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US Citizenship and Immigration Services

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

Helping families use media in a healthy way

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

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

ACA and Health Plans Enrollment Webinar

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Attend Mental Health America’s “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Plans:  Aiding Enrollment in State and Federal Insurance Programs” webinar, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at noon (eastern time) to learn more about upcoming changes to health insurance under the ACA.  Presenters, Jenny Sullivan of Enroll America and Kevin Malone of SAMSHA will discuss the state exchanges and various methods on how to enroll in a health plan.  Participants will learn who qualifies for what program, the ‘no wrong door’ concept and benefits regarding mental health and substance use disorders.  This webinar is sponsored by Mental Health America.  Register at:

Transgender Medical Consultation Service

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

TransLine is a national online transgender medical consultation service that offers healthcare providers up-to-date transgender clinical information and individualized case consultation across a broad range of clinical transgender issues. TransLine is staffed by expert medical providers from LGBT clinics from around the nation who can help providers give the best possible care to transgender patients.

Affordable Care Act Ruling and webinar

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is expected to rule on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the individual mandate.  This ruling may have wide-reaching effects on the ACA.

Read up on the ACA here:

One day after the ruling (Friday)  Families USA is holding a free conference call to have a panel discuss the ruling and what it means for health advocacy, and what happens next.

Friday, June 29 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

For more information and to register:

There will also be a “tweet chat” immediately following the conference call. To join the chat “live” follow #HealthJustice on Twitter. You can also follow #HCRdecision to get updates all week long.

TEDMED 2012 – update

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

A few National Library of Medicine products have been mentioned in TEDMED talks and thought it would be a good time to highlight these resources

During a talk given by John Qualter titled “Can you bring a 3-D cadaver back to life on the web?” MedlinePlus was mentioned.  MedlinePlus is a consumer health website that brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.  It has health topics in multiple languages.


During a talk given by Lisa Nilsson titled “Are you ready for a new slice of reality?” Lisa mentioned The Visible Human Project.  It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies.  A male and a female cadaver were cut into thin slices which were then photographed and digitized.

Check it out at


Check to see if your institution (or one near you) is hosting a TEDMED Live event.  You can watch TEDMED talks live.

Once the TEDMED 2012 conference has ended, TEDMED talks will be available for free at their website.

Leading Health Indicators Webinar – March 29

Monday, March 26th, 2012

This 45-minute session will provide an overview of the third of 12 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topics (Maternal, Infant, and Child HEalth) released by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The event will also highlight one program’s success at addressing preterm and late preterm births in Kentucky.

The webinar will begin at 11:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

More information and a link to register: .


Funding Opportunities

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

HHS/National Institutes of Health: NIDDK Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) (R25) Grant.

Deadline: May 09 2012

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications from institutions to coordinate a NIDDK Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) that targets high school students. STEP-UP is a national program designed to provide eight to twelve weeks of summer research education and training for students underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. STEP-UP aims to expose students to and increase interest in NIDDK mission areas including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases.

For more information – Click here or go to


Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants

Deadline: May 2, 2012 3pm EDT

The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program (Community Grants) will support communities to implement policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influence health outcomes in their community. These include: education; employment and income; family and social support; and community safety. Grantees will be organizations that participate in established coalitions or networks that span multiple sectors and perspectives and may include representatives from business; education; public health; health care; community organizations; community members; policy advocates; foundations; and policy-makers. Applicants must engage community members in the planning and implementation of projects, and must collaborate with organizations having expertise in improving the health of the public.

Up to 20 grants awarded.  Awards up to $200,000 over 24 months.

For more information – Click Here or go to


Ways to get BHIC in your inbox

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

On the homepage of this blog ( in the left sidebar it says “Subscribe.  To request subscription to a daily digest, email Monica Rogers.”

You can receive a Daily Digest where all of the day’s posts have been gathered in one email.  The other option is to indicate that you would like ‘individual post notifications’ so you will receive an email after each post made to the blog.

You can always email Monica Rogers to subscribe, unsubscribe or change subscription type at any time.

Open MRS: Medical Record System

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

OpenMRS is an electronic medical record system (EMR), designed for use in the developing world and first established in 2004. Today, the system has evolved into a medical informatics platform used on every continent, supporting health care delivery and research in an extremely wide variety of contexts.  [OpenMRS]

Note: Try the demo to see what an EMR looks like. Demo username: admin. Password: test