Pennsylvania NEWS

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. This leads to dangerous and often tragic situations. To combat this public health and safety issue, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) created National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

March 27 is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, healthcare providers and community organizations in Pennsylvania to raise awareness, share information about how to lower risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn to best manage their condition for a healthier life.

In response to one of the worst influenza seasons in recent years, the Wolf Administration will hold 65 free influenza vaccine clinics at locations across the state throughout the month of March.

At least ten Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose, with over 3,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2015 alone. In a multi-pronged approach to end this epidemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Health offers the interactive, online guide Treating and Preventing Opioid Addiction.

Healthcare providers throughout the Commonwealth are invited to learn about the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, or ILINet. This program, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments, collects influenza surveillance data from volunteer sentinel healthcare providers.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency over Pennsylvania's ongoing opioid overdose crisis.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) monitors influenza activity throughout the year but ramps up surveillance activities in the fall and winter.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) has released its annual report, 2017 Pennsylvania State of the State.

The Wolf Administration has announced the winners of the statewide “Get Smart About Antibiotics” video and art competitions. The competition helps to spread proper antibiotic use awareness.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released updated State Snapshots. This interactive resource evaluates states based on more than 250 measures of health care quality and access.

November is National Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with community partners and health care providers to improve health outcomes and quality of life among people with diabetes in its five-state network. The theme for this year includes a focus on the connection between kidney health and diabetes. 

In an effort to draw attention to the wide range of issues that impact rural health, Gov. Tom Wolf has declared Nov. 13-17, 2017, as Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week at the request of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association.

Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine recently launched the annual “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” campaign, encouraging all Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of influenza.

Governor Wolf Administration officials recently met with federal and local partners as part of the Public Health 3.0 initiative to discuss ways to improve healthcare access for Pennsylvania’s many diverse communities.

The Allegheny County Immunization Coalition (ACIC) will host its 12th Annual Immunization Conference: Current Immunization Issues on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partnering with the Million Hearts® initiative to raise awareness of heart disease and its link to air pollution and other environmental factors. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently recognized ten states for outstanding quality performance of their critical access hospitals (CAHs) in achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year.

Quitting tobacco is a process that takes courage, time and energy. It can sometimes take several attempts to learn the best way to stay quit for good. PA Free Quitline can help those throughout the Commonwealth deal with the emotional, behavioral and physical parts of the process that make quitting so hard. 

The University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA website recently relaunched to provide information and resources to help counties across the Commonwealth reduce drug overdose deaths. 

According to a recent John Hopkins University study, Americans 65 years of age or older make up 13 percent of the total United States population, yet they take approximately 33 percent of all prescription drugs.

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