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New Publication: Indian Health Surveillance Report: Sexually Transmitted Disases, 2011

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of STD Prevention are pleased to announce the publication of the most recent Indian Health Surveillance Report – Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2011.  This report presents statistics and trends for STDs among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States and for the 12 IHS Administrative Areas.

View the Indian Health Surveillance Report online: http://1.usa.gov/1p4iD0f

We R Native: Who R You? Summer Photo Contest

We R Native is sponsoring a summer photo contest and participants could win a beaded We R Native medallion or up to $75.  The contest is open to all American Indian and Alaska Native youth 13 to 21 years of age.  To enter, you must submit a summertime photo that represents Native pride with you or your friends wearing We R Native gear.  If you don’t have any We R Native gear, visit the online store – http://bit.ly/UbtJY0. Photos must be submitted via the We R Native website - http://bit.ly/Z7vV09 or on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #weRnative.

Contest Deadline: August 20, 2014

For more information, visit the We R Native contest web page: http://bit.ly/1mIhYUe

Funding Opportunity: National Library of Medicine Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers.  Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions.  Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Application Deadline: July 29, 2014

For more information read the FOA online: http://1.usa.gov/1wrZpo4

Resources on Finding Rural-Relevant Statistics and Data

The Rural Assistance Center has created three new guides for finding rural health data and statistics.

Guides:

  • Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health
  • Data Sources & Tools Relevant to Rural Health
  • Selecting Rural Data in American Factfinder

Access the guides: http://bit.ly/1mb3I1w

Online Guide: Responding to Trangender Victims of Sexual Assault

The Office for Victims of Crime, U. S. Department of Justice, has created an online guide for those who provide service to transgender victims of sexual assault.

From Director Joye E. Frost:

“The guide presents a wide array of information in a user-friendly electronic format that allows practitioners to pick and choose the information that is most useful to them, from basic information about the transgender experience to specific guidance for sexual assault service providers and advocates, law enforcement officers, medical and mental health care providers, and support group facilitators. It includes practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, such as preferred language terms. Everyone is encouraged to review the guide’s core resource, “Transgender 101,” to gain a basic understanding of this population before accessing the educational provider-specific sections.”

Access the guide: http://1.usa.gov/1nozrfN

Don’t Miss the Signs: Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Check out the Skin Cancer health topic page on MedlinePlus for important information in prevention, screening, treatment and research. Information is available in English, Spanish and seven other languages.

Skin Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1noBpNc

One Page First Aid Guides for Parents and Caregivers

From Allergic Reactions to Warts, KidsHealth has one page first aid guides for 50 common childhood accidents and illnesses.  Parents, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers can bookmark the page and be ready to respond to (almost) any mishap.

One Page First Aid Guides (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1mCtws9

What to Include in Your First Aid Kit (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1sfiEDy

Elder Justice Roadmap Project identifies elder abuse and calls for action

Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

To see the complete HHS news release: http://1.usa.gov/1jgX5jh

To visit the Elder Justice Roadmap website: http://bit.ly/TVdRsd

Chikungunya Virus in the United States

Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Those who travel to and from the Caribbean are the most at risk, with no local transmission reported to date. The CDC is asking travelers to use common methods of mosquito bite prevention when traveling, and to be aware of fever with joint pains or rash within two weeks of returning from the Caribbean. 

To see a table of chikungunya virus in the United States, visit the CDC’s page on cases in the states: http://1.usa.gov/W0TRGl

To learn more about chikungunya virus, visit the CDC’s page on the topic: http://1.usa.gov/1mjSGeY

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes