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Publichealth information in crisis-affected populations: a review of methods and their use for advocacy and action. Valid and timely information about various domains of publichealth underpins the effectiveness of humanitarian publichealth interventions in crises. However, obstacles including insecurity, insufficient resources and skills for data collection and analysis, and absence of validated methods combine to hamper the quantity and quality of publichealth information available (...) to humanitarian responders. This paper, the second in a Series of four papers, reviews available methods to collect publichealth data pertaining to different domains of health and health services in crisis settings, including population size and composition, exposure to armed attacks, sexual and gender-based violence, food security and feeding practices, nutritional status, physical and mental health outcomes, publichealth service availability, coverage and effectiveness, and mortality. The paper also
Evidence on publichealth interventions in humanitarian crises. Recognition of the need for evidence-based interventions to help to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian responses has been increasing. However, little is known about the breadth and quality of evidence on health interventions in humanitarian crises. We describe the findings of a systematic review with the aim of examining the quantity and quality of evidence on publichealth interventions in humanitarian crises (...) to identify key research gaps. We identified 345 studies published between 1980 and 2014 that met our inclusion criteria. The quantity of evidence varied substantially by health topic, from communicable diseases (n=131), nutrition (n=77), to non-communicable diseases (n=8), and water, sanitation, and hygiene (n=6). We observed common study design and weaknesses in the methods, which substantially reduced the ability to determine causation and attribution of the interventions. Considering the major
Type 2 diabetes in adolescents: a severe phenotype posing major clinical challenges and publichealth burden. Type 2 diabetes in adolescence manifests as a severe progressive form of diabetes that frequently presents with complications, responds poorly to treatment, and results in rapid progression of microvascular and macrovascular complications. Although overall still a rare disease, adolescent type 2 diabetes now poses major challenges to paediatric and adult diabetes services in many (...) countries. Therapeutic options are heavily curtailed by a dearth of knowledge about the condition, with low numbers of participants and poor trial recruitment impeding research. Together with lifestyle modification, metformin remains the first-line therapy for adolescents with type 2 diabetes, although the majority rapidly progress to treatment failure and insulin therapy. Early bariatric surgery is controversial but has great potential to transform outcomes. Health systems must respond by both
How Is CDC Funded to Respond to PublicHealth Emergencies? Federal Appropriations and Budget Execution Process for Nonâ€“Financial Experts The federal budgeting process affects a wide range of people who work in publichealth, including those who work for government at local, state, and federal levels; those who work with government; those who operate government-funded programs; and those who receive program services. However, many people who are affected by the federal budget are not aware (...) of or do not understand how it is appropriated or executed. This commentary is intended to give non-financial experts an overview of the federal budget process to address publichealth emergencies. Using CDC as an example, we provide: (1) a brief overview of the annual budget formulation and appropriation process; (2) a description of execution and implementation of the federal budget; and (3) an overview of emergency supplemental appropriations, using as examples the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic
Mortality risks associated with emergency admissions during weekends and public holidays: an analysis of electronic health records. Weekend hospital admission is associated with increased mortality, but the contributions of varying illness severity and admission time to this weekend effect remain unexplored.We analysed unselected emergency admissions to four Oxford University National Health Service hospitals in the UK from Jan 1, 2006, to Dec 31, 2014. The primary outcome was death within 30 (...) . 18 313 (4·7%) patients admitted as weekday energency admissions and 6070 (5·1%) patients admitted as weekend emergency admissions died within 30 days (p<0·0001). 9347 individuals underwent 9707 emergency admissions on public holidays. 559 (5·8%) died within 30 days (p<0·0001 vs weekday). 15 routine haematology and biochemistry test results were highly prognostic for mortality. In 271 465 (53·9%) admissions with complete data, adjustment for test results explained 33% (95% CI 21 to 70
Implementing precision cancer medicine in the publichealth services of Norway: the diagnostic infrastructure and a cost estimate Through the conduct of an individual-based intervention study, the main purpose of this project was to build and evaluate the required infrastructure that may enable routine practice of precision cancer medicine in the publichealth services of Norway, including modelling of costs.An eligible patient had end-stage metastatic disease from a solid tumour. Metastatic
The hookworm Ancylostoma ceylanicum: An emerging publichealth risk in Australian tropical rainforests and Indigenous communities Ancylostoma ceylanicum is the common hookworm of domestic dogs and cats throughout Asia, and is an emerging but little understood publichealth risk in tropical northern Australia. We investigated the prevalence of A. ceylanicum in soil and free-ranging domestic dogs at six rainforest locations in Far North Queensland that are Indigenous Australian communities (...) . A. ceylanicum was present in soil samples from two out of the three popular tourist locations sampled. Our results contribute to the understanding of dogs as a publichealth risk to Indigenous communities and tourists in the Wet Tropics. Dog health needs to be more fully addressed as part of the Australian Government's commitments to "closing the gap" in chronic disease between Indigenous and other Australians, and encouraging tourism in similar locations.
Mass incarceration, publichealth, and widening inequality in the USA. In this Series paper, we examine how mass incarceration shapes inequality in health. The USA is the world leader in incarceration, which disproportionately affects black populations. Nearly one in three black men will ever be imprisoned, and nearly half of black women currently have a family member or extended family member who is in prison. However, until recently the publichealth implications of mass incarceration were (...) unclear. Most research in this area has focused on the health of current and former inmates, with findings suggesting that incarceration could produce some short-term improvements in physical health during imprisonment but has profoundly harmful effects on physical and mental health after release. The emerging literature on the family and community effects of mass incarceration points to negative health impacts on the female partners and children of incarcerated men, and raises concerns that excessive
A framework for public involvement at the design stage of NHS health and social care research: time to develop ethically conscious standards Researchers who conduct studies in health and social care are encouraged to involve the public as early as possible in the process of designing their studies. Before their studies are allowed to start researchers must seek approval from a Research Ethics Committee, which will assess whether the study is going to be safe and ethical for patients or healthy (...) and rewarding public involvement. The draft framework will help researchers to recognise the ethical issues when involving the public and is intended to be used voluntarily in a self-regulatory way. We believe that the draft framework requires further consultation and input from the wider research community and the public before endorsement by national UK bodies such as INVOLVE and the Health Research Authority (HRA).
â€œHitting the spotâ€: Developing individuals with lived-experience of health and social care as facilitators to deliver a course to enhance public involvement in research â€“ a Welsh perspective Public involvement in research has become an important and integral part of the research process in health and social care, from the early stages of research prioritisation and development to the later stages of research conduct and dissemination. Learning and development opportunities, including (...) training, can assist the public and researchers in working together in the research process, and a training schedule exists in Wales for this purpose. One of the key components of this training schedule in Wales is the course Involving the Public in the Design and Conduct of Research: Building Research Partnerships. Building on the existing successes of this UK-wide course, first developed by Macmillan Cancer Support, a project was established between Health and Care Research Wales and Macmillan Cancer
PublicHealth Emergency Response in Taiwan In recent years, growth of international travel and trade, as well as climate change, has resulted in the frequent emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases such as Ebola, Zika, and MERS. In 2016, Taiwan used the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) tool to evaluate its publichealth emergency response capacities and understand important areas for improvement. This article presents Taiwan's disaster and publichealth emergency response organizational (...) structure, real-time integrated information, response processes, and command center structure. After reviewing the results of the JEE tool and drawing lessons from emergency response efforts in the United States, we provide 3 recommendations that may enhance Taiwan's publichealth emergency response capacities: establish common principles for disaster response regardless of which agency is in charge, standardize operation procedures, and perform regular training that includes nongovernmental
Taiwan's PublicHealth National Laboratory System: Success in Influenza Diagnosis and Surveillance Taiwan's National Laboratory System is one of the action packages of the Global Health Security Agenda, which was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote health security as an international priority and to encourage progress toward full implementation of the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. The mission of each national laboratory system is to conduct real-time (...) biosurveillance and effective laboratory-based diagnostics, as measured by a nationwide laboratory system able to reliably conduct diagnoses on specimens transported properly to designated laboratories from at least 80% of the regions in the country. In Taiwan, the national laboratory system for publichealth is well-established and coordinated by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is the government authority in charge of infectious disease prevention and intervention. Through the national
Health and Public Policy to Facilitate Effective Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Involving Illicit and Prescription Drugs: An American College of Physicians Position Paper. Substance use disorders involving illicit and prescription drugs are a serious publichealth issue. In the United States, millions of individuals need treatment for substance use disorders but few receive it. The rising number of drug overdose deaths and the changing legal status of marijuana pose new (...) challenges. In this position paper, the American College of Physicians maintains that substance use disorder is a treatable chronic medical condition and offers recommendations on expanding treatment options, the legal status of marijuana, addressing the opioid epidemic, insurance coverage of substance use disorders treatment, education and workforce, and publichealth interventions.
Publichealth impact of the 2014â€“2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa: seizing opportunities for the future 28589018 2019 02 09 2059-7908 2 2 2017 BMJ global health BMJ Glob HealthPublichealth impact of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa: seizing opportunities for the future. e000202 10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000202 Delamou Alexandre A 0000-0002-9397-7106 Department of PublicHealth, Gamal University of Conakry, Conakry, Guinea. Delvaux Thérèse T Woman and Child Health Research Centre (...) , Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. El Ayadi Alison Marie AM Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA. Beavogui Abdoul Habib AH Department of Parasitology-Mycology, Gamal University of Conakry, Conakry, Guinea. Okumura Junko J Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. Van Damme Wim W Health Policy Unit, Department of PublicHealth, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. De Brouwere Vincent V
A globally networked hybrid approach to publichealth capacity training for maternal health professionals in low and middle income countries MundoComm is a current NIH-funded project for sustainable publichealth capacity building in community engagement and technological advances aimed at improving maternal health issues. Two to four teams are selected annually, each consisting of three healthcare professionals and one technical person from specific low and middle income countries (LMICs (...) and qualitative feedback (using online data capturing forms) assess baseline and post-training knowledge and skills in publichealth project strategies.The course currently has one team each in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras for a total of 12 trainees. The course and modules include best practices in information and communication technologies (ICTs), ethical reviews, community engagement, evidence-based community interventions, and e-Health strategies. To maximize successful and culturally
Improving Biosurveillance Systems to Enable Situational Awareness During PublicHealth Emergencies 28092456 2017 09 12 2018 11 13 2326-5108 15 1 2017 Jan/Feb Health security Health Secur Improving Biosurveillance Systems to Enable Situational Awareness During PublicHealth Emergencies. 17-19 10.1089/hs.2016.0097 Nuzzo Jennifer B JB eng Journal Article 2017 01 16 United States Health Secur 101654694 2326-5094 IM Awareness Biosurveillance methods Disease Outbreaks Emergencies Humans PublicHealth
Strengthening US PublicHealth Preparedness and Response Operations 28092487 2017 09 12 2018 11 13 2326-5108 15 1 2017 Jan/Feb Health security Health Secur Strengthening US PublicHealth Preparedness and Response Operations. 20-21 10.1089/hs.2016.0115 Watson Matthew M Nuzzo Jennifer B JB Shearer Matthew P MP Meyer Diane D eng Journal Article 2017 01 16 United States Health Secur 101654694 2326-5094 IM Civil Defense economics Disaster Planning methods organization & administration Humans Public (...) Health Administration PublicHealth Practice economics Surveys and Questionnaires United States 2017 1 17 6 0 2017 9 13 6 0 2017 1 17 6 0 ppublish 28092487 10.1089/hs.2016.0115 PMC5314964 Health Secur. 2016 Sep-Oct;14 (5):284-304 27575382
Float Tanks: Review of Current Guidance and Considerations for PublicHealth Inspectors JULY 2016 1 Float Tanks: Review of Current Guidance and Considerations for PublicHealth Inspectors Shelley Beaudet a and Angela Eykelbosh b Key Messages • The growing popularity of “floatation” and the ways in which this practice differs from the use of pools and spas have raised interesting questions in environmental publichealth. • Publichealth agencies in the US and Canada have taken very different (...) approaches to the classification and regulation (or non-regulation) of these facilities. • Continuing engagement amongst environmental health practitioners, regulatory agencies, and industry may help to ensure that standards applied to float tanks are both appropriate to the activity and protective of publichealth. Background “Floating” refers to an increasingly popular health and wellness practice in which an individual floats (typically nude and in the dark) in a warm, saturated solution of magnesium