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Border Health Resource Guide

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has an updated resource guide on Border Health. The guide includes demographic information and details health issues of particular concern for those living near the United States/Mexico border. Links to health websites, relevant organizations and state-specific contacts are provided.

Border Health (Rural Assistance Center): http://bit.ly/1Bn0X7h

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak

Monday, August 18th, 2014

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.

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. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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, 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.

More information: http://1.usa.gov/1p65NSy

MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has created a new health topic page for Ebola. Access the page for information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and latest news about the 2014 Outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1w12wZt

Marquette University Students’ Diabetes Project Raises Awareness of Diabetes in Low- Income Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In conjunction with the O’Brien Fellowship project Marquette University Students produced a special report on diabetes in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. The report can be found on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website. http://bit.ly/1nhnHMJ

Lyme Disease: What’s Your Risk?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Lyme Disease is a health risk to those living and traveling in many parts of the Eastern United States, especially in the summer months.

Here are a few resources to keep you and your family safe.

Evaluate Your Child’s Lyme Disease Risk (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1i1gBiU

Lyme Disease (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1p9ryhl

 

HHS Office on Women’s Health: Quick Health Data Online

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH): Telephone training for the Quick Health Data Online system. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care.

First training session to be held April 15, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST

To learn more and register: http://bit.ly/1gSOGj0

Radio Hour Brings Weather Readiness Across Borders

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Expanding its reach to the local Spanish-speaking community, the National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, Texas, forecast office has begun a collaboration with Radio Esperanza KOIR 88.5- FM and KRIO 97.7-FM/910-AM, a radio network with coverage that includes Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and much of northeastern Mexico.

Once each month, National Weather forecaster, Maria Torres participates in “La Hora Comunitaria” (Community Hour), a Spanish–language interview and call-in program. Torres provides information to help prepare the local Hispanic community for hazardous weather. The broadcasts are scheduled to continue through the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season and beyond. http://1.usa.gov/1bYpBNw

Just 1.9 percent of tobacco settlement and taxes goes to prevention

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Fifteen years after the landmark settlement against major tobacco companies, a report has found that out of $25 billion that will be collected by states from settlement money and tobacco taxes, only 1.9% will go to fight tobacco use.

Read the full-report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which includes a state-by-state analysis: http://bit.ly/1kOZVXz

Reducing Environmental Exposures: Resources

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Do you live near natural gas drilling or other areas of industrial pollution? The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has tips for “breaking the pathways of exposure” in your home. Resources include ways to reduce your exposure to air, water, noise and light pollutants.  There is also a toolkit for medical personnel: “Health Concerns in the Era of Gas Drilling: A Basic Toolkit for Healthcare Providers.”

Access resources here: http://bit.ly/15hlrQy

America’s Health Rankings 2013 Senior Report Released

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The inaugural edition of America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, uses a variety of health, well-being, social and economic measures to develop a holistic portrait of health of the seniors (age 65+) in each of the states. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report shows Minnesota at the top of the list of healthiest states for older adults. Vermont is ranked second and New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa. Mississippi is ranked 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas complete the bottom 5 states.

America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: http://bit.ly/15SRViT