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Child Health USA 2014

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Maternal and Child Health Bureau – A collection of data on the physical, mental, and emotional health of the Nations children. Addresses poverty, education, child care, and health service utilization and financing. Includes selected data by rural and urban residence.  1.usa.gov/1Hyt9oL

Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Rural Assistance Center:

The Toolkit is designed to help you identify and implement a health promotion program. It also provides you with resources and best practices.

The toolkit is made up of several modules. Each concentrates on different aspects of health promotion programs. Modules also include resources for you to use in developing a program for your area.  bit.ly/1HP3Cgv

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You can search on the basis of a specific location or an indicator.

Data, Trends and Maps is an interactive database that provides data on obesity status as well as select behavioral, environmental and policy data in the areas of breastfeeding, energy dense food consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and television viewing. The system was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The database includes information from multiple data sources and can be displayed by national, state or selected locations.

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps: http://1.usa.gov/1GCwpib

May is Asthma Awareness Month and Asthma TwitterChat on May 5

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Asthma, a lung disease, affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including 1 in 12 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. The CDC has developed an Asthma Awareness Toolkit to take control of and raise awareness about asthma. Multilingual consumer health information and patient handouts about asthma are available on MedlinePlus.

Join experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on World Asthma Day (Tuesday, May 5) at 2:00 pm EDT for a TwitterChat about asthma, common asthma triggers, and how to create an asthma action plan. To join the conversation follow @CDCEnvironment and @EPAlive on Twitter and use the hashtag #AsthmaChat2015 in messages during the chat. No registration is required.

CDC Asthma Awareness Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1KA36AV
CDC Asthma Awareness TwitterChat: http://1.usa.gov/1JeAUm1
MedlinePlus Health Topic: Asthma: http://1.usa.gov/1bK6pJr

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