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NIH Body Weight Planner Added to USDA SuperTracker Food and Activity Tool

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add the NIH Body Weight Planner to the USDA’s SuperTracker online tool as a goal-setting resource to help people achieve and stay at a healthy weight. The SuperTracker tool empowers people to build a healthier diet, manage weight, and reduce risk of chronic disease.

http://1.usa.gov/1Iran95

Potential Harm of Unnecessary Health Care

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The New Yorker has published an article in their Annals of Health Care issue on the avalanche of unnecessary medical care, which could potentially harm patients physically and financially and what can be done about it.

To read the article, please visit: nyr.kr/1CyBGX0

 

American Academy of Nursing Partners with Consumer Reports

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The American Academy of Nursing has partnered with Consumer Reports to bring health care recommendations developed by nurse leaders to consumers. The Academy’s “Choosing Wisely” list of things patients and nurses should question, has been developed into useful brochures by Consumer Reports for consumers to reference for common health practices and treatments.

To read more, visit bit.ly/1GC22YT

 

Public health response to civil unrest in Baltimore

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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

Home Health Technology Market to Skyrocket

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The number of customers using home health technologies will grow from 14.3 million in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020, according to market intelligence firm Tractica. Home health technologies allow consumers to manage their own health and wellness in a variety of ways, but there are several obstacles to the growth.

http://bit.ly/1HVzDSl

 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

For 2015, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: http://1.usa.gov/1IZ5YX3
2015 Prevention Resource Guide: http://1.usa.gov/1NMd2ZR

People with Low Incomes Say They Pay a Price in Poor Health

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions. http://n.pr/1xvbyj4  

 

Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

“The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) is an initiative of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A strategic part of OPRE’s mission to provide synthesis and dissemination of research and demonstration findings, the SSRC provides researchers, policymakers, and practitioners access to high-quality research focusing on self-sufficiency, employment, and family and child well-being.”

Included in the SSRC is research on access to health care and the relationship between health status and income.

Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse: https://www.opressrc.org/

Health Topic page: http://bit.ly/1FKkcva

Study Finds No Link Between Limited English Proficiency and Increased Risk of Mortality

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“Patients with limited English proficiency have known limitations accessing health care in the United States, including access to hospital care, but those limitations don’t appear to increase the risk of mortality, according to an AHRQ-funded study.”

Citation:

Hines, A.L.; Andrews, R.M.; Moy, E.; Barrett, M.L.; Coffey, R.M. Disparities in Rates of Inpatient Mortality and Adverse Events: Race/Ethnicity and Language as Independent Contributors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 13017-13034.

The full-text article is available via Open Access: http://bit.ly/1I5o4Gq

The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

From Kaiser Health News, here is a helpful analysis of the Affordable Care Act case now before the Supreme Court. Five important points and their potential consequences are detailed here: http://bit.ly/18yX0Th