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British Medical Journal Spotlights Patient-Centered Care

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The British Medical Journal recently spotlighted patient-centered care with articles on how doctors and patients can work collaboratively to improve the way healthcare is designed and delivered so that it better meets the needs and priorities of patients: http://bmj.co/1Lj3oeb.  One featured article, “From Patient Centred to People Powered: Autonomy on the Rise,” is authored by Dave deBronkart, known as E-Patient Dave, discusses the progressive social movement to improve medical care: http://bmj.co/1zLLDCc.

Healthfinder.gov’s Tips and Tools for Getting and Staying Healthy

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

In addition the website is a tool to get personalized health recommendations to get you on the road to a healthier you.

By: Ellen Langhans, MA, healthfinder.gov Program Manager, ODPHP and Silje Lier, MPH, Communication Advisor, ODPHP

 

National Wear Red Day is February 6, 2015

Friday, February 6th, 2015

On National Wear Red Day, February 6, 2015, thousands of people, men and women, raise their voices in support of heart disease awareness and prevention, in efforts to help women learn their risk for heart disease. Show your support by wearing something red—a red dress, sweater or scarf—and encourage your neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to do the same.

NHLBI has created a toolkit for information and ideas to help celebrate National Wear Red Day 2015—around town, at work, in the media, and through social networks—and to take advantage of helpful resources like free promotional materials that you can use for your observance.

National Wear Red Day: http://1.usa.gov/16pRBg8
MedlinePlus: Health Diseases: http://1.usa.gov/1zX7GpU

Caregiver Tips

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Caregiver Space blog recently asked caregivers to share one piece of advice or one tip that they’ve learned through caregiving and how you avoid caregiver burnout. Those tips are shared in their blog posting: In Your Own Words: 106 Crucial Tips from Fellow Caregivers: http://bit.ly/1C7ANVo

Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit is available that addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance. The toolkit includes: an overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact; links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue; and contact information for leading experts on the issue. The toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” is available here: http://bit.ly/1yJxDbR

From Coverage to Care now available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese

Monday, January 19th, 2015

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care.

CMS acknowledges the following community partners for their assistance in reviewing these resources:

• Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations;
• Asian Health Services;
• Korean Community Center of the East Bay; and
• North East Medical Services.

C2C resources in additional languages are forthcoming.

To download or print these resources in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, please visit  http://1.usa.gov/1wmomR7

New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1Ej2f4u is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

Find a Substance Abuse Facility in Your State

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – An on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs both private and public that are licensed, certified, or approved by their state. Also, includes treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and the Department of Defense.  http://1.usa.gov/1AuvMa3

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

HHS and NIH’s National Eye Institute (NEI) recognize January as Glaucoma Awareness Month. For further information, social media toolkits and scripts, PSAs, info graphics, faith-based resources, and other materials, please visit:

The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) http://1.usa.gov/14zyIrk 

The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) http://bit.ly/1wZydfZ

The Prevent Blindness America Glaucoma Educator Course  http://bit.ly/1s9qVuk

NIH complementary and alternative medicine agency gets new name

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches that already are in use by the American public has a new name — the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Large population-based surveys have found that the use of alternative medicine — unproven practices used in place of conventional medicine — is rare. Integrative health care, defined as a comprehensive, often interdisciplinary approach to treatment, prevention and health promotion that brings together complementary and conventional therapies, is more common.

For more details behind this change, visit the NIH News Release page: http://bit.ly/1v5YJEI