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Free Tools to Track Your Child’s Developmental Health

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“We often think of height and weight, but from birth to age 5, your child should reach specific milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Not reaching a milestone in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach his or her full potential.”

For a list of tools and more information, visit the CDC page: http://1.usa.gov/1i8s2TK

A Look at How Research is Improving Public Health Laws

In conjunction with National Public Health Week, Public Health Law Research (PHLR) has created graphics and images on the critical role of public health law when backed by evidence and research. These graphics show how effective public health law can change and save lives.

For more information and highlights from PHLR, visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Blog: http://bit.ly/1hyiwKI

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Campaign

As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.

The campaign’s mission is to:

  • Promote universal screening.
  • Identify possible delays and behavioral issues in any child setting.
  • Enhance developmental supports for children.
  • Offer resources for professionals working with children.

These resources include screening tools, user guides for different audiences (including behavioral health providers), and an array of online resources for providers and parents.

http://1.usa.gov/1kOvwKc

Health LandScape mapping tool

American Academy of Family Physicians - An interactive web-based mapping tool that allows health professionals, policy makers and researchers to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote better understanding of health and healthcare issues.  http://bit.ly/1hEg6o7

New Online Catalog for the Office of Minority Health

The HHS Office of Minority Health Knowledge Center team is pleased to let you know that the online library catalog search engine has just been re-launched in a new format.  The new version offers immediate access to the latest documents added to the database.  It also provides more detailed search options and formats for delivery of results.  During National Minority Health Month, please take a moment to look at the new content.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Knowledge Center team if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this unique resource for minority health information.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1qlzVaM  then click on “Search the library catalog”.

Recovery to Practice Webinar: The Role of Self-Management in Using Medications

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Health Resources and Services Administration, Center for Integrated Health Solutions, will be hosting a webinar on medication self-management. This webinar will approach the topic of self-management and medication use from three perspectives.  This webinar recognizes that, while medications can be very effective tools in promoting recovery, they alone will not be sufficient for many persons with serious and/or prolonged conditions. For these individuals, the medications we currently use do not “cure” serious mental illnesses or addictions.

April 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

For more information and to register, visit the SAMHSA web site: http://bit.ly/1eoCGRm

Refugee Health Orientation Videos and Handouts From Healthy Roads Media

Several years ago the Refugee Services Section of the Ohio Department of Job and Family services produced a wonderful DVD called Safe, Smart and Healthy that provides comprehensive information that meets the health education requirements of refugee health orientation.  The content was developed in 33 languages.  The DVD dissemination strategy is not completely useful in reaching all new refugees and Healthy Roads Media (HRM) was contacted to see if there might be a way to reformat the video content for the web.  The DVD content was broken up into 28 short segments, each covering specific topics.  This makes the content useful for information sessions of various lengths and in a variety of settings.  A number of these have been available for awhile.

Two new personal hygiene topics in 16 languages are now available as streaming web videos on the Healthy Roads Media Refugee Health Orientation page – http://bit.ly/1kGP8Qu

(Original message from Mary Alice Gillispie, Healthy Roads Media)

Minority Health Month Webinar

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Minority Health will host a webinar in honor of Minority Health Month. Speakers will discuss CMS’ ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities, and their work encouraging newly insured consumers to use preventive services and primary care.

April 9, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

For more information, and to register, visit the CMS web site: http://bit.ly/1gI67Oc

Youth Violence Prevention Week: Resources

Youth violence is a large health concern. Youth can be the victims, the perpetrators and/or the witnesses to violence. According to the CDC, homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans age 10-24, but youth violence can also including bullying, assault and other aggressive behaviors.

The CDC has a number of resources on understanding and preventing youth violence: http://1.usa.gov/1jLakGg

Tele-townhall: Chronic Disease, Air Pollution and Public Health: Risk, Prevention, & Preparedness

On Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30-4:30PM ET, the American Public Health Association will host a “tele-townhall” on the health effects of air pollution.

From the American Public Health Association:

“Celebrate National Public Health Week by joining, “Chronic Disease, Air Pollution & Public Health: Risk, Prevention, & Preparedness” – a tele-townhall discussion with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, MD, MPH together with national health leaders from the American Lung Association and American Public Health Association and others as they discuss the health impacts of air pollution, including worsening conditions due to climate change. Participants can also look forward to hearing about efforts underway today to better protect the public, especially children, elderly and those living with chronic lung or heart disease.

This event sponsored by the American Lung Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Thoracic Society, the American Heart Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Trust for America’s Health, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1k8oNyH