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Extreme Event: new role-playing game for groups

Extreme Event is an in-person role-playing game for groups. The game was designed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum in collaboration with the ResilientAmerica Roundtable, and all materials needed are available for download at their website.

A webinar on May 12 from 12 – 1 PM (ET) will explain how to host an Extreme Event game for a school, community event, disaster training session or any other setting.

Register for the webinar: http://bit.ly/1Fg5f6e

Extreme Event toolkit: http://bit.ly/1cJqPDM

Public health response to civil unrest in Baltimore

The American Public Health Association interviewed Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen on her department’s response to unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen: Thinking creatively to protect communities (Public Health Newswire): http://bit.ly/1KXQFyX

Newborn Screening Clearinghouse

Run by a cooperative agreement from the Genetic Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Baby’s First Test increases awareness, knowledge, and understanding of newborn screening for expectant and new parents, health professionals, industry representatives, and the public; connects state and regional public health groups; facilitates data and resource sharing; and responds to emerging technologies and corresponding public health challenges. Baby’s First Test houses the nation’s newborn screening clearinghouse, which provides current educational and family support and services information, materials, and resources about newborn screening at the local, state, and national levels and serves as the Clearinghouse for newborn screening information. Resources are available in English: http://bit.ly/1byu7bh and in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1F6gJZL.

Circle of Life Multimedia Program HIV/AIDS Prevention

The Circle of Life program, from the U.S. HHS Office of Minority Health, is based on the Medicine Wheel to teach about mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. The HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum is for middle school-aged students to learn about risks through multimedia and interactive tools, available at: http://1.usa.gov/1byryGc.

Tribal Healing in Primary Care and Behavioral Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR) proudly presents a national free webinar on Models For Tribal Healing In Primary Care And Behavioral Health Settings:

May 26, 2015, from 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Join the webinar and view the presentation online by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1zC9Exz
Join the conference call by calling: 1-888-323-9708 and enter participant Code 4568793

Objective: The purpose of this webinar is to highlight those programs and services that address the delivery of behavioral health care in primary care settings. In addition, this webinar will present and discuss: Historical Trauma and the Impacts on Community, National Trends and Federal Initiatives towards Wellness, and Methods for delivering culturally competent treatment and recovery services. To learn more about the webinar, see: http://bit.ly/1JQNk6W.

Healthy You: Phobias

This month’s Healthy You tipsheet from the American Public Health Association is entitled “Phobias: Learning how to face your fears”. The tipsheet is available in English and Spanish and can be printed or shared electronically.

Healthy You (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

MedlinePlus Releases New Responsive Web Design

From the National Library of Medicine:

Last week, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) and MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/spanish) released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the announcement page (http://1.usa.gov/1dHTGbx) for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of MedlinePlus.gov optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile (m.medlineplus.gov) sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of MedlinePlus.gov.

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at http://medlineplus.gov/ and http://medlineplus.gov/spanish .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tour/tour.html (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

May 3-9 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out the Child Mental Health health topic page on MedlinePlus for current news and information on symptoms, conditions, treatment and related issues.

Child Mental Health: MedlinePlus http://1.usa.gov/1ccTnVN

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps

The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You can search on the basis of a specific location or an indicator.

Data, Trends and Maps is an interactive database that provides data on obesity status as well as select behavioral, environmental and policy data in the areas of breastfeeding, energy dense food consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and television viewing. The system was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The database includes information from multiple data sources and can be displayed by national, state or selected locations.

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps: http://1.usa.gov/1GCwpib

May is Asthma Awareness Month and Asthma TwitterChat on May 5

Asthma, a lung disease, affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including 1 in 12 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. The CDC has developed an Asthma Awareness Toolkit to take control of and raise awareness about asthma. Multilingual consumer health information and patient handouts about asthma are available on MedlinePlus.

Join experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on World Asthma Day (Tuesday, May 5) at 2:00 pm EDT for a TwitterChat about asthma, common asthma triggers, and how to create an asthma action plan. To join the conversation follow @CDCEnvironment and @EPAlive on Twitter and use the hashtag #AsthmaChat2015 in messages during the chat. No registration is required.

CDC Asthma Awareness Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1KA36AV
CDC Asthma Awareness TwitterChat: http://1.usa.gov/1JeAUm1
MedlinePlus Health Topic: Asthma: http://1.usa.gov/1bK6pJr