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New open online course on International Women’s Health & Human Rights

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A new 8-week, open online course is now being offered by Stanford University on International Women’s Health & Human Rights.

From the course description:

“This course provides an overview of women’s health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.”

Read more about the course at Our Bodies, Our Blog:

Fact sheets for communication with vulnerable populations during emergencies

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Florida Department of Health has facts sheets for communicating with vulnerable populations during disasters.

Available fact sheets include information about:

  • Children’s Medical Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Economically Disadvantaged Persons
  • Elders 60 and Older
  • Engaging Volunteer Groups Serving Vulnerable Populations
  • Children in Foster Care/Child Welfare System
  • Homeless Persons
  • Individuals with Behavioral Health Concerns
  • Individuals with Extreme Obesity
  • Non-English Speaking Individuals
  • People with Hearing Loss
  • People with Visual Impairment
  • Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Form of Dementia
  • Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Persons with Disabilities and/or Functional Impairments
  • Victims of Domestic Violence

Access fact sheets:

Additional information:


New app by American Heart Association and NFL: Play 60

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A new, no-cost app encourages kids to play for 60 minutes every day. The app was created by the American Heart Association and the National Football League.

From the announcement:

“Players are immersed in an adventure where they are required to run, jump, pivot, and turn in place in order for their character to do the same. Players choose an avatar and run through the virtual world where they encounter obstacles, which they avoid by physically moving their bodies. Smartphones are able to measure this movement and scoring is determined by duration of play and successful navigation of obstacles.

Other components of the app include the ability to collect digital coins as rewards that can be redeemed for ‘digital swag’ in the form of outfits for the avatars. This allows users to dress their avatar in their favorite NFL team clothing.” (Source:

The app is currently available from the iTunes store, and an Android version will be available by 2/14/14.

Download the app:

Smoke Free Teen

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The National Cancer Institute runs a site for teens to use as a resource to take control of their health, Smokefree Teen: A text message service, an app to quit smoking, quizzes, and other tools are offered to teens to help make good decisions about their health. Information on E-cigarettes and secondhand smoke is included.

Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Ear tubes can improve hearing over the short term in children with a certain type of ear infection but they don’t help children’s hearing, speech or language over the long term. This is according to a new review published by Dr. Michael Steiner and colleagues at the University of North Carolina.  They reviewed the findings of 41 studies that assessed the effects of implanting ear tubes in children with what doctors call recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion. In this condition, there is fluid in the middle ear, but no signs or symptoms of acute ear infection.  To read the complete news release go to: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, news release, Jan. 6, 2014.

Pediatrics eFirst Pages : Surgical Treatments for Otitis Media With Effusion: A Systematic Review Published online January 6, 2014 (10.1542/peds.2013-3228)

Public health partnerships with K-12 schools

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The latest newsletter from Public Health Practices, a resource for finding and sharing emergency preparedness plans and documents, highlights public health partnerships with K-12 schools. Programs described include curriculum development, vaccination clinics, and the monitoring of illness and absenteeism.

Read the issue:

Public Health Practices home:

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, is a major cause of cervical cancer, but it can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Regular screening and followup is a good way to prevent cervical cancer. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition, in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, offers this toolkit to promote cervical health:

Childhood Agricultural Injuries: Factsheet and Resources

Monday, January 6th, 2014

According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident about every three days in the United States.  Dangers to youth on farms include machinery, vehicles (including ATVs), and animals.

Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the U. S. (2014 Fact Sheet):
Agricultural Safety Resources
Cultivate Safety (National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety):
ToxTown (Farm):

New Resource: Guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

1 in 3 LGBT individuals in the US doesn’t have health insurance, which means LGBT people are likely to be sicker, wait to get tested or treated for most illnesses and suffer more serious complications when they do get sick. In the past it’s has been hard to find coverage that treats LGBT families fairly, covers the care they need and doesn’t break the bank.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) can increase coverage in our community by making health insurance more affordable, standardizing basic care and eliminating the exclusions that hurt the LGBT community the most.

But where should LGBT people start? How do they evaluate plans? What kind of coverage do they need? How do rules about family coverage apply to LGBT families? See “Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans”, from Strong Families: This guide provides a template for the questions one should ask Navigators, certified application counselors or insurance brokers to get answers about cost and coverage, reproductive healthcare, transgender healthcare, finding insurance if you are HIV+ or living with AIDS, covering LGBT youth and many other LGBT health needs.

We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle eBook Cultural Values Contest for Native Youth

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle announce a joint eBook contest for Native American youth ages 13 to 24.  The eBook contest invites youth to think about their cultural values and express themselves using a medium of their choice – essay, photography, graphics, illustration, video, audio or a combination. Cultural values include respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth and wisdom.

Find more information about the eBook Cultural Values Contest online:

Contest deadline: January 31, 2014