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Learn from University Green Cleaning Leaders

Learn from the Leaders: Community Engagement in Higher Education
May 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. CST
Register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/1TMSVOw

From Healthy Schools Campaign and Green Clean Schools

This webinar will showcase the innovative green cleaning programs at Texas Tech University and University of California, Irvine, with special attention to their ability to galvanize their students, schools and larger community around health and sustainability. Participants will have time to connect with presenters and ask questions.

Redesigned Genetics Home Reference Web Site

On April 25th, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a redesigned Genetics Home Reference web site, http://1.usa.gov/23vNuX2. Some of the changes and new features include

  • A redesigned home page for enhanced usability
  • Colors and icons that help distinguish the Web site’s different content areas
  • In-text links that improve navigation between related topics on Genetics Home Reference
  • Educational images from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources integrated into health condition summaries
  • Improved browser printing
  • Improved usability on mobile devices (mobile-responsive design)

Adapted from NLM News & Events, http://1.usa.gov/1TMSIuN

Health Literacy Data Map

The Health Literacy Data Map, http://unc.live/1TMRCyY, is a new tool from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Using census data, the website provides an online, searchable map of health literacy estimates for the entire United States. For more information about the tool, see CommunicateHealth “Health Lit Live with Dr. Stacy Bailey and Dr. Gang Fang,” http://bit.ly/271301r.

Update on May 9 at 8:40 AM Central: UNC’s site may be having technical difficulties. I will post another update when I know the site is up and working.

AHRQ Report Shows Gains in Access to and Affordability of Health Insurance

More people have health care coverage, have a usual place to go for medical care and can more easily afford medical bills after the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have taken effect, according to a new report by AHRQ. The 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy reflects gains in enrollment in qualified health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace as well as expanded Medicaid coverage that became available in more than half of the states. Hispanics showed the biggest gains in having a usual place to go for medical care. For more information on the report, see the AHRQ’s press release,  http://1.usa.gov/1SPHIOq

AHRQ Health Insurance InfoGraphic

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. http://1.usa.gov/1X5uJtE

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Clean Your Hands is WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers. Besides Cinco de Mayo being know for commemorating the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, the World Health Organization celebrates Clean Your Hands 5 May 2016. Improving hand hygiene practices in all surgical services through the continuum of care, from surgical wards to operating theatres, to outpatient surgical services, is the primary focus of this year’s 5th of May campaign. There are tools and promotional resources available. http://bit.ly/21Bm9mX

NIH MedlinePlus, the Magazine Spring 2016

One of the feature stories in the Spring 2016 issue of MedlinePlus Magazine concerns women and heart disease. See what Ta’Rhonda Jones, star of Fox TV’s Empire, has to say about her personal experience with a heart condition and her message to women. http://1.usa.gov/1XX6w6Z

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Study shows link between e-cigarette ads and use by youth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a link to exposure to e-cigarette advertising and the use of e-cigarettes in middle and high school age students. This study was published in the April 2016 edition of the journal Pediatrics. Analyzing data from the 2014 NYTS, CDC researchers found that the greater the exposure to e-cigarette advertisements among middle and high school students, the greater the odds of their e-cigarette use To read the full report go tohttp://1.usa.gov/1Wt3bxN

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Pink Eye

Is it seasonal allergies or conjunctivitis? Pink itchy eyes may be pink eye or conjunctivitis.  It is common and is very easily spread.  To learn more about this condition and when to see a doctor  visit the CDC web site, http://1.usa.gov/1UGf6J7

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Creating a Culture of Wellness: A 360 Degree View

Achieving health and wellness calls for a focus on integrated care, but is your organization truly incorporating health and wellness into everything you do? Join this free webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2:30 PM EDT. Learn how to use a self-assessment tool to increase your organization’s awareness of the key components of a wellness-focused culture. Learn how to engage in a reflective process to identify what you should keep doing, stop doing, and start doing to truly have a culture of wellness, and hear from a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grantee who has used this tool to assess and implement wellness across their agency. http://bit.ly/21fFpWW

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27