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Elder Justice Roadmap Project identifies elder abuse and calls for action

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

To see the complete HHS news release:

To visit the Elder Justice Roadmap website:

Chikungunya Virus in the United States

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Those who travel to and from the Caribbean are the most at risk, with no local transmission reported to date. The CDC is asking travelers to use common methods of mosquito bite prevention when traveling, and to be aware of fever with joint pains or rash within two weeks of returning from the Caribbean. 

To see a table of chikungunya virus in the United States, visit the CDC’s page on cases in the states:

To learn more about chikungunya virus, visit the CDC’s page on the topic:

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, July 11th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page:


CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A new iPad and iPhone app from the Centers for Disease Control helps hospital and pre-hospital personnel assess and treat injuries from explosions.

Learn more and download the app: offers new topic page

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting.

To see the topic page, visit

Men’s Health Month

Friday, June 20th, 2014

From the Office Of Minority Health:

Throughout June (Men’s Health Month) we focus on the Power of Prevention to raise awareness among providers, policy makers, the media, and men and their loved ones about preventable health problems affecting men and boys, and early detection and treatment of disease.

On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women. Men are less likely to have health insurance and make recommended preventive visits to the doctor. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes take a significant toll on men, especially for men of color. 

For more health resources for men of color, visit the Office of Minority Health’s website:

Marquette University Students’ Diabetes Project Raises Awareness of Diabetes in Low- Income Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In conjunction with the O’Brien Fellowship project Marquette University Students produced a special report on diabetes in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. The report can be found on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website.

CDC Releases New National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The National Diabetes Statistics Report is a report that summarizes the latest estimates of Americans with both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. It is a collaborative effort involving the CDC and many other government and non-government organizations and agencies. Data in the statistics report will help national, state, and local health officials and consumers understand the health and economic consequences of diabetes and better direct efforts to reach populations hardest hit by the disease.

To read the full report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States, 2014. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.

Lyme Disease: What’s Your Risk?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Lyme Disease is a health risk to those living and traveling in many parts of the Eastern United States, especially in the summer months.

Here are a few resources to keep you and your family safe.

Evaluate Your Child’s Lyme Disease Risk (KidsHealth):

Lyme Disease (MedlinePlus):


Kids in hot cars: don’t leave them alone!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Last year, 44 children died of heatstroke, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Children can die of heatstroke in cars even in mild weather and even if the car is parked in a shady area.

The NHTSA’s website has fact sheets, sample letters to the editor and other materials for disseminating information about heatstroke:

This month’s consumer health handout from the American Public Health Association focuses on child safety, vehicles and health. The reprintable handout is available in English and Spanish: