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Measles: Resources

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the United States saw more measles in the first month of 2015 than it usually sees in an entire year.

MedlinePlus has reliable information on the current outbreak, prevention, potential complications and patient handouts. Information is in English and Spanish.

Measles (MedlinePlus):

NLM Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services division works with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.

The K-12 Science and Health Education Directory contains resources on topics including biology, environmental health science, chemistry, forensics and medical technology, genetics, HIV/AIDS, and more!

Additionally, a new NLM Twitter stream with resources for K-12 science educators can be found at: @NLM_K12.

K-12 Science and Health Education Directory:
@NLM_K12 Twitter:

Webinar: Community Health Workers: Their Role in Preventing and Controlling Chronic Conditions

The National Diabetes Education Program and CDC’s CHW Workgroup at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion are hosting a webinar that will outline what CHWs are, describe their roles in achieving health equity, and discuss promising practices of the CHW workforce. The event will showcase the strategies that CDC uses to engage CHWs in chronic condition prevention and control, policy development, and other efforts.

Speakers will discuss the history and evolution of CHWs at the national level, highlight the experience of organizations implementing the CHW model, and describe lessons learned in working effectively with CHWs.

Community Health Workers: Their Role in Preventing and Controlling Chronic Conditions
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EST

National Wear Red Day is February 6, 2015

On National Wear Red Day, February 6, 2015, thousands of people, men and women, raise their voices in support of heart disease awareness and prevention, in efforts to help women learn their risk for heart disease. Show your support by wearing something red—a red dress, sweater or scarf—and encourage your neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to do the same.

NHLBI has created a toolkit for information and ideas to help celebrate National Wear Red Day 2015—around town, at work, in the media, and through social networks—and to take advantage of helpful resources like free promotional materials that you can use for your observance.

National Wear Red Day:
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New Brochure: Eating Disorders

The National Institute of Mental Health has published a new brochure entitled “Eating Disorders: About More Than Food.” The brochure is designed for educators, caregivers and health professionals.

Download or order print copies here:

Eating Disorders (MedlinePlus):

Funding Announcement: National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents

From the HHS Office of Adolescent Health:

“The purpose of FOA AH-MAI-15-001 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health is to fund an organization that will support the maintenance, operation, and re-launch of a national HIV/AIDS resource center. The Resource Center will promote practical strategies to assist in the implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions and best practices targeted to adolescent youth, in particular adolescents at high risk and African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents. Funding for this project comes from the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI). OAH anticipates funding one grantee with an annual budget of up to $350,000 per year for a three-year project period.”

Applications are due April 10, 2015

More information:

New handout: Synthetic Drugs

The American Public Health Association has a new one-page handout entitled “Synthetic drugs: Just because it’s for sale doesn’t mean it’s safe.” The handout is available in English and Spanish and can be freely reproduced.

Healthy You: Synthetic Drugs:


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is focused on getting communities educated, tested, treated and involved. For further information, events, testing centers, social media and print campaigns, and other tools, please visit the National Strategic Planning Committee at:

National Drug Facts Week – Information for Teens

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recognizes January 26-February 1, 2015 as National Drug Facts Week. For further information, events, activities, social media and print campaigns, and other tools, please visit NIDA for Teens:

New From Coverage to Care Roadmaps available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care.