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Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

“The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them. There are 26 LHIs organized into 12 topics. On April 8, 2014, Healthy People 2020 unveiled a report highlighting the progress made within each of these LHIs through the first third of the decade.

There are 14 health indicators that have either been met or are improving in this first third of the decade, including:

  • Fewer adults smoking cigarettes
  • Fewer children exposed to secondhand smoke
  • More adults meeting physical activity targets
  • Fewer adolescents using alcohol or drugs”

Read the report: http://1.usa.gov/1n8SlfQ

SAMHSA Offers Free Online Training for Members of Care Teams

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Your integrated care team may include professionals from primary care, mental health, and substance use. To work together, they must understand how each sector works and what it takes to successfully integrate primary and behavioral healthcare. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) worked with experts to produce a variety of skill development trainings for members of the integrated care team.  These trainings are appropriate for primary care, mental health and substance use professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists, case managers and behavioral health consultants. Trainings can be taken at any time and are free of charge. http://bit.ly/1jWho5n

Endometriosis: resources

Monday, March 31st, 2014

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.  Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue from the the lining of a woman’s uterus to grow on other organs and structures of the body, often causing pain and infertility.  More than 5 million women in the U.S. have endometriosis, making it one of the most common health issues among women in their 30s and 40s.

MedlinePlus has links to resources on diagnosis, treatment and research: http://1.usa.gov/1gQJMnv

Get Covered: Open Enrollment Ends Today

Monday, March 31st, 2014

March 31 is the deadline to apply for health insurance at the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014.

From HealthCare.gov:

“Most people must have health coverage in 2014 or pay a penalty. If you don’t have coverage, you’ll pay a fee of either 1% of your income, or $95 per adult ($47.50 per child), whichever is higher. You’ll pay the fee on your 2015 income taxes.”

Get covered: http://1.usa.gov/1pEH5VA

How to find the right plan for you: http://1.usa.gov/PbHjYP

Get tested for colorectal cancer

Monday, March 17th, 2014

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Healthfinder.gov has information about screening tests, ACA coverage of screening, and calculating your risk.

Get Tested for Colorectal Cancer (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1qLqOkP

Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dfslH0

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Reproductive and Sexual Health

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Healthy People 2020 is hosting a webinar focusing on the importance of reproductive and sexual health and how one organization is addressing the reproductive and sexual health needs of its community.

Webinar: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Reproductive and Sexual Health

Date and time: March 20, 2014 12:30PM ET

Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/1ge99Od

 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Resources

Monday, March 10th, 2014

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

To learn more about developmental disabilities, go to MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1loIlLH

For resources on creating a safe environment for youth with disabilities, go to StopBullying.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1gkJ1gU

 

U.S. Expands Healthy Food Assistance to Women, Infants and Children

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

“Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government’s so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday [February 28, 2014.]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.

The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited to such basics as milk, infant formula, cheese, eggs, cereals, bread and tuna fish.

But many of the changes finalized by the USDA on Friday were instituted on an interim basis in 2007, including the introduction of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to the list of WIC-covered foods.

In its final form, the overhaul will boost by 30 percent, or $2 per month, the allowance for each child’s fruit and vegetable purchases, and permit fresh produce in lieu of jarred infant food for babies, if their parents prefer.

The update also expands whole grain options available to recipients and allows yogurt as a partial milk substitute, adding to the soy-based beverages and tofu that were previously included.”

To read more visit: http://reut.rs/1ovhQo5

Food Insecurity is a Health Issue

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A Toledo-based hospital system is trying new approaches to address hunger. Treating it as a health issue, the non-profit ProMedica system is building a grocery store selling healthy food, reclaiming unserved food and packaging meals for the hungry. They also started a system to screen hospital patients for food insecurity and connect them to programs that can help and provide them with emergency groceries. Citing social determinants of health as fundamental, ProMedica is forming partnerships with local food banks and other organizations to address community needs. The cost is not a burden as they are able to locate and reallocate resources. Read more at: http://bit.ly/1hwaUVl

HHS Strengthens Patients’ Right to Access Lab Test Reports

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Federal Register  Feb 6, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients direct access to their completed lab test reports. These changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining their privacy.

Read the final rule (FR DOC #: 2014-02280) at: http://1.usa.gov/1mozcqI