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Celebrating Innovation at the Fourth Annual Health Datapalooza Conference

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Three years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the Health Data Initiative with 45 people gathered in a conference room. This week marks the fourth edition of what has come to be known as ‘Datapalooza,’ which has grown to include nearly 2,000 tech developers, health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and…

Hepatitis C Infection Among Young Injection Drug Users: Addressing an Emerging Trend

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In recent years, there has been an emerging epidemic of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among young injection drug users (IDU) in rural and suburban settings. Early this spring, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services convened a multidisciplinary technical consultation to discuss the existing evidence and to identify and define priorities for the…

HIV Treatment Cascade on the Local Level: Mario Perez, LA County

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Several recent blog posts have discussed the use of the HIV treatment cascade to identify issues and opportunities related to improving the delivery of services to persons living with HIV (PLWH) along each major stage of the continuum of care and the associated imperative that we all do better at engaging a higher percentage of…

Supporting National HIV Testing Day with New Media

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June 26 - National HIV Testing Day

With the annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, and others encourage people to “Take the Test. Take Control”. Since NHTD was first observed in 2005, we have seen a tremendous rise in the use of new media tools. In June 2010, AIDS.gov launched the HIV…

SAMHSA’s Healthy Lifestyles Project seeks to prevent the spread of hepatitis C

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and SAMHSA is joining CDC and others in urging two groups of people to get tested for hepatitis C (HCV): Those born between 1945 and 1965 (rates of infection in this group are five times higher than in other adults in the U.S. population); Those who have engaged in high-risk…

HHS Launches Information Is Powerful Medicine Campaign

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is proud to announce the launch of the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. The campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to improve health outcomes for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Focusing specifically on Black gay, bisexual,…

NIDA Research Seeks to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Caused by Drug Use Behaviors

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the United States and people who inject drugs (PWID) are particularly susceptible to this disease with as many as 70% or more of this population testing positive for the virus. To make matters worse, PWID enjoy little if any consistent…

Community Organizing Works for Health Information Technology Systems Too

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To most Americans, “Health Information Technology” (HIT) is a murky domain where policy wonks conspire with computer nerds to manage our healthcare. But community-based organizations need to think about HIT both as a powerful tool for improving community health, and as a lever that can be activated through traditional community organizing principles. For community groups…