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Webinar: Youth Justice, Youth of Color and Health Policy Implications

From the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities:

“In this webinar, Burns Institute founder James Bell will discuss justice policy implementation trends with particular attention to their impact on the mental health and life outcomes for youth of color. The presentation will also include a review of national youth incarceration data and strategies that are used to assist jurisdictions in understanding disparities in their youth justice system.”

February 19, 2015 3-4pm EST


Request for Information (RFI) Soliciting Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

How has the work of the National Library of Medicine affected your work? Do you use resources such as MedlinePlus and PubMed? Has the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and BHIC provided information that is valuable to your practice? In anticipation of long-time NLM Director Donald Lindberg’s retirement, the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has put out a Request for Information.

Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
  • How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
  • Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Digital publications; or
  • Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.

Responses are due March 13, 2015

For more information and to respond:

Reducing Non-Urgent Emergency Services

Reducing the use of emergency departments for non-urgent and often chronic conditions lowers healthcare spending and improves the care of patients, who often receive fragmented care, no case management and lack of followup. The Emergency Services Learning Community in Detroit, Michigan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is taking steps toe address the challenge with innovations such as training paramedics to provide support to frequent 911 callers, implementing a referral system for community services, and using data to identify those needing services and connect them.

Mental Health Care and Assessment of Transgender Adults

Webinar: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 2:00 PM ET. Research suggests that the number of transgender people seeking gender affirming surgical procedures is increasing, and this is accelerating in the U.S. with the lifting of insurance exclusions. Behavioral health providers are seeing more transgender patients seeking referrals to surgeons, and are seeking guidance on the standard practice with each patient. This free webinar, sponsored by the National LGBT Health Education Center, describes the role of the behavioral health care provider during a person’s transition and how to assess and advise patients. Register here:

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit updated: January 2015. The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new edition of their Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. The toolkit, available here,, can help primary care practitioners with increasing the level of patient understanding of health information, followup instructions, medication directions and overall communication.

National Library of Medicine Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information

Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills. This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval.

The RFI for the PIR Pilot is at:

Instructions for responding to the RFI are at:

The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Monday, April 27, 2015.

Questions and comments are welcome at:

Webinar: Federal Income Taxes and Health Coverage 101

Sign up for an upcoming free webinar: Federal Income Taxes and Health Coverage 101.
The 2015 tax season is the first time individuals and families will be asked on their tax returns for some basic information regarding their health coverage.

February 25, 2015 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Join by Phone Only: 1-480-297-0021
Access Code: 362-066-915 — The PIN is the # key.

To register:’s Tips and Tools for Getting and Staying Healthy

In addition the website is a tool to get personalized health recommendations to get you on the road to a healthier you.

By: Ellen Langhans, MA, Program Manager, ODPHP and Silje Lier, MPH, Communication Advisor, ODPHP


Rural Schools and Health: Topic Guide

The Rural Assistance Center has an updated topic guide on Rural Schools and Health. The guide provides strategies that schools can use to improve the health of their students and includes links to relevant statistics, organizations and funding opportunities.

Rural Schools and Health:


The 2015 Measles Outbreak: Exploring the Role of Public Health Law (webinar)

The 2015 Measles Outbreak: Exploring the Role of Public Health Law (webinar)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

1-2:30 PM (ET)

From the Network for Public Health Law:

“This webinar examines the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and associated legal issues. Speakers will describe current vaccination recommendations, provide an overview of vaccination laws and exemptions, explore state temporary exclusion laws related to unvaccinated students, and highlight lessons learned by LA County [California] in implementing legal disease control measures.”

For more information and to register: