The Office of Minority Health has numerous resources for Black History Month!
The resources include a profile of African Americans health, statistics by disease, leading causes of death and other health concerns. They also has a history of Black History Month, a timeline of African American Pioneers in health care and other African American “firsts.”
Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1gFDyTp
The National Library of Medicine has the online exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries. African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” This exhibit, “looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.” Visit the exhibition: http://1.usa.gov/1mJgPNy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.
To read more about the changes and to see the new label, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1ht6Mql
Beginning in February 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control began a new project to improve health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. A survey is being conducted through the National Health Interview. This is an opportunity to collect accurate information about the health of these groups in all 50 states, and to use this information to understand, plan and make policy to improve health and well-being for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Download tools to support education and outreach efforts about the survey: http://1.usa.gov/1mxWSWw
Over 3 million Americans have enrolled in affordable health coverage. Many have shared their own stories about what it means to them — peace of mind, better coverage, security to pursue their dreams, and more. There are five weeks left until open enrollment closes on March 31. Let’s keep the momentum going and help more Americans get enrolled.
Encourage coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace, http://1.usa.gov/1cKYZ4d, during Latino Enrollment Week, February 24-28. The U.S. Health and Human Services website offers these resources: Starting the Conversation http://1.usa.gov/1k7Tza6; Six reasons to get covered: http://1.usa.gov/N0tOKG; Sharing Stories: http://1.usa.gov/1hQCKQT; and Inscríbase antes del 15 de marzo: https://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/.
A Toledo-based hospital system is trying new approaches to address hunger. Treating it as a health issue, the non-profit ProMedica system is building a grocery store selling healthy food, reclaiming unserved food and packaging meals for the hungry. They also started a system to screen hospital patients for food insecurity and connect them to programs that can help and provide them with emergency groceries. Citing social determinants of health as fundamental, ProMedica is forming partnerships with local food banks and other organizations to address community needs. The cost is not a burden as they are able to locate and reallocate resources. Read more at: http://bit.ly/1hwaUVl
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Blog:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a Resource Guide to help health care and social service practitioners provide guidance to families on how to support their children who are coming out or identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
To read the rest of the RWJF post visit the RWJF Public Health blog: http://bit.ly/1mysMWf
To see the SAMHSA resource guide page, visit the SAMHSA store: http://1.usa.gov/1fFKVIK
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
This influenza season was particularly hard on younger- and middle-age adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. People age 18-64 represented 61 percent of all hospitalizations from influenza—up from the previous three seasons when this age group represented only about 35 percent of all such hospitalizations. Influenza deaths followed the same pattern; more deaths than usual occurred in this younger age group.
For the full CDC press release, visit the CDC Newsroom website: http://1.usa.gov/1mihC4k
The Prevention Matters infographic highlights opportunities and progress in prevention, as well as federal actions aligned with the strategic directions and priorities of the National Prevention Strategy.
To see the infographic and read more, visit SurgeonGeneral.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1db5M66
Expanding its reach to the local Spanish-speaking community, the National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, Texas, forecast office has begun a collaboration with Radio Esperanza KOIR 88.5- FM and KRIO 97.7-FM/910-AM, a radio network with coverage that includes Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and much of northeastern Mexico.
Once each month, National Weather forecaster, Maria Torres participates in “La Hora Comunitaria” (Community Hour), a Spanish–language interview and call-in program. Torres provides information to help prepare the local Hispanic community for hazardous weather. The broadcasts are scheduled to continue through the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season and beyond. http://1.usa.gov/1bYpBNw
Federal Register Feb 6, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients direct access to their completed lab test reports. These changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining their privacy.
Read the final rule (FR DOC #: 2014-02280) at: http://1.usa.gov/1mozcqI