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National Public Health Week 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme for National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-10, 2015) is making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Daily themes include:

  • Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
  • Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
  • Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum
  • Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections
  • Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success

Additionally, this year, APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat. Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW.

National Public Health Week: http://bit.ly/1DEo4NW
Twitter @NPHW: http://bit.ly/1P4M41e

New Edition of the Women of Color Health Data Book

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.

Data book: http://1.usa.gov/1IsQUA8

Women of Color Health Collection: http://1.usa.gov/1yGKpEC

Community Health Status Indicators Tool

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity of their community health workers, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1xhv2Y2

Important News About Quick Health Data Online

Friday, March 20th, 2015

After many years of hosting Quick 
Heath Data Online, the Office on 
Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website, www.healthstatus2020.com, will no 
longer be available after March 31, 2015.

In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:

 

If you have questions, please email: womenshealth@hhs.gov

You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online.  http://1.usa.gov/1MR62KG

Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

*   Two digital tours will be offered of CDC.gov/healthliteracy and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region,  Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.

*   Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time: http://bit.ly/1MV2llA

Access to Healthcare for Migrant Farmworkers

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. – Provides a variety of resources about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare access that can be used by organizations helping migrant farmworkers get health insurance.  Available in both English and Spanish.  http://bit.ly/1C6cgmp

The Good Nutrition Reading List

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.

This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs. http://bit.ly/1xfnQvD

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month. Are you at risk?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)  is often an underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical condition. The CDC is partnering with two national organizations to raise awareness and make a difference. http://1.usa.gov/1GpEqso

This is Serious is a national campaign originally developed by the Vascular Disease Foundation and then taken over by Duke University. The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness and action around the prevention of DVT and PE among women. The campaign encourages women to be aware of symptoms and to talk with their doctors about their risks. The campaign is conducted through a variety of channels including live community education activities, a website, and print materials. http://bit.ly/1EwmZX0

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word is a new national campaign from the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). This new program will help to reduce blood clots through awareness, education, and community engagement. NBCA plans to incorporate a far-reaching, awareness-building effort driven by a dynamic digital and social media initiative. This campaign will be extended further through the traditional media such as television, radio, and print. http://bit.ly/1CtXs1u

Webinar: Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control will host an online Public Health Grand Rounds on Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm EST.

From the CDC:

“This session of Grand Rounds will discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters will also highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.”

To register for the webinar and to access resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANEihA