Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Provides access to results for this annual survey focused on substance abuse and mental health issues. Includes information on prevalence and services. Rural-specific data is available in detailed tables that list “geographic characteristics.” Data is also made available by state and for regions within states. http://1.usa.gov/1tg20F0
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Bag IQ recently launched in beta form and aims to use the food purchase history from loyalty programs to help users make better choices about the foods they eat. It works by linking to the a user’s accounts at the stores they shop at; linked grocers and stores include Harris Teeter, Target, Santoni’s, and many more. In fact, they claim to link to over 500,000 individual locations at which people may by food nationwide and online. It can also capture food purchase history from paper receipts.
To read more: http://bit.ly/1wmVzil
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS have launched From Coverage to Care, an “initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them”. This initiative includes written resources, images, videos, and various ways to connect with CMS.
Visit From Coverage to Care on the CMS website: http://1.usa.gov/1yh9Dgu
The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.
The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.
The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.
“Mercury and Our Health,” NLMNIH YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r4OH6M
“Mercury and Our Health,” Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/1pkLYlM
Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/Zsh8CC
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) added a new section to its website that focuses on trauma. Children and families involved in child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems often have significant, prolonged, and generational exposure to traumatic environments and experiences. This new section offers links to resources that focus on trauma within the substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and court systems and its impact on the children and families who enter those systems. http://1.usa.gov/1qhIxws
HHS and OMH recognize September 15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Join us in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Visit the website for the history, health concerns, the Affordable Care Act and Latinos, as well as ways to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. http://1.usa.gov/YVTEWp
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://1.usa.gov/1whBcSR
The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions, including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.
The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
- What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
- Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
- Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
- What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
- What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?
Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.
OMH recognizes September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Find events, media toolkits, statistics and other resources at
Office of Minority Health – http://1.usa.gov/X2vZCg
National Healthy Start Association – http://bit.ly/YB1pkF
Center for Disease Control – http://1.usa.gov/1lXD1Uv
March of Dimes – http://bit.ly/WPeBAl
OMH and NHSA: Community event. Baby Buggy Walk in the Park. While enjoying a fun-filled day in the park, families will learn about eating right, exercise, health-related resources in their own communities and how these elements work together to give their babies a better start in life. September 13, 2014 in various locations. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1qyRBjU
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research – An interactive map displaying the location of rural hospital closures across the country from January 2010 to present. It also provides a sortable list of those hospitals closed. http://bit.ly/Yfl49r
This month is National Breastfeeding Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies. MedlinePlus has information on health benefits of breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, dealing with challenges and complications, and resources for fathers and other caregivers. The LactMed database contains peer-reviewed information on medications and their effects on lactating mothers and babies.
Breastfeeding (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/PKuTQi