CDC Webinar: Update for Rural Partners, Stakeholders, and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response

The CDC will be conducting a webinar for an update on the COVID-19 response.  Registration is required.

Date: Monday, March 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Dr. Jay Butler (Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Butler will share guidance with partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities.  He will describe what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. We will also have time for questions and answers.

Please email to submit questions in advance and indicate that questions are for the 3/23 call.

This event will be recorded.  Questions not answered during it may be sent to


Teen Health in Springfield: Findings from the 2019 Springfield Youth Health Survey

Join the Public Health Institute of Western MA and partners Tuesday April 28, 2020 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Community Music School of Springfield (127 State Street) for a presentation and panel discussion about the 2019 Springfield Youth Health Survey.

The Youth Health Survey is administered biennially to eighth-grade students enrolled in Springfield Public Schools as part of the broader Springfield Youth Health Survey Initiative. The survey gathers information on many health topics including mental health, diet, physical activity, bullying, safety, substance use, and sexual activity. For more information or to RSVP, please email

Ounce of Prevention Conference POSTPONED

In accordance with Governor Baker’s state of emergency declaration with regard to COVID-19, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is acting with an abundance of caution to protect the health of the Commonwealth. Based on the information available and in order to mitigate the spread of the virus, MA-DPH is following guidance to cancel large external events such as conferences, seminars and other discretionary gatherings. In light of this, the Annual Ounce of Prevention Conference originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 is being cancelled, and will be rescheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020. If you have already registered and paid, you will be refunded.

NIH Seeks Input for NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently issued a Request for Information seeking public input on a framework for the 2021-2025 NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The new plan will build on the previous NIH-wide Strategic Plan to guide NIH’s research efforts over the next five years. The framework articulates NIH’s priorities in the following key areas:

  • Biomedical and Behavioral Science Research
  • Scientific Research Capacity
  • Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

In addition, the framework identifies several cross-cutting themes that span the scope of these priorities.

NIH invites you to review the framework in the Request for Information and to provide your feedback via the RFI submission site. The RFI will remain open through March 25. NIH is encouraging stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies, etc.) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole.

NIH will be hosting two webinars in March to describe the planning process and answer questions. Information about these webinars will be posted on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan webpage as soon as information is available.

Save the Date: Initiative of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research Launch

Date: Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15

Workshops, food, fellowship, community, music, celebration

Led by co-directors Jamila Lyiscott and Keisha Green, the Initiative is dedicated to fostering community-school-university relationships, in the US and abroad, through a collaborative of youth, teachers, and researchers committed to racial equity and youth-centered research across all disciplines in the field of education.