departments to support HBV vaccination efforts in their communities (e.g., "Adult HBV Vaccination: An Implementation Guide for Local Public Health"). The immunization resources webpage also contains important HBV information.
NACCHO's Demonstration Sites Featured on CDC Website
CDC's Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support has posted a summary of the Year 1 local health department healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention demonstration site activities on its Public Health Practice Stories from the Field webpage:More »