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New Healthy Schools page from the CDC

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Start the school year equipped with information to help teachers, parents, and students create a healthier school environment. CDC’s Healthy Schools website offers a number of resources and guidance tools to help get things started.”

Healthy Schools:

Grant Writing Webinar Series from the Office of Minority Health

From the Office of Minority Health:

“The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is pleased to present a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications. 

October 6 at 3:30 pm EDT: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics — from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding. Register for this webinar:
October 20 at 3:30 pm EDT: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART)objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided. Register for this webinar:

November 5 at 3:30 pm EDT: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified. Register for this webinar:

Visit for more information about this webinar series and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center.”

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:

Go to AIDSource:

Want to see a demo of the site? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, on October 14 from noon -1pm ET for a webinar with the Project Manager.



Learn More about Keeping Your Family’s Food Safe

September is National Food Safety Education Month. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has information you can use to help you select and serve raw produce safely, safe food handling, debunking myths about safe food refrigeration, food storage and food facts for consumers. Read more here:


Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency? has information on preparing for emergencies and making a family plan, making an emergency supply kit and learning what to do in different types of emergencies. Learn more about how to prepare:


Institute of Medicine Study: Errors in Patient Diagnosis

The report, called “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” asserts that diagnostic errors occur daily in every health care setting nationwide, yet they have never been adequately studied. No one knows how many people suffer from misdiagnoses or delays that affect their care. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” Read more in U.S. News & World Report:

Health Stats Blog

NCHStats, a blog of the National Center for Health Statistics, provides statistics and information on many aspects of the nation’s health, from child obesity to health insurance. See the latest information here:

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide

SAMHSA’s free resource has been updated: “Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide, A Toolkit for Senior Centers” offers strategies senior centers can use to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support the well-being of older adults. Describes activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Access the toolkit here:

APHA Toolkits Now Available on Plan4Health Website

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Planning Association, with the expertise of partners and members from across the country, have built a library of resources. The new toolkits, available online, include a variety of materials and cover the following topics: Comprehensive Plans and Health; Healthy Community Design; Safe Routes to Parks; Transportation and Health; Health Equity; and Health in All Policies. For training resources, webinar slides, and ideas for community engagement, see:

What Vaccines Do You Need?

Unsure of what vaccines are recommended for you? The Centers for Disease Control has a quiz for adults and adolescents. The quiz is available in English and Spanish.