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From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Check out the 2 newly released publications from SAMHSA.

Take Action Against Hepatitis C: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction – Spanish version

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances – report

Presents 2012-2013 findings from a federally funded program that supports community-based mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbances. Reports on the system of care approach, service characteristics and use, and child outcomes.

Request for Information (RFI) Soliciting Input into the NIH Science Vision for Health Disparities Research

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Do you want to help shape the course of health disparities research for the next decade?

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is seeking comments on key research areas that should be addressed in the “development of a transformational health disparities agenda.”

Comments from stakeholders and the public are welcome. Comments are due July 31, 2015

Request for Information:

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Antibiotic Resistance

Monday, June 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 2 million people in the United States become ill with antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. MedlinePlus has a new health topic page on Antibiotic Resistance. The page is available in English and Spanish.

Antibiotic Resistance (MedlinePlus):

MyPlate Broadens its Reach in 18 Additional Languages

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) announced the translation of the “ChooseMyPlate 10 Tips” resource and “MyPlate icon” from English into 18 additional languages. The Office of Minority Health, of the Department of Health and Human Services (OMH/HHS), and CNPP co-branded the translated tip sheet and are working together to promote these newly translated documents to ensure that individuals, nutrition and health professionals, and other community leaders have access to these helpful resources.

Asia and the Pacific Islands languages comprise a dozen of the translated versions of the Choose MyPlate Ten Tips: Chinese (Standard), Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, Pashto, Tagalog-Filipino, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Additional translations also available include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

MyPlate in Multiple Languages:

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that supports building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award approximately $2.2 million will be awarded annually to support investigator-initiated research that supports building a Culture of Health. RWJF expects to fund between five and 12 grants each year for periods of up to 30 months. Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning June 1, 2015. Applicants first must submit a two-page letter of intent (LOI) through RWJF’s online system and will generally be notified within eight weeks as to whether they are approved to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be due two months from the date of notification. Funding recommendations will be made within three months of receipt of the full proposal.

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health:
Culture of Health Action Framework:

New: Replacement Medicare Cards

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Social Security Administration has a new online service that lets Medicare beneficiaries get a replacement Medicare card if their old one has been lost, damaged or otherwise needs to be replaced. If you need a replacement card, log in to your “my Social Security” account to request one. Your replacement card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. Learn how to create a “my Social Security” account if you don’t already have one.

Have questions about Social Security disability benefits, how going back to work may affect your benefits, benefits for children, or how to appeal a decision if your application is denied? Check out’s Guide to Disability Benefits for answers to these questions and more.

New Multilingual Resource: Guide to Choosing a Hospital

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

HHS/CMS: New resource. Guide to Choosing a Hospital. This resource, available in both English and Spanish, provides information on how to find and compare hospitals, hospital quality, and information about Medicare and hospital stays.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use training

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

This web-based training allows you to assume the role of 4 playable characters who make decisions – controlled by you – about preventing opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs). The characters represent the following roles: primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, andpatient.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use:

National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention:

Child Health USA 2014

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Maternal and Child Health Bureau – A collection of data on the physical, mental, and emotional health of the Nations children. Addresses poverty, education, child care, and health service utilization and financing. Includes selected data by rural and urban residence.

Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Rural Assistance Center:

The Toolkit is designed to help you identify and implement a health promotion program. It also provides you with resources and best practices.

The toolkit is made up of several modules. Each concentrates on different aspects of health promotion programs. Modules also include resources for you to use in developing a program for your area.