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MedlinePlus: Three new Health Topic pages

Monday, August 31st, 2015

MedlinePlus has four new health topic pages.

Assisted Reproductive Technology: http://1.usa.gov/1Et042x

Hemorrhagic Stroke: http://1.usa.gov/1NSl30X

Ischemic Stroke: http://1.usa.gov/1JGOjGj

 

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. http://1.usa.gov/1p8z5Lh

This year FEMA is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day http://1.usa.gov/1JA6Oft, which ends National Preparedness Month on September 30.

There is a NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit and NPM graphics to help you promote activities and awareness for the month.

The KnowBullying App from SAMHSA

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

With a new school year starting, this is a good time to review the free KnowBullying App from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This mobile application helps to empower parents, caregivers, child care providers and educators with a tool that can be used to recognize warning signs and has strategies to prevent bullying. This app received the Bronze Award in the mobile category from the Web Health Awards in 2014. http://1.usa.gov/1MQnJeO

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Resources to help those experiencing anniversaries of disasters

From SAMHSA: “Anniversaries of disasters may also be hard for survivors, who may experience some of the same reactions they did around the time of the disaster itself. For those who experience intense reactions, preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect may be helpful.”

Coping

SAMHSA has resources related to Hurricane Katrina and disaster anniversaries that may be helpful to behavior specialists, public health workers, consumers and others in your community who may need support. http://1.usa.gov/1JlClhx

 

Tableau Public for Data Visualizations

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Tableau Public is free software that can help users publish interactive data visualizations to the Internet. It has powerful charting and graphing tools and allows data mapping. People can see and understand data, reports and dashboards faster with visual analytics technology, which can help uncover key trends, relationships, patterns that might otherwise be a challenge to find.

To see resources and a gallery of examples, visit: http://tabsoft.co/1WJqVO1

AHRQ’s State Snapshots Measure Health Care Quality, Access State by State

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) State Snapshots allows users to analyze data from their state in various ways, including types and settings of care, select clinical conditions, insurance status, access to care and priority populations. Data are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which is compiled from more than 200 measures and represents the most complete source of data on the use and cost of health care and health insurance coverage in the Nation.

http://1.usa.gov/1MIvox9

MyPlateOnCampus Initiative

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

MyPlateOnCampus is an initiative to get college and university students talking about healthy eating and working with their campus community to create ways for students to adopt  healthy lifestyles that they can maintain during and beyond their college years.

Students on campuses around the country have an opportunity to champion healthy eating and lead the way in improving the health of young adults at their school.  We encourage students to register and become MyPlateOnCampus Ambassadors.  The resources on this website will help Ambassadors, and the educators and staff supporting them, communicate the messages supporting MyPlate and the Dietary Guides to their student body in practical ways that promote health and wellness.

MyPlateOnCampus: http://1.usa.gov/1f4eEBD

What Works: Evidence-Based Interventions for Your Community

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The Community Preventive Services Task Force,  established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  identifies population health interventions that are scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans, and improve quality of life. What Works fact sheets are colorful, easy-to-read summaries of the task force findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based. Each fact sheet has two separate pieces: a bi-fold brochure about the topic, and an insert that lists the Task Force findings on that topic. For more information see: http://bit.ly/1CQqMSj

Chartbook on Healthy Living

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

This Healthy Living chartbook from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living. Information on Maternal and Child Health, Lifestyle Modification, and Clinical Preventive Services is included. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations. http://1.usa.gov/1Hid5I5

How to Find Farmers Markets in Your Area

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Why shop at a farmers market? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of buying fresh, nutritious, delicious and locally grown foods. Hear a Nutrition.gov registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!  http://1.usa.gov/1f3LBP0

To find a farmers market in your area search the Farmers Markets Directory Search from the USDA. Some markets are able to take SNAP & WIC benefits for payment. http://1.usa.gov/1gC7RR8