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Health Assessments in Primary Care

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a free webinar on Wednesday, January 15, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM Eastern Time, about their guide to implementing health assessments in primary care.  Register for the webinar here:  http://bit.ly/1cyRTQU. If you cannot attend, the recording will be available afterwards.

The guide, intended to help clinicians, employers, policymakers, and others make informed decisions about the provision of health care services, is freely available to download, use, copy and distribute: http://1.usa.gov/1dtyXAC.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, is a major cause of cervical cancer, but it can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Regular screening and followup is a good way to prevent cervical cancer. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition, in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, offers this toolkit to promote cervical health: http://1.usa.gov/19QIx5r

Inspiration for a Healthy New Year: Tips from the CDC

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Already broken your New Year’s resolutions? The CDC has a list of tips for a healthy 2014 and inspirational stories from people who changed their health habits.

Healthy New Year (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/19QU533

Holiday E-Cards

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Healthfinder.gov E-cards are a way to send personalized health messages to friends and family. The messages contain information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can send these cards to a friend or loved one by entering up to ten (10) recipient names and email addresses. Preview the holiday cards. http://1.usa.gov/1cBa4CN

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

This is a great resource  for improving antibiotic use in healthcare settings from the CDC’s Get Smart for Healthcare campaign. You will find brochures and handouts for educating the public about antibiotic use and also information for healthcare professionals. http://1.usa.gov/1gGHWoO

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From healthy eating to festive drinking and from family gatherings to being on your own, the National Health Service (UK) has you covered with tips for living well over the holidays.

Healthy Christmas (UK): http://bit.ly/1eiuHuc

America’s Health Rankings 2013

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From the United Health Foundation:

“Americans are making considerable progress in their overall health, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings®: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities. Nationwide, Americans improved in the majority of the measures captured by the Rankings. The most notable gains came in key behavioral measures, including smoking, which dropped from 21.2 percent of the adult population to 19.6 percent….Physical inactivity dropped from 26.2 percent of the adult population to 22.9 percent, and America’s obesity rate remained approximately the same as reported in 2012 (27.6 percent of the adult population in 2013 compared with 27.8 percent in 2012). This marks the first time since 1998 that obesity rates have not worsened.”

Read the rest of the findings and find out where your state ranked: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

Influenza Vaccine: Misconceptions

Monday, December 9th, 2013

December 8-14, 2013 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Worried about the vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control has published list of questions and answers related to the seasonal flu and the flu vaccine: http://1.usa.gov/1bRGzBH

Equity of Care Slides Available

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Equity of Care, an organization of leaders from national health care organizations, has made available this slidedeck, http://bit.ly/1bg1ND0, to highlight the business imperative for equity of care. As the health care system moves toward a value-based versus volume-based reimbursement system, eliminating health care disparities will be vital. All interested parties are invited to download the slides and use this presentation in conversations with hospital staff, community meetings or as part of board discussions. Achieving equity in care is imperative to improving the health of the population and the success of the hospital and health care systems. See their website for other resources, http://bit.ly/1beAgWK.

Health Law Helper

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Consumer Reports has created an interactive web site to help those who are unsure how the Affordable Care Act affects them.  Visitors to the site can answer a series of questions to determine how health care reform affects them and what, if anything, they need to do.  The site is also available in Spanish.

Access the site: http://www.healthlawhelper.org/