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Autism and Exercise: Launch of New Video Series

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launched a new video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise.   The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students.  The series can be found on NCHPAD’s YouTube Channel.

Act To Change

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders sponsors a new website and social media campaign: Act To Change. This campaign aims to increase awareness of bullying and empower communities with information and tools to help prevent and end bullying. Kids and teens are bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. The campaign website includes video and music empowerment playlists and an organizing toolkit, and encourages visitors to “Take the Pledge” to join the  #ActToChange movement and stand up against bullying.  See more information here:


Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions

Monday, October 26th, 2015

This information from the CDC can help you answer your questions about flu vaccines. This page lists all the people recommended to get the flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination.

Use this information to talk to start a conversation with your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about which flu vaccines are best for you and your family.






New updated publication from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth

This report from SAMHSA presents research, clinical expertise, and expert consensus on therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identify, and makes the case for eliminating the use of conversion therapy among this population. Pub id: SMA15-4928

Audience: Professional Care Providers, Family & Advocates

Are You Smarter Than a Public Health Nerd? New game from the CDC

Monday, October 19th, 2015

To test your “Health IQ”, check out a new trivia game from the Centers for Disease Control. The game is available from the Apple App store and Google Play.

More information:

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:

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus:

New Issue of The Nation’s Health

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The October 2015 of The Nation’s Health from the American Public Health Association has several articles of interest to BHIC readers, including:

  • Public health messaging helps public understand environmental health
    A new toolkit is available to make environmental health accessible for nonprofessionals.
  • Study: Not enough gay, bisexual teen boys get tested for HIV
    At-risk kids do not have the knowledge, access they need.
  • Exiting military for misconduct linked to homelessness risk
    A study shows homelessness is more likely for veterans with marks on their record.
  • Healthy You: Yoga: A complementary health approach

Access full issue:

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health: Think. Act. Grow. (TAG) builds on previous national initiatives in adolescent health. OAH convened leaders of national organizations in the fields of health, social services, faith-based communities, and education; and parent and youth serving groups to develop and implement TAG. These groups identified the five essentials for adolescent health and possible roles and responsibilities that, together, have helped inform this national effort. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health, including physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health.

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG):

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

SAMHSA has announced the availability of a new series of Regional Behavioral Health Barometers. These barometers divide existing SAMHSA data into separate reports for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), collected annually. Topics addressed in the reports include youth substance use, youth mental health and treatment, adult mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use and treatment.

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers:

New Healthy Schools page from the CDC

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Start the school year equipped with information to help teachers, parents, and students create a healthier school environment. CDC’s Healthy Schools website offers a number of resources and guidance tools to help get things started.”

Healthy Schools: