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Think Cultural Health: The CLAS Clearinghouse

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services hosts a clearinghouse of materials related to the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS) on their website: http://1.usa.gov/1oocLzi.

The CLAS Clearinghouse is a compilation of resources and publications on the Web related to the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. You may search the CLAS Clearinghouse by keyword by using a search “cloud” (the size of the keyword represents the number of times it appears in the Clearinghouse) or by using a list provided on the site. Materials include resources such as tools, or that support research, policy, and education & training.

National Women’s Health Week and Checkup Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

National Women’s Health Week (May 11th – 17th) and National Women’s Checkup Day (May 12th) provide communities, stakeholders and health care providers with the opportunity to focus on women’s mental and physical health concerns.  To help women live longer, healthier lives and reduce the risk for certain diseases, providers and communities can promote:

  • Regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Improving mental health
  • Avoiding risky behaviors (i.e. smoking or not wearing a seat belt)

Factsheets, events and activity planning resources can be found on the National Women’s Health week web page of Womenshealth.gov - http://1.usa.gov/RpstPy.  Materials are also available on the Spread the word webpage – http://1.usa.gov/1mAjBk1 -  to make it easy for people to what information about National Women’s Health Week with friends, family and colleagues, including pre-developed Facebook posts and Tweets, newsletter next and web badges.

Bureau of Labor Statistics for Economic Statistics

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

The BLS website contains statistical data and information related to the social and economic conditions of the United States. Subject areas include inflation and prices; employment and unemployment; pay and benefits; spending and time use; productivity; and workplace injuries.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://1.usa.gov/1krfYKF

MyEnvironment: local environmental health information

Monday, April 21st, 2014

MyEnvironment, from the Environmental Protection Agency, allows a user to view a cross-section of environmental information based on location. Users can search by city, county, state and even park or waterbody name. Pulling from a variety of sources, users can track releases of contaminants and hazardous substances, monitor air and water quality, view energy use and production statistics and read environmental reports. Users can also create maps and download data.

MyEnvironment: http://1.usa.gov/1k00jEL

Fighting Diabetes’ Deadly Impact on Minorities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

FDA Consumer Update –  You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building relationships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes, and to address the disparity in how severely it affects minority groups in particular. To learn more visit: http://1.usa.gov/1j9bZDc

Kids.gov May Calendar and resources

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Get Ready for May: Pools Opening, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and More!

The school year may be winding down, but the May calendar is as full as it can possibly be with lots of special events and activities.  May is the month we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, National Physical Fitness and Sports, and Jewish Heritage. With pools opening and summer coming, we focus on swimming and water safety, heat safety, and hurricane preparedness.  There’s a whole lot going on in May, so you may want to start planning now!  http://1.usa.gov/1j8SQ2M

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Campaign

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.

The campaign’s mission is to:

  • Promote universal screening.
  • Identify possible delays and behavioral issues in any child setting.
  • Enhance developmental supports for children.
  • Offer resources for professionals working with children.

These resources include screening tools, user guides for different audiences (including behavioral health providers), and an array of online resources for providers and parents.

http://1.usa.gov/1kOvwKc

Health LandScape mapping tool

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians - An interactive web-based mapping tool that allows health professionals, policy makers and researchers to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote better understanding of health and healthcare issues.  http://bit.ly/1hEg6o7

New Online Catalog for the Office of Minority Health

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The HHS Office of Minority Health Knowledge Center team is pleased to let you know that the online library catalog search engine has just been re-launched in a new format.  The new version offers immediate access to the latest documents added to the database.  It also provides more detailed search options and formats for delivery of results.  During National Minority Health Month, please take a moment to look at the new content.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Knowledge Center team if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this unique resource for minority health information.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1qlzVaM  then click on “Search the library catalog”.

Refugee Health Orientation Videos and Handouts From Healthy Roads Media

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Several years ago the Refugee Services Section of the Ohio Department of Job and Family services produced a wonderful DVD called Safe, Smart and Healthy that provides comprehensive information that meets the health education requirements of refugee health orientation.  The content was developed in 33 languages.  The DVD dissemination strategy is not completely useful in reaching all new refugees and Healthy Roads Media (HRM) was contacted to see if there might be a way to reformat the video content for the web.  The DVD content was broken up into 28 short segments, each covering specific topics.  This makes the content useful for information sessions of various lengths and in a variety of settings.  A number of these have been available for awhile.

Two new personal hygiene topics in 16 languages are now available as streaming web videos on the Healthy Roads Media Refugee Health Orientation page – http://bit.ly/1kGP8Qu

(Original message from Mary Alice Gillispie, Healthy Roads Media)