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Autism and Exercise: Launch of New Video Series

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launched a new video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise.   The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students.  The series can be found on NCHPAD’s YouTube Channel.

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication offers expert recommendations from CDC’s Health Literacy Council and other agency communicators on how to reduce jargon and replace problematic terms to improve comprehension.

This document provides substitute terms, examples of difficult public health content, revised wording and tips to reinforce meaning and avoid other common pitfall

Public Health Project Planning

University of Washington School of Public Health/Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) offers a new free online course: Project Planning. Students and new professionals will learn project management fundamentals, while experienced planners can brush up on crucial skills. Learn more:

Chartbook for Hispanic Health Care

This Hispanic Health Care chartbook, 2015, is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129). This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of Hispanic health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of Hispanic health care. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.

Fellowship In Minority Health Policy

Supported by The Commonwealth Fund, this unique fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged groups. The application deadline is December 15, 2015 for the 2016-2017 Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship In Minority Health Policy:

Health Product Scams

If you buy imported products marketed as “dietary supplements” and nonprescription drug products from ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online, watch out. Health fraud scams abound. According to Cariny Nunez, M.P.H., a public health advisory in the Office of Minority Health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), health scammers often target advertising to people who prefer to shop at nontraditional places, especially those who have limited English proficiency and limited access to health care services and information. “These scammers know that ethnic groups who may not speak or read English well, or who hold certain cultural beliefs, can be easy targets,” Nunez says.  The FDA website offer guidance as well as how to report adverse reactions when using products 

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is both Native American Heritage Month and American Diabetes Awareness Month.  Nearly 1 out of 6 American Indian and Alaska Native adults has diabetes putting them at the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.  This high rate of diabetes is due to a number of factors including genetics, lifestyle, and cultural loss. Many Native Americans are seeking information to learn more about their indigenous foods, which for many have brought health and healing and pride.  The Indigenous Food Systems Network Website allows for the sharing of resources and information at
Some other resources with information about Native American foods also include The Traditional Foods Project at  and First provides some recipes in observance of Native American Heritage Month at

World AIDS Day is December 1

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. Learn how you can make a difference and spread the word. To access the toolkit go to


Tick Bites: Resources for Disease Prevention

Although small, ticks can cause serious conditions such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control have resources for consumers and health care providers on avoiding and recognizing tick-borne illnesses.

It’s Open Season on Ticks (CDC):

Tick Bites (MedlinePlus):

Ticks (CDC):

New Know Hepatitis B Poster – No Warning Signs

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“A new resource has been added to the suite of multi-lingual Know More Hepatitis B campaign.  This 24×36 poster emphasizes that Hepatitis B often doesn’t cause symptoms and encourages Asian Americans to get tested, as an early diagnosis is the best way to prevent serious liver problems.  Available as a downloadable image in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.”

Download this and campaign materials: