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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.”


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.


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:

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.

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.


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:

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.

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 registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!

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.

Food Safety While Camping

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Summer is a time many people spend outdoors camping. It is important to consider the safety of the food that you take with you. Check out for tips to keep you safe.

Patient in the Hospital? Know What You Are Eating During Your Stay

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

From the Patient Safety Authority Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

As a result of a study that analyzed 285 dietary errors from Jan 2009 to June 2014, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has developed this tip sheet for patients and their care givers to help prevent a diet error. Meals delivered to patients who were allergic to a food item on the tray were the most frequently reported type of event (181), with serious harm reported in eight events.

What You Can Do as a Patient to Help Prevent a Diet Error

NIH Feedback: Precision Medicine Initiative

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative on January 30, 2015. Precision medicine is an emerging approach in which disease treatment and prevention is developed to account for differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles. The Initiative aims to generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice. More about this bold initiative can be found on the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative website. NIH is gathering input from the general public, scientists, industry, and other stakeholders through various mechanisms as it plans the development of the Precision Medicine Initiative and the formation of the national research cohort. NIH is using this feedback site to share some of the considerations and welcome you to share your thoughts. New topics for feedback will post approximately every three to four weeks through the end of August 2015. Want to participate? Click here.   To learn more about Precision Medicine go to