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Health Insurance Marketplace: Outreach Materials

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace begins November 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have resources to help you assist those seeking coverage.

Outreach and Education Materials: http://1.usa.gov/1LjSgQD

Sign up to be a “Champion for Coverage” to get weekly updates and new outreach materials: http://1.usa.gov/1MOW7ro

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 http://bit.ly/1Nomrtx

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: http://bit.ly/1OoMyPM

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: http://1.usa.gov/1VHGWk8

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1jeaNnK

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. http://bit.ly/1iPoolG

To learn more about Influenza (flu) and pregnancy go to  http://bit.ly/1KSaDiD

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. http://1.usa.gov/1iPhP2p

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) http://bit.ly/1LyreCq created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit http://1.usa.gov/1Lh4k6X , 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: http://bit.ly/1J7wNGa

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 http://bit.ly/1KZsJxM

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: http://1.usa.gov/1LXMCqa