The National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities — and other underserved groups — reach their full health potential. The strategy — a product of the National Partnership for Action (NPA) — incorporates ideas, suggestions and comments from thousands of individuals and organizations across the country. Local groups can use the National Stakeholder Strategy to identify which goals are most important for their communities and adopt the most effective strategies and action steps to help reach them.
Access the Executive Summary or the entire Strategy online: http://1.usa.gov/IKP8SD
The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) offers a scholarship program for early-career U.S. minority investigators. The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research. Investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, PhD, etc) and want to work with a mentor scientist in the Network to complete a research project based upon an existing HPTN research study are encouraged to apply.
Deadline to Identify a Mentor: December 13, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014
Find more information about the HIV Prevention Trials Network Scholars Program online: http://bit.ly/1jikVYJ
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is pleased to announce that resource stipends are available for organizations serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities to have customized materials with safe infant sleep messages printed by NICHD, utilizing the Healthy Native Babies Project Toolkit Disk. The Toolkit Disk allows individuals to design culturally appropriate and regionally specific materials with phrases translated into Native languages as well as photographs of Native families taken across the country. Recipients myst be from one of the following Indian Health Service Areas: Aberdeen, Alaska, Bemidji, Billings, or Portland.
Application Deadline: December 19, 2013
Contact Lauri Argo for the Stipend Application at (888) 996-9916 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the NICHD online to access the Healthy Native Babies Project and other resources: http://1.usa.gov/1bGRxcX
Consumer Reports has created an interactive web site to help those who are unsure how the Affordable Care Act affects them. Visitors to the site can answer a series of questions to determine how health care reform affects them and what, if anything, they need to do. The site is also available in Spanish.
Access the site: http://www.healthlawhelper.org/
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have published new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines, which encourage health professionals to treat obesity as a disease and to promote overall healthy diets to their patients. From the American Heart Association, “[a]nd they give doctors the first-ever formulas to calculate heart and stroke risk specifically for African-Americans – who face disproportionate risks for these diseases.”
Overview of the guidelines: http://bit.ly/18xQKux
Read guidelines: http://bit.ly/1fZfaPM
The American Public Health Association’s Get Ready program has created a 2014 calendar featuring the winners of their Pup-Preparedness photo contest. Download the calendar, which features cute dogs and helpful tips, and check out contest submissions here: http://bit.ly/1k1pFQ3
“Teens and young adults who suffer from mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.”
The National Association of Broadcasters created OK2Talk, an online community for teens and young adults coping with mental health problems to encourage them to share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support can be shared in this safe, moderated space.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. PHPartners.org, the web portal of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, aims to help the public health workforce ﬁnd and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. The site just published a new educational trifold about PHPartners.org You can print the tri-fold to spread the word about this helpful resource.
PHPartners tri-fold, http://1.usa.gov/1aDpglt
A recent study analyzing 30 years worth of data from two national health surveys showed that people who ate seven or more servings of nuts per week had a 20% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn’t eat nuts. The study found 29% fewer deaths from heart disease among regular nut-eaters and an 11% lower risk of dying from cancers.
Hear more from Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine, on MedlinePlus.gov Health News: http://1.usa.gov/1bYd0wq
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
This year, they’re celebrating quitters and their supporters with a series of fun characters designed for social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’ve also got lots of other resources and information to help you quit for good. http://bit.ly/1aUpr7X