The 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. http://1.usa.gov/1p8z5Lh
This year FEMA is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day http://1.usa.gov/1JA6Oft, which ends National Preparedness Month on September 30.
There is a NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit and NPM graphics to help you promote activities and awareness for the month.
With a new school year starting, this is a good time to review the free KnowBullying App from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This mobile application helps to empower parents, caregivers, child care providers and educators with a tool that can be used to recognize warning signs and has strategies to prevent bullying. This app received the Bronze Award in the mobile category from the Web Health Awards in 2014. http://1.usa.gov/1MQnJeO
Resources to help those experiencing anniversaries of disasters
From SAMHSA: “Anniversaries of disasters may also be hard for survivors, who may experience some of the same reactions they did around the time of the disaster itself. For those who experience intense reactions, preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect may be helpful.”
SAMHSA has resources related to Hurricane Katrina and disaster anniversaries that may be helpful to behavior specialists, public health workers, consumers and others in your community who may need support. http://1.usa.gov/1JlClhx
Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, was recently interviewed about how her office has and will continue to work on equitable access to health as a priority. Her office is promoting programs to address health inequity, writing policy to provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, and implementing strategies about the health inequity of low-income and minority populations exposed to environmental hazards. Read more at: http://bit.ly/1Kl5he2
HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors. Learn more about the prevention challenges Latinos face and find resources on the Centers for Disease Control page: HIV Among Latinos: http://1.usa.gov/1NV0Bu4
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, http://1.usa.gov/1WSW8y5, announces a free webinar: Best Practices in ACA Outreach and Enrollment. Learn from faith leaders who have conducted successful outreach and enrollment campaigns before and during open enrollment. September 16, 2015, 2:00 pm ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1JwnBf9
September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month. healthfinder.gov has a toolkit for encouraging healthy eating at home, school and work. The toolkit includes e-cards and social networking messages, as well as links to resources.
From the National Library of Medicine:
The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets.
Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.
Tox Town City: http://1.usa.gov/1U2eEVY
The Rural Assistance Center has released an updated resource guide on Rural Migrant Health. The guide lists unique health challenges faced by migrant agricultural workers and barriers to accessing health care. The guide provides examples of model programs to address those challenges and barriers, lists organizations that provide migrant health care, and includes funding opportunities.
Rural Migrant Health (Rural Assistance Center): http://bit.ly/1V4qWub
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a handy guide for parents and caregivers as we head into a new school year including the vaccine schedule and requirements. Download the guide and find a link to the FDA’s online resource: Vaccines for Children, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.