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  • With the Senate proposing to eliminate the NIOSH AgFF program, it is important for our organizations’ members and advocates to contact their elected officials by Tuesday, Nov. 3 to request that they sign on to the letter. The National Safety Council has created an easy way for people to contact their senators here. It will allow you to send a letter to your two U.S. Senators in a matter of minutes. In addition, the attached House Dear Colleague has been circulating for the last month and is still open for signatures. Advocates who have not already contacted their Member of Congress in the House to request that he or she sign on to the House Dear Colleague letter, can do so by clicking here. (October 29, 2015) 
  • News from NVHR: OASIS - A film about a community-based clinic treating current and former drug users for hepatitis C  (October 28, 2015)
  • NSO will host a complimentary webinar for NPs. Earn CNE credit for the webinar entitled, “Stay Ahead of the Curve – Don’t Become a Case Study: Malpractice Claim Trends for NPs,” Nov. 12, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET. (October 27, 2015)
  • As an affiliate organization of ANA, AAOHN shares upcoming opportunities with members, including a free webinar. See flyer: ANA flyer for affiliate orgs (October 27, 2015) 
  • Visit the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) pagefor the latest COCA updates. (October 26, 2015)
  • CDC Health Advisory: Increases in Fenatnyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl Related Overdose Fatalities(October 26, 2015)
  • NAOHP's weekly Occupational Health Town Hall is open to AAOHN members. Register here and join the next call, Monday, October 26 at 12 p.m. ET. (October 26, 2015)
  • AAOHN launches free educational series, Managing Diabetes in the Workplace - A Year of Education and Resources. Read the press release. (October 23, 2015)
  • AAOHN and the occupational health nursing profession is featured in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's policy brief, Charting Nursing's Future (September 2015 issue). Learn more. (October 23, 2015)
  • NAOHP's weekly Occupational Health Town Hall is open to AAOHN members.Register here and join the next call, Monday, October 19 at 12 p.m. ET. (October 19, 2015)
  • NIOSH announces new Total Worker Health® center to promote lifelong worker well-being. Read more. (October 14, 2015)
  • Visit the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) page for the latest COCA updates. (October 13, 2015)
  • The NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC) has received funding to provide short-term awards for 3-4 pilot research projects.  NCOSHERC Call for Proposals (October 7, 2015)
  • CDC/FDA Health Update about the Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices (October 2, 2015)

September 2015

  • AAOHN is proud to have representation in the newly formed Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC), working to provide consistent and sustained education and advocacy in Washington, DC for vaccine access. To learn more about AVAC’s mission, visit http://www.adultvaccinesnow.org/ (September 29, 2015)
  • Visit the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) page for the latest COCA updates. (September 28, 2015)
  • In observation of Liver Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) and National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) are co-hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 20th at 2:00pm EST.  Dr. Robert Gish and CDC confirmed they will be joining for the chat, themed “Liver Cancer is Preventable.”  Promotional materials, hashtags, etc are forthcoming. For details or any questions, contact Tina Broder, NVHR Senior Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (September 28, 2015)
  • The National Safety Coucil has provided an online mechanism to voice your support for NIOSH funding. Please click here to contact your legislators. (September 24, 2015)
  • NAOHP's weekly Occupational Health Town Hall is open to AAOHN members.Register here and join the next call, Monday, September 21 at 12 p.m. ET. (September 21, 2015)
  • Free CDC Coca Conference Call, Sept. 17: Weathering the Storm: The Mental Health Impact of Hurricane Sandy (September 16, 2015)
  • Visit the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) pagefor the latest COCA updates. (September 15, 2015)
  • AAOHN members are invited to attend Ryan Associates/NAOHP Fall Webinar series: AAOHN Information Systems in Occupational Health Management. Learn more.  (September 14, 2015)
  • A health policy fellowship is available in the office that coordinates the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to improve patient safety, including prevention of adverse drug events and health care-associated infections. Learn more. (September 10, 2015)
  • Upcoming calls and webinars offered by CDC COCA (September 8, 2015)
  • NIOSH Releases PROTEJASE: Multi-media tools for Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Workers - 
  • Protéjase features multi-media tools to help organizations that serve Spanish-speaking immigrant workers raise awareness about occupational safety and health and motivate workers to take action to prevent risks and improve workplace safety and health. Four booklets/brochures, two posters, and five real-worker testimonial videos—all in Spanish—can be viewed and downloaded free of charge athttp://go.usa.gov/362w3 (English website) and http://go.usa.gov/362wT(Spanish website). The theme of these materials is La Salud No Tiene Precio—Health Has No Price—and each material in the series has gone through extensive testing with the intended audience. The materials provide evidence-based information to raise awareness about potential occupational safety and health issues and encourage workers to seek assistance for any related questions or concerns they have. (September 3, 2015)

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September 2014

  • Registration is now open for the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health
  • September 29, 2014:   CDC Health Advisory: Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children
  • CDC Heath Advisory - Sept. 26, 2014
  • September 29, 2014:   West Africa Ebola Outbreak Partner Conference Call - Please join your colleagues and partners in a special call with CDC to discuss CDC’s ongoing efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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June 2014

  • June 30, 2014: Two Upcoming Hepatitis C Webinars from The AIDS Institute: Deconstructing HCV Treatment (July 9) and Coverage of Hepatitis C Testing Under the Affordable Care Act (July 10)   
  • June 23, 3014: CDC Clinicial Outreach and Communication Activity Update - June 16 edition 
  • June 18, 2014: If you missed the live broadcast June 11, now you can watch the webcast of the Warner Lecture series. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, spoke one-on-one with Legacy President and CEO Robin Koval about the Center's vision for the regulation of tobacco products to help reduce the death and disease toll caused by tobacco use. 
  • June 18, 2014   AAOHN Careers Committee releases poster and summary of the changing role of occupational health nurses. Learn more
  • June 13, 2014   Free webinar - June 19: Healthy Swimming: Prevent and Treat Infections Caused by Brain-Eating Amebas and Chlorine-Tolerant Parasites 
  • June 9, 2014   On June 11, Legacy will host the second in a series of thought leader discussions delving deeper into the findings and recommendations from the Surgeon General’s 50th Anniversary Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking. Learn more
  • June 9, 2014   Wednesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. ET - The Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation and Project Inform will facilitate a call to learn about issues affecting patient access to hepatitis C medication throughout the country. Call in: 303-248-0285 passcode: 5807301  
  • June 2, 2014   CDC Health Advisory - Guidance to US Clinicians re: New WHO Polio vaccination requirements for Travel by Residents of and Long-term Visitors to Countries with Active Polio Tansmission

May 2014

  • May 30, 2014   On May 27, 2014, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendations on hepatitis B screening of non-pregnant adolescents and adults
  • May 12, 2014   A Congressional Viral Hepatitis Screening and Reception will be held at the U.S. Capitol May 19, 2014, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cannon Caucus, Cannon House Office Building. Please call or write your U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators this week and ask them to attend. You can learn more about the event here. If you need help contacting your Members of Congress, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 
  • May 12, 2014   Call for 2015 Conference Abstracts! Abstracts Submissions for the 2015 National Conference are open. The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 14, 2014. 

April 2014

  • April 21, 2014   Update: CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity - April 21, 2014 
  • April 21, 2014   News from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable - April 2014 issue 
  • April 7, 2014   NIOSH Science Blog: Do we need to challenge respirator filters with biological aerosols? NIOSH is seeking information and comments to assess whether NIOSH should consider additional filter test methods to enhance existing requirements. Are there any important developments in aerosol science or key scientific data that would better inform NIOSH on the filtration of biological aerosols?  This request for information was published in a Federal Register Notice on March 14, 2014.  Comments may be submitted directly to NIOSH Docket #272 through regulations.gov. Deadline for comments is April 14.
  • April 1, 2014   Approval for your CNE Activity: Are you interested in submitting a CNE activity approval application, but would like some guidance on completing it? Learn about our new writable application form. Attend a live, instructional webinar Tuesday, April 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. CDT. Reserve your webinar seat now.
  • April 1, 2014   From the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable: Urge senators to sign appropriations letter:Action Alert from NVHR - April 1, 2014

March 2014

  • March 31, 2014   From the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity: March 24, 2014 update 
  • March 24, 2014   Free Webinar - March 31: "Informatics Strategies & Tools to Link Nursing Care with Patient Outcomes in the Learning Health Care System"  Learn more
  • March 24, 2014   Legacy will present a lecture/webcast March 31, "Up in Smoke: The Beginning of the End of Combustible Tobacco Products." Learn more
  • March 10, 2014   Press Release: AAOHN and ACOEM to Study Impact of Increased Use of Marijuana on Workplace Health & Safety 
  • March 7, 2014   Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to cover Hepatitis C testing as a preventive service benefit for at-risk populations. A final ruling is expected in June. You can read the draft memo here
  • March 6, 2014   Joe Dear, former assistant secretary of labor at OSHA during the Clinton Administration, passed away February 26, 2014 at the age of 62, as reported in this Los Angeles Times article.

February 2014

  • February 26, 2014   Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College releases fact sheet on Health and the Older Worker
  • February 26, 2014   News from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable - February 2014 Read here.
  • February 25, 2014   International Labour Organization (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work is April 28. The theme is "Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work." Plan to recognize the occasion with a poster and other tools
  • February 25, 2014   From the March of Dimes: Healthy Babies Healthy Business: Improving Outcomes in Your Workforce
  • February 19, 2014   New PreventionMatters infographic shows how working together, we can keep Americans healthy: http://1.usa.gov/1ctknth
  • February 12, 2014   From the CDC: TWH in Action newsletter 
  • February 12, 2014   USPSTF releases draft Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations. The draft recommends (with a “B” grade) testing everyone who is at high risk for hepatitis B infection. You can help make sure the draft “B” grade stays in the final recommendations by submitting public comment. You can write a brief statement of support for the recommendations with a message about why screening those at risk for hepatitis B is important to you, your community, or people you serve. Public comment is being accepted until 5 p.m. ET, March 10, 2014, and you can submit your comments here.
  • February 10, 2014   AAOHN members: Please urge members of Congress to support the Veteran's Health Administration's recent change in their Nursing Handbook, which allows nurses with advanced training to practice medicine without physician supervision throughout the VHA system. Show your support here

January 2014

  • January 22, 2014   AAOHN member Gail King, RN, OHN, helps keep employees of the Ellen DeGeneres Show healthy during flu season: Watch the video.
  • January 22, 2014   This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General's report that first warned of the dangers of smoking. Learn more:
  • January 21, 2014   Central Industrial Hygiene Association of India (CIHA) invites EHS professionals to attend first National Conference In industrial Hygiene at Mumbai, India, February 13-14, 2014. The conference is organized in collaboration with American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). AAOHN President Pam Carter is one of the speakers scheduled to present at the conference. Learn more:
  • January 21, 2014   CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinars planned: Jan. 23: 2013-2014 Influenza Season: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians; Jan. 28: Malaria Cases in the US Reach 40-Year High: Information and Guidance for Clinicians 
  • January 21, 2014   News Update from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
  • January 10, 2014   The American Nurses Association announces a call for applications for the Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup and an associated Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Advisory Workgroup to undertake the review and revision of the 2010 Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The Revision Workgroup will meet two times per month via two-hour conference calls and via email starting in early 2014. The Advisory Workgroup will dialogue electronically and may also be invited to participate in one or two conference calls in 2014. All registered nurse applicants must be either an ANA member OR a member of one of ANA’s two Premier Organizational Affiliates (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association). Electronic applications for this 12-18 month intensive professional work effort will be accepted through January 31, 2014. Learn more
  • January 10, 2014   The CDC has issued a fact sheet and report on the abuse of alcohol in the United States, stating that dialogue between healthcare professionals and their patients can reduce alcohol consumption significantly. Alcohol screening and counseling is an effective but underused health service. Excessive alcohol intake is associated with an increase in heart disease, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, sudden infant death syndrome, motor-vehicle crashes, violence, and suicide. See how the CDC System’s changes such as discussing alcohol intake with your health provider have been shown to reduce alcohol consumption by 25%.  

December 2013

  • December 23, 2013   AAOHN members are invited to participate in Buck Consultants' WORKING WELL: A Global Survey of Health Promotion, Workplace Wellness, and Productivity Strategies. The survey is designed to gain insight into how employers around the world implement and evaluate strategic wellness and health promotion initiatives to improve employee health and morale, control costs, and enhance workforce productivity and performance. 
  • December 20, 2013  The White House yesterday released new national and state reports showing the costs of repealing the health care law. 
  • December 19, 2013   Viral Hepatitis Testing Legislation Introduced in Congress  Learn more: Viral Hepatitis Testing Legislation Introduced
  • December 10, 2013   In Controlling Health Hazards to Hospital Workers: A Reference Guide, specialists in occupational medicine from the United States and India describe ways to control everything from anesthetic gases to X-rays. Hazards addressed include lifting and other ergonomic hazards, communicable diseases, hazardous drugs, chemicals, radiation, violence, stress and shift work. The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York State Nurses Association have made this supplemental issue of New Solutions (Baywood Publishing) available for free in order to reach healthcare professionals and hospital workers around the world. 
  • December 10, 2013   ANA to offer free weight management webinar January 9. Learn more

November 2013

  • November 25, 2013   Call for Abstracts for the ICN Conference to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 19-23, 2015.  With the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing”, the ICN 2015 Conference will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries. Learn more.
  • November 19, 2013   New ANA Survey Evaluates RN Health, Wellness, Safety  Learn more.
  • November 1, 2013   The holidays and the New Year are just around the corner. How about a new “you” to be thankful for? This month only, in honor of nurses striving to be healthy, the American Nurses Association’s HealthyNurse™ program and Weight Watchers is offering a special “get one month free” discount for either Weight Watchers meetings or Weight Watchers online programs. Nurses, this is a time-limited offer just for you, only from Nov 1-30. Visit www.weightwatchers.com/healthynurse today for further details and to start your journey to a healthier weight. 

October 2013

  • October 25, 2013   Depictions of nurses behaving unprofessionally can undermine the respect patients have for the most trusted profession. For those concerned with the recent MTV show, Scrubbing In, you can sign a petition against it and encourage friends and family to refrain from watching. 
  • October 9, 2013   Urge Senators to Block Bill Delaying Trucker OSA Screening Learn more and find contact information for your senator. (shared courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation)
  • October 2, 2013   Commentary on Investing in an Aging Workforce from Kenneth Scott, Fellow, Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College

September 2013

  • September 30, 2013   Tuesday, October 1 begins Open Enrollment for healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act.  For the most current information for coaching your employees, their families and the community, visit: www.healthcare.gov or www.marketplace.cms.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
  • September 26, 2013   Guidelines from CDC and the State and Territorial Council of Epidemiologists: Investigating Suspected Cancer Clusters and Responding to Community Concerns 
  • September 25, 2013   Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who is a registered nurse, recorded this special video message for nurses across the country that highlights the critical roles nurses will play in health care reform and information resources you can use to learn more about the Marketplace.
  • September 5, 2013   AAOHN has signed a letter calling upon Dept. of Health & Human Services Secretary Sebelius to ensure that the next Viral Hepatitis Action Plan includes a strong focus on ending disparities for African Americans. As an AAOHN member, you can sign the letter as an inidividual, as well. Signatures are needed by COB, September 13. 
  • September 5, 2013   Today is N95 Day, an observance of respiratory protection in the workplace. View resources available from NIOSH and the NPPTL

August 2013

  • August 31, 2013  NIOSH offers free online course to train nurses to recognize and prevent workplace violence.
  • August 29, 2013  Legacy and the Lung Alliance will host an in-person lecture and webcast, Demystifying Lung Cancer Screenings, Sept. 10. Learn more.
  • August 23, 2013  OSHA Announces Proposed Rule to Protect Workers Exposed to Crystalline Silica  Read the press release
  • August 23, 2013  By October 1, 2013, help your employers provide employees with notice of the availability of coverage through public health insurance exchanges.August 22, 2013  CDC Seeks Participants for Tips from Former Smokers Campaign Learn more.
  • August 15, 2013  FDA issues sterile products recall notice. Learn more.
  • August 12, 2013  Workplace Violence Prevention - Free online course for nurses and direct-care healthcare professionals  Learn more
  • August 12, 2013  NIOSH eNews - August 2013 issue
  • August 8, 2013  CDC Releases 2014 Edition of "Yellow Book" Learn more.

July 2013

  • July 29, 2013  AOHP Offers Archived Webinars Learn more.
  • July 11, 2013   Free Webinar - MERS-CoV: Infection Prevention and Control
  • John Howard, M.D., J.D.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT   Learn more.
  • July 8, 2013  The Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital seek female nurses ages 20-46 to participate in the Nurses' Health Study.
  • July 1, 2013  The AAOHN Election Committee invites members to nominate a colleague or submit a self-nomination for this year’s ballot, which will consist of a Director from each region (Term: 2014-2017). Please take a moment to consider running for national office and/or nominate a colleague. Your help in this important process can make AAOHN an even stronger organization. The deadline to submit nominations is July 31, 2013, and candidate materials are due August 20, 2013. For more information, visit theAAOHN website or contact Shelah Fletcher

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