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Choosing a Hospital Just Got Easier

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has made the process of choosing a hospital easier on their Hospital Compare site by adding star ratings for patients’ experience of care. The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), which has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ perspectives of hospital care.

http://1.usa.gov/1De8t2z

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

“VA’s Strategic Plan recognizes the challenge rural Veterans face in accessing their benefits and emphasizes partnership between VA and community agencies as a means of improving access for all Veterans.”

“This toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities. Without the support of our community partners, many of whom are Veterans, this endeavor would have been more difficult and we are indebted to them for their assistance.

Using this toolkit can increase partnerships between VA and rural communities and enhance VA’s ultimate goal of “Improving the quality of life for Veterans who live in rural communities.” This toolkit will help:

  • Build a relationship between VA and rural communities
  • Teach rural communities about benefits and services available to Veterans
  • Connect VA programs with community partners to assist Veterans
  • Improve outreach to Veterans living in rural areas
  • Help rural Veterans access local community resources
  • Increase Veteran enrollment in rural areas”

To learn more and download the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1H7J1Sr

Think Cultural Health

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Provides free online and accredited cultural competency continuing education programs for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers.  http://1.usa.gov/1CzdYbu

Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce Topic Guide

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Rural Assistance Center – Information, resources, and frequently asked questions related to the education and training of the rural healthcare workforce.   Includes sections and resources for, “Grow Your Own” and Career Ladder Programs, Education & Training Provided in Rural Areas, and Using Technology to Educate the Rural Health Workforce.  http://bit.ly/1GPS0rw

Best and Worst Hospital Rankings Often Conflict, Confuse Consumers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A Health Affairs study finds measurements for hospital quality rating systems rarely come to the same conclusions. This can lead to consumer confusion. Consumers need to be aware of the potential limitations of hospital rankings in order to make informed choices. http://bit.ly/1bqvrxu

 

WebMD Knows Best?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

An interesting article on how the digital era is changing the way consumers make medical decisions and sorting out the good information from the irrelevant or bad. Even though people are doing more online research, which is influencing medical decisions, the information found is often not discussed with our doctors. This article discusses the importance of integrating what we find with our office visits so that context and expertise needed to interpret those findings are part of the medical decision-making process. http://slate.me/1CM1iDg

 

Important News About Quick Health Data Online

Friday, March 20th, 2015

After many years of hosting Quick 
Heath Data Online, the Office on 
Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website, www.healthstatus2020.com, will no 
longer be available after March 31, 2015.

In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:

 

If you have questions, please email: womenshealth@hhs.gov

You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online.  http://1.usa.gov/1MR62KG

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