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Healthy People 2020 Invites Public Comments: Open November 13 to December 4, 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2012. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input.

Public participation helps shape Healthy People 2020, its framework, objectives, and targets. During the first phase of planning for Healthy People 2020, we asked for your comments on the vision, mission, and implementation. Those comments helped set the framework for Healthy People 2020. The public was also invited to submit comments on proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives, which helped shape the final set of objectives.

For more information, including comment registration, visit http://1.usa.gov/HV4oeS

Assistance to Firefighters Grant: Funding Available

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is designed to enhance the health and safety of public and firefighting personnel and to provide support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all hazard events.

Funds may be used for:

  • Maintenance and sustainment for contracts, warranties, repair or replacement costs, upgrades, and user fees may be allowable.
  • Operations and safety activities such as:
    • Training
    • Equipment
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Wellness and fitness programs
    • Modifications to facilities
  • Vehicle acquisition
  • Joint/regional interoperability projects

For additional grant information and eligibility requirements, visit http://bit.ly/HN6qgA

Clear Communication Index

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The CDC’s Clear Communication Index is a research based tool to plan and assess public communication materials.  The index identifies the most important characteristics that enhance clarity and aid people’s understaning of information.

http://1.usa.gov/1aqQmvO

BHIC questionnaire

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

A big giant THANK YOU to everyone who has completed the questionnaire!  We are now up to around 80 participants!  However, we would like to invite everyone who hasn’t participated to please do so now.  It is very important for us to show our readers value this service and that it should continue to receive support in the future.  Also, the sooner this questionnaire meets our goal of 150 participants the sooner you’ll stop getting these notices.  Please fill out our VERY short questionnaire.

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis.  The purpose of the study is to understand the usefulness of the BHIC blog in order to continue to support your work improving access to health information.

The questionnaire is about identifying potential areas of interest for blog content and options. Please use this  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QWDYZ3C You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer.  It will take approximately 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you.

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you do not wish to participate in this study, do not complete the questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the research study please contact Betsy Kelly, 1-800-338-7657 opt1/2/2.  If you have questions about the rights of research participants, please contact the Human Research Protection Office,  660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8089, Washington University St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 633-7400, or 1-(800)-438-0445 or email hrpo@wusm.wustl.edu.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study.

FOR IRB USE ONLYAPPROVED BY: Behavioral/Social ScienceIRB ID#: 201301015APPROVAL DATE: 01/11/13

RELEASED DATE: 01/11/13

EXPIRATION DATE: N/A

IMPORTANT – BHIC questionnaire

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Hello BHIC readers,

As this is a grant funded service, it is extremely important to show this is a valuable service to readers!  BHIC has over 700 subscribers and we’ve had less than 40 participants fill out the questionnaire.  This is not enough of a response to show this is a needed service and should continue to receive support in the future.  If you value BHIC, please take just 3 minutes and fill out our extremely short questionnaire. Below is the official invitation to participate.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has already completed the questionnaire!

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis.  The purpose of the study is to understand the usefulness of the BHIC blog in order to continue to support your work improving access to health information.

The questionnaire is about identifying potential areas of interest for blog content and options. Please use this  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L6PY55C You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer.  It will take approximately 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you.

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you do not wish to participate in this study, do not complete the questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the research study please contact Betsy Kelly, 1-800-338-7657 opt1/2/2.  If you have questions about the rights of research participants, please contact the Human Research Protection Office,  660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8089, Washington University St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 633-7400, or 1-(800)-438-0445 or email hrpo@wusm.wustl.edu.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study.

FOR IRB USE ONLYAPPROVED BY: Behavioral/Social ScienceIRB ID#: 201301015 

APPROVAL DATE: 01/11/13

RELEASED DATE: 01/11/13

EXPIRATION DATE: N/A

Questionnaire for our readers

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who has already filled out the questionnaire!

If you have not already done so, please fill out our VERY short questionnaire!  We will use this feedback to guide the future content, so tell us what you want to have posted.  Below is the official invitation to participate in the questionnaire.

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis.  The purpose of the study is to understand the usefulness of the BHIC blog in order to continue to support your work improving access to health information.

The questionnaire is about identifying potential areas of interest for blog content and options. Please use this  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L6PY55C You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer.  It will take approximately 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you.

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you do not wish to participate in this study, do not complete the questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the research study please contact Betsy Kelly, 1-800-338-7657 opt1/2/2.  If you have questions about the rights of research participants, please contact the Human Research Protection Office,  660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8089, Washington University St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 633-7400, or 1-(800)-438-0445 or email hrpo@wusm.wustl.edu.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study.

FOR IRB USE ONLYAPPROVED BY: Behavioral/Social ScienceIRB ID#: 201301015

APPROVAL DATE: 01/11/13

RELEASED DATE: 01/11/13

EXPIRATION DATE: N/A

Healthnet Summer Newsletter

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 newsletter
http://bit.ly/14Q7xG6

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
http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/

The Latest Health News

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

Webinar: Building Community Resiliency and Healing

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

Health Literacy and Culture

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