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Learn How to Use Free and Low Cost Mapping Tools

Friday, June 24th, 2016

You can learn how to use free and low cost mapping tools to create community health maps through a series of six lab exercises available at the Community Health Maps blog.  The lab exercises take the student through the entire Community Health Mapping Workflow from field data collection through online data presentation. For each of the six labs, you can download an instructional PDF document and a Zip file of data to be used for each exercise.  The topics for the 6 labs include:

  • Lab 1 – Field Data Collection (with either iOS or Android)
  • Lab 2 – Bringing Field Data into QGIS
  • Lab 3 – Combining Field Data with other Organizational Data
  • Lab 4 – Basic Spatial Analysis
  • Lab 5 – Cartography with QGIS
  • Lab 6 – Data Visualization With CartoDB

Learn more on the Community Health Maps blog: http://1.usa.gov/28RX4if

New Resources Available from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Friday, June 24th, 2016

As important stakeholders in health and nutrition, health professionals play an important role in helping to share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients. A new toolkit includes several Dietary Guidelines resources that health professionals can download and use in their practices:

  • A downloadable PDF of the full 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
  • The Executive Summary in English and Spanish
  • Recommendations At-A-Glance in English and Spanish
  • Graphics that can be downloaded, embedded within websites, and shared on social media
  • Conversation starters for talking with patients and clients about nutrition
  • Patient handouts on making healthy shifts and cutting down on added sugars

To access the toolkit, visit: http://1.usa.gov/28RrdNG

Changes to Google Symptom Search

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Google is rolling out a new symptom search, which is purportedly will produce search results that include an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. By doing this, their goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional. Google worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve the lists we show. Read more about it on the official Google blog: http://bit.ly/28XKW2p

Addiction Treatment in Rural Communities

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Small town life in America is affected by the opioid crisis, but communities are coming together to implement solutions and try new ideas. Partnering and combing resources facilitates change. Read about what one town in Massachusetts is doing to make a difference: http://bit.ly/28O78LW

Why Healthy Communities Matter to Business

Monday, June 20th, 2016

This May 2016 issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps “highlights why businesses should care about the health of their communities, outlines ways employers can get involved with community health improvement, and offers local examples of success.” Visit http://rwjf.ws/28JjJi8 to read the summary and download the PDF of the entire Issue Brief.

CDC Protects Business From Chronic Health Threats to Major Emergencies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Business Pulse is a feature that offers businesses useful resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Explore benefits associated with CDC’s work to protect Americans—including businesses and their workforces—from chronic threats that impact health and productivity to major health emergencies. Produced by the CDC Foundation, Business Pulse focuses on a different topic each quarter. To learn more http://bit.ly/24GHMlF

June NIH News in Health

Monday, June 13th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health includes:

  • Can You Lengthen Your Life?
  • Seeking Allergy Relief
  • Complementary Approaches for Depression
  • Featured Website: Prescription Drug Abuse

NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Keeping safe while traveling

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Traveling this summer? Whether traveling by car, boat, plane, bike or foot, MedlinePlus has resources for keeping you safe.

Traveler’s Health (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/25JawQz

Men’s Health Resources

Monday, June 6th, 2016

June is Men’s Health Month. The has created a list of resources to help prevent and manage health issues affecting men, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Prostate problems

Celebrating the SuperMen in Your Life: http://bit.ly/25J8HTC

HHS Syndication Storefront

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Want to place content from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) government websites onto your own site? Content syndication allows you to place high-quality HHS content in the look and feel of your site. The syndicated content is automatically updated in real time, requiring no effort from your staff to keep the pages up to date.

The HHS Syndication Storefront has created an easy way for public health partners to access the federally produced digital resources — including web content, images, video, data, infographics, and more – for use on websites, apps, and social media. Syndication allows our science-based resources to be combined with information at state and local levels, and helps coordinate health messaging for maximum impact.

For more information, see http://1.usa.gov/1P8x28v