CDC’s Prevention Through Healthcare Site is Up and Running!

The CDC’s new Prevention Through Healthcare website is up and running! As of May 5th, local health departments, healthcare providers, and consumers can access the site to get the latest information on the prevention of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS.

The interactive and information filled webpage focuses on preventative healthcare. A major feature of the site is its Resources on the Changing Health System page, featuring a lot of material on Medicaid expansion, finding doctors, and health policy.  There’s even a section that breaks down the Affordable Care Act and makes it easy to understand!

Sections of the page have been designed to help state and local health departments successfully utilize the crucial prevention and healthcare improvement tools from the CDC. An extremely useful resource for health departments is the Next Steps program, designed to help “identify key strategies and activities that anticipate and address the complicated but emerging circumstances and improve population health.”  The website looks like it’ll be a great resource!

As the site focuses on the prevention of diseases through healthcare, several sections are dedicated to preventative medicine and its effect on the HIV community. These sections provide information about new discoveries and advancements of vaccines and treatments of infectious diseases.  The CDC’s website specifically discusses PrEP and the benefits it could have for the HIV community.  It looks very promising and it’s exciting to see the CDC pay attention to this topic!

Overall, the new prevention website will be a major step forward in connecting consumers, health departments, and the CDC, and at the same time making information on health insurance and healthcare easier to access.

The Ohio AIDS Coalition’s website also has a bunch of resources to help Ohioans work through healthcare enrollment. Information on Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion and help navigating the system can be found here.  We’ve also conducted an analysis of how medicines covered under Medicaid and Marketplace plans compare to the OHDAP formulary as well as an analysis of which providers accept particular insurance plans.  And make don’t forget to check out our calendar to find upcoming OAC events in your area!