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Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)

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"Coccidioidomycosis or Valley Fever is an infectious disease in parts of the U.S.A. It is caused by inhaling microscopic arthroconidia (also known as arthrospores or spores) of the closely related fungal species Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii. Areas where Coccidioides is endemic (native and common) include states in the southwestern U.S.A. such as Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Utah and parts of Mexico, Central America and South America."

Nail Salon Worker Safety and Health - Best Practices and Training Guide

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Safety and Health Practices
for Nail Salon Workers

Safety and Health Practicesfor Nail Salon Workers and a Training Guide for Nail Salon Worker Safety and Health Outreach Program


Tomato Workers’ Health and Safety - A Guide for Health Care Providers

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Tomato Workers Health Guide


Available in English and Spanish!


Created by MCN, medical student Rachel Kelley of UCSF, and collaborators at East Tennessee State University, this guide is intended to be a reference for health care providers who work with people employed in the U.S. tomato industry. It aims to prepare providers with a more detailed understanding of hazards, health issues, and work processes associated with different tomato industry jobs.

This guide draws on published research, experienced health professionals’ advice, and information gathered from interviews and focus groups conducted with 36 tomato workers from diverse backgrounds and 14 community leaders familiar with tomato workers’ health in multiple states. It is important to note that health and safety conditions at any particular farm or company may vary from what is described here. Furthermore, individual workers may experience the same set of conditions differently.

The first section of the guide focuses on health hazards and health conditions commonly encountered in tomato production. The second section consists of detailed descriptions and illustrations of different tomato production tasks. The third section covers “human resources” information and policies that apply to U.S. agricultural workers generally. The appendices contain a Spanish-English glossary, further detail about different types of pesticides, information about agricultural occupational health policies and regulation, and a list of resources and readings.

Hesperian Health Guides: Pesticides are Poison

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Chapter 14: Pesticides Are Poison from the health guide: A Community Guide to Environmental Health.

Read the English version here.

Read the Spanish version here.

CDC National Diabetes Education Program - Diabetes and You: All Medicines Matter! ENG

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A flier created by the CDC's National Diabetes Education Program as a guide for patients in the management of medicines to treat diabetes. Available in English.

Clinician Consultation Center Substance Use Warmline

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Substance Use Warmline
Peer-to-Peer Consultation and Decision Support
10 am – 6 pm EST Monday - Friday

Free and confidential consultation for clinicians from the Clinician Consultation Center at San Francisco General Hospital focusing on substance use in primary care


Objectives of the Substance Use Warmline:

  • Support primary care providers in managing complex patients with addiction, chronic pain, and behavioral health issues
  • Improve the safety of medication regimens to decrease the risk of overdose
  • Enhance the treatment, care and support for people living with or at risk for HIV
  • Discuss useful strategies for clinicians in managing their patients living with substance use, addiction and chronic pain.

Consultation topics include:

  • Assessment and treatment of opioid, alcohol, and other substance use disorders
  • Approaches to suspected misuse, abuse, or diversion of prescribed opioids
  • Methods to simplify opioid-based pain regimens to reduce risk of misuse and toxicity
  • Urine toxicology testing- when to use it and what it means
  • Use of buprenorphine and the role of methadone maintenance
  • Withdrawal management for opioids, alcohol, and other CNS depressants
  • Harm reduction strategies and overdose prevention
  • Managing substance use in special populations (pregnancy, HIV, hepatitis)
  • Productive ways of discussing (known or suspected) addiction with patients.

The CCC’s multi-disciplinary team of expert physicians, clinical pharmacists and nurses provides consultation to help clinicians manage complex patient needs, medication safety, and a rapidly evolving regulatory environment.

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US Zika Pregnancy Registry

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As part of the response to the Zika outbreak, CDC, in collaboration with state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments, established a pregnancy registry for comprehensive monitoring of pregnancy and infant outcomes following possible Zika virus infection. The registry is an active surveillance system of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in the 50 US states and DC, and in the US territories. On May 20, 2016, CDC released detailed information about the registry and will initiate weekly reporting of the number of pregnant women followed in the registry.

Clinical Ladder for Medical Assistants (MAs)

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All of the links provided below are examples of various job applicaitons/description for Medical Assistants.  The organizations allowed us use of these forms strictly as a resource for Medical Assistants.

1.)  Borinquen Health Care Center, Inc. - Medical Asistant Job Application,

2.)  Primary Health Care Inc., -  Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Application,

3.)  Northwest Health Services, Inc. -  Medical Assistant RN Annex,

4.)  Shalom Health Care Center - New Employee Medical Assistant Basic Skills Quiz,

5.)  Family Health Center of Battle Creek - f Job Description for Medical Assistant

6.)  Katy Trail Community Health -  Medical Assistant Essential Duties, Job Function, & Qualifications

7.)  Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton - Position Description for Medical Assistant I

8.)  Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton - Position Description for Medical Assistant II

9.)  Medical Assistant Job Description

10.)  Health Partners of Western Ohio - Position Description for Medical Assistant

11.)  Westside Healthcare Association, Inc. - Job Description/Specification for Medical Assistant


College Grants and Graduate School Scholarships in Public Health

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The nation’s largest public health organizations are well known for making careers in public health more accessible by offering scholarships, fellowships, and grants that defray the cost of earning an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health:

  • US Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration
  • American Public Health Association

What is not as well known is that there are literally dozens of scholarships available to students of public health available through state schools, private universities, professional associations, and private donors.

Not only do these organizations offer a full range of scholarship programs – from full tuition to a little extra cash – these scholarships are also less competitive than more widely known programs available at the national level. The catch is that it can be a challenge finding a less competitive program that you’re eligible for. has made it a little easier for you to find the funding you need to earn a degree in public health. We’ve put together a list of our favorite scholarship programs available to undergrads and graduate students – and to make it even easier to find a scholarship that you’re eligible for, we’ve organized the list by state.

State and Local Public Health Resources

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One of the most crucial components of any public health campaign is communicating time-sensitive information to people in areas affected by public health threats. Since most public health concerns are local or regional in nature, the responsibility for getting information out to the public in a timely manner falls to state and municipal health departments.

From consumer product recalls and food safety warnings, to the latest information on infectious disease outbreaks and vaccinations, state and local health department websites serve as the best resources available for getting the information you need to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional looking to isolate the source of a food borne illness or a concerned parent looking to keep your child’s vaccinations current, your state and local health departments will provide you with the latest information on how to keep your family and your community healthy and safe.

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