A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit is available that addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance. The toolkit includes: an overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact; links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue; and contact information for leading experts on the issue. The toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” is available here: http://bit.ly/1yJxDbR
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From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care.
CMS acknowledges the following community partners for their assistance in reviewing these resources:
• Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations;
• Asian Health Services;
• Korean Community Center of the East Bay; and
• North East Medical Services.
C2C resources in additional languages are forthcoming.
To download or print these resources in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1wmomR7
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
PubAg, which can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1Ej2f4u is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.
Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.
Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.
PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.
NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – An on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs both private and public that are licensed, certified, or approved by their state. Also, includes treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and the Department of Defense. http://1.usa.gov/1AuvMa3
HHS and NIH’s National Eye Institute (NEI) recognize January as Glaucoma Awareness Month. For further information, social media toolkits and scripts, PSAs, info graphics, faith-based resources, and other materials, please visit:
The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) http://1.usa.gov/14zyIrk
The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) http://bit.ly/1wZydfZ
The Prevent Blindness America Glaucoma Educator Course http://bit.ly/1s9qVuk
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
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
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
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.
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