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USDA Community Connect Grants

From USDA Rural Development, http://1.usa.gov/1qZZsfo

Application Deadline: June 17, 2016

“This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service… The projects funded by these grants help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety and community development.”

Eligible applicants include most state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profits, and for-profit corporations.

Originally seen on RHIhub

Defining Health Literacy

On April 4, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper “Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy” http://bit.ly/1Vk2TKt. One of the paper’s conclusions argues that a more “practical consensus on a definition of health literacy” will improve the ability to compare research and data sets and potentially improve health.

On April 13, the National Library of Medicine’s NLM in Focus, http://1.usa.gov/1SZBtU4, shared some of these definition difficulties as well as one of the most comprehensive definitions to date. In addition, the blog post includes numerous links to health literacy resources and research.

CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects

“Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects…”

“The report [in the New England Journal of Medicine] notes that no single piece of evidence provides conclusive proof that Zika virus infection is a cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects. Rather, increasing evidence from a number of recently published studies and a careful evaluation using established scientific criteria supports the authors’ conclusions.”

Read the complete media statement at CDC.gov, http://1.usa.gov/1qZLMkz

Zika virus representation from Purdue University and NIH

Representation of Zika virus, NIH Flickr Image Gallery, http://bit.ly/1VF0U3l 
Credit: Purdue University image/courtesy of Kuhn and Rossmann research groups

Don’t forget you can find current news and background information at the Zika virus MedlinePlus Health Topic Page.

 

April issue of NIH News in Health

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on preventing mosquito-borne illnesses, gardening to promote health, and avoiding childhood sports injuries.

NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Is the shingles vaccine right for you?

Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus as chicken pox.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created a video and quiz about the shingles vaccine.

Is the Shingles Vaccine Right for You?: http://bit.ly/1YCPw6d
MedlinePlus has additional information about shingles: http://1.usa.gov/1Wb15Cm

Greenness Around Homes Linked to Lower Mortality

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:

“Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to new research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes. The results were published Apr. 14 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.”

Read more about the study: http://1.usa.gov/1WaZSes

Full-text: http://1.usa.gov/22HsNH1

Interested in adding more vegetation to your area? Cooperative Extension can offer advice. Find your local office: http://1.usa.gov/1SUN06Y

Walking and Walkable Communities

The benefits of walking as exercise are numerous. But for people who live in areas where sidewalks are few or walking presents a danger, getting out and moving around can be more difficult. The Surgeon General published a Call to Action to promote walking and walkable cities. Even the Transportation Secretary touted the health benefits of walkable communities and safe streets. If you’re stuck in an unwalkable area (for the time being at least), consider some activity alternatives to walking outdoors, such as those listed on “How 10 Minutes Can Be Your Friend When You Want to Workout” http://1.usa.gov/1NqZrpB.

Infographic from SurgeonGeneral.gov

Infographic for Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. For a text-version of the information displayed on the infographic, go to http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/sector-infographic.html.

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, http://1.usa.gov/1qsto39

If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the preventive services on this site must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

There are sections on the site for Adults, Women, and Children.

Link seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Pocket Guide

A new pocket guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses the various types of approved medications, screening and assessment tools, and best practices for patient care. Learn more and download Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Pocket Guide at: http://1.usa.gov/1qpPkMd