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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



Upcoming webinar from HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships regarding college graduates and healthcare

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

July 29 at 2:00 pm EDT
(1:00 pm CDT, Noon MDT, 11:00 am PDT)
Graduating from college is an exciting step towards becoming independent. Yet many young adults don’t think about one other important step – having health insurance. Health insurance is very affordable for many people, often less than $100 a month, as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Many young adults are just one car accident or sports injury away from an expensive health care bill and potential bankruptcy. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about health insurance options for new graduates. A question and answer period will take place at the end of the webinar.  To attend the conference go to  To see upcoming webinars to go

MedlinePlus: Five new health topic pages

Monday, July 13th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premier patient education resource from the National Library of Medicine, has published five new health topic pages.



Flu Shot:

Gluten Sensitivity:

Preterm Labor:

Be the first to learn about new health topic pages and other MedlinePlus news! Sign up for updates:

AHRQ Chartbook on Healthy Living 2014

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthy Living Chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.

AHRQ Chartbook on Healthy Living 2014:

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. The ADA  National Network and ten regional centers provide information, guidance and training on the ADA and its implementation. They have resources for buinesses, employers, state and local governments, people with disabilities including veterans, their families, and advocates. For more information, including videos, resources and training, visit the Southeast ADA Center’s website:

New training resources on multiple chronic conditions for the health care workforce

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published educational resources for health professionals and students on caring for persons with multiple chronic conditions.

The resources include:

  • the “Multiple Chronic Conditions Education and Training Repository” – a searchable database of existing educational resources that specifically address the care of persons living with MCC;
  • the “Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Framework for Education and Training” – a conceptual model that outlines the core domains and competencies for the interprofessional health care team and;
  • the “Education and Training Curriculum on Multiple Chronic Conditions” – a web-based course consisting of six modules.

Multiple Chronic Conditions Education and Training:

Potential Harm of Unnecessary Health Care

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The New Yorker has published an article in their Annals of Health Care issue on the avalanche of unnecessary medical care, which could potentially harm patients physically and financially and what can be done about it.

To read the article, please visit:


Healthy People 2020 Objective Data Search

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Healthy People 2020 includes over 1,200 objectives to monitor and improve the health of all Americans over the decade. The objectives are organized into 42 Topic Areas, each representing an important public health area. To determine the success of Healthy People, it is important to track and measure progress for the objectives over the decade. Search the objectives data online to locate date by state level, populations, type of intervention, health condition and more: