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American Sign Language Videos for Emergency Preparedness

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission developed a series of emergency preparedness videos in American Sign Language.

Topics include:

  • Build a Kit
  • Sheltering in Place
  • Going to a Shelter
  • Emergency Planning for People with Special Needs
  • Evacuation
  • Storm – Before
  • Storm – During
  • Storm – After

Access these videos and others:

Asian Smokers’ Quitline

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Asian Smokers Quitline is a phone-based, free service for those desiring to quite smoking.  Resources include self-help materials, referrals, counseling, and a starter kit of two weeks worth of nicotine patches at no charge. Services are available in five languages (English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese). The Quitline also provides information to friends and family members of tobacco users: Resources for states to promote the service in their communities are included. New Spanish Language Materials on Safe Acetaminophen Use Available

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Research by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH) found that more than half of Hispanic consumers are not aware of the health risks associated with taking too much acetaminophen, and do not check medicine labels to see if their medicine contains acetaminophen. NAHH and the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose Campaign have joined together to launch new web-based resources and educational materials in Spanish about safe acetaminophen use. Visit Know Your Dose at to order free, patient educational materials in English and Spanish. The site includes a Spanish-language section with a medicine-label reader guide, answers to frequently asked questions and an animated video on safe use of medicines containing acetaminophen, produced by the NAHH. Patients can call the toll-free Su Familia Helpline at 1-866-783-2645 for answers to questions about safe acetaminophen use and referrals to health resources in their communities.

Learn more:

The Health Care Law and You: Translated in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander Languages

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Translations of The Health Care Law and You, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to educate community members about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, are now available in 10 Asian and Asian Pacific languages. This resource has been translated by the Office of Public Engagement at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services into the following languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, Bengali, Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Samoan and Tongan. Webinars that delve deeper into these materials will take place in late May. New in-language materials and resources about the health reform law will continue to be added to the site throughout the coming months.

Available here:

Enhanced National CLAS Standards

Friday, April 26th, 2013

According to the USHHS, “the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Adoption of these Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.”

This week the Enhanced CLAS Standards were released. Find the Enhanced CLAS Standards at:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Friday, April 26th, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. USCIS works with local governments, libraries and qualified immigration service providers to ensure immigrants receive accurate information about immigration benefits. The USCIS provides help for immigrants to complete USCIS forms, and gives legal advice about which forms to submit. Here are some resources to help immigrants with the USCIS forms and to protect immigrants from fraud.

USCIS Legal Advice

USCIS, Avoid Scams

Invitation to the Release of the Enhanced National CLAS Standards

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites you to attend the launch of the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care.


  • Howard Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
  • J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, HHS
  • Leon Rodrigues, JD, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, HHS
  • Mayra Alvares, MHA, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, HHS
  • Richard Umbdenstock,President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital Association
  • Dennis Andrulis, PhD, MPH, Senior Research Scientist, Texas Health Institute
  • Tawara Goode, MA, Director, National Center for Cultural Competence

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 10:00am Eastern

Where: Online via live streaming on day of event at:


Funding Opportunity: Refugee Home-Based Childcare Microenterprise Development Project

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Office of Refugee Resettlement within the Administration for Children and Families is pleased to announce the availability of funds for Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Projects.  These projects are aimed at assisting primarily refugee women in becoming economically self sufficient by providing home-based child care services.  Thus, recipients of grant awards through this announcement will teach refugee women about local, state, and federal child care laws, regulations and licensing requirements and about cultural norms concerning child care and child care development.  Also, they will assist refugee women in English language acquisition, advance educational attainment (GED) and improve economic opportunities through application of acquired job skills in a market where there is shortage of childcare providers.  Through this grant, mentors will help primarily refugee women establish agreements or contracts with State orr county child care offices so they may qualify for State/county childcare reimbursement as childcare providers.

Although the focus will be on refugee women, all services provided to refugee women under this project are available to refugee men who are able to benefit from these services.

Download the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and Application Kit here:

Healthy Roads Media Mobile

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Healthy Roads Media has developed a beta version of a mobile-optimized website – Mobile devices are increasingly important tools for web access.  They are especially promising for providing health information access for traditionally hard to reach populations and in outreach setting where internet access may be limited.  Feedback (via the Comments button on the mobile website) will help guide this new Health Roads Media dissemination strategy.

April is STI Awareness Month

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The American Sexual Health Association has declared April to be Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Month. There are an extimated 110 million cases of STIs, also called Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD), in the United States, with an estimated 20 million new cases a year (source:

MedlinePlus has a health topic page on Sexually Transmitted Diseases. On the health topic page, there is information on treatment, diagnosis/screening, specific conditions and prevention.  There is an interactive tutorial and resources in over a dozen languages, as well as information for seniors, parents and teenagers.

MedlinePlus: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Health Topic Page: