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CDC Public Health 101 Series: Public Health Teaching Tools

Friday, March 6th, 2015

If you are looking for foundational teaching tools that address the basics of critical sciences essential to public health practice, the CDC Public Health 101 Series is for you! These series includes instructor-led slide presentations on diverse topics essential to public health practice including surveillance, epidemiology, prevention effectiveness, informatics, and public health laboratories. In the coming months, e-learning products on these essential public health topic areas will also be available.

Public Health 101: http://1.usa.gov/1BWhLGn

#justB: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Story Collection Campaign

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), in partnership with Hep B United, has launched #justB. This story collection campaign aims to increase Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) awareness and decrease stigma associated with the disease by highlighting stories around the prevention, care, treatment, and support of Asian American individuals affected by HBV.

In the US, an estimated 1.2 million Americans are infected. However, Hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders because it is especially common in many Asian and Pacific Island countries. While AAPIs make up less than 5% of the total U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic Hepatitis B.

#justB: http://bit.ly/1E0jiZi
MedlinePlus Hepatitis B information: http://1.usa.gov/1zV5iLD

Mapping the Measure of America

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

State and county-level maps showing key health indicators such as life expectancy, diabetes, and more. Also covers indicators that impact health, like educational attainment and income. Select a county by clicking on the map for a brief profile.  http://bit.ly/1DQpsIZ

Congressional District Fact Sheets (FQHCs)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

National Association of Community Health Centers – Maps of congressional districts, organized by state, identifying the location of federally funded health centers, the amount of federal funding these districts receive, the number of patients served by the health centers, and the name of the U.S. Representative for each district. http://bit.ly/1Er0SCa

Building Understanding of Environmental Health (webinar series)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
The American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring a webinar series about communicating with the public about environmental health issues.
Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications
March 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EST

Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work
April 7, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

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

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

What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

In response to the increased number of cases of measles, including an outbreak at an amusement park in California, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a list of FAQ’s.

What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles: http://1.usa.gov/1DKUO6d

Educational Resources for Parents and Childcare Providers: http://1.usa.gov/18hlr7C

Diabetes and Pregnancy: multilingual resources

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

About 7 in 100 pregnant women in the United States will get gestational diabetes. Many other pregnant women have pre-existing diabetes. The American Public Health Association and MedlinePlus have resources for pregnant women at risk for who already have diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes: a risk during pregnancy (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur English/Spanish

Diabetes and Pregnancy (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/18hlm3U English/Spanish/13 other languages

Large Medical Bills Despite Health Insurance

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Kaiser health News featured an article on the problems consumers may face with health insurance coverage. They may still be hit with large medical bills despite being insured and doing research as to which doctors and hospitals participate in their plans. Read more about this complex issue: http://bit.ly/1DGCV9D.

 

Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals & Snack Foods an Issue with Salt and Sugar Content

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The March 2015 issue of Pediatrics includes a study on the amount of sodium and sugar in complementary infant and toddler foods. Researchers examined the sodium and sugar content of 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts.

Results: “Out of 79 infant mixed grains and fruits, 41 contained at least one added sugar, and 35 of these foods contained more than 35 percent calories from sugar. Seventy-two percent of toddler dinners were high in sodium, containing more than 210 mg consumed per meal. On average, dry fruit-based snacks contained 60 grams of sugar and 66 percent of calories from total sugars.”

They discovered the most commonly added sugars were:

Fruit juice concentrate (56 percent)

Sugar (33 percent)

Cane (20 percent)

Syrup (15 percent)

Malt (7 percent)

Sodium and Sugar in Complementary Infant and Toddler Foods Sold in the United States, to read more http://bit.ly/1vFBLF3

To learn more about your keeping your child healthy go to: http://bit.ly/1vFBX6Y

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Treating Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A new study “Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Management and Outcomes Among Children With Type 1 Diabetes,” in the March 2015 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 16), found racial disparities in insulin treatment methods and diabetes outcomes remained even after adjusting for socioeconomic status. To read more on this study go to http://bit.ly/1BlP9Fw