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Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters Webinar

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

“Various populations throughout the nation are disproportionately impacted during an emergency due to risk factors related to language, cultural isolation, immigration status and national identity. On Monday, November 23, 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division will host a webinar focused on engaging the public on nationwide disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving these various populations.”

Title: Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters

Date: Monday, November 23, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

For more information and to register:

Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men’s Risk for Heart Failure

A recent news item in MedlinePlus highlights a study linking two servings a day of sugary drinks to increased risk of heart failure.


Check out the Heart Diseases – Prevention health topic page on MedlinePlus for tips to improve heart health:

Long-distance caregiving: tips from the National Institute on Aging

Caring for aging or disabled loved ones can be a challenge, especially if your loved one is an hour or more away. The National Institute on Aging has resources to support long-distance caregivers.

Long-Distance Caregiving—Getting Started:

Long-Distance Caregiving—A Family Affair:

So Far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long-Distance Caregiving:


Use of Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Using results from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed trend reports for how, why and to what extent Americans are using complementary health approaches.

NCCIH’s website includes shareable infographics on trends and most used practices and supplements:


Rural Care Coordination

The Rural Assistance Center has a new topic guide: Rural Care Coordination.  Care coordination has great potential to improve rural health access and quality, as well as health outcomes. This new guide looks at opportunities, barriers, and models related to coordinating care in rural settings. Topics covered include Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, the role of HIT in care coordination, and more:

National Diabetes Month Social Media Toolkit

The National Eye Health Education Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces a new resource. National Diabetes Month Social Media Toolkit. November is National Diabetes Month. This toolkit provides social media messages, infographics, videos, and other resources to engage key audiences. Learn more:

Act To Change

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders sponsors a new website and social media campaign: Act To Change. This campaign aims to increase awareness of bullying and empower communities with information and tools to help prevent and end bullying. Kids and teens are bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. The campaign website includes video and music empowerment playlists and an organizing toolkit, and encourages visitors to “Take the Pledge” to join the  #ActToChange movement and stand up against bullying.  See more information here:


No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

New statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new warning to women of childbearing age.

Although there have been studies that have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians’ group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant.

It published its new statement in part to update health workers and the public.

“The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure,” said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP’s statement “is an important stand to take, and hopefully it will lead to less stigma associated with [fetal alcohol spectrum disorders] and to more access to and uptake of prevention and treatment services.”

To read the complete report the source is : Janet Williams, M.D., professor, pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Janni Niclasen, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Christina Chambers, Ph.D.,M.P.H., professor, pediatrics, Center for Better Beginnings, University of California, San Diego; November 2015, Pediatrics

Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions

This information from the CDC can help you answer your questions about flu vaccines. This page lists all the people recommended to get the flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination.

Use this information to talk to start a conversation with your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about which flu vaccines are best for you and your family.






Protecting Your Health Information at

The third year of Open Enrollment begins on November 1st. The website has launched a new privacy manager and are supporting the Do Not Track browser setting for their digital advertising. They also have a new privacy notice to learn more about these tools and to understand the steps taken to protect your privacy: