Mar 14 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: March 14

HUD Awards $201 Million For New Local Homeless Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $201 million to support 731 new local homeless programs across the U.S. The funding will provide emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent support for individuals and families. Read more on the connection between housing and health.

NIH and Drug Firm to Generate Public Resource of Approved and Investigational Drugs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Eli Lilly and Company will generate a publicly available resource to profile the effects of thousands of approved and investigational medicines.

The NIH's newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences collection of 3,800 approved and investigational medicines will be screened using Lilly’s advanced testing systems to assess their biological profiles. This could enable biomedical researchers to better predict treatment outcomes and improve drug development, according to an NIH release. Read more on prescription drugs.

CDC Finds Too Few Young Women Tested for Chlamydia

Just 38 percent of sexually active young women were screened for chlamydia between 2006 and 2008, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends annual screening for all sexually active women aged 25 and under. Read more on sexual health.

FEMA Establishes New Young Adult Emergency Response Corps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service have established a unit of 1,600 corps members attached to FEMA within the AmeriCorps community service program.

The value of the collaboration, according to FEMA, is that it will improve the federal government’s disaster capabilities, increase the reliability and diversity of the disaster workforce, and expand education and job opportunities for young people. The FEMA Corps, ages 18 to 24, will work directly with disaster survivors, support disaster recovering centers and work with the public on disaster preparation. Corps members will serve for ten months, with the option to extend their service for a second term. Get updates from the recent Public Health Preparedness Summit.

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