The following are notices and announcements issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
Enterovirus D68 - ADPH is currently investigating two clusters of Enterovirus D68 in children.
Survey of Alabama's Families - If you are a resident of Alabama who is taking care of children or youth, complete the ADPH Family Survey (will be active through September 30, 2014) to tell us about your family's health care experiences and your thoughts on the health needs of families living in the State.
2013 Annual Report - Our 2013 Annual Report is now available online.
Identity Theft/HIPAA Breach - ADPH continues to cooperate with the IRS and DOJ in their investigation of identity theft and the filing of false tax returns, particularly for the years 2011 and 2012.
WIC 2015 State Plan - The WIC Program seeks public comment about the 2015 State Plan. The plan may be reviewed online between September 2 through September 16.
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.
Lab Testing Requisition Form - Beginning January 1, 2014, the Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) is requiring that healthcare providers who do not use the State Lab's Webportal provide patient insurance information for all specimens, except newborn screening, submitted to the Lab for testing.
NHSC Loan Repayment Program - The National Health Service Corps is currently accepting applications for FY2014 Loan Repayment Program awards. Fully licensed clinicians with certifications in primary care medicine can apply for loan repayment assistance in exchange for working in a health professional shortage area at an approved NHSC site.
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.
ABC's of Sleeping Babies - Babies sleep safest when they sleep alone on their back in an uncluttered crib or other safe sleep surface.
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 has unveiled its five-year cancer control plan.
Establishment Closings - ADPH reports closings of food service establishments and lodging and body art facilities online.
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.
GAL - Get A Healthy Life - The choices you make now can impact your health today, tomorrow and even the health of your children. Make the time to learn about choices you can make to achieve a healthier life.
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.
Notifiable Disease Rules - ADPH has updated the Notifiable Disease Rules and launched an awareness campaign "DETECT, TEST and REPORT Notifiable Diseases" to all notifiable disease reporters.
Prescription Drug Abuse - If you have ever shared your prescription medication with a co-worker, family member, classmate, or friend, you may be part of the prescription drug abuse problem.
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.
Timing is Everything - The best outcomes are seen for babies born at 39 to 40 weeks.