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PACE Provides Much-Needed Rural Supports and Services for Older Adults

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has many advantages for older residents of rural communities. The principal tenet of PACE is that it is better for older adults with chronic conditions to remain in the community as long as possible. The American Society on Aging describes the program at: hhttp://bit.ly/23vzKAI

PACE programs continue to grow and innovate in America’s rural and urban communities. They excel at serving some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and always strive to keep older adults living in their homes and communities. To learn more about the PACE Model of Care and PACE programs, please visit the National PACE Association at: http://bit.ly/1oYGuEb

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health – A Self-Guided Learning Module for Rural Health Care Teams is designed with two goals in mind: To help people who work in rural health learn more about the concept of social determinants of health; and to enable rural health teams to improve outcomes in their communities by addressing factors that contribute to the social determinants of health. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/20CvwCk

EPA’s Safer Choice program encourages consumers to choose healthier and safer spring cleaning products

The snow is gone and temperatures are rising. That means it is time for spring cleaning, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Safer Choice program this spring is encouraging consumers to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment. EPA developed Safer Choice labels so it would be easy for consumers and businesses to choose products that meet EPA’s safer product standards. Although the Safer Choice label applies to products that are used year round, EPA is making a special emphasis just in time for spring cleaning. For more information Safer Choice, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qk6uLt 

The Brain Health Resource toolkit

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning best. The PowerPoint presentation will help older adults and their caregivers learn how to reduce risks that may be related to brain health and the Educator’s Guide, presentation handout, and resource list provide additional information and support. To access this toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1Q3BAvQ

Want to Know How to Help a Friend?

It can be challenging to know how to react when you notice a friend exhibiting signs of a mental health condition. It’s important first to be able to recognize those warning signs and to then be able to talk with your friend about their situation in a way that is comfortable for them. NAMI has created this infographic to highlight a few steps you should follow in order to help a friend that is going through problems with their mental health. To download the graphic http://bit.ly/1qk7LBZ

Make health information easy to read and understand #NMHM16

From US Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health

@MinorityHealth: 9 out of 10 Americans have difficulties with basic health information.

MedlinePlus How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials http://1.usa.gov/23fceYz

Make health information easy to read and understand

Consider Your Library’s Community Health Programming Holistically

From “Health Happens in Libraries

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WebJunction shares resources for libraries to use in starting, adding, or evaluating health programs specifically in public libraries. Community organizations and libraries of all types might find this information useful as well.

 

National Public Health Week 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

April is National Minority Health Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” To learn more about the CDC’s efforts to combat minority health disparities, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1SNwQif

 

Tornado Safety

Due to severe weather conditions that has occurred in the past few months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has featured a recommend guide in case of a tornado. The guide includes how to be prepared, how to stay aware of weather conditions and suggestions for shelter. For more information, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1RClAGu