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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Friday, November 7th, 2014

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Each year, as many as 1.6 million youth per year may experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, many homeless youth are victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

Resources from National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): http://bit.ly/1vUFNsl
Resources from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1x9kl8D

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory equips professional health providers with an introduction to spice and bath salts in the context of treating people with substance use disorders and mental illness. Spice (synthetic cannabinoids) and bath salts (synthetic cathinones) refer to two groups of designer drugs that have increased in popularity in recent years. Discusses adverse effects of use, patient assessment, abstinence monitoring, among other issues.

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory: http://1.usa.gov/1tQ30z8 (PDF)

DiversityDataKids website

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

State and county-level profiles and maps providing data on children, including population, race/ethnicity, types of households, teenage mother births, low birthweight, and more. http://bit.ly/1vQCRgl

Webcast: Brain development and youth programs

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

From Child Trends:

“Join us for a webcast of the 2014 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture! You’ll learn: how the brain grows and learns; how the brain responds to trauma, and how this response differs in children and adults; how the environment, experience, and genetics impact the brain’s response to challenges and learning; and how programs can apply this new research to help children and youth. Participants include: Moderator Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., senior scholar at Child Trends; Presenter Jane Roskams, Ph.D., professor in the Brain Research Centre and director of the lab of neural regeneration and brain repair at the University of British Columbia; Respondent Daniel Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools; and Respondent Dianna Walters, associate at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Join the conversation on Twitter using #braininsights.”

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 1-2PM ET

Watch the webcast: http://bit.ly/1xSDVm6

Project SHARE Curriculum

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities. http://bit.ly/1tUr4BV

Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. Read about Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets to learn how you can reduce your child’s sodium intake. This page also provides a series of interesting infographics (larger versions and the text) about sodium and a section about what the federal government, schools, parents, and restaurants can do to help reduce sodium.

Visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qNRaUz

For large text and info graphic: http://1.usa.gov/1tav27S

Get Smart About Drugs: Redesigned Website

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency has relaunched their website Get Smart About Drugs. The site is designed for parents, educators and caregivers and provides information on identifying drugs and drug paraphernalia;  physical, developmental and legal consequences of drug use; and talking to kids and teens about drugs.

Get Smart About Drugs: http://bit.ly/1rSbIuh

Sickle Cell Disease: Resources

Monday, September 29th, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Sickle Cell Disease affects millions around the world, including 1 in 12 African Americans.

The CDC has resources on living well with Sickle Cell Disease, as well as tips for school staff and caregivers, treatment information, data and statistics, and research.

Sickle Cell Disease (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1rnqJpY

 

Emergency preparedness Tips from Tots

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Get Ready Campaign from the American Public Health Association has published a 2015 calendar featuring emergency preparedness “Tips from Tots.”

From APHA:

“Each month features a different tot practicing emergency preparedness and dispensing helpful safety advice, including dressing for extreme weather, where to find shelter during a storm and what to include in an emergency supply kit.”

Download the calendar and see the adorable photo gallery: http://bit.ly/1uVZK2y

Teen Dating Violence

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

What is dating violence?   According to the CDC, dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. For more information go to CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1yqUOc2

For a fact sheet on “Understanding Teen Dating Violence” go to: http://1.usa.gov/1yqVlLe

VetoViolence Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1ohOqKu

This Facebook page also hosts a partner spotlight, which features one of the partners working in the field of violence prevention each month. This provides fans with instant access to other organizations who are also working to help us all live safer, healthier lives. Fans can also pledge to prevent violence with the interactive VetoViolence Pledge app, which allows you to create a custom badge that will appear on your Facebook profile page.