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AAPCHO/AHJ Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and Action for Health Justice (AHJ) has updated the Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary. The Glossary contains approximately 100 of the most frequently used (and often confused) terms encountered by in-person assisters and navigators. It is currently available in English and the following Asian and Pacific Islander languages: Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Laotian, Marshallese, Tagalog, Tongan, and Vietnamese, and will soon be available in Burmese, Chuukese, Hindi, Hmong, and Khmer.

AAPCHO/AHJ Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary: http://bit.ly/1QypZui

ACA Guidance for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Friday, November 20th, 2015

As an American Indian or Alaska Native, there are certain steps that you must take in order to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. There are also benefits that may be available to you if you’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholder. This infographic (PDF) from the HHS Office of Minority Health provides important information about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, defines eligibility for the Health Insurance Marketplace and the benefits of enrolling, and identifies where to get more information.

ACA Guidance for American Indians and Alaska Natives: http://1.usa.gov/1OVzTWz (PDF)

No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

Monday, October 26th, 2015

New statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new warning to women of childbearing age.

Although there have been studies that have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians’ group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant.

It published its new statement in part to update health workers and the public.

“The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure,” said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP’s statement “is an important stand to take, and hopefully it will lead to less stigma associated with [fetal alcohol spectrum disorders] and to more access to and uptake of prevention and treatment services.” http://1.usa.gov/1M4urcS

To read the complete report the source is : Janet Williams, M.D., professor, pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Janni Niclasen, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Christina Chambers, Ph.D.,M.P.H., professor, pediatrics, Center for Better Beginnings, University of California, San Diego; November 2015, Pediatrics

Is More Health Information Always Better?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available: http://1.usa.gov/1OW8y4T

 

Project Literacy: Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

An article from Project Literacy describes the consequences for those with limited health literacy. A large body of research has linked limited health literacy with poor health outcomes including fewer preventive services, higher levels of hospital readmission and worse health overall.

Read more about the consequences here: http://bit.ly/1Rs9HAe

Prevention of birth defects: Resources

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

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: http://1.usa.gov/1VHGWk8

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1jeaNnK

Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Healthfinder.gov has information on preparing for emergencies and making a family plan, making an emergency supply kit and learning what to do in different types of emergencies. Learn more about how to prepare: 1.usa.gov/1Kz2vQW

 

Institute of Medicine Study: Errors in Patient Diagnosis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The report, called “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” asserts that diagnostic errors occur daily in every health care setting nationwide, yet they have never been adequately studied. No one knows how many people suffer from misdiagnoses or delays that affect their care. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” Read more in U.S. News & World Report: bit.ly/1YF8g6M

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