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Affordable Care Act: Guide for Agricultural Workers

The National Center for Farmworker Health has created a guide for agricultural workers that describes benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The guide is in English and is available for sharing.

ACA fact sheet:

Genetics Home Reference: new topics

Genetics Home Reference (, from the National Library of Medicine, provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Two new conditions have been added to the site.

Lung Cancer:

Ovarian Cancer:

Prevention of birth defects: Resources

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 3% of babies born in the United States have an identifiable structural birth defect.

Prevention of birth defects is the subject of an article in this week’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report:

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus:

Spanish Language Webinar on Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program

From the Office of Minority Health:

Webinar: Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program

October 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. ET

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will host a Spanish-language webinar discussing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud.

The e-learning program is designed to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote better health among individuals and communities. The e-learning program is available in both Spanish and English at no cost to participants. It provides promotores de salud with basic knowledge to promote healthy choices, and strategies to motivate behavioral changes among the community members they serve.”

Announcement in English:

Announcement in Spanish:

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

“Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.”

Full announcement:


New Issue of The Nation’s Health

The October 2015 of The Nation’s Health from the American Public Health Association has several articles of interest to BHIC readers, including:

  • Public health messaging helps public understand environmental health
    A new toolkit is available to make environmental health accessible for nonprofessionals.
  • Study: Not enough gay, bisexual teen boys get tested for HIV
    At-risk kids do not have the knowledge, access they need.
  • Exiting military for misconduct linked to homelessness risk
    A study shows homelessness is more likely for veterans with marks on their record.
  • Healthy You: Yoga: A complementary health approach

Access full issue:

After a Flood: Safety Resources

The Southeastern United States has been hit with historic flooding. The following provide guidance for returning to flooded homes.

Repairing Your Flooded Home (Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross) PDF

After a Flood (Centers for Disease Control) –


HHS Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations

Open enrollment is right around the corner and HHS is getting prepared to help faith and community leaders educate others about the new health insurance options individuals have available through the health insurance marketplaces. The newly updated Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations includes key information about enrolling in health insurance during Open Enrollment which starts November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016. It also includes ideas for how you can get involved. These materials can also be used at enrollment events and for other education and outreach efforts.

HHS Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations:

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)

Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health: Think. Act. Grow. (TAG) builds on previous national initiatives in adolescent health. OAH convened leaders of national organizations in the fields of health, social services, faith-based communities, and education; and parent and youth serving groups to develop and implement TAG. These groups identified the five essentials for adolescent health and possible roles and responsibilities that, together, have helped inform this national effort. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health, including physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health.

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG):

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers

SAMHSA has announced the availability of a new series of Regional Behavioral Health Barometers. These barometers divide existing SAMHSA data into separate reports for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), collected annually. Topics addressed in the reports include youth substance use, youth mental health and treatment, adult mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use and treatment.

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers: