The Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use these resources for inspiration or support in answering consumer health questions or in developing community health programming for minority populations. A large resource collection and confidential access to information are great assets your library can tap into for free. Visit the Knowledge Center Library’s page here: http://1.usa.gov/1Uangnt and read more in this article from WebJunction: http://bit.ly/1X0lpso
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One of the feature stories in the Spring 2016 issue of MedlinePlus Magazine concerns women and heart disease. See what Ta’Rhonda Jones, star of Fox TV’s Empire, has to say about her personal experience with a heart condition and her message to women. http://1.usa.gov/1XX6w6Z
Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a link to exposure to e-cigarette advertising and the use of e-cigarettes in middle and high school age students. This study was published in the April 2016 edition of the journal Pediatrics. Analyzing data from the 2014 NYTS, CDC researchers found that the greater the exposure to e-cigarette advertisements among middle and high school students, the greater the odds of their e-cigarette use To read the full report go tohttp://1.usa.gov/1Wt3bxN
Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.
Some lower income families may not be aware of options available to them for allergy prevention and treatment for kids. Epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen — which treat allergic attacks — are usually covered by insurance. The manufacturer also has programs to help those who cannot afford the medication. All families may not be familiar with these programs. Read more at http://1.usa.gov/1XWp3An
Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27
A free webinar on May 4th, 2016 will present how to measure outcomes of your programs using a free toolkit for public libraries. It’s focused on implementation in small libraries, but is open to libraries of all sizes. The webinar will provide an overview of outcome measurement from Project Outcome, a new program from the Public Library Association, that provides simple tools so libraries can measure programs across seven common service areas. For more information, please see: bit.ly/1VLThs2
The Washington Post Wonkblog article stated the potential negative implications of more seniors taking dietary supplements, as found in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Qato, Wilder, Schumm, Gillet, & Alexander, 2016). Mainly, it has to do with the increased risk of an adverse interactions between prescription or over-the-counter medicine and supplements. “The use of prescription medications and dietary supplements, and concurrent use of interacting medications, has increased since 2005, with 15% of older adults potentially at risk for a major drug-drug interaction. Improving safety with the use of multiple medications has the potential to reduce preventable adverse drug events associated with medications commonly used among older adults” (Qato et al., 2016).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a number of resources on dietary supplements, their use, and safety.
- Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets from the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) provide information such as how much of the supplement is safe, what its effect are, and if there are possible interactions with medicines.
- Thinking about Taking a Dietary Supplement? video from NIH ODS that describes how the ODS can help with that decision.
- Understanding Drug-Supplement Interactions from NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is an interactive tutorial that assesses and builds on your knowledge of medicine-supplement interactions.
Qato, D., Wilder, J., Schumm, L., Gillet, V., & Alexander, G. (2016, March 21). Changes in prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplement use among older adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1q2ZX8e. PubMed Abstract http://1.usa.gov/1WYwoyN.
The Health Happens in Libraries team from WebJunction.org has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: bit.ly/1XSxRqJ To see the pathway and guide: bit.ly/1RpYsYh
Participatory Group Prenatal Education Using Photonovels: Evaluation of a Lay Health Educator Model with Low-Income Latinas
By Susan J. Auger, Sarah Verbiest, James V. Spickard, Florence M. Simán, and Mélida Colindres
Published in Journal of Participatory Medicine, December 2015, http://bit.ly/1RhjfCu
“This study demonstrated that 1) a participatory prenatal education program can be an effective way to foster health literacy and empowerment among low-income Latinas; and 2) trained lay educators can be effective group facilitators. The intervention’s tripartite approach offers a vehicle for health professionals to partner with Latino communities to promote active participation and capacity building for health and change. This strategy could be adapted and tested with other topics and communities.”
More Rural Hospitals Are Closing Their Maternity Units by Michelle Andrews
From KIOS and Kaiser Health News
Michelle Andrews discusses difficulties hospitals face in keeping maternity units open and how closures of the units impact expecting mothers.
Hospital Closures Rattle Small Towns by Sarah Varney
From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour
Sarah Varney shares the difficulties small towns in Georgia face after the closing of their hospitals.
When you file your taxes, you’ll need to include information about your health coverage. Whether you enrolled in coverage, received financial help, or chose to go without coverage there may be tax implications — including the possibility of a penalty payment. Below are resources that will help you understand your 2015 health coverage status and what you need to do next!
Healthcare.gov: 2015 Health Coverage & Your Federal Taxes: http://1.usa.gov/1p4KFzl
How Health Coverage Affects Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1LEEeN6 (PDF)
No Health Coverage? What That Means for Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1pqmL19 (PDF)