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Ebola Infographics: what you need to know about the Ebola virus

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Here are several  fact sheets with graphics and illustrations to help you understand and explain to others about the Ebola virus.

Infographics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1qxu6sq

Here is what you need to know if you are traveling to and from Ebola-affected countries. The World Health Organization’s infographic  for travelers: http://bit.ly/1tKsUlO

 

 

ALS: Beyond the Bucket

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, many of you may have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Want to know more about the disease, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease?

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis Fact Sheet (National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke): http://1.usa.gov/1zso51h

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1qbP7I4

Gathering Credible Data

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The recorded session, “Gathering Credible Data” is now available for viewing on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1z2sRCo.

When doing health information outreach, respect for the populations we work with is an important part of the project. This webinar, the third in a series exploring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s evaluation framework,  focuses on data collection methods. During this webinar the presenter provides an overview of guiding principles for collecting evaluation data, considerations when choosing data collection methods, and information on ensuring cultural responsiveness when collecting data.

Indian Health Services Suicide Prevention Portal

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website,  http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf,  for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.

Patient and Family Centered Care for Hospitals

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs, and their mission is to improve healthcare for the public. As part of this mission, they promote the advance of effective communication, cultural competence, and patient and family centered care.  Resources offered on their webpage include a comparison of the Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to The Joint Commission’s 2015 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program:  http://bit.ly/1rmKLS5. They also offer patient centered communication standards for hospitals: http://bit.ly/1BD6Ez8, and a roadmap for advancing effective communication: http://bit.ly/XAUFCD.

Working Together to Manage Diabetes Webinar

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. They may be the first to see a person with or at risk for diabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program presents a free webinar to learn about a new toolkit for PPOD practitioners. The toolkit was developed to show how healthcare professionals can work collaboratively in their communities to promote better health outcomes. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: Tools and Strategies for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry will be presented August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET; and September 8, 2014, at noon ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kIIPRe

Blog from the HHS Office on Women’s Health

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health has a blog: http://1.usa.gov/1nRQYmR.  Blog posts highlight important women’s health issues such as breast cancer, affordable health care and domestic violence.  Visit the blog to browse through past posts and also subscribe: http://bit.ly/1AvpJT8.

With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

RAND Blog July 14, 2014

This blog post by Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Sociologist and Robert Bozick, Sociologist, offers insight on what may happen when the school year begins. http://bit.ly/1AbcZB1

Live Out Loud- School Program for LGBTQ Youth

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community.

Live Out Loud’s School Program partners with schools across New York City to implement educational curriculum focused on LGBTQ issues, awareness, and action.

Students participate in activities, engage in discussion, and put their ideas into action as they make a difference in their community.

Live Out Loud also utilizes a vast team of volunteer role models to support LGBTQ youth in New York City schools.

To learn more: http://bit.ly/1lzp8pH

Perception of Weight Status in U.S. Children and Adolescents Aged 8–15 Years, 2005–2012

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

NCHS National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, Number 158, July 2014.

Key findings:

  • About 30% of children and adolescents aged 8–15 years in the United States misperceive their weight status. Weight status misperception is more common among boys (32.3%) than girls (28.0%).
  • About one-third of Mexican-American (34.0%) and non-Hispanic black (34.4%) children and adolescents misperceive their weight status compared with non-Hispanic white children and adolescents (27.7%).
  • Approximately 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls believe they are about the right weight.
  • Nearly 48% of obese boys and 36% of obese girls consider themselves to be about the right weight.

Sarafrazi N, Hughes JP, Borrud L, et al. Perception of weight status in U.S. children and adolescents aged 8–15 years, 2005–2012. NCHS data brief, no 158. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

To read the full report go t0: http://1.usa.gov/1rcSs93