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New Stock Photo Site Focused on Health Launched

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Picture Public Health is a newly launched stock photo marketplace, focused specifically on health. The site’s goal is to make it easier for public health professionals to find authentic, relatable stock photos that model healthy behaviors while also challenging stereotypes. Right now, they’re working with photographers and agencies to build their library of photos. If you know a photographer or agency who might be interested in contributing original photos, they’re looking for people to help spread the word. You can also sign up to be notified with updates as they progress. Visit their site: http://bit.ly/1X0nxjZ

Free Consumer Health Information from the Office of Minority Health

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use these resources for inspiration or support in answering consumer health questions or in developing community health programming for minority populations. A large resource collection and confidential access to information are great assets your library can tap into for free. Visit the Knowledge Center Library’s page here: http://1.usa.gov/1Uangnt and read more in this article from WebJunction: http://bit.ly/1X0lpso

Every Family Needs a Farmer

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently rolled out its newly revamped Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website. The site was redesigned to offer a more user-friendly experience that makes it easier to navigate the wealth of USDA and partner resources. Using updated web standards and visuals to optimize the user-experience, the USDA reorganized the information and gathered new content.  In short, the KYF2 website has become an even better a one-stop-shop for information on USDA’s local and regional food systems work. Check out KYF2 at   http://1.usa.gov/1s8rlmi

Redesigned Genetics Home Reference Web Site

Friday, May 6th, 2016

On April 25th, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a redesigned Genetics Home Reference web site, http://1.usa.gov/23vNuX2. Some of the changes and new features include

  • A redesigned home page for enhanced usability
  • Colors and icons that help distinguish the Web site’s different content areas
  • In-text links that improve navigation between related topics on Genetics Home Reference
  • Educational images from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources integrated into health condition summaries
  • Improved browser printing
  • Improved usability on mobile devices (mobile-responsive design)

Adapted from NLM News & Events, http://1.usa.gov/1TMSIuN

Health Literacy Data Map

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The Health Literacy Data Map, http://unc.live/1TMRCyY, is a new tool from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Using census data, the website provides an online, searchable map of health literacy estimates for the entire United States. For more information about the tool, see CommunicateHealth “Health Lit Live with Dr. Stacy Bailey and Dr. Gang Fang,” http://bit.ly/271301r.

Update on May 9 at 8:40 AM Central: UNC’s site may be having technical difficulties. I will post another update when I know the site is up and working.

The Next Step: Making the Most of Your Coverage

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a number of resources to help those with new health coverage. From Coverage to Care (C2C) provides information on how you and your family can best use it to get the care you need. C2C includes a number of resources such as the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You and the newly released 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Health Coverage, is designed to help you figure out what you can do to put your health first for a long and healthy life. To read more about these resources, please see: go.cms.gov/1SgJQyc

Defining Health Literacy

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

On April 4, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper “Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy” http://bit.ly/1Vk2TKt. One of the paper’s conclusions argues that a more “practical consensus on a definition of health literacy” will improve the ability to compare research and data sets and potentially improve health.

On April 13, the National Library of Medicine’s NLM in Focus, http://1.usa.gov/1SZBtU4, shared some of these definition difficulties as well as one of the most comprehensive definitions to date. In addition, the blog post includes numerous links to health literacy resources and research.

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, http://1.usa.gov/1qsto39

If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the preventive services on this site must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

There are sections on the site for Adults, Women, and Children.

Link seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.