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Winners of the Safety Apps Challenge

Friday, October 31st, 2014

From the CPSC:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced four developers are the winners of CPSC’s first-ever Safety Apps Challenge, in a press conference today.  Earlier this year, CPSC challenged developers to create apps to help consumers track recall announcements and safety incidents involving consumer products.”

Several of these apps are available for immediate download.

Healthy You: Free Tipsheets from the American Public Health Association

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Published 10 times a year by The Nation’s Health (the American Public Health Association’s newsletter), Healthy You is a free tipsheet on pertinent health issues and concerns. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as shingles, college health, stress, and more.

Healthy you is available for download in English and Spanish as a printable PDF.

To see the current issue of Healthy You and browse the archive: 

Project SHARE Curriculum

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities.

New website: Faces and Facts of Disability

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Social Security Administration: New website. Faces and Facts of Disability. This public awareness campaign seeks to dispel misconceptions about the Social Security disability program and demonstrate its critical importance through the personal stories of individuals who receive benefits.

Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

When:   Friday, October 31st — 3 – 4 pm EDT

Leaders from:    Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS

Intergovernmental and External Affairs, HHS

Department of Transportation

How:  Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Audio streaming for this call is also available at:

HHS held two previous calls, Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola, on October 9th and October 20th. Auto replays and transcripts of these calls are available at:

Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage  and CDC Ebola Webpage regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (by phone or email,

Free PTSD Treatment Learning Module from AHRQ

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A learning module on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder is the latest addition to AHRQ’s free continuing medical education activities based on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The module, “Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” is intended for mental health care providers, including primary care providers, psychiatrists, other physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, health educators and case managers:

LGBT Cultural Competence Best Practices Manual

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
The National LGBT Cancer Network has released free, comprehensive manual for creating and delivering LGBT cultural competence trainings to health and human service organizations:  The manual provides a clear roadmap for designing LGBT cultural competence trainings based on measurable goals of changing knowledge, attitudes and behavior in human service providers. It includes guidelines for selecting the best training methods and provides a clear evidence-based foundation for developing evaluation tools.


The ABC’s of Antibiotics Infographic

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The 2014 International Infection Prevention Week theme was antibiotic resistance.

This infographic was developed to illustrate when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The opposite side of the infographic highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotic. Download the infographic here.

BagIQ uses customer loyalty programs to inform better food choices

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Bag IQ recently launched in beta form and aims to use the food purchase history from loyalty programs to help users make better choices about the foods they eat. It works by linking to the a user’s accounts at the stores they shop at; linked grocers and stores include Harris Teeter, Target, Santoni’s, and many more. In fact, they claim to link to over 500,000 individual locations at which people may by food nationwide and online. It can also capture food purchase history from paper receipts.

To read more:


Protect Yourself From The Flu

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Available in English and Spanish, overview “Protect Yourself From The Flu” includes information on why you should get your flu shot, high risk groups, vaccine locator for where to get your flu shot, and information on insurance and costs.