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America’s PrepareAthon National Day of Action is April 30th!

From America’s PrepareAthon:

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

The first National Day of Action is scheduled for April 30, 2014 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these four specific hazards:

  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes

For more information about how to participate, visit America’s PrepareAthon website: http://1.usa.gov/1qVd9H8

Recommended Reading: ‘Pollution is Segregated, Too’

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Recommended Reading page:

“After decades of studies demonstrating that poor people and minorities are more likely than their white counterparts to live near health hazards such as toxic waste sites, landfills and congested highways, a new study in the journal PLOS One took a more refined look at a particular aspect in the area of “environmental injustice”: exposure to nitrogen dioxide. The pollutant—which is produced by cars, construction equipment and industrial sources—is linked to higher risk of both asthma and heart attack.

Using data from the 2000 Census, researchers determined that minorities are on average exposed to 38 percent higher levels of outdoor nitrogen dioxide.”

For the complete recommended reading article as well as a link to the article itself, visit the RWJF’s Public Health blog: http://bit.ly/1jR5IxN

Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):

Foodborne disease continues to be an important problem in the United States. Most illnesses are preventable. To evaluate progress toward prevention, the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network* (FoodNet) monitors the incidence of laboratory-confirmed infections caused by nine pathogens transmitted commonly through food in 10 U.S. sites, covering approximately 15% of the U.S. population. This report summarizes preliminary 2013 data and describes trends since 2006.

For the complete MMWR, visit the CDC MMWR page: http://1.usa.gov/1qV9qte

Fighting Diabetes’ Deadly Impact on Minorities

FDA Consumer Update –  You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building relationships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes, and to address the disparity in how severely it affects minority groups in particular. To learn more visit: http://1.usa.gov/1j9bZDc

Kids.gov May Calendar and resources

Get Ready for May: Pools Opening, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and More!

The school year may be winding down, but the May calendar is as full as it can possibly be with lots of special events and activities.  May is the month we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, National Physical Fitness and Sports, and Jewish Heritage. With pools opening and summer coming, we focus on swimming and water safety, heat safety, and hurricane preparedness.  There’s a whole lot going on in May, so you may want to start planning now!  http://1.usa.gov/1j8SQ2M

Free NIH funded Medical Translation App

Communicate quickly with patients using translated medical phrases in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and more. Show phrases with text, and play with audio.

When needed, call live medical interpreters from Canopy.

Includes 1,500 common medical phrases created by medical professionals, available for 4 specialities:
Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and General Surgery

Phrases cover:
Greeting and Goodbye, History, Physical Exam, Labs, Radiology, Procedures, Labor and Delivery, Gynecology, Reassessment, Plan, and more.

Canopy has been funded by NIH to create various resources to support clinicians in providing care for underserved minorities. They’ve developed a medical translator app and are eager for input.
If you use the code below, you’ll have the app and subsequent upgrades
free of charge, even when they begin to charge for it:
Click http://bit.ly/1j8G8kK or search for “canopy” on the App Store, and use access code
75753  after you download.
If downloading on an iPad, make sure to switch to IPHONE ONLY apps when
you search on the App Store.
This code is only good until Tuesday April 22!  Download the app today to ensure free access.

Health Impacts of Climate Change

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers a free webinar sponsored by its Partnerships for Environmental Health on April 25, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, “Assessing Population Vulnerability to Health Impacts of Climate Change”:  http://1.usa.gov/1l8W1tT

Certain populations are particularly at risk to the health effects of climate change, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and those living in urban or coastal areas. This webinar will describe ongoing research focused on assessing factors that may mediate increased risks among select vulnerable populations.

 

African American Health Disparities Infographic

Racial and ethnic health disparities undermine our communities and our health care system. Communities of color are more likely to suffer from certain health conditions, and they are more likely to get sicker, have serious complications, and even die from these conditions. Families USA is an organization working to achieve high quality, comprehensive, affordable health care for all Americans. Key issues for the organization include increasing enrollment in health insurance coverage, achieving equity in access to care, and improving the health care system by emphasizing quality and evidence rather than volume. A new infographic called “African American Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites” is available on their web site:  http://bit.ly/1nqQjF8

Promoting New Behavioral Health Insurance Opportunities for AI/ANs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a new guide for behavioral health organizations serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities, “Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.” This guide offers ten outreach and enrollment strategies organizations can use to introduce American Indian and Alaska Native communities to new health insurance options as a result of the Affordable Care Act: http://1.usa.gov/1ijuXsJ

Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit

The Rural Assistance Center has produced a Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit. The toolkit contains several modules, each of which focuses on a different aspect of mental health services in rural areas.

Modules include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
  • Where to Begin – Determining Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs
  • Development and Use of Evidence-based Interventions
  • Evaluating Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs
  • Program Clearinghouse

Access the full toolkit: http://bit.ly/1m5a73i