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After a Flood: Safety Resources

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Southeastern United States has been hit with historic flooding. The following provide guidance for returning to flooded homes.

Repairing Your Flooded Home (Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross) PDF

After a Flood (Centers for Disease Control) –


SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

SAMHSA has announced the availability of a new series of Regional Behavioral Health Barometers. These barometers divide existing SAMHSA data into separate reports for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), collected annually. Topics addressed in the reports include youth substance use, youth mental health and treatment, adult mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use and treatment.

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers:

Learn More about Keeping Your Family’s Food Safe

Friday, September 25th, 2015

September is National Food Safety Education Month. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has information you can use to help you select and serve raw produce safely, safe food handling, debunking myths about safe food refrigeration, food storage and food facts for consumers. Read more here:


Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Friday, September 25th, 2015 has information on preparing for emergencies and making a family plan, making an emergency supply kit and learning what to do in different types of emergencies. Learn more about how to prepare:


Institute of Medicine Study: Errors in Patient Diagnosis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The report, called “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” asserts that diagnostic errors occur daily in every health care setting nationwide, yet they have never been adequately studied. No one knows how many people suffer from misdiagnoses or delays that affect their care. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” Read more in U.S. News & World Report:

Health Stats Blog

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

NCHStats, a blog of the National Center for Health Statistics, provides statistics and information on many aspects of the nation’s health, from child obesity to health insurance. See the latest information here:

APHA Toolkits Now Available on Plan4Health Website

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Planning Association, with the expertise of partners and members from across the country, have built a library of resources. The new toolkits, available online, include a variety of materials and cover the following topics: Comprehensive Plans and Health; Healthy Community Design; Safe Routes to Parks; Transportation and Health; Health Equity; and Health in All Policies. For training resources, webinar slides, and ideas for community engagement, see:

What Vaccines Do You Need?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Unsure of what vaccines are recommended for you? The Centers for Disease Control has a quiz for adults and adolescents. The quiz is available in English and Spanish.


Flu Shots for Pregnant Women

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The March of Dimes says that flu shots can help you while you are pregnant. Mothers who become sick with the flu are two times more likely to have a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain, spine, or heart than women who don’t catch the virus.

To learn more about Influenza (flu) and pregnancy go to

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

From the CDC. The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. For every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year.  The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many parents and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. Find out what you can do to help prevent this from happening and learn how to keep your infant safe.