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Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs)

The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of 26 Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues. Each month displays 1 or more infographics to visually communicate the existing health disparities for the featured LHI. This month’s topic is injury and violence.





Tips for Shopping for Prescription Drugs from Consumer Reports

Millions of Americans have been hit with high drug costs within the last year. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center poll of 1,037 adults showed that a third of those who currently take a drug said they experienced a spike in their prescription drug prices in the past 12 months—anywhere from just a few dollars to more than $100 per prescription. Drugs can cost as much as ten times more at one retailer versus another. Read more about this issue and tips for being a better comparison shopper here:

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: to learn more.

Webinar: Mapping an Outreach Project

Four one-hour webinars are available from the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. (Webinar 1) Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project. • (Webinar 2) Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project. • (Webinar 3) Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results. • (Webinar 4) Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal. Participants are eligible to receive 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit from the Medical Library Association. One hour of CE will be earned for each live or recorded webinar attended (up to 4 CEs), and an extra four CEs can be earned for a four-part homework assignment. All webinars must be viewed and homework completed and sent to the instructor by the deadline. To learn more, please visit:

Motivational Go4Life Fitness E-cards

Know a Senior who needs some encouragement to keep or make a New Year’s Resolution? Or do you want to congratulate someone for being your fitness hero? Send them one of Go4Life’s free animated e-cards.

Colds and Sore Throats

It’s that time of year when colds, coughs, and sore throats seem to be everywhere.

NIH News in Health from March 2013 has some tips for “Soothing a Sore Throat.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information on reducing your risk of getting or spreading a cold.

The CDC also has tips on relieving symptoms common to colds.

Diabetes in Children and Teens

The American Diabetes Association estimates that there are 208,000 Americans under the age of 20 diagnosed with diabetes.

MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page devoted to Diabetes in Children and Teens. It has links to many useful resources about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and a number of the resources are available in Spanish.

The National Diabetes Education Program has a resource site for Youth and Teens Living With Diabetes. Teens can read about diabetes and how to manage their disease. Parents can read answers to many questions they have after their child has been diagnosed. The site includes information on both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Avoid frostbite and hypothermia

As many areas of the United States are experiencing cold weather this week, it’s important to take steps to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Learn about risk factors and symptoms at MedlinePlus.

Frostbite (MedlinePlus):

Hypothermia (MedlinePlus):

Health Literacy Training for Health Professionals

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed, with OptumHealth, two learning modules on health literacy. The no-cost online modules are eligible for CME and CNE credits.

An Updated Overview of Health Literacy:

Improving Health Literacy by Improving Communication Skills:

Zika virus: Advice for travelers

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can also be transmitted from pregnant mother to baby.  Because there is no known treatment or vaccine for Zika, the Centers for Disease Control has issued a health advisory for travelers to 14 countries and territories in the Americas where Zika has been found.

Health Advisory (CDC):

Question and Answers: Zika virus infection (Zika) and pregnancy (CDC):

Fact Sheets and Posters (English and Spanish):