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ACT! Autism Training for Health Professionals

Monday, May 5th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program offers a free online continuing education training called “Autism Case Training (ACT)” for self-study, as well as a downloadable curriculum for in-classroom training.

The self-study ACT CE course educates primary care practitioners about finding, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and has been accredited to provide CME, MOC (Part 2; 20 pts), CNE credits and CEU.”

The training includes case studies and focuses on early diagnosis and intervention.

Access the training: http://1.usa.gov/1iQCrFv

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Amblyopia

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of visual impairment among children and is the subject of a new MedlinePlus Health Topic Page.

The Health Topic page includes resources from the National Eye Institute, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other reputable sources.

MedlinePlus: Amblyopia http://1.usa.gov/1fKdXwQ

Reducing Asthma and Allergy Triggers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Spring is here. The American Lung Association has some tips on how to control springtime allergy and asthma symptoms.

http://bit.yl/1hplb2j

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal allergies: Resources

Monday, April 21st, 2014

For many, spring time brings seasonal allergies. MedlinePlus has resources on the diagnosis, prevention and control of seasonal allergy symptoms, including tips on how to determine if you have a cold or allergies.

MedlinePlus: Hay Fever http://1.usa.gov/1jqELhm

Kids.gov May Calendar and resources

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Get Ready for May: Pools Opening, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and More!

The school year may be winding down, but the May calendar is as full as it can possibly be with lots of special events and activities.  May is the month we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, National Physical Fitness and Sports, and Jewish Heritage. With pools opening and summer coming, we focus on swimming and water safety, heat safety, and hurricane preparedness.  There’s a whole lot going on in May, so you may want to start planning now!  http://1.usa.gov/1j8SQ2M

Health Impacts of Climate Change

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers a free webinar sponsored by its Partnerships for Environmental Health on April 25, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, “Assessing Population Vulnerability to Health Impacts of Climate Change”:  http://1.usa.gov/1l8W1tT

Certain populations are particularly at risk to the health effects of climate change, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and those living in urban or coastal areas. This webinar will describe ongoing research focused on assessing factors that may mediate increased risks among select vulnerable populations.

 

Free Tools to Track Your Child’s Developmental Health

Friday, April 11th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“We often think of height and weight, but from birth to age 5, your child should reach specific milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Not reaching a milestone in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach his or her full potential.”

For a list of tools and more information, visit the CDC page: http://1.usa.gov/1i8s2TK

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Campaign

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.

The campaign’s mission is to:

  • Promote universal screening.
  • Identify possible delays and behavioral issues in any child setting.
  • Enhance developmental supports for children.
  • Offer resources for professionals working with children.

These resources include screening tools, user guides for different audiences (including behavioral health providers), and an array of online resources for providers and parents.

http://1.usa.gov/1kOvwKc

Youth Violence Prevention Week: Resources

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Youth violence is a large health concern. Youth can be the victims, the perpetrators and/or the witnesses to violence. According to the CDC, homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans age 10-24, but youth violence can also including bullying, assault and other aggressive behaviors.

The CDC has a number of resources on understanding and preventing youth violence: http://1.usa.gov/1jLakGg

It’s Public Health Week

Monday, April 7th, 2014

April 7-13, 2014 is National Public Health Week.  Each day this week has a theme with information and tips for improving the health of your community.

Monday, April 7: Be Healthy From the Start (maternal and child health) http://bit.ly/1hd49v7

Tuesday, April 8: Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness) http://bit.ly/1i89XS2

Wednesday, April 9: Get Out Ahead (prevention) http://bit.ly/1gumQok

Thursday, April 10: Eat Well (food safety and nutrition) http://bit.ly/1lG5c8P

Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public health policy) http://bit.ly/1efH1Gv