Respiratory Virus Season This Fall and Winter: A CDC & AMA Fireside Chat
Join CDC and the American Medical Association Tuesday, December 12, 1:45-2:30 p.m. EST, for a special fireside chat with CDC Director, Dr. Cohen, on how to protect yourself and your patients during the fall and winter respiratory virus season.
During the fall and winter, germs are more likely to spread within the community and within healthcare settings. As a healthcare worker, you play a critical role in slowing and preventing the spread of viral respiratory infections, including flu, COVID-19, and RSV. Project Firstline can help you access the infection control information and resources you need to take action this respiratory virus season.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Dr. Mandy Cohen, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, and AMA’s Immediate Past Chair Dr. Sandra Fryhofer as they discuss vaccinations and other tools that can keep everyone safe and healthy.
Register and submit your questions today
HHS Unveils the Fifth National Climate Assessment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE) has released its November 2023 Climate and Health Outlook. This edition explores the climate-related health hazards of heat, wildfire, drought, and hurricanes and provides information on how to reduce health risks associated with each. It also features findings from a survey of Californians on their health impacts from climate change, an overview of why wildfire smoke is a public health concern, and a feature on alpha-gal syndrome.
Visit the Climate and Heat Outlook Portal, which has interactive maps of county-level data on climate hazards and individual-level risk factors for health impacts.
HHS, as a part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, released the Fifth National Climate Assessment. The Fifth National Climate Assessment is the U.S. Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. It is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States. Read the full Climate Assessment, as well as a fact sheet from HHS explaining more about the importance of the document.
HHS Alerts Health Care Sector to Ransomware, Data Extortion Gang
HHS recently released an advisory to help health care organizations protect their systems and networks from 8Base, a ransomware and data extortion gang targeting small- and medium-sized organizations in health care and other sectors. Recommendations include prioritizing cybersecurity best practices, from regularly updating and patching systems to educating employees to avoid and report phishing emails and malicious attachments.
Read the full advisory from HHS.
The Biden-Harris Administration is Taking Actions to Improve the Health of Rural Communities and Help Rural Health Care Providers Stay Open
The Biden-Harris Administration is taking actions to improve the health of rural communities and help rural health care providers stay open. These actions:
Brace yourselves, because respiratory virus season is knocking on our doors! But fear not, for we have the power to protect ourselves and others. Attention all healthcare heroes and champions of public health! It's time to gear up for a battle against those pesky respiratory viruses. Dive into this short video on Respiratory Precautions.
Respiratory Precautions Video
Ready to become a superhero in the fight against respiratory illnesses? Visit Michigan.gov/ProjectFirstline NOW to access respiratory illness prevention training tools.
But here's the real magic: knowledge is meant to be shared! So, don't keep this secret to yourself. Forward this message to all your healthcare colleagues. Let's spread the word far and wide!
And a quick note: If you see this message multiple times, bear with us. We're on a mission to ensure that everyone is armed with the information they need to stay safe. Together, we can protect our communities and make this respiratory virus season a breeze. Let's rise to the challenge, embrace the precautions, and stay healthy!
MDHHS Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated & Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) Unit at MDHHS-SHARP@Michigan.gov