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Patient and Family Centered Care for Hospitals

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs, and their mission is to improve healthcare for the public. As part of this mission, they promote the advance of effective communication, cultural competence, and patient and family centered care.  Resources offered on their webpage include a comparison of the Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to The Joint Commission’s 2015 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program:  http://bit.ly/1rmKLS5. They also offer patient centered communication standards for hospitals: http://bit.ly/1BD6Ez8, and a roadmap for advancing effective communication: http://bit.ly/XAUFCD.

Working Together to Manage Diabetes Webinar

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. They may be the first to see a person with or at risk for diabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program presents a free webinar to learn about a new toolkit for PPOD practitioners. The toolkit was developed to show how healthcare professionals can work collaboratively in their communities to promote better health outcomes. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: Tools and Strategies for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry will be presented August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET; and September 8, 2014, at noon ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kIIPRe

Blog from the HHS Office on Women’s Health

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health has a blog: http://1.usa.gov/1nRQYmR.  Blog posts highlight important women’s health issues such as breast cancer, affordable health care and domestic violence.  Visit the blog to browse through past posts and also subscribe: http://bit.ly/1AvpJT8.

With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

RAND Blog July 14, 2014

This blog post by Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Sociologist and Robert Bozick, Sociologist, offers insight on what may happen when the school year begins. http://bit.ly/1AbcZB1

Live Out Loud- School Program for LGBTQ Youth

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community.

Live Out Loud’s School Program partners with schools across New York City to implement educational curriculum focused on LGBTQ issues, awareness, and action.

Students participate in activities, engage in discussion, and put their ideas into action as they make a difference in their community.

Live Out Loud also utilizes a vast team of volunteer role models to support LGBTQ youth in New York City schools.

To learn more: http://bit.ly/1lzp8pH

Perception of Weight Status in U.S. Children and Adolescents Aged 8–15 Years, 2005–2012

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

NCHS National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, Number 158, July 2014.

Key findings:

  • About 30% of children and adolescents aged 8–15 years in the United States misperceive their weight status. Weight status misperception is more common among boys (32.3%) than girls (28.0%).
  • About one-third of Mexican-American (34.0%) and non-Hispanic black (34.4%) children and adolescents misperceive their weight status compared with non-Hispanic white children and adolescents (27.7%).
  • Approximately 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls believe they are about the right weight.
  • Nearly 48% of obese boys and 36% of obese girls consider themselves to be about the right weight.

Sarafrazi N, Hughes JP, Borrud L, et al. Perception of weight status in U.S. children and adolescents aged 8–15 years, 2005–2012. NCHS data brief, no 158. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

To read the full report go t0: http://1.usa.gov/1rcSs93

Free webinar: Coverage to Care

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Coverage to Care (C2C) is a national initiative designed to help answer individual’s questions about their new health insurance and to help them take advantage of their benefits to obtain primary and preventive care. Read more about C2C here: http://1.usa.gov/1uBw89x

C2C will conduct a free webinar on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/1x2PuFV.

Gender-based Violence in Higher Education

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Futures Without Violence, in collaboration with the Avon Foundation for Women has made a new resource available: Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence in Higher Education. Women make up the majority of the overall college populations, and continue to be at risk for gender-based violence.

The document provides guidance for developing policy and practice which supports a culture of respect and non-violence  on campuses and beyond. The guidelines are designed to help campus administrators implement policies that protect students from sexual abuse: http://bit.ly/1lwM60x.

Tips From Former Smokers

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has updated their resource: Tips From Former Smokers: http://1.usa.gov/19R30BY. This campaign features stories from former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. Find statistics, videos, podcasts and other resources you or your organization can use to raise awareness.

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Monday, July 21st, 2014

This month is Juvenile Arthritis Month. The Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis health topic page on MedlinePlus has a number of resources for parents, children and teen. Resources include information on diagnosis, treatment, disease management and coping.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1o0eOeZ