Zika Key Messages Guide
This document contains information related to Zika, including transmission, testing for pregnant women and children, and the associated birth defects. To view the guide click here.
MMWR on Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission in Puerto Rico
CDC has released MMWR Update: Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission – Puerto Rico, November 1, 2015-April 14, 2016. To view the resource, click here.
CDC Publishes New Report on Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
Zika virus infection has been linked to increased risk for Guillain-Barré syndrome and adverse fetal outcomes, including congenital microcephaly. In January 2016, after notification from a local health care provider, an investigation by Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) identified a case of sexual transmission of Zika virus between a man with recent travel to an area of active Zika virus transmission (patient A) and his nontraveling male partner (patient B). At this time, there had been one prior case report of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The present case report indicates Zika virus can be transmitted through anal sex, as well as vaginal sex. Identification and investigation of cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus in nonendemic areas present valuable opportunities to inform recommendations to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus. To access the full article, click here.
CDC Publishes Report on Preparing for Local Mosquito-Borne Transmission of Zika Virus
Widespread Zika virus transmission in the Region of the Americas since 2015 has heightened the urgency of preparing for the possibility of expansion of mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus during the 2016 mosquito season. CDC and other U.S. government agencies have been working with state and local government partners on prevention and early detection of Zika virus infection and will increase these activities during April as part of their preparation for the anticipated emergence of mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in the continental United States. To access the article, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Supporter Toolkit
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health designed a toolkit for organizations to become involved in supporting National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. This toolkit offers 12 innovative ways to get involved, as well as sample social media and newsletter language, and a customizable news release. To access the toolkit, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
Telehealth and Autism Treatment, Training and Systems Building
The recording and slides from SPHARC's Autism Awareness Month webinar, Telehealth and Autism Treatment, Training and Systems Building, are now available. The webinar provided an overview of policy issues related to telehealth, laws and regulations, and examples from CARES grantees of using telehealth/telemedicine to increase access to behavioral health services and to provide parent coaching as an alternative to long waiting lists for services. To view the archived webinar, click here.
Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling and Active Kids and Communities
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership developed state report cards which provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling and physical activity for children and adults as of 2016. The report cards primarily look at state policy focusing on four key areas: complete streets and active transportation, safe routes to school and active transportation funding, active neighborhoods and Schools, and state physical activity planning and support. Click here to view the full report.