The Baby Buggy Walk in the Park is a national campaign, started in Baltimore, which is aimed at raising awareness of infant mortality and giving babies a healthy start in life. It helps empower women of childbearing age and new mothers to take charge of their health and the health of their children through education. They learn to eat right, make time for exercise, and get connected to resources. The Office of Minority Health has created a tool kit to help communities plan and organize their own Baby Buggy Walk in the Park: http://1.usa.gov/1qyRBjU
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National Recovery Month is in its 25th year, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers tool kits in English and Spanish, public service announcements, banners, logos and flyers: http://1.usa.gov/1rqptkr.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
On Tuesday, September 23 at 9 am ET, join the Office on Women’s Health for a webcast launching “Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services.” This free webcast will share best practices on how health care providers can incorporate ACA pre-natal and perinatal preventive services into their practices. It is intended to be a resource for health care providers and system leaders, integrated care teams, behavioral health centers, community-based and social service organizations, case managers and WIC managers: http://bit.ly/1rqeI1s
FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes reveals that nearly one million Latinas aren’t aware that they are at risk of developing diabetes, and many will likely not get the preventive care they need. Overall, diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans (8.3 percent of the population). To help prevent the spread of diabetes, the FDA offers resources to help women of Latin American ancestry and all Americans reduce their risk or to find the most effective treatment. Search catalog for tools by keyword: http://bit.ly/1tlIi91
From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website, http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf, for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.
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.
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
The First Nations Development Instituie will hold its annual Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) conference in September. For nearly 35 years, First Nations has worked with Native nations and organizations to strengthen American Indian economies, which supports healthy Native communities. As an extension of this mission, the LEAD conference is designed to help emerging leaders in Indian Country network, share ideas, and learn new skills related to asset-building.
Conference Dates and Location: September 24 -26, 2014 in Tulalip, WA
Information and Registration online: http://bit.ly/1AvoJhV
From the American Psychological Association* (APA)
Psychologists Available to Discuss Immigration. Recent press release, July 11, 2014
As U.S. border crisis continues, experts can offer insight on mental health implications. http://bit.ly/1ry19wP
The APA is a good source to find information on understanding the psychological needs of immigrants. This guide may be helpful, Psychology of Immigration 101. http://bit.ly/Uvglhc
Also view the 10 minute video: Undocumented Americans. In this video three undocumented youth who arrived as young children — Jong-Min, Pedro and Silvia — share their stories of how they are fighting hard to achieve their piece of the American dream.
*The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
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.