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Announcing the Leading Health Indicators Apps Challenge

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Today, at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Dr. Howard Koh, our Assistant Secretary for Health, and I joined a distinguished group of health leaders for a discussion about the new “Leading Health Indicators” for Healthy People 2020 – a set of 12 categories that capture 26 key measures of…

Mobile Internet Use Surpassing Desktop Internet Use by 2014

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Seems like everything these days is mobile. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project , “mobile internet refers to online access that occurs wirelessly using a handheld device or laptop computer. If home broadband is an “always on” connection, then mobile may be characterized as ‘always present’ for users.” Studies have projected that…

Reducing the Number of Federal Websites

President Obama, Federal Register

On June 13, 2011, President Obama launched the Campaign to Cut Waste, calling on federal agencies to target wasteful spending, improve government effectiveness, and help guide visitors to information. There are almost 2,000 separate “domains” (see the bottom of this page for a definition) across the federal government, and many more websites buried under those…

Start Your HIV Prevention Planning for Adolescent Health with the New School Year

How young people learn about health issues

Don’t wait till spring! The beginning of a new school year presents a great opportunity to start thinking about integrating HIV prevention programming into young people’s lives. While youth as a whole are not overrepresented among HIV positive communities, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to disease transmission due to their risk-taking stage of life. Currently, each…

Emory Launches New Tool to Visualize HIV Epidemic in the US

Screenshot of AIDSVu

Today, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched AIDSVu , an interactive online map that, 30 years into the epidemic, provides a detailed view of the number of people living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States by state and county. AIDSVu is a project of Emory University that aims to…

April is STD Awareness Month. Did you GYT?

Get yourself talking with your patients. GYT

April is STD Awareness Month.  Every year there are over 19 million new cases of STDs in the United States (CDC). Half of these new STD infections occur among young people ages 15 to 24 even though this age group makes up only 25% of the sexually active population. There are many negative outcomes of…

HHS Launches New Website: Stopbullying.gov

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Today, HHS launches a new website called Stopbullying.gov. The site provides information from government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. It also provides information on finding help if you, or someone you know, is being bullied. In October 2010, we posted twice…

National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition’s New Focus: New Media

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According to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, MSM (men who have sex with men) and racial and ethnic minorities are both disproportionately affected by HIV. We spoke with Venton Jones from The National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC)* about his efforts to use new media to extend the reach of their programs. NBGMAC will be…