February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is focused on getting communities educated, tested, treated and involved. For further information, events, testing centers, social media and print campaigns, and other tools, please visit the National Strategic Planning Committee at: http://bit.ly/1DhTLtk
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recognizes January 26-February 1, 2015 as National Drug Facts Week. For further information, events, activities, social media and print campaigns, and other tools, please visit NIDA for Teens: http://1.usa.gov/1EqJUVN
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care. http://1.usa.gov/18vAr2j
The Caregiver Space blog recently asked caregivers to share one piece of advice or one tip that they’ve learned through caregiving and how you avoid caregiver burnout. Those tips are shared in their blog posting: In Your Own Words: 106 Crucial Tips from Fellow Caregivers: http://bit.ly/1C7ANVo
Video Discussions with five diverse communities
The videos are intended for use by researchers, course instructors and students. The hope is that awareness of gender issues specific to each community and across communities will improve the ways in which researchers and healthcare providers collaborate with diverse communities throughout the research and healthcare process.
These videos were created with funding from the NIH/NLM Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project in partnership with The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.
The link to the videos is: http://bit.ly/1E9ZmFL
A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit is available that addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance. The toolkit includes: an overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact; links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue; and contact information for leading experts on the issue. The toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” is available here: http://bit.ly/1yJxDbR
January is Cervical Health Awareness month. HealthFinder.gov has sample messaging for organizations who want to spread reliable information about cervical health.
Cervical Health Awareness Month: http://1.usa.gov/186bDhg
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
“Despite signs that the national childhood obesity rate may be leveling off, many of our most vulnerable youth–including African-American, Latino, American Indian, Asian & Pacific Islander American, rural, and low-income children and teens–remain disproportionally impacted by the epidemic. These health disparities show that where we live matters and that too many families still lack access to affordable, nutritious foods and safe opportunities to be active.
Join us on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET to hear from national experts about how inequities in social, economic, and environmental justice impact health and the policy and systems changes that are needed to ensure all kids are able to live long, healthy lives. Use #healthequity to take part in the conversation on social media.”
For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1uyJUA2
Folic acid is essential everyone, especially for women of childbearing age. The Affordable Care Act covers folic acid supplements. For information on the importance of folic acid and how to get enough of it, check out these resources:
Get Enough Folic Acid (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1wqm1F5
Folic Acid (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1CGa8PN
Both sites are also available in Spanish.
It is not too late to get your Healthy Living Calendars and American Public Health Association (APHA) Tips for Tots Calendar for 2015
Healthy Living Calendars
The CDC has published a variety of one-page calendars that promote taking simple steps every day for a safe and healthy life. You can choose from Healthy Women, Healthy Communities, and Healthy Men. These colorful calendars are available as a PDF in English and Spanish. http://1.usa.gov/1CQwtup
APHA Tips for Tots Calendar
It’s not too late to get the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual “Get Ready” calendar. This year, the calendar features cute tots providing preparedness tips. You can download online or order the calendar from APHA. http://bit.ly/1CCg3pc and http://bit.ly/15zVHTo