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Million Hearts® September’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Million Hearts® http://1.usa.gov/15U1n6o is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Million Hearts® focuses on increasing the number of communities who go smoke-free, decreasing sodium in the food supply, and eliminating trans-fat. In addition to changes to our environment, Million Hearts® calls for changes in the health care system that will produce better performance in the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, Smoking cessation).

Since launching in 2012, Million Hearts® has captured the support of many individuals and organizations, and has made important steps in preventing heart attacks and strokes. We have learned much from leaders in health care and communities nationwide about what is working and how to affect change.

The September CDC Grand Rounds features some of the progress that has been made to date through the Million Hearts® initiative along with some of the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Visit http://1.usa.gov/1rkavvu for more information.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

HHS and OMH recognize September 15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Join us in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Visit the website for the history, health concerns, the Affordable Care Act and Latinos, as well as ways to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.  http://1.usa.gov/YVTEWp

Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Preconception Health+Health Care Initiative partnership has created a toolkit designed to help primary care providers, their colleagues and their practices incorporate preconception health into the routine care of women of childbearing age. The tool kit is designed to help primary care providers meet their patient’s needs based on the response to this “vital sign” question: “Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next year?” The goal of the toolkit is to help clinicians reach every woman who might someday become pregnant every time she presents for routine primary care with efficient, evidence-based strategies and resources. Access the toolkit here:  http://bit.ly/1uId1gp

Tools and Strategies for Managing Rural Health Networks

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) offers a web-based searchable tool that provides templates, guides, and other resources to assist health care network leaders in the management and development of their network. Included are a variety of resources focused on rural health networks: http://bit.ly/1BNwEGZ

September is Recovery Month

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

National Recovery Month is in its 25th year, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers tool kits in English and Spanish, public service announcements, banners, logos and flyers: http://1.usa.gov/1rqptkr.

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Its Back to School!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Visit the MedlinePlus School Health page for the latest news and topics on how to keep your children safe and healthy during the school year. http://1.usa.gov/OiJZP6

New from the Red Cross – Safety tips when the kids are home alone. http://rdcrss.org/1lwjxGl

 

 

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.