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Tornado Safety

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Due to severe weather conditions that has occurred in the past few months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has featured a recommend guide in case of a tornado. The guide includes how to be prepared, how to stay aware of weather conditions and suggestions for shelter. For more information, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1RClAGu

 

Pink Eye: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Have you, or know someone that has contracted pink eye? If so, you probably know that pink eye is fairly common. Conjunctivitis, the medical term for pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. Inflammation of the conjunctiva causes blood vessels to become more visible and therefore gives the eye a pinkish color. To learn more about pink eye, its symptoms, how it can be treated, and prevention, please visit the CDC’s webpage for more information:http://1.usa.gov/1UGf6J7

 

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Chikungunya

Monday, April 4th, 2016

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on chikungunya virus.

From MedlinePlus:

“Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth. It may also possibly spread through infected blood. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya virus in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

Chikungunya (English): http://1.usa.gov/1PQFtUD

Chikungunya (Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1TwHj45

Keep up to date with Zika

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Information available about Zika Virus transmission, prevention and treatment is changing rapidly. To keep up to date, go to the Centers for Disease Control’s Zika site. On the bottom of the main page, you can sign up for email updates.

Zika Virus (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee Nominations

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking nominations for members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. ODPHP is looking for a diverse group of nationally known experts in fields related to disease prevention and health promotion to help develop the vision, framework, and structure of Healthy People 2030. Nominations for membership to the Committee must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. ET on April 18, 2016. See the Federal Register notice for more information on the nomination process.

Announcement of Establishment of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership: http://1.usa.gov/1RQ6dGd

Am I Rural? tool gets an update

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Adapted from RHIhub, http://bit.ly/1qjNZai 

Use Am I Rural? to determine whether specific locations are considered rural based on various definitions the term, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs such as Rural Health Clinics and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant programs. It also states whether that address is in a Health Professional Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas/Populations.

The tutorial on YouTube shows how to use the tool and what information it provides. http://bit.ly/1SxZsMn

Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative Webinar

Monday, March 28th, 2016

March 30, 2016 | 2:00 pm –3:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Registration and webinar information: http://bit.ly/1SrmjJD

New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:

  • Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
  • Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
  • Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that works best for communities across the state.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Shpelk to learn more about the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) and the Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies webinar series.

 

 

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Adapted from SIS NLM, http://1.usa.gov/1VQ92x7

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, http://1.usa.gov/21PneGd

Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Adapted from Aetna Foundation, http://bit.ly/1PAUIRC

Due date: April 15, 2016 at 3 PM ET

The Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program seeks to support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. The program will support projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. This year’s program aims to have broader impact and reach more spaces in the community. That’s why they are now focusing on the following five domains:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

For more information and application instructions, read the Request for Proposal (RFP), http://bit.ly/1ZGzf15 

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. To see how your county ranks and more information, please visit: bit.ly/1XSx88Q