Connections a Bi-monthly Newsletter
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The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Nov - Dec 2009 NEW FROM CDC Upcoming PCSI White Paper Launch International Director’s Laboratory Accreditation Update This fall, we are pleased to publish a new NCHHSTP White Paper on Program HIV/AIDS in the US Fact sheet Collaboration and Service Integration AIDS in the US (PCSI). The document will outline the by Geographic Distribution vision and objectives for this major MMWR: Rectal and NCHHSTP strategic priority, along Pharyngeal STD Testing with a framework for conceptualizing, Reported TB in implementing, and evaluating PCSI at the United States, 2008 Dr. Kevin Fenton national, state, and local levels. Director, NCHHSTP The white paper contains key principles and pragmatic guidance that will be relevant for other CDC units, federal agencies, publicly funded entities, What a remarkable year it has professional organizations, community-based organizations, and private health been for conversations on health care providers where significant intersections in program objectives, populations, care in America! The debates have venues, or services exist. We acknowledge the tremendous work that our partners upcoming events encouraged many to question what have done to promote better collaboration and integration of services. The white paper aims to build upon these accomplishments by outlining a more systematic December 1 public health should look like in the approach to PCSI. The paper will be available later this year, so please mark your World AIDS Day era of health reform given challenging infrastructure needs, evolving societal- calendars to visit the PCSI Web site. December 3-7 40th Union World level determinants of health, and Conference on Lung Health desire to increase positive health TB Screening and Treatment Program for March 8-11 outcomes. 2010 National STD U.S.-Bound Refugees in Nepal Prevention Conference In the year ahead, I will highlight our Center’s efforts to meet these Work to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) takes place through the dedicated efforts of Locations and Dates Office of National challenges. I am pleased to announce many people at home and abroad. With the majority of TB cases in the United AIDS Policy Community the change in name and focus of States occurring among foreign-born individuals, the need for overseas screening for Discussions NCHHSTP’s Office of Health Disparities TB has become more evident. In 2007, CDC published revised Technical Instructions for Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment for overseas medical screening of applicants on the web to the Office of Health Equity. This for U.S. immigration to better detect and treat TB before entry into the United Healthy People 2020 signals our commitment to eliminating States. CDC and partners then conducted evaluations in three locales with programs Each decade, HHS updates health inequalities by employing a screening refugees or immigrants requesting entry into the United States. The most Healthy People, the set of national social determinants of health approach recent evaluation was for Bhutanese refugees located in Nepal; approximately objectives for promoting health and that incorporates factors such as social 60,000 of these refugees will be resettled to the United States in the next 5 years. preventing disease. HHS is seeking structures and economic systems. The team evaluated the screening, diagnosis, and treatment process for this high-risk public input on the draft objectives population. Thanks to all for this important work linking global and domestic TB and topic areas for Healthy People During this time of change, we are 2020. Go online to register for one committed and poised to lead for control. of the free local meetings or to prevention. submit your comments.