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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

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Launches a New Video Series

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) announces the launch of its new video series, “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action.” SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, andKnowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.

SPRC invites you to spark conversation by sharing your own comments—along with the videos—via social media, newsletters, and websites, or by showing them as part of a presentation. You could spark innovation by using the videos and the associated resources to inform your own implementation. And you could spark action by submitting your success story via a form on the SPARK Talks website.

SPRC is a SAMHSA grantee and is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase knowledge, build capacity, and promote collaboration. SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles in suicide prevention.

To visit SPRC: http://bit.ly/1zAzBKb

To view the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1sDXCel

 

America’s Health Rankings 2014 Report

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Each year the American Public Health Association, The Partnership for Prevention, and The United Health Foundation work together to produce the longest running state-by-state analysis of the country’s health and the factors that affect it. This year’s annual report and its data is now available for download.

To view highlights of the report or download, visit America’s Health Rankings: http://bit.ly/1zIA8L6 

National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 7-13, 2014

Friday, December 5th, 2014

CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. NIVW is scheduled for December 7-13, 2014.

Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. CDC and its partners want to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten sick with one flu virus can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you receive) expected to circulate each season.

CDC Influenza Vaccination Week Activities and Materials: http://1.usa.gov/TBzPh9
MedlinePlus Health Information on Flu: http://1.usa.gov/Uhu8qB

CDC National Health Report 2014

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The CDC National Health Report 2014 offers a snapshot of our nation’s health, highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States (U.S.). The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health. The report includes recent trend data on life expectancy, common causes of death, and health behaviors. The CDC National Health Report web site offers quick access to key resources and tools to advance public health work.

CDC National Health Report 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1ymIeoH

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Child Welfare Information Gateway: Updated website. Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. The revised site features resources and materials for administrators and managers in child protective services, and new information on reporting, screening and assessment, case work practice, differential response, and trauma-informed practice.  http://1.usa.gov/1tUGtwl

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NIH News in Health –

Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your health care practitioner predict your risk for specific disorders. It could suggest vital screening tests and treatments before any disease is evident. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your family’s health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General has an online tool, My Family Health Portrait  http://1.usa.gov/1wAozGb  that can help you gather and record your family health history. The tool lets you save family information to your own computer and share health histories with other family members. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Before you start using this tool, talk with family members to gather details about their health histories. The Surgeon General offers tips on starting the conversations at http://1.usa.gov/1tUCxM0

In the future, tests may make it possible to identify and possibly fix the gene glitches that raise a person’s risk for diseases. NIH is now working on technology that will help doctors quickly create a health plan based on a person’s unique genetic blueprint. In the meantime, family health history is a no-cost way to help doctors personalize your health care.

As the holiday season continues, start a new tradition and create a family health portrait. This will truly be a priceless gift to you, your family, and future generations.

New Topic Guide: Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

From RAC:

“Rural communities and healthcare facilities have limited resources to address many health-related needs. Research and needs assessments can help determine where and how resources may best be targeted, and program evaluations can indicate whether a particular intervention or approach works well in a rural context….

This guide:

  • Identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation
  • Discusses common methods, such as surveys and focus groups
  • Provides contacts within the field of rural health research
  • Addresses the importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
  • Looks at the community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for non-profit hospitals and public health
  • Examines the importance of building the evidence-base so interventions conducted in rural areas have the maximum possible impact”

Access publications, relevant organizations funding opportunities at the guide: http://bit.ly/15MCzSb

CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention in the Compendium are identified by the CDC’s Prevention Research Synthesis Project through a series of ongoing systematic reviews. The Compendium comprises three chapters: Linkage to, Retention in, and Re-engagement in HIV Care (LRC), Medication Adherence (MA), and Risk Reduction (RR). Each eligible intervention is evaluated against explicit a priori criteria and has shown sufficient evidence that the intervention works.

CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/112gmxi

DiversityDataKids website

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

State and county-level profiles and maps providing data on children, including population, race/ethnicity, types of households, teenage mother births, low birthweight, and more. http://bit.ly/1vQCRgl