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Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop October 19, 2015 in Irvine, California on Integrating Health Literacy with Cultural Competency and Language Access Services.  The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions on interventions and strategies for integration and differing perspectives such as providers and systems, patients and families, communities, and payors.  The meeting will be held from 8:30 – 5:30PM Pacific Time at the Beckman Center.  To register to attend in person or via webcast go to

Affordable Care Act: Guide for Agricultural Workers

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The National Center for Farmworker Health has created a guide for agricultural workers that describes benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The guide is in English and is available for sharing.

ACA fact sheet:

Prevention of birth defects: Resources

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 3% of babies born in the United States have an identifiable structural birth defect.

Prevention of birth defects is the subject of an article in this week’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report:

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus:

Flu Shots for Pregnant Women

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The March of Dimes says that flu shots can help you while you are pregnant. Mothers who become sick with the flu are two times more likely to have a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain, spine, or heart than women who don’t catch the virus.

To learn more about Influenza (flu) and pregnancy go to

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

From the CDC. The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. For every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year.  The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many parents and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. Find out what you can do to help prevent this from happening and learn how to keep your infant safe.

New Resources in Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The CDC, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit , an online collection of educational materials related to sickle cell trait (SCT).  This toolkit has information for all audiences. There is helpful information for athletes who may be affected by SCT, as well as their trainers, team doctors, and coaches. New fact sheets have been added related to SCT and sports, diabetes testing and blood and organ donation.

Remember September is National Sickle Cell Month.


Home Food Safety Mythbusters

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Partnership for Food Safety Education has developed fact sheets debunking common food safety misconceptions.

Home Food Safety Mythbusters:

October is Health Literacy Month

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The theme for Health Literacy Month 2015 is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.” It’s about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication. Health Literacy Heroes are individuals, teams, or organizations who not only identify health literacy problems but also act to solve them. You can help by recognizing and cheering on those you consider as  Health Literacy Heroes. Click here for more information plus tools to help

Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshop materials

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Six 1-hour workshops were developed, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Each workshop includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. Workshop titles include:

Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great,

Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks,

Eating Healthy on a Budget,

Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off,

Making Healthy Eating Part of Your Total Lifestyle,

Physical Activity is the Key to Living Well.

All workshops are available in Spanish and are free to order.  For more information:

CMS awards $67 million in Affordable Care Act funding to help consumers sign-up for affordable Health Insurance

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces, the three year-long Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs.

In addition to Navigators, Marketplaces make other resources available to consumers to help them access Marketplace coverage, such as certified application counselors, non-navigator assistance personnel (also known as in-person assisters), and agents and brokers. Consumers in federally-facilitated and state partnership Marketplaces can visit Find Local Help  to find assistance in their area.

For a list of HHS Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources, please visit: