November 2018

Let’s Talk Diabetes Month: The First National Clinical Care Commission Meeting

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By Joyce Yu, PharmD, ORISE Fellow; and Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Division of Health Care Quality, ODPHP On October 31, 2018, the National Clinical Care Commission held its inaugural meeting in person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. The Commission, a newly established federal advisory committee, is charged to evaluate and make recommendations regarding programs of the U...

Move Your Way: A Campaign to Promote the Updated Physical Activity Guidelines

By: Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Director, ODPHP The evidence is clear: being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Since 2008, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been the go-to resource for policy makers and health professionals, providing evidence-based physical activity recommendations for all Americans...

The Power of Rural to Improve Health

Save the Date for 2018 National Rural Health Day

The third Thursday of November is National Rural Health Day in the United States. Nearly 60 million people live in rural communities across America. They count on their doctors, nurses, other health providers, and emergency first responders (many of whom are volunteers) to take care of their health and medical needs without fail.

Integrating HIV Testing into Health Care in Texas

​Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are significant contributors to death and illness in the United States. People who have HIV but don’t know it are less likely to get the treatment and support services they need, and they are more likely to transmit the disease to others. To increase knowledge of HIV disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine, opt-out HIV testing in health care settings for everyone between ages 13 and 64.