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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month with the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For a toolkit, resources, and ideas on how you or your organization can raise awareness about alcoholism, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at and HealthFinder at

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Parents and educators can use the resources below to education kids on alcohol abuse.

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking

Too Smart to Start

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)


HHS Office on Women’s Health: Quick Health Data Online

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH): Telephone training for the Quick Health Data Online system. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care.

First training session to be held April 15, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST

To learn more and register:

FDA approves first sublingual allergen extract

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

FDA approves first sublingual allergen extract for the treatment of certain grass pollen allergies.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Oralair to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) with or without conjunctivitis (eye inflammation) that is induced by certain grass pollens in people ages 10 through 65 years. Oralair is the first sublingual (under the tongue) allergen extract approved in the United States. After administration of the first dose at the health care provider’s office, where the patient can be observed for potential adverse reactions, Oralair can be taken at home.

“While there is no cure for grass pollen allergies, they can be managed through treatment and avoiding exposure to the pollen,” said Karen Midthun, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The approval of Oralair provides an alternative to allergy shots that must be given in a health care provider’s office. Oralair can be taken at home after the first administration.”
Oralair is a once-daily tablet that rapidly dissolves after it is placed under the tongue. Oralair is started four months before the start of the grass pollen season and continued throughout the season. The first dose is taken at the health care provider’s office, where the patient is to be observed for at least 30 minutes for potential adverse reactions.
Oralair contains a mixture of freeze-dried extracts from the pollens of five grasses, including Kentucky Blue Grass, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Sweet Vernal and Timothy.”

New Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Register to attend Food, Justice and Health Equity: A Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Public Health Week, and Healthy Food Healthy Action.

Webinars include:

Food Justice, Obesity & the Social Determinants of Health
April 10, 2 p.m. EST
Presented in conjunction with National Public Health WeekShiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, APHA president-electCecilia Martinez, PhD, Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy

Transforming Community Food: Stories from the Ground Up
May 28,  3 p.m. EST

Culture is Health:  Sovereignty & Food Systems
Sept. 23, 1 p.m. EST
Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH, APHA Executive Board

Building Healthy Food Systems, Overcoming Historical Trauma
Oct. 15, 2 p.m. EST
Ladonna Redmond, founder, Campaign for Food Justice Now

For full descriptions and registration link, visit the APHA website:

2014 Edition of County Health Rankings Released

Friday, March 28th, 2014

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF):

“The County Health Rankings, first released in 2010, are a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University Of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. They allow each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors that impact health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, unemployment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.”

For the RWJF blog post on the release and a link to the recorded webcast, visit the RWJF Public Health Blog:


From VisionAware: Ten Braille Tips for iDevices

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

This is a 2 part series on Braille Tips for iDevices by Scott Davert.  Scott has compiled 10 useful tips for braille users of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, based upon his personal experience and his work with individuals who are deaf-blind and use braille with their iDevices. He is an AppleVis editorial team member  and  a senior instructor in the Adaptive Technology Department and Communications Learning Center at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
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Adult Immunization Webinar: Strategies to Increase Immunization Awareness and Vaccination Rates

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Adult vaccination rates in the U.S. are very low. This webinar from the Virtual Immunization Communication Network presents evidence-based strategies and communication resources to support healthcare and public health professionals in educating and encouraging adults to get vaccinated.

March 20, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

For more information and to register, visit the VIC Network web site:

Healthy You: Anxiety

Monday, March 17th, 2014

This month’s Healthy You, a consumer health health bulletin from the American Public Health Association, focuses on anxiety.  The one page handout is available in English and Spanish and can be freely reproduced.

Download current and previous Healthy You handouts:

Women’s History Month with the FDA

Friday, March 14th, 2014

From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
American women have changed the landscape of scientific health research, medicine, and public health. In commemoration of Women’s History Month at FDA, we are highlighting the contributions of a number of pioneering women who made significant and long-lasting contributions to public health during their careers with the Food and Drug Administration.

To read the stories of over 10 women, visit the FDA Women’s History Month page:

National Nutrition Month

Friday, March 14th, 2014

March is National Nutrition Month! From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month® 2014. Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. This year’s key messages for NNM focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website:

For a toolkit, tipsheets, and games visit the promotional resources page: