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Youth Violence Prevention

Ready to take action and prevent youth violence in your community? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interactive tool, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) offers training and resources required for practitioners and communities to devise a tailored approach to youth violence prevention:

ACA: American Indians and Alaska Natives

The U.S. Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Tribal Affairs presents two new video resources, using music to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to sign up for coverage at the Health Insurance Marketplace. Watch and share “It’s Like That”: and “Not to Worry”:

Adolescent Substance Abuse

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) has released a new resource: State Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Practice Guide. Substance Use Disorders present particular challenges for State agencies, and the complex needs of this populations are different than the adult population. See the guide for guidance on principles of care, service elements, and administrative considerations:

Community Engagement Ideas

WebJunction has some great ideas for innovative community engagement as well as some community-generated ideas on the future of libraries. They point to major takeaways from the recent 10-day experiment, in which people were invited to join the discussion and generate ideas:

Large Medical Bills Despite Health Insurance

Kaiser health News featured an article on the problems consumers may face with health insurance coverage. They may still be hit with large medical bills despite being insured and doing research as to which doctors and hospitals participate in their plans. Read more about this complex issue:


British Medical Journal Spotlights Patient-Centered Care

The British Medical Journal recently spotlighted patient-centered care with articles on how doctors and patients can work collaboratively to improve the way healthcare is designed and delivered so that it better meets the needs and priorities of patients:  One featured article, “From Patient Centred to People Powered: Autonomy on the Rise,” is authored by Dave deBronkart, known as E-Patient Dave, discusses the progressive social movement to improve medical care:

Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals & Snack Foods an Issue with Salt and Sugar Content

The March 2015 issue of Pediatrics includes a study on the amount of sodium and sugar in complementary infant and toddler foods. Researchers examined the sodium and sugar content of 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts.

Results: “Out of 79 infant mixed grains and fruits, 41 contained at least one added sugar, and 35 of these foods contained more than 35 percent calories from sugar. Seventy-two percent of toddler dinners were high in sodium, containing more than 210 mg consumed per meal. On average, dry fruit-based snacks contained 60 grams of sugar and 66 percent of calories from total sugars.”

They discovered the most commonly added sugars were:

Fruit juice concentrate (56 percent)

Sugar (33 percent)

Cane (20 percent)

Syrup (15 percent)

Malt (7 percent)

Sodium and Sugar in Complementary Infant and Toddler Foods Sold in the United States, to read more

To learn more about your keeping your child healthy go to:

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Treating Type 1 Diabetes in Children

A new study “Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Management and Outcomes Among Children With Type 1 Diabetes,” in the March 2015 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 16), found racial disparities in insulin treatment methods and diabetes outcomes remained even after adjusting for socioeconomic status. To read more on this study go to

Braille Tales Print Braille Book Program

American Printing House (APH) for the Blind and the Dollywood Foundation have an exciting partnership that expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program  by providing  young children who are blind and visually impaired with accessible books in print/braille and audio formats.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a part of the Dollywood Foundation, partners with local sponsors in 1,300 communities in 3 countries to provide a quality, age appropriate book each month to preschool children enrolled in the program.

Print, Braille Books, Audio
APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership with the support of Penguin Group USA, offers a growing collection of audio files of Imagination Library books available as free downloads.  See the selected Imagination Library audio books for the month of February.

Books are available free-of-charge in print/braille format. APH selects the titles from the current year’s DPIL booklist—those most appropriate for a child with a visual impairment.

Print/braille versions are mailed directly to the child’s family. When you enroll in the Braille Tales Print/Braille Book Program, your family can receive six free print/braille books each year until the child reaches his/her 6th birthday. There are eligibility requirements for the program. You or your child must meet the definition of blindness.
To learn more about the program visit

Tools of the Trade: Putting Public Health Evidence in Action

On February 25, 2015, from 2-3pm EST, the National Cancer Institute will host a “cyber seminar” to introduce a new training program entitled Putting Public Health Evidence in Action in Health.

From NCI:

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action in Health is an interactive seven-module training curriculum developed by the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN).  CPCRN is a network of eight centers that receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.  The training curriculum is intended for public health practitioners, state and local health department staff, health educators, healthcare providers, community advocates, academic/research faculty and staff, faith-based leaders, and other members of community-based organizations. ”

For more information and to register: