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.
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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.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a new mobile app, Suicide Safe. This app is based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, and is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients. Available for Android http://bit.ly/1Nhqzqe and IOS operating systems: http://apple.co/1BpjdLL.
March 23-27 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. MedlinePlus has resources to help parents, caregivers and teens understand, prevent and cope with youth violence.
Teen Violence (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1DFiLyK
In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.
This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs. http://bit.ly/1xfnQvD
The Centers for Disease Control will host an online Public Health Grand Rounds on Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm EST.
From the CDC:
“This session of Grand Rounds will discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters will also highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.”
To register for the webinar and to access resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANEihA
Five years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a nationwide initiative called Let’s Move! to get kids moving to a healthier lifestyle. As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady is encouraging Americans across the country to give out high-fives when they see someone making healthy choices. And she’s challenging everyone to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life.Have you been making healthier choices over the past five years? #GimmeFive! Have you planted a garden, joined a dance class, eaten more fruits and vegetables? #GimmeFive! And, in the spirit of Let’s Move! – whether it’s pushups or recipes or hours spent on your health – can you #GimmeFive more?
To hear First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate the five year anniversary of Let’s Move go to : http://1.usa.gov/1Ho0dkZ
To read more about Let’s Move! : http://1.usa.gov/18yiIXr
Five Cheers for the fifth anniversary: http://1.usa.gov/1C2aqU7
Center for American Progress has published a new report, Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth. This report compiles existing research in order to provide an overview of the demographics of transgender homeless youth, their experiences while homeless, and the factors that contribute to homelessness and housing instability among this community.
Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: http://ampr.gs/1MeZCF4
Kids.gov – Join Millions of Parents for National Nutrition Month
Give a boost to nutrition and healthy eating by having a grocery list that includes variety. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of kid-friendly recipes that you can cook with your kids. Cooking together means quality time together.
You can provide the ideal setting to discuss good nutrition habits by making cooking fun.
So grab your aprons and get cooking!
Cool Treats: Veggies and Smoothies – http://1.usa.gov/1AMbTbt
Fast and Fun Recipes (PDF version) – http://bit.ly/1DQfp6I
Healthy Recipes for Kids – http://1.usa.gov/17W2WFM
Recipes for Special Diets (including diabetes, lactose intolerant and others) – http://bit.ly/1Kt4OHP