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National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This site offers a number of free resources covering many different types of trauma.

Please visit their website for these resources:


American Academy of Nursing Partners with Consumer Reports

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The American Academy of Nursing has partnered with Consumer Reports to bring health care recommendations developed by nurse leaders to consumers. The Academy’s “Choosing Wisely” list of things patients and nurses should question, has been developed into useful brochures by Consumer Reports for consumers to reference for common health practices and treatments.

To read more, visit


Men’s Health Resources

Monday, June 15th, 2015

June is Men’s Health Month. To celebrate, the Office of Minority Health has compiled information resources on men’s health and health disparities, including printable consumer health handouts.

Men’s Health (Office of Minority Health):

Men’s Health (MedlinePlus):


New: Replacement Medicare Cards

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Social Security Administration has a new online service that lets Medicare beneficiaries get a replacement Medicare card if their old one has been lost, damaged or otherwise needs to be replaced. If you need a replacement card, log in to your “my Social Security” account to request one. Your replacement card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. Learn how to create a “my Social Security” account if you don’t already have one.

Have questions about Social Security disability benefits, how going back to work may affect your benefits, benefits for children, or how to appeal a decision if your application is denied? Check out’s Guide to Disability Benefits for answers to these questions and more.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use training

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

This web-based training allows you to assume the role of 4 playable characters who make decisions – controlled by you – about preventing opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs). The characters represent the following roles: primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, andpatient.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use:

National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention:

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.

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.

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:

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:
CDC Asthma Awareness TwitterChat:
MedlinePlus Health Topic: Asthma:

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.