The Rural Assistance Center has published a new resource guide on Healthcare Access in Rural Communities. The guide includes information on barriers to healthcare access, strategies to promote access, relevant organizations and funding opportunities.
Healthcare Access in Rural Communities (RAConline): http://bit.ly/1HDiL1T
Want to cook (and eat!) safely this holiday season? Visit the Food Safety health topic page of MedlinePlus.
- 4 Basic Steps to Food Safety at Home (easy to read)
- Poultry Preparation
- Leftovers and Food Safety
- Holiday Food Safety (video)
Food Safety (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1vFyIBN
From the United States Department of Agriculture:
“SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students are now available! This series of four lesson plans is designed to help students grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. Teachers can select from a variety of topics including selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.”
Resources for younger kids also available.
Health and Nutrition Information for Educators (USDA): http://1.usa.gov/1rj5d1o
From the Association of American Medical Colleges:
“The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development (DSD). Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients.”
Learn more about the guidelines: http://bit.ly/1Fjyj9d
Download the guidelines (free registration required): http://bit.ly/1xMBAeS
Not enough women are being screened for cervical cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this month’s issue of Vital Signs. More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.
To see the complete report, visit CDC Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1BoOO5e
From the National Library of Medicine:
The simple PubMed search of:
retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.
To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:
1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.
CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB
The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends. The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, over 40% of African Americans have high blood pressure. Find out what can be done from the American Heart Association: http://bit.ly/1sFJYqL, view this infographic, “What Are My Risks for Getting Heart Disease?”: http://bit.ly/1EvW3Ve, and learn about the Power to End Stroke movement: http://bit.ly/1EDusDs
National Native American Month is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. Health and wellness continue to be concerns in many native communities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers examples of action to take to to address health disparities which affect this population: http://1.usa.gov/1u3dTvY. Included are injury prevention interventions, diabetes prevention programs, and data on health disparities. The U.S. Office of Minority Health also provided ideas to raise community awareness about health disparities that exist among Native American communities: http://1.usa.gov/1xiLl5r.