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Rural Healthy People 2020

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

While the majority of Americans reside in metropolitan areas, our nation’s public health challenges and concerns are certainly not confined to large urban centers. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population resides in non-metropolitan areas where they experience many of the same health challenges as their urban counterparts. It is this recognition of the unique health challenges faced by rural America that serves as the impetus for the Rural Healthy People 2020 project. The primary goal of this research effort is to identify and address the priority health concerns of rural America.

 

For each rural health priority identified, a brief review of literature on this disease or condition in rural America is provided and illustrative solutions summarized. For each rural health priority, researchers contacted select rural communities across the nation to find innovative programs and practices, which address these concerns. These Models for Practice illustrate promising approaches by rural communities to address their health priorities. Click here http://bit.ly/1dVLZP2 to read more about these Models for Practice.

New CDC Vital Signs: Hispanic Health

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Hispanics are the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the United States. The May Vital Signs from the Centers for Disease control identifies differences in health risk and mortality between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites and among Hispanic sub-groups.

Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1IxfYbv

Public health response to civil unrest in Baltimore

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The American Public Health Association interviewed Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen on her department’s response to unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen: Thinking creatively to protect communities (Public Health Newswire): http://bit.ly/1KXQFyX

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You can search on the basis of a specific location or an indicator.

Data, Trends and Maps is an interactive database that provides data on obesity status as well as select behavioral, environmental and policy data in the areas of breastfeeding, energy dense food consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and television viewing. The system was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The database includes information from multiple data sources and can be displayed by national, state or selected locations.

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps: http://1.usa.gov/1GCwpib

May is Asthma Awareness Month and Asthma TwitterChat on May 5

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Asthma, a lung disease, affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including 1 in 12 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. The CDC has developed an Asthma Awareness Toolkit to take control of and raise awareness about asthma. Multilingual consumer health information and patient handouts about asthma are available on MedlinePlus.

Join experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on World Asthma Day (Tuesday, May 5) at 2:00 pm EDT for a TwitterChat about asthma, common asthma triggers, and how to create an asthma action plan. To join the conversation follow @CDCEnvironment and @EPAlive on Twitter and use the hashtag #AsthmaChat2015 in messages during the chat. No registration is required.

CDC Asthma Awareness Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1KA36AV
CDC Asthma Awareness TwitterChat: http://1.usa.gov/1JeAUm1
MedlinePlus Health Topic: Asthma: http://1.usa.gov/1bK6pJr

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders, and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Beginning in 2011, the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center has funded 21 of these disaster outreach projects.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The deadline for proposals is Monday, July 6, 2015 by 12 pm ET. The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov: RFQ No. NIHLM2015383.

RFQ No. NIHLM2015383: http://1.usa.gov/1dB7i8o
Previous funded projects: http://1.usa.gov/1QTUj0Q

HHS issues final recommendation for community water fluoridation

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released the final Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The new recommendation is for a single level of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. It updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962.

The change was recommended because Americans now have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when water fluoridation was first introduced in the United States. As a result, there has been an increase in fluorosis, which, in most cases, manifests as barely visible lacy white marking or spots on the tooth enamel. The new recommended level will maintain the protective decay prevention benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis.”

Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1GBwXrj

Upcoming webinars from the American Public Health Association

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The American Public Health Association has several upcoming no-cost webinars:

The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health
Tuesday, May 5, 2015  1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

CDC’s Community Guide: Improving the Science of Built Environment and Public Health for Physical Activity
Wednesday, May 6, 2015  2 p.m. EDT

Population Health in the context of the Affordable Care Act: The Role and Accountability of Hospitals and Health Systems
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  1-2:30 p.m. EDT

A Public Health Approach to Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
Wednesday, May 13, 2015  2-3:30 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1JxGfrS

New Guide for Training Public Health Professionals

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

From the Public Health Foundation:

“To support the ongoing training of public health professionals, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) has developed an online resource focused on enhancing public health training efforts. The Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training aims to help training institutions and programs, sponsors of training, trainers, and public health organizations interested in improving and measuring the impact of their training efforts navigate the training process.”

For more information and to access the no-cost guide: http://bit.ly/1Ozake4

Free Access to Online Books, Journals for Healthcare Responders to Nepal Earthquake, Provided by Publishers, National Library of Medicine

Monday, April 27th, 2015

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)<http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/> has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

 

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/> maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.