NHDD Events – Friday, April 21

Prepare for your care!

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning.  It encourages patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for health care providers and facilities to honor those wishes, whatever they may be.

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Medical/Legal Conference
Widener University, Delaware Law School, Vale Moot Courtroom
4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
Learn about Advance Care Planning, Advance Directives, the DMOST form, and Elder Law in Delaware.

Go to: http://delawaremost.org/dmost-and-advance-directives/nhdd2017 for more NHDD Events this week!

National Healthcare Decisions Week 2017

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day!

This day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning.  It encourages patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for health care providers and facilities to honor those wishes, whatever they may be.

Because April 16, 2017 is a Sunday, this year, National Healthcare Decisions Day will be National Healthcare Decisions WEEK!

Click HERE to learn about events in your area!


April Awareness

April Is…

Alcohol Awareness Month – https://www.ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month
Autism Awareness Month – http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/
Child Abuse Prevention Month – https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/
Donate Life Month – https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month – https://www.aacrfoundation.org/Pages/esophageal-cancer-awareness-month-april.aspx
Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month – http://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/oral-head-neck-cancer-awareness-month/
IBS Awareness Month – http://www.aboutibs.org/ibs-awareness-month.html
Minority Health Month – https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/content.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=12&ID=10234
Occupational Therapy Month – http://www.promoteot.org/ai_otmonth.html
Parkinson’s Awareness Month – http://www.pdf.org/parkinson_awareness
Sarcoidosis Awareness Month – http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/sarcoidosisawarenessmonth.html
Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month – http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/about
STI Awareness Month – https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/
Stress Awareness Month – http://stressawarenessmonth.com/
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month – http://www.testicularcancersociety.org/tc_awareness.html

April 3-9: National Public Health Week – http://www.nphw.org/
April 22-29: National Infant Immunization Week – http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/nationalinfantimmunizationweek.html
April 24-30: World Immunization Week – http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
April 24-28: Every Kid Healthy Week – http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/what-we-do/every-kid-healthy-week

April 7: World Health Day – http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/
April 16: National Health Care Decisions Day – http://www.nhdd.org/
April 22: Earth Day – http://www.earthday.org/
April 24: World Meningitis Day http://www.comomeningitis.org/news-and-events/world-meningitis-day/wmd-2017/

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

Patient-Centered Engagement Project around Chronic Kidney Disease


The Academy/DPHA is partnering with the Christiana Care Value Institute to engage patients (and their support networks) who have Chronic Kidney Disease, End-stage Renal Failure, Nephrotic Syndrome, and who have had kidney transplants. More than 20 million people over the age of 20 in the U.S. have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Because CKD patients have multiple comorbid conditions, they see numerous healthcare providers. Poor communication between physicians as well as different electronic health records systems can create fragmented patient care, resulting in suboptimal clinical outcomes. Development of a CKD registry in Delaware will join electronic health records of multiple sources to improve coordination of care. A team of patients, clinicians, and researchers are collaborating to gather information and facilitate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) based on the CKD registry.