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Supporting Health Equity in Native Hawaiian Communities

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions and experiences of AANHPIs. As a collaborative, CDC’s Project Firstline works with partners like the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) to meet healthcare workers where they are with infection control information and resources based Read More >

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Keeping Your Hands Clean and Healthy

Truth: Alcohol-based is more effective and less drying than soap and water.

As a healthcare worker, clean hands count. Clean hands prevent the spread of illness in healthcare facilities. Unfortunately, the frequent handwashing and sanitizing needed to achieve this all too often results in painful, cracking, or broken skin on the hands. This raises an important question: what can we do to ensure our hands are clean Read More >

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Advancing Health Equity in Health Care

In March 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman.” Health equity is the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.  Health disparities and inequities in infectious diseases (ID) Read More >

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Keep Your Kids Safe: Put Medicines and Supplements, Including Gummies, Up and Away

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National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23, 2024) is a good time for parents and caregivers to review how medicines are stored in their homes. While you may keep prescription medicines Up and Away, and out of reach and sight of young children, it’s important to remember that over-the-counter medicines and supplements, such as vitamins and Read More >

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6 Tips for Patients to Avoid Healthcare-Associated Infections

Patricia Stinchfield

When a loved one is hospitalized, the last thing anyone wants is for them to get an infection while receiving care. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, about 1 in 31 U.S. hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). An HAI is an infection that develops Read More >

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