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Safe Summer Driving

Summer is the deadliest time of year to be on the road. In fact, nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than are killed during the rest of the year’s months combined, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This increase is linked directly to alcohol consumption.  

Visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s public health blog to get more information and see an infographic that illustrates the need for drivers to stay sober: http://bit.ly/1BhstUB

Public Health is for Everyone Toolkit

Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.

Visit the Public Health is for Everyone website: http://bit.ly/1oy0jk9

 

SAMHSA’s “KnowBullying” app helps prevent bullying

KnowBullying, a free smartphone app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others with information and communication support to help prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

KnowBullying provides concerned parents, caregivers, educators, and others:
  • Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
  • Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3 to 6, 7 to 13, and older teens.
  • Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
  • Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or playing outside.
  • Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.

For the complete press release from SAMHSA, visit their news release page: http://1.usa.gov/1l7s5mX

Gluten-Free Labels Now in Compliance with FDA

From the Food and Drug Administration Consumer Updates page:

“In August 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that defined what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten-free.” The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard.

Manufacturers had one year to bring their labels into compliance. As of August 5, 2014, any food product bearing a gluten-free claim labeled on or after this date must meet the rule’s requirements.”

The FDA’s Consumer Updates page has additional information on the label requirements and standards.

American Public Health Association Book Club

From the American Public Health Association (APHA) Newswire:

“On Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. EDT, APHA’s “Annual Meeting Book Club” will merge old school and new school.

Public health literati are converging on Facebook to discuss a classic hardback, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Questions will be posted to APHA’s Facebook wall during the hour-long chat, allowing for response from those following along.”

The complete announcement as well as book club and chat details can be found on the APHA Newswire website.

Updates on the West Africa Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria announced a cumulative total of 1711 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 932 deaths, as of August 4, 2014. Of the 1711 clinical cases, 1070 cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus infection. Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

When an infection occurs in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others. These include:

  • direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person
  • exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions

The viruses that cause Ebola HF are often spread through families and friends because they come in close contact with infectious secretions when caring for ill persons.

To learn more about Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention topic page: http://1.usa.gov/1phm1rJ

To learn more about the West Africa outbreak, visit the CDC’s Outbreak page: http://1.usa.gov/1nzOm7g

Resources for Parents and Attorneys of Unaccompanied Children

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families operates a Parent Hotline for parents of unaccompanied children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Seven days per week from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET, the hotline is for parents seeking to locate their children in ORR care: 1-800-203-7001. See the ORR webpage for more information: http://1.usa.gov/1shZKci

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The U.S. Office Health and Human Services recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. For further information, social media announcements and banners, toolkits, and other resources you or your organization can use to raise awareness, please visit Healthfinder.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1shPCAb, CDC: http://1.usa.gov/X2ycOx and the National Public Health Information Coalition: http://bit.ly/1sdKdgY.

Working Together to Manage Diabetes Webinar

Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. They may be the first to see a person with or at risk for diabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program presents a free webinar to learn about a new toolkit for PPOD practitioners. The toolkit was developed to show how healthcare professionals can work collaboratively in their communities to promote better health outcomes. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: Tools and Strategies for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry will be presented August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET; and September 8, 2014, at noon ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kIIPRe

CDC Online Course for Violence Prevention

Each year, more than 54,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical, lost productivity, and other costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.

To help prevent violence, the CDC has released a free online training course, Principles of Prevention. The training teaches the key concepts of primary prevention, public health approach, and social-ecological model, and offers CDC approved continuing education credits. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.

Principles of Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1xLqmni