Posted on: February 14, 2017by Caitlin Hoffman of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
In 2011, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) launched Take Control Philly, a campaign designed to bring attention to the problem of adolescent STDs in Philadelphia. Before the program’s launch, national surveillance data indicated that Philadelphia’s rates of STDs were among the highest in the nation, with adolescents being disproportionately affected.
Posted on: February 13, 2017by Tom Bertrand, Rhode Island Department of Health
Condoms aren’t talked about enough within professional STD circles. While, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annually announces and awards plaques to jurisdictions with high immunization rates, I can’t remember a time when STD professionals congratulated each other on having high condom rates. That‘s why I sometimes think of the condoms as the “C” word: it’s not a word
Posted on: January 13, 2017by Gina Mallett from the Iowa Department of Public Health
I have been a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) for the Iowa Department of Public Health for 13 years and an Associate Member of NCSD since we were able to join as a result of former Executive Director, Bill Smith’s vision to expand membership. Being a DIS has provided me with the opportunity to directly impact the health and well-being of the many people I have had conversations with
Posted on: January 13, 2017by Torey Jones from the Oklahoma State Department of Health
Being selected as one of the six DIS scholarship winners to attend the NCSD 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ was possibly the best thing to happen to my career in public health. I’m not sure when this great realization occurred. After I got home from the NCSD meeting and went back to work, everything from the meeting really started to sink in.
Posted on: January 06, 2017by Walter Backus – Virginia Department of Health
This year I was selected to be one of the six Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Annual National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) Meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the NCSD board of directors and to all the staff members that assisted with planning this year's meeting.
NCSD has published a resource on Third Trimester Screening for Syphilis and HIV. This resource details the importance of screening during pregnancy, and lays out some current state policy trends regarding third trimester syphilis screening.