NPHIC June Newsletter hits the street
NPHIC News, our bimonthly newsletter, has just been published and it is bulging with great information. Articles include an update on the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing & Media, as well as innovative campaigns addressing “food deserts” and vaccine hesitancy. You’ll also be introduced to a CDC division known by the acronym DGMQ that helps protect America from dangerous diseases crossing our borders. But the prime focus of this issue is on the changing news media landscape, especially the rapidly rising importance of social media amid declining interest in TV and newspaper news coverage. Three articles deal with this topic and how two states are responding particularly well to the social media challenge. Download the issue here.
This Thursday's call to include update on H7N9
The CDC-NPHIC Health Promotion call on Thursday, May 23, at 2 p.m. Eastern promises to be a good one. It will feature an update on H7N9, a Vital Signs presentation on Listeria, upcoming hot media topics from CDC, and a state health department’s healthy swimming video contest. Check your e-mail on Thursday for dial-in details.
Sign up now for final CERC online training of 2013
Registration is now open for the final CDC-sponsored CERC Distance Learning series of 2013! CERC Basic Training Webinar will be held each Tuesday and Thursday in June from 3:30-5 p.m. EDT, starting Tuesday, June 4, and concluding on Thursday, June 27. This free CDC training is a fast-paced, interactive, online course giving participants essential knowledge and tools to navigate the harsh realities of communicating to the public, media and partners during an intense public health emergency. Registration is limited and must be completed by May 31. You must attend a minimum of seven modules to receive a completion certificate. Register here.
Novel Coronavirus rare, but deadly
The World Health Organization reports two more confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus, bringing the total to 40, with 20 deaths. Thirty of the cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, and most of them have occurred since the beginning of May, 2013 in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. Cases also have been reported in France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, and the United Kingdom. WHO’s update is here. A Q&A from the CDC is here. A recent BBC report is here.
Tornado preparation information
With tornado season in full force, one of the preparations you should be doing is to make a list of important information to contact your family, neighbors, insurance agent, utility companies, and more. Keep your important documents in a fire and water proof safe. Here’s CDC’s tornado preparation site.
New tools in NPHIC Emergency Communications library
Check out Connecticut’s simple do and don’t advice to help people keep safe and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning when the power goes out. Click here for the English version, with additional links to eight translated versions of this document. Also, with summer on the horizon, we have added a New York State flyer with great information on the effects of hot weather and tips on what you can do to keep cool. This two-pager is available in English and Spanish. Thanks to our members in Connecticut and New York for sharing these resources.
Avian flu H7N9 update and links
The CDC has established this webpage for updates and links regarding the avian flu virus H7N9 in China that has drawn international concern due to its virulent nature and potential to mutate to person-to-person transmission. Updates from the World Health Organization are here. Latest available figures for cases and deaths are here. CDC also has developed a Q&A site for the public that can be accessed here. Officials say some infected individuals have had no contact with poultry/birds, but there is no evidence of "sustained human-to-human transmission." U.S. News and World Report published this article titled "It's time to worry about the new Chinese bird flu."
Are you missing some sweet tweets?
What? You’re not following NPHIC on Twitter? Well, let’s get in gear and join our growing list of followers. You can get on board here.
Turn your Facebook photo into a call to action
You can start engaging visitors to your Facebook page by using that valuable piece of Facebook real estate—the cover photo. Here are five tips that show you how to do it.
How to make your Twitter chats a major force
Twitter Chat—it’s not just a cute idea to gain a few more followers. Read this article on how a New York Times’ columnist turned her Twitter Chat into a major weekly gathering. You can do it, too!
National Indian Health Board newsletter and summit
The spring edition of NIHB’s Public Health Digest is now available online here. It includes an excellent example of how legal means were used to remove obstacles to public health improvement on the Navajo Nation. Also, there’s still time to register for the 4th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit, scheduled for June 17-19 in Hollywood, Fla. The summit link is here.
Five job openings for communicators
A quintet of new opportunities has been posted recently on the job board restricted to NPHIC members. The openings are in Seattle, WA; Phoenix, AZ; Atlanta, GA; Nantucket, MA; and Cedar Rapids, IA. Check them all out here.
How to have better conversations
We spend most of our day talking with others—online, on the phone, in-person or via Skype. But are your discussions productive or just a lot of talk? Read these tips from a former CEO about “How to Have Better Conversations.”
Asthma Awareness Month resources
May is Asthma Awareness Month and various government and non-profit organizations are offering resources and scheduling events. Each day in America, 40,000 people miss school or work, 5,000 visit the emergency room, 1,000 are admitted to the hospital and 11 die due to asthma. A one-page fact sheet is here. The EPA has ideas for asthma awareness activities here. The CDC’s press release is here. More resources and information from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are here.