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Ebola Infographics: what you need to know about the Ebola virus

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Here are several  fact sheets with graphics and illustrations to help you understand and explain to others about the Ebola virus.

Infographics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1qxu6sq

Here is what you need to know if you are traveling to and from Ebola-affected countries. The World Health Organization’s infographic  for travelers: http://bit.ly/1tKsUlO

 

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. Get The 2014 National Preparedness Month Toolkit Now!  http://bit.ly/disastertoolkit

For more information and  ideas for National Preparedness Month  go to: http://1.usa.gov/1p8z5Lh

 

NOSORH Grant Writing Institute: Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health – A four-month training series designed to help rural health professionals build grantwriting and grant management skills. All classes are offered through an online portal.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 25, 2014

More information: http://bit.ly/1pj3g7m

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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

Safe Summer Driving

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Summer is the deadliest time of year to be on the road. In fact, nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than are killed during the rest of the year’s months combined, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This increase is linked directly to alcohol consumption.  

Visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s public health blog to get more information and see an infographic that illustrates the need for drivers to stay sober: http://bit.ly/1BhstUB

Public Health is for Everyone Toolkit

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.

Visit the Public Health is for Everyone website: http://bit.ly/1oy0jk9

 

SAMHSA’s “KnowBullying” app helps prevent bullying

Friday, August 15th, 2014

KnowBullying, a free smartphone app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others with information and communication support to help prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

KnowBullying provides concerned parents, caregivers, educators, and others:
  • Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
  • Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3 to 6, 7 to 13, and older teens.
  • Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
  • Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or playing outside.
  • Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.

For the complete press release from SAMHSA, visit their news release page: http://1.usa.gov/1l7s5mX

Gluten-Free Labels Now in Compliance with FDA

Friday, August 8th, 2014

From the Food and Drug Administration Consumer Updates page:

“In August 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that defined what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten-free.” The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard.

Manufacturers had one year to bring their labels into compliance. As of August 5, 2014, any food product bearing a gluten-free claim labeled on or after this date must meet the rule’s requirements.”

The FDA’s Consumer Updates page has additional information on the label requirements and standards.

American Public Health Association Book Club

Friday, August 8th, 2014

From the American Public Health Association (APHA) Newswire:

“On Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. EDT, APHA’s “Annual Meeting Book Club” will merge old school and new school.

Public health literati are converging on Facebook to discuss a classic hardback, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Questions will be posted to APHA’s Facebook wall during the hour-long chat, allowing for response from those following along.”

The complete announcement as well as book club and chat details can be found on the APHA Newswire website.

Updates on the West Africa Ebola Outbreak

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria announced a cumulative total of 1711 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 932 deaths, as of August 4, 2014. Of the 1711 clinical cases, 1070 cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus infection. Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

When an infection occurs in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others. These include:

  • direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person
  • exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions

The viruses that cause Ebola HF are often spread through families and friends because they come in close contact with infectious secretions when caring for ill persons.

To learn more about Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention topic page: http://1.usa.gov/1phm1rJ

To learn more about the West Africa outbreak, visit the CDC’s Outbreak page: http://1.usa.gov/1nzOm7g