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VA Research Commemorates 90 Years of Health Care Innovation Focused on Improving Veterans’ Lives

The Department of Veterans Affairs will highlight 90 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through medical and prosthetics research when it celebrates National VA Research Week May 18–22, 2015, at host medical facilities across the United States and its territories.

“VA Research and Development plays a pivotal role in improving the health of Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “In addition, the advances in health care developed by VA have benefited millions of other Americans and patients worldwide.”

VA medical centers across the nation will mark VA Research Week (http://1.usa.gov/1dVIJ6m) with special events such as tours of their research facilities, lectures, poster displays and luncheons to honor the Veterans who voluntarily participate in VA studies.  The week-long activities will highlight current research, much of it focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, and using new technology in fields such as brain imaging, DNA sequencing and cell therapy. Another highlight of Research Week will center on VA’s Million Veteran Program (http://1.usa.gov/1F7xkup), which aims to create one of the world’s largest databases of health and genetic information. To date, the program has enrolled some 350,000 Veterans. To learn more about the work of VA researchers, past and present, visit http://1.usa.gov/1Hb2xiv. For more information on local and national events marking National VA Research Week, visit http://1.usa.gov/1zQBeaB

NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Centers

The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention represent a major NIOSH effort to protect the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. The NIOSH Agricultural Centers were established as part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / NIOSH Agricultural Health and Safety Initiative in 1990. The Centers were established by cooperative agreement to conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation’s pressing agricultural health and safety problems.  Geographically, the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.

To view the objectives and reports of NIOSH and the various regional Centers: http://1.usa.gov/1JZA6F7

 

Rural Healthy People 2020

While the majority of Americans reside in metropolitan areas, our nation’s public health challenges and concerns are certainly not confined to large urban centers. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population resides in non-metropolitan areas where they experience many of the same health challenges as their urban counterparts. It is this recognition of the unique health challenges faced by rural America that serves as the impetus for the Rural Healthy People 2020 project. The primary goal of this research effort is to identify and address the priority health concerns of rural America.

 

For each rural health priority identified, a brief review of literature on this disease or condition in rural America is provided and illustrative solutions summarized. For each rural health priority, researchers contacted select rural communities across the nation to find innovative programs and practices, which address these concerns. These Models for Practice illustrate promising approaches by rural communities to address their health priorities. Click here http://bit.ly/1dVLZP2 to read more about these Models for Practice.

New CDC Vital Signs: Hispanic Health

Hispanics are the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the United States. The May Vital Signs from the Centers for Disease control identifies differences in health risk and mortality between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites and among Hispanic sub-groups.

Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1IxfYbv

Extreme Event: new role-playing game for groups

Extreme Event is an in-person role-playing game for groups. The game was designed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum in collaboration with the ResilientAmerica Roundtable, and all materials needed are available for download at their website.

A webinar on May 12 from 12 – 1 PM (ET) will explain how to host an Extreme Event game for a school, community event, disaster training session or any other setting.

Register for the webinar: http://bit.ly/1Fg5f6e

Extreme Event toolkit: http://bit.ly/1cJqPDM

Public health response to civil unrest in Baltimore

The American Public Health Association interviewed Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen on her department’s response to unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen: Thinking creatively to protect communities (Public Health Newswire): http://bit.ly/1KXQFyX

Newborn Screening Clearinghouse

Run by a cooperative agreement from the Genetic Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Baby’s First Test increases awareness, knowledge, and understanding of newborn screening for expectant and new parents, health professionals, industry representatives, and the public; connects state and regional public health groups; facilitates data and resource sharing; and responds to emerging technologies and corresponding public health challenges. Baby’s First Test houses the nation’s newborn screening clearinghouse, which provides current educational and family support and services information, materials, and resources about newborn screening at the local, state, and national levels and serves as the Clearinghouse for newborn screening information. Resources are available in English: http://bit.ly/1byu7bh and in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1F6gJZL.

Circle of Life Multimedia Program HIV/AIDS Prevention

The Circle of Life program, from the U.S. HHS Office of Minority Health, is based on the Medicine Wheel to teach about mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. The HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum is for middle school-aged students to learn about risks through multimedia and interactive tools, available at: http://1.usa.gov/1byryGc.

Tribal Healing in Primary Care and Behavioral Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR) proudly presents a national free webinar on Models For Tribal Healing In Primary Care And Behavioral Health Settings:

May 26, 2015, from 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Join the webinar and view the presentation online by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1zC9Exz
Join the conference call by calling: 1-888-323-9708 and enter participant Code 4568793

Objective: The purpose of this webinar is to highlight those programs and services that address the delivery of behavioral health care in primary care settings. In addition, this webinar will present and discuss: Historical Trauma and the Impacts on Community, National Trends and Federal Initiatives towards Wellness, and Methods for delivering culturally competent treatment and recovery services. To learn more about the webinar, see: http://bit.ly/1JQNk6W.

Healthy You: Phobias

This month’s Healthy You tipsheet from the American Public Health Association is entitled “Phobias: Learning how to face your fears”. The tipsheet is available in English and Spanish and can be printed or shared electronically.

Healthy You (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur