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No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

Monday, October 26th, 2015

New statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new warning to women of childbearing age.

Although there have been studies that have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians’ group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant.

It published its new statement in part to update health workers and the public.

“The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure,” said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP’s statement “is an important stand to take, and hopefully it will lead to less stigma associated with [fetal alcohol spectrum disorders] and to more access to and uptake of prevention and treatment services.” http://1.usa.gov/1M4urcS

To read the complete report the source is : Janet Williams, M.D., professor, pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Janni Niclasen, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Christina Chambers, Ph.D.,M.P.H., professor, pediatrics, Center for Better Beginnings, University of California, San Diego; November 2015, Pediatrics

Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions

Monday, October 26th, 2015

This information from the CDC can help you answer your questions about flu vaccines. This page lists all the people recommended to get the flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination. http://1.usa.gov/1jRPzwx

Use this information to talk to start a conversation with your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about which flu vaccines are best for you and your family.

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting Your Health Information at HealthCare.gov

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The third year of Open Enrollment begins on November 1st. The HealthCare.gov website has launched a new privacy manager and are supporting the Do Not Track browser setting for their digital advertising. They also have a new privacy notice to learn more about these tools and to understand the steps taken to protect your privacy: http://1.usa.gov/1NrocTX

 

Is More Health Information Always Better?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available: http://1.usa.gov/1OW8y4T

 

New updated publication from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth

This report from SAMHSA presents research, clinical expertise, and expert consensus on therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identify, and makes the case for eliminating the use of conversion therapy among this population. Pub id: SMA15-4928

Audience: Professional Care Providers, Family & Advocates

http://1.usa.gov/1Rm9UVt

Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is hosting a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications: The webinars are: October 15: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing ; October 20: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?; November 5: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities. Register and learn more about the webinar series. here: http://bit.ly/1LumfH7.

Keep Vision in Your Future: Glaucoma Toolkit

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The NIH National Eye Institute has made a new toolkit available. Keep Vision in Your Future: Glaucoma Toolkit. This resource is designed to help you increase awareness about glaucoma by conducting educational sessions in your community. Also available in Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/1LOEusT.

Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Care Management

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Guide is now available from the National Rural Health Resource Center: http://bit.ly/1LkUxca. This guide was developed to provicde best practices to rural hospitals and to assist State Offices of Rural Health to develop educational training. Get the guide at: http://bit.ly/1jAkT2K.

HHS Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Open enrollment is right around the corner and HHS is getting prepared to help faith and community leaders educate others about the new health insurance options individuals have available through the health insurance marketplaces. The newly updated Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations includes key information about enrolling in health insurance during Open Enrollment which starts November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016. It also includes ideas for how you can get involved. These materials can also be used at enrollment events and for other education and outreach efforts.

HHS Health Care Law Toolkit for Faith and Community-based Organizations: http://1.usa.gov/1L8N6br

Grant Writing Webinar Series from the Office of Minority Health

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

From the Office of Minority Health:

“The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is pleased to present a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications. 

October 6 at 3:30 pm EDT: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics — from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding. Register for this webinar: http://bit.ly/1LZneLA
October 20 at 3:30 pm EDT: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART)objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided. Register for this webinar: http://bit.ly/1MXPhkc

November 5 at 3:30 pm EDT: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified. Register for this webinar: http://bit.ly/1RdCHw0

Visit www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov for more information about this webinar series and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center.”