Health Matters for Women - September 2018

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Health Matters for Women

September 2018

New from CDC

New Data Show Steep, Sustained Increases in STDs
As part of the National STD Prevention Conference press briefing, CDC presented preliminary data showing five-year trends in sexually transmitted diseases that included preliminary data for 2017. The analysis found that the nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2017 exceeded the previous 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases.

Mission Possible: Preparing and Responding to Disasters through a Health Equity Lens
In the latest Conversations in Equity blog, Dr. Amy Wolkin talks about addressing the unique needs of vulnerable populations during disasters.

Women's Gynecologic Health: Taking Action
Gynecologic cancers start in a woman’s reproductive organs. All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers. When these cancers are found early, treatment is more likely to be effective. CDC is stepping up its efforts to draw awareness to the five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. Check out and share the newest resources from the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer campaign.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Dr. Valerie Edwards, a research psychologist in the Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, wrote an article that brings attention to the complex issue of Alzheimer’s Caregiving. The article discusses both the rewards and challenges of caregiving and CDC’s data collection efforts in this area.

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word Launches New Arm of Campaign
Launched in 2015, the Stop the Clot, Spread the Word digital campaign was designed to increase public health awareness about life-threatening blood clots to the general public and various high-risk groups. Since its launch, the campaign has reached up to 300 million media impressions. This year, the campaign has released new educational tools to raise awareness of the risks of blood clots in women during pregnancy, childbirth, and up to three months after a baby is born.  

Prevalence of Disabilities and Health Care Access by Disability Status and Type Among Adults — United States, 2016
To identify characteristics of noninstitutionalized adults with six specific disability types and to assess disability-specific disparities in health care access, CDC analyzed 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. The prevalences of disability overall and by disability type, and access to health care by disability type, were estimated.

Prevalence of Five Health-Related Behaviors for Chronic Disease Prevention Among Sexual and Gender Minority Adults — 25 U.S. States and Guam, 2016
Five key health-related behaviors were found to be likely associated with reduced all-cause mortality: never smoking, performing regular physical activity, consuming no or moderate amounts of alcohol, having a normal body weight, and obtaining sufficient sleep daily. CDC estimated these five health-related behaviors among adults aged ≥21 years by sexual orientation and transgender status using data from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 25 U.S. states and Guam.

Contraceptive Use Among Women at Risk for Unintended Pregnancy in the Context of Public Health Emergencies — United States, 2016
This report includes the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data collected during September–December 2016 on contraceptive use to update previously published contraceptive use estimates among women at risk for unintended pregnancy and to estimate the number of women with ongoing or potential need for contraceptive services.

Primary Prevention Interventions to Reduce Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Among Youth
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends primary prevention interventions that aim to prevent or reduce perpetration of intimate partner and sexual violence among youth ages 12 to 24 years. Evidence shows these interventions decrease the perpetration of intimate partner violence and sexual violence.  

Trends in Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers — United States, 1999–2015
To assess trends, characterized by average annual percent change, in HPV-associated cancer incidence during 1999–2015, CDC analyzed data from cancer registries covering 97.8% of the U.S. population.

Vital Signs: Prevalence of Key Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors for Million Hearts 2022 — United States, 2011–2016
This report establishes a baseline for the cardiovascular disease risk factors targeted for reduction by the initiative during 2017–2021 and highlights recent changes over time.

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2018–19 Influenza Season
This report focuses on the recommendations for use of vaccines for the prevention and control of influenza during the 2018–19 season in the United States. Vaccination and health care providers should check CDC’s influenza website periodically for additional information.

Upcoming Conferences and Learning Opportunities

National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS), October 16-18, 2018

Free Webinar! Interventions that Work: Preventing Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Among Youth, October 24, 2018

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Meeting, October 24-25, 2018

5th World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare, November 12-14, 2018

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting, November 14-17, 2018

National HIV Prevention Conference, March 18-21, 2019

Native Women and Men's Wellness and Diabetes Prevention Conference, April 22-25, 2019

Upcoming Observances

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


September Snapshot

QuickStats: Repeat Birth Rates for Teens, by Urbanization Level of County — National Vital Statistics System, 2007–2016

Federal Agency News

High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy Ups Risk of Mother’s Type 2 Diabetes, Child’s Obesity (NIH)

Severe Complications Rise Sharply Among Women Giving Birth in Hospitals (AHRQ)

National, State and Local News

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Multiple Options for Screening Adult Women for Cervical Cancer

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression

Eating Fish May Help Women Reduce Risk of Having a Preemie (March of Dimes)

The Utah Department of Health Hopes to Learn More about Stillbirths


Launch of New Global Estimates on Levels of Physical Activity in Adults (WHO)