HRSA’s Virtual Job Fair

Network with employers and explore loan repayment opportunities.

Join us anytime between
6:45 to 10:15 PM ET
on May 22, 2019

100 employers are preparing to meet with you on May 22. They will present full-time and half-time employment opportunities. They also shared training opportunities for students.

In a digitalized world, HRSA is taking advantage of an innovative way to connect highly qualified clinicians and trainees, like you, with health care organizations nationwide the most effective way, at no cost. For the last six years hundreds of health professionals have been able to successfully connect with health care organization and obtain new opportunities.

What are you waiting for? Follow the steps below to join us!

Which positions will be featured?
(For practicing clinicians and those in-training)

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Registered Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • Psychologists
  • Substance Use Disorder Professionals
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialists

Prepare! After registering, participants should prepare for the Virtual Job Fair by building a searchable professional profile on the Health Workforce Connector.  You can highlight and share your professional experiences, education, and employment preferences with organizations searching for qualified candidates like you! With more than 6,000 job opportunities throughout 23,000+ organizations, the Connector helps future and current health professionals find careers in underserved communities.

  • For current NHSC or Nurse Corps program recipients click here to use your current portal credentials to log in.
  • For all others click here to set up a new account.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get real-time answers to your employment questions. To participate, you need a computer, smart phone, or other mobile technology with access to the Internet.  Visit the Virtual Job Fair website to learn more.

Being employed at an NHSC or Nurse Corps-approved organization, allows you to apply for loan repayment as a primary care provider.  Check out these great opportunities, find out if you qualify, and apply in the future!

In a New Scientific Review, Vaccine Safety Experts Explore the Myths and Provide the Facts

Vaccine safety experts from CDC and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia take a closer look at the main vaccine safety controversies facing the United States today. Recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the collaboration is timely, as the need for trusted sources of information about the safety of vaccines has never been greater.

Titled Principal Controversies in Vaccine Safety in the United States, the article features vaccine safety experts review of key topics of concern, and what the current scientific evidence shows:

Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Autism is genetically determined with biological onset before the recommended age of MMR vaccination at 12 months. Epidemiologic studies have not found an increased risk of autism associated with MMR vaccine.

Thimerosal
Thimerosal contains ethylmercury, which does not accumulate in the body with consecutive vaccinations. Even following the removal of thimerosal from childhood vaccines, autism prevalence has continued to increase. Epidemiologic studies have not found an increased risk of autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities associated with thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
The data on an association between seasonal influenza vaccine and GBS have varied from season to season. During flu seasons when there has been an increased risk, it has been in the range of 1-2 additional GBS cases per million flu vaccine doses administered. The risk of GBS is greater following natural influenza infection than the possible increased risk following vaccination.

  • Autoimmunity
    No study has shown how vaccines could cause autoimmune diseases. There are no epidemiologic studies that support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autoimmune diseases.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    Several large population-based studies have shown no increased risks of autoimmune or neurologic diseases in association with the HPV vaccine, nor have other studies found increased risk of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
  • Aluminum
    Aluminum-containing vaccines result in serum levels of aluminum that are well below the toxic range. No correlations have been found between infant blood or hair aluminum concentrations and vaccine history. Higher quantities of injected aluminum adjuvants did correlate with lower incidence of autoimmune disease.
  • Number of Vaccines
    Childhood vaccines do not cause long-lasting, gross alterations to the immune system. Epidemiologic studies have not found an increased risk of disease or developmental disorders according to the number of vaccines or vaccine antigens received in early childhood.

Each topic is explored further in the review, with historical context and scientific evidence that brings clarity to the issues.

To read the full review for free, visit: https://bit.ly/2IyREiq

Full Citation:
Principal Controversies in Vaccine Safety in the United States.
DeStefano F, Bodenstab HM, Offit PA. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Feb 12.

To learn more about vaccine safety, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html

Aging in Appalachia: Dying with Dignity

Shelia Brown sits on her couch below framed pictures of she and her husband over the years. The two were married for 50 years. Her husband Waitman passed away from lung cancer in 2018 after being in hospice for almost a year. KARA LOFTON / WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING

WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING-Hollywood tells us that love stories are about the beginning — catching an eye across a crowded room, a first date, a dramatic proposal. We see little, if anything, after the fairytale wedding. But for many, the greatest testament to love is not the first moments, but the last.

And, for some of us, navigating the last moments means asking for help.

Yet people in Appalachia can be suspicious of end-of-life care, especially hospice care. There’s a perception that when hospice comes in, it’s only for the last hours before someone dies, rather than easing the last weeks or months of life. That was certainly what Sheila Brown thought.

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Upcoming Webinar: Hepatitis Surveillance in West Virginia

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cost: Free!

Webinar Description:

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, CDC and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested.  In recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the WV Immunization Network (WIN) and the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services (OEPS) at the WV Bureau for Public Health will co-host this webinar to provide an overview of Hepatitis Surveillance in our state.

Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the burden of hepatitis disease in WV;
  2. Discuss the role of surveillance in case investigation;
  3. Describe laws governing reporting communicable diseases;
  4. Describe the perinatal hepatitis B program overview and goals;
  5. Describe challenges and successes in responding to hepatitis B in West Virginia;
  6. Describe the national trends in hepatitis A infection in the post-vaccine era and the epidemiology of the statewide hepatitis A outbreak in West Virginia and
  7. Describe the public health response used to slow the hepatitis A outbreak in West Virginia.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Kress Hill, MPH, Viral Hepatitis Epidemiology Program Manager, Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (DIDE), Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services (OEPS), WVDHHR/BPH
  • Shannon McBee, MPH, CHES, Outbreak Epidemiologist and Regional Epidemiologist Liaison, Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, WV DHHR/BPH/OEPS

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2019 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

Accepting applications through Tuesday,
May 21, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP) awards funds to students enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. Scholarship support includes payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend.

After completion of graduation/training, recipients can fulfill their service commitment at a number of approved health care facilities currently experiencing a critical shortage of nurses. Each scholar serves for a minimum of two years and receives one year of financial support (up to four years) for each additional year of service.

All awards are subject to federal taxes. Learn more on how the NCSP award is taxed by visiting our FAQs or watching our helpful NCSP tax withholding webinar.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the Nurse Corps contract, which outlines the requirement for fulfilling your minimum two years of service at an eligible critical shortage facility.

National Infant Immunization Week

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). From April 27-May 4, 2019, NIIW will highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and will celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities through the United States.

Please visit the newly launched 2019 NIIW digital media toolkit, which includes:

·         Sample NIIW announcements

·         Sample social media content

·         NIIW social media graphics, sized for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

·         Links to multimedia materials to share with parents, including animated videos, posters, and infographics

·         Links to updated immunization slide decks for clinicians

·         Details about the #ivax2protect Twitter Storm on April 30th and the Instagram Q&A event on May 2nd

The CDC’s “How Vaccines Work” video series is also a great resource for answering common vaccine questions. You can watch the full series here.