The following are notices and announcements issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
Alabama Tobacco Quitline - In Alabama, smokers can get free help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.quitnowalabama.com.
Health Care Facility Annual License Renewal - All 2015 health care facility licenses will expire December 31, 2015. Any health care facility that does not renew its license by December 31, 2015, or does not renew its license and pay the accrued late fees by January 31, 2016, will no longer be licensed.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Card - Alabamians who have a diagnosis that falls within the autism disorder spectrum may now apply for an identification card that can assist in their interactions with first responders and law enforcement officers during potentially stressful situations.
Fishing Consumption Advisories - Concern about protecting the public from possible exposure to mercury from eating fish led to the issuance of several new fish consumption advisories for Alabama.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (September 26, 2015) - The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The next Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Diabetes Grant Proposals - ADPH requests proposals to increase access and utilization of diabetes self-management education programs. Eligible health care providers include hospitals, senior centers, pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, local health departments, rural health councils, and primary health care providers that meet certain requirements.
2014 Annual Report - Our 2014 Annual Report is now available online.
Measles 2015: What We Need to Know - Visit ADPH's Immunization page for the latest information on the recent measles outbreaks, including a presentation from Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer.
Ebola Virus Disease - Visit ADPH's Ebola Virus Disease page for the latest information on the 2014 outbreak, including our Quarantine Policy.
Infant Mortality Collaborative Effort - ADPH is working on a collaborative effort, the Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC), to lower infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health in Alabama. The March of Dimes has funded the PEACE-P smart phone app that provides obstetric providers with easy access to APEC guidelines at the point of care.
Asthma Burden Document - The Alabama Asthma Program (AAP) has released the 2013 Alabama Asthma Burden Document.
Breast Cancer Treatment Education - ADPH has developed an informational summary regarding breast cancer treatment options for patients diagnosed with breast cancer for physicians and hospitals to disseminate.
2012 Healthcare-Associated Infections in Alabama Annual Report - The 2012 Healthcare-Associated Infections in Alabama Annual Report is now available. Alabama's hospitals again outperformed the nation in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
Alabama Cancer Facts and Figures 2012 - The Alabama Cancer Facts and Figures 2012 publication is now available online.
Alabama Seafood Testing - To ensure the safety of our seafood, the Alabama Departments of Agriculture and Industry (ADAI), Conservation and Natural Resources (Marine Resources Division) (ADCNR/MRD), and Public Health (ADPH) have instituted a three-year seafood testing program in cooperation with British Petroleum.
Birthing Facilities Recognized - Alabama hospitals have been recognized for their outstanding effort in newborn screening specimen collection.
Cancer Control Plan for 2011-2015 - The Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition's five-year cancer control plan.
Establishment Closings - ADPH reports closings of food service establishments and lodging and body art facilities online.
Influenza Surveillance - ADPH is monitoring which strains are circulating and where disease activity is occurring.
Local Air Quality Monitoring Studies - Employees of Gadsden and Montgomery bars and restaurants that allow smoking are breathing very unhealthy amounts of pollution because of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a recent study.
Proposed Regulations - Proposals to adopt, amend or repeal regulations pertaining to public health topics in Alabama can be found on Laws/Regulations.
Scale Back Alabama - The purpose of the 10-week contest is to help our state fight its challenge with obesity by encouraging Alabamians to lose weight, to exercise, and to have fun while doing it.