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Gathering Credible Data

The recorded session, “Gathering Credible Data” is now available for viewing on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1z2sRCo.

When doing health information outreach, respect for the populations we work with is an important part of the project. This webinar, the third in a series exploring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s evaluation framework,  focuses on data collection methods. During this webinar the presenter provides an overview of guiding principles for collecting evaluation data, considerations when choosing data collection methods, and information on ensuring cultural responsiveness when collecting data.

Indian Health Services Suicide Prevention Portal

From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website,  http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf,  for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.

Patient and Family Centered Care for Hospitals

The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs, and their mission is to improve healthcare for the public. As part of this mission, they promote the advance of effective communication, cultural competence, and patient and family centered care.  Resources offered on their webpage include a comparison of the Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to The Joint Commission’s 2015 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program:  http://bit.ly/1rmKLS5. They also offer patient centered communication standards for hospitals: http://bit.ly/1BD6Ez8, and a roadmap for advancing effective communication: http://bit.ly/XAUFCD.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help. Callers to 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will talk to a skilled, trained counselor, who will listen and provide information about local mental health services. Calls are free and confidential.

More information about the Lifeline and advice to help yourself and others: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

More information: http://1.usa.gov/1p65NSy

Webinar: Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations

On August 20, 2014, from 3-4 pm ET, Mental Health America is hosting a webinar entitled Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations. The webinar is designed for those who work in the mental health field but who do not use social media regularly.

Presenters: Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Social Media for Nonprofits; Mike Thornsbury, Marketer and Mental Health Volunteer; Jessica Kennedy, Webmaster, Mental Health America

More information and instructions for logging into the webinar: http://bit.ly/1pEWNDS

MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola

The National Library of Medicine has created a new health topic page for Ebola. Access the page for information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and latest news about the 2014 Outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1w12wZt

Safe Summer Driving

Summer is the deadliest time of year to be on the road. In fact, nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than are killed during the rest of the year’s months combined, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This increase is linked directly to alcohol consumption.  

Visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s public health blog to get more information and see an infographic that illustrates the need for drivers to stay sober: http://bit.ly/1BhstUB

Public Health is for Everyone Toolkit

Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.

Visit the Public Health is for Everyone website: http://bit.ly/1oy0jk9

 

SAMHSA’s “KnowBullying” app helps prevent bullying

KnowBullying, a free smartphone app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others with information and communication support to help prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

KnowBullying provides concerned parents, caregivers, educators, and others:
  • Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
  • Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3 to 6, 7 to 13, and older teens.
  • Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
  • Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or playing outside.
  • Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.

For the complete press release from SAMHSA, visit their news release page: http://1.usa.gov/1l7s5mX