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What You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient

Monday, June 16th, 2014

About 1 in 25 patients get a healthcare-acquired infection while hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has resources to help patients and families protect themselves in the hospital, including an infographic demonstrating “6 Ways to be a Safe Patient.”

CDC Patient Safety resources: http://1.usa.gov/1kY4RgR

Webinar: Intersecting Faith & Health: Transforming Congregations and Communities

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The American Public Health Association invites you to a webinar hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People exploring the intersections of faith and health. The webinar will feature opportunities for faith leaders and the faith community to address active living and healthy eating among their congregations and communities. Both the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Million Hearts Initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will share how they’ve partnered with faith leaders and their communities around active living and healthy eating. We will also hear from exemplary faith leaders on how they engaged and motivated their communities to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Intersecting Faith & Health: Transforming Congregations and Communities
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT/7:00–8:00 p.m. CDT
http://bit.ly/1tPg2c3

The Faces and Facts of Disability – New SSA Campaign

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The Faces and Facts of Disability is The Social Security Administration’s new campaign to increase public awareness of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The campaign will provide facts about the program and personal stories about those who benefit the most.

The Faces and Facts of Disability: http://1.usa.gov/ShBw5f

Prevent prescription drug abuse

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

June is National Safety Month. Week 1′s theme is: Prevent prescription drug abuse.

The Prescription Drug Abuse page on MedlinePlus has a number of resources on recognizing, preventing and treating medication abuse.

Resources include:

Risks in Your Home (Drug Enforcement Administration) http://bit.ly/1pADYSU

Signs of Painkiller Abuse and Addiction (Easy-to-Read from the National Institute on Drug Abuse) http://1.usa.gov/1kBT4jc

More at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1h0Br1r

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a resource for eating healthy on a budget. The site has tips for finding healthy food bargains, including a sample two-week menu.

ChooseMyPlate.gov Healthy Eating on a Budget: http://1.usa.gov/1kyh23I

Think Cultural Health: The CLAS Clearinghouse

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services hosts a clearinghouse of materials related to the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS) on their website: http://1.usa.gov/1oocLzi.

The CLAS Clearinghouse is a compilation of resources and publications on the Web related to the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. You may search the CLAS Clearinghouse by keyword by using a search “cloud” (the size of the keyword represents the number of times it appears in the Clearinghouse) or by using a list provided on the site. Materials include resources such as tools, or that support research, policy, and education & training.

National Women’s Health Week and Checkup Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

National Women’s Health Week (May 11th – 17th) and National Women’s Checkup Day (May 12th) provide communities, stakeholders and health care providers with the opportunity to focus on women’s mental and physical health concerns.  To help women live longer, healthier lives and reduce the risk for certain diseases, providers and communities can promote:

  • Regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Improving mental health
  • Avoiding risky behaviors (i.e. smoking or not wearing a seat belt)

Factsheets, events and activity planning resources can be found on the National Women’s Health week web page of Womenshealth.gov - http://1.usa.gov/RpstPy.  Materials are also available on the Spread the word webpage – http://1.usa.gov/1mAjBk1 -  to make it easy for people to what information about National Women’s Health Week with friends, family and colleagues, including pre-developed Facebook posts and Tweets, newsletter next and web badges.

Get off your seat! New Healthy You handout

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This month’s Healthy You, from The Nation’s Health, focuses on the dangers of sitting for long periods of time and provides tips for “getting off your seat.” The one-page handout can be reprinted and is available in English and Spanish.

Download: http://bit.ly/UD9hur

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Get your outreach toolkit and be ready to promote this event with campaign materials and resources available courtesy of the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) Center for Health Communications. http://1.usa.gov/1fr3T6D

Reducing Asthma and Allergy Triggers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Spring is here. The American Lung Association has some tips on how to control springtime allergy and asthma symptoms.

http://bit.yl/1hplb2j