Run by a cooperative agreement from the Genetic Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Baby’s First Test increases awareness, knowledge, and understanding of newborn screening for expectant and new parents, health professionals, industry representatives, and the public; connects state and regional public health groups; facilitates data and resource sharing; and responds to emerging technologies and corresponding public health challenges. Baby’s First Test houses the nation’s newborn screening clearinghouse, which provides current educational and family support and services information, materials, and resources about newborn screening at the local, state, and national levels and serves as the Clearinghouse for newborn screening information. Resources are available in English: http://bit.ly/1byu7bh and in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1F6gJZL.
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The Circle of Life program, from the U.S. HHS Office of Minority Health, is based on the Medicine Wheel to teach about mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. The HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum is for middle school-aged students to learn about risks through multimedia and interactive tools, available at: http://1.usa.gov/1byryGc.
May 3-9 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out the Child Mental Health health topic page on MedlinePlus for current news and information on symptoms, conditions, treatment and related issues.
Child Mental Health: MedlinePlus http://1.usa.gov/1ccTnVN
The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You can search on the basis of a specific location or an indicator.
Data, Trends and Maps is an interactive database that provides data on obesity status as well as select behavioral, environmental and policy data in the areas of breastfeeding, energy dense food consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and television viewing. The system was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The database includes information from multiple data sources and can be displayed by national, state or selected locations.
CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps: http://1.usa.gov/1GCwpib
Kitchen spoons are great for mixing up your family’s favorite recipes, but when it comes to measuring kids medicine, teaspoons and tablespoons should be left in the utensil drawer, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP is urging parents, physicians and pharmacists to use only metric measurements on prescriptions, drug labels and dosing devices to make sure children receive the correct amount of medication.
“Household spoons vary in size. They are not precise. Parents should use syringes, which is a much more accurate way for them to give their child the intended dose of medication.”
According to the Academy more than 70,000 children visit emergency rooms each year because of unintentional medication overdoses. One recent study found that those errors are significantly less common among parents who use only milliliter-based dosing. The Academy is recommending several changes to improve accuracy, including: The use of standard label language with lower case m and upper case L as the only abbreviation for milliliter. Having pediatricians review milliliter-based doses with families when a prescription is written. Including NO extra markings on dosing devices, as well as the elimination of oversize syringes and cups. And asking manufacturers to eliminate use of all other dosing units other than metric.
To read more about correctly measuring kids medicine go to: http://bit.ly/1GCh06v
The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store.
TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.
The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites.
Click here for the link to the Apple Store to download the app: http://apple.co/1NvGl6o
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
“As the development of consumer health IT tools becomes increasingly commonplace, methods for analyzing their personal health information management needs must become an embedded component of the design lifecycle. The projects presented in this Web conference will discuss the identification of users’ personal health information management practices and the context in which these practices occur to inform the development of consumer health IT tools to improve communication of safety concerns of hospitalized patients and effective health management of patients with diabetes and children with asthma.”
Thursday, May 7 1:30-3:00 pm ET
For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1PDJEqL
The Association of American Indian Physicians’ National Native American Youth Initiative is offering scholarships to cover the cost of a week long summer program to encourage students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare or biomedical research. Structured activities and mentors are provided. The deadline is April 17, 2015. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/1CVltNI.
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.
During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme for National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-10, 2015) is making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Daily themes include:
- Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
- Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
- Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum
- Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections
- Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success
Additionally, this year, APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat. Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW.