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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

SAMHSA invites you to join a webinar that will provide an in-depth review of SAMHSA’s recently released toolkit for behavioral health providers to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities with Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment.

The toolkit, Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities: A Resource for Behavioral Health Providers, is a three-part guide intended to help behavioral health providers better understand ACA enrollment and the unique concerns facing their LGBT patients.

Experts in LGBT health insurance enrollment and behavioral health care will present the toolkit and give an overview of each of its three parts. The webinar will also provide an overview of LGBT health disparities, and discuss targeted outreach and enrollment strategies.

To register for the webinar: http://bit.ly/1xL3b0I

To view the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1HVqI1P

 

Resource Guide: Community Health Workers in Rural Settings

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Community Health Workers in Rural Settings. Resources include a Community Health Workers (CHWs) toolkit to assist in developing a CHW program, FAQs about CHWs, and links to relevant publications, organizations and funding opportunities. Access the guide here: http://bit.ly/1zOnNBO

 

Healthy People 2020 Progress Reviews

The Centers for Disease Control has published an archive of progress reviews on Healthy People 2020 topic areas. Contents include presentation slides and other materials from update webinars. The reviews began in 2013 and will continue through 2017.

Healthy People 2020 Progress Reviews: http://1.usa.gov/1vT9Dgv

Article: Indoor Environmental Exposures and Exacerbation of Asthma

Researchers funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency have published a review article summarizing known evidence on the link between indoor environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma. The article is available free full-text from Environmental Health Perspectives.

Citation: Kanchongkittiphon W, Mendell MJ, Gaffin JM, Wang G, Phipatanakul W. 2015. Indoor environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma: an update to the 2000 review by the Institute of Medicine. Environ Health Perspect 123:6–20; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307922

Read the article: http://1.usa.gov/1rXBAs8

Happy Holidays!

Hello BHIC Readers!

BHIC will suspend posts after today and will resume posting on Monday January 5, 2015.  All of us here at the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog would like to thank you all for reading our content and staying with us through the year, and we would like to wish everyone a safe & happy holidays!!  See you all in 2015!

CDC Mission: Critical – 2014 in Review

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released information regarding the critical work accomplished in 2014. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, natural or through deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. It’s a critical job, and this year showed why, more than ever, CDC is critical to the health of Americans.

To read highlights from the year in review report, visit the CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1w4jUGu

TOXMAP Now Includes EPA Coal Plant Emissions Data

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP new Flash-based beta now includes 2013 coal emissions data published by the US EPA Clean Air Markets program.
Data was obtained from the Air Markets Program Data (AMPD) tool, a publicly-available data system for searching and downloading data collected as part of EPA emissions trading programs. In 2013, about 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generated from coal.

For additional information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1AlClwz

NIH complementary and alternative medicine agency gets new name

The National Institutes of Health agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches that already are in use by the American public has a new name — the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Large population-based surveys have found that the use of alternative medicine — unproven practices used in place of conventional medicine — is rare. Integrative health care, defined as a comprehensive, often interdisciplinary approach to treatment, prevention and health promotion that brings together complementary and conventional therapies, is more common.

For more details behind this change, visit the NIH News Release page: http://bit.ly/1v5YJEI

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Launches a New Video Series

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) announces the launch of its new video series, “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action.” SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, andKnowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.

SPRC invites you to spark conversation by sharing your own comments—along with the videos—via social media, newsletters, and websites, or by showing them as part of a presentation. You could spark innovation by using the videos and the associated resources to inform your own implementation. And you could spark action by submitting your success story via a form on the SPARK Talks website.

SPRC is a SAMHSA grantee and is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase knowledge, build capacity, and promote collaboration. SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles in suicide prevention.

To visit SPRC: http://bit.ly/1zAzBKb

To view the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1sDXCel

 

January is National Diet Month

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG