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New Episode: NPHIC’s Public Health Speaks Podcast

NPHIC's Podcast, "Public Health Speaks" is a bi-monthly podcast series covering topical public health issues to educate, inform and assist our members, partners, and affiliate organizations in understanding and overcoming urgent communication challenges. In NPHIC’s latest Public Health Speaks Podcast, Olivia Biggs, of the National Public Health Information Coalition, discusses how Immunization ...

Long COVID May be ‘The Next Public Health Disaster’

Millions of Americans have developed long COVID, also known as long-haul COVID, post-COVID or post-acute COVID syndrome. Up to 30% of Americans who get COVID-19 have developed long-haul symptoms, affecting as many as 23 million Americans, according to the U.S. HHS. Long COVID demonstrates that the virus is taking a lingering, pervasive and perhaps even more insidious toll. Medical experts have ...

Twitter Will No Longer Enforce its COVID Misinformation Policy

Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against COVID-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts and social media researchers that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus. Last week, Twitter's online rules were updated to say, "Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing...

Teens’ Brains Aged Faster During the First Year of the Pandemic, Study Says

The brains of U.S. teens have physically changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, aging faster than normal, a new study says. The study, published last week in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, is one of the first to look at the physical changes in the brain brought by that the stress and anxiety. The researchers compared the MRI scans of 128 children. Half the scans were tak...

Public Health Communication Collaborative’s Webinar Series for Public Health Communicators

The Public Health Communication Collaborative (PHCC) offers a series of free webinars for public health communicators that feature experts with on-the-ground experience in communicating evolving COVID-19 issues to the public. Watched by local and state public health officials and staff across the country, featured guests present insights, share data-driven and practical messaging tips. Click he...

Catch Anxiety Symptoms Early: National Recommendation to Screen Children Ages 8-18

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently recommended, for the first time, that children aged 8 and up should be screened for anxiety. This recommendation comes after the 2018-2019 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) found that 7.8% of children and adolescents aged 3 to 17 years had a current anxiety disorder. This is a very exciting recommendation since it is important ...

NPHIC’s Weekly Twitter Scan

Need a quick glace of what is being tweeted by public health agencies in each region of the U.S.? NPHIC compiles and publishes a weekly report of the top public health and COVID-19-related regional tweets on our website. The NPHIC Twitter Scan resource allows NPHIC members to see what popular public health topics are being addressed by their neighbors. The summary also includes popular and rele...

Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak Is the Worst in U.S. History

An ongoing outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu has now killed more birds than any past flare-up in U.S. history. The virus, known as highly pathogenic avian influenza, has led to the deaths of 50.54 million domestic birds in the country this year, according to Agriculture Department. That figure represents birds like chickens, ducks and turkeys from commercial poultry farms, backyard flocks...

Earth Welcomes its 8 Billionth Baby. Is that Good or Bad News?

The United Nations is celebrated Nov. 15 as the "Day of 8 Billion" – the date the world's population was projected to reach 8 billion people. The U.N. says the milestone is a celebration of human longevity due to improvements in public health and medicine. But it also comes with warnings about economic inequality and sustainability. The story behind the world's eight billion population is reall...

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