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Friday, July 26th, 2013
Healthnet, the University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health program, just published their summer newsletter for public librarians and others interested in consumer health information services. The newsletter highlights resources for summer food programs for kids, Lyme Disease, and enjoying the summer sun safely. An article summarizes the new DSM-5. The newsletter also includes several book reviews.
Healthnet’s website also includes resources guides for consumers and librarians. The resource guides for consumers feature information for caregiving, growing older, medical information in plain language, mental health resources, navigating the health care system, and patient advocacy. Discover these and more at:
Healthnet, the University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health program
Friday, June 28th, 2013
Would you like to stay up-to-date with the latest health news? On the MedlinePlus homepage, you can sign up to receive emails with the latest health news on topics that matter to you the most. When you sign up, you can select from over 900 health topics. And, you have the opportunity to select e-newsletters from other government agencies including Healthcare.gov, NIH Director’s Blog, HHS.gov updates, AHRQ Effective Health Care Announcements, and many others.
Sign up for MedlinePlus Health News, http://1.usa.gov/1alN2Dj
Friday, June 28th, 2013
SAMSHA is hosting a webinar on July 23 on Building Community Resiliency and Healing: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering From Community Trauma and Disasters. Participants will learn Emotional CPR (eCPR) and the Federal Management Agency’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, both results of lessons learned after Hurrican Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The webinar will highlight the important role of social support during disaster recovery. Presenters include: Dr. Dan Fisher (NEC), Marcie Roth (FEMA), Willie Barney (the Empowerment Network) and Margaret Upchurch (MHA of NJ). Register at: http://1.usa.gov/11SFGiV
Friday, June 28th, 2013
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) adds information about culture to its Health Literacy resource.
The NN/LM has added content to its Health Literacy resource to include information about culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy Web-based resource at the NN/LM and determined that the resource would benefit from addressing the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.
Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy Web page with content about health literacy in a cultural context, users of the page, and end users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they are serving.
By adding content related to culture and how culture impacts health, the resource raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy.
For more information on culture and health literacy, visit:
Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785. Available from: http://1.usa.gov/18kCQKS
United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy. Available from: http://1.usa.gov/12qSZdu
United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities; Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information. Available from: http://1.usa.gov/12rnYG9
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Knowledge PAth
National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health - Contains resources about preventing, identifying and responding to intimate partner violence within the home and the community. http://bit.ly/17FuKwO
Safety in Rural Areas
Provides safety tips when dealing with an abusive relationship in a rural area or town. http://bit.ly/13axVeq
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Community Health Worker: New online training opportunity. Help for Navigating Health Insurance. The course will begin on July 15, 2013 and finish July 28, 2013.
For more information: http://bit.ly/187hMrD
CMS: Two new Health Insurance Marketplace webinar trainings available. The first training, Level 1: Health Insurance Marketplace 101, is a one-hour high-level webinar overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges) highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work. The second Training, Level 2: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace, is a two-hour detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application. Trainings are available on various dates in June and July, 2013. For more information: http://1.usa.gov/11k9gMz
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Starting today, May 2, the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog will be taking a break. All of the Contributors to the blog will be attending the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting in Boston. Posting will resume as normal on Monday May 13.
Friday, April 26th, 2013
According to the USHHS, “the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Adoption of these Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.”
This week the Enhanced CLAS Standards were released. Find the Enhanced CLAS Standards at: http://1.usa.gov/14jTFUJ
Friday, April 26th, 2013
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. USCIS works with local governments, libraries and qualified immigration service providers to ensure immigrants receive accurate information about immigration benefits. The USCIS provides help for immigrants to complete USCIS forms, and gives legal advice about which forms to submit. Here are some resources to help immigrants with the USCIS forms and to protect immigrants from fraud.
USCIS Legal Advice
USCIS, Avoid Scams
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
The Center for Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital in Boston helps families to use media in healthy ways. CMCH offers tips to control time, pay attention to content and context, use critical thinking, and create and model media mastery. The Center recommends parents set time limits, co-view, pay attention to media ratings, and model healthy media habits. Learn more on the Center for Media and Child Health site at http://bit.ly/ZF4LhJ.
Have questions about child and media health? You can ask CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich on the Ask the Mediatrician. Questions are answered every Monday and Thursday. Check out Ask the Mediatrician at