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Conducting a Needs Assessment

Health Outreach Partners has announced a webinar to teach participants about the community assessment process using their recently released Needs Assessment Toolkit. The toolkit provides information, tools and strategies to support organizations in their efforts to meet the health needs of underserved populations. The webinar, to be held on March 24, 2015, will feature panelists to share lessons learned. Register here: http://bit.ly/1D2sPSc

The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law

From Kaiser Health News, here is a helpful analysis of the Affordable Care Act case now before the Supreme Court. Five important points and their potential consequences are detailed here: http://bit.ly/18yX0Th

The First Lady Has a Challenge for You: #GimmeFive

Five years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a nationwide initiative called Let’s Move!  to get kids moving to a healthier lifestyle.  As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady is encouraging Americans across the country to give out high-fives when they see someone making healthy choices. And she’s challenging everyone to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life.Have you been making healthier choices over the past five years? #GimmeFive! Have you planted a garden, joined a dance class, eaten more fruits and vegetables? #GimmeFive! And, in the spirit of Let’s Move! – whether it’s pushups or recipes or hours spent on your health – can you #GimmeFive more?

To hear First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate the five year anniversary of Let’s Move go to : http://1.usa.gov/1Ho0dkZ

To read more about Let’s Move! : http://1.usa.gov/18yiIXr

Five Cheers for the fifth anniversary: http://1.usa.gov/1C2aqU7

 

HHS Health Disparities Action Plan

The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions. The Department of Health and Human Services will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The Office of Minority Health is leading the charge to put into practice the HHS Disparities Action Plan, at all levels of the Department and in the communities with which we work.

Learn more about the HHS Action Plan and access the toolkit : http://1.usa.gov/195CR8r

 

 

 

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual, nationwide observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, federal, national, and community organizations come together to offer support and hope, reduce stigma, share information, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. This year marks the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. To learn more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day go to : http://1.usa.gov/UNnPdO

 

Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth

Center for American Progress has published a new report, Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth. This report compiles existing research in order to provide an overview of the demographics of transgender homeless youth, their experiences while homeless, and the factors that contribute to homelessness and housing instability among this community.

Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: http://ampr.gs/1MeZCF4

CDC Public Health 101 Series: Public Health Teaching Tools

If you are looking for foundational teaching tools that address the basics of critical sciences essential to public health practice, the CDC Public Health 101 Series is for you! These series includes instructor-led slide presentations on diverse topics essential to public health practice including surveillance, epidemiology, prevention effectiveness, informatics, and public health laboratories. In the coming months, e-learning products on these essential public health topic areas will also be available.

Public Health 101: http://1.usa.gov/1BWhLGn

#justB: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Story Collection Campaign

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), in partnership with Hep B United, has launched #justB. This story collection campaign aims to increase Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) awareness and decrease stigma associated with the disease by highlighting stories around the prevention, care, treatment, and support of Asian American individuals affected by HBV.

In the US, an estimated 1.2 million Americans are infected. However, Hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders because it is especially common in many Asian and Pacific Island countries. While AAPIs make up less than 5% of the total U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic Hepatitis B.

#justB: http://bit.ly/1E0jiZi
MedlinePlus Hepatitis B information: http://1.usa.gov/1zV5iLD

Funding Opportunities: Domestic Violence Programs

Mary Kay Ash Domestic Violence Shelter Program

Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation – Awards grants to emergency women’s domestic violence shelters.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: April 30, 2015

For more information: http://bit.ly/18mrnML

 

Family Violence Prevention and Services Grants for Domestic Violence Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations

Administration for Children and Families – Grants to assist tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: April 6, 2015

For more information: http://bit.ly/1Ffsby2

Mapping the Measure of America

State and county-level maps showing key health indicators such as life expectancy, diabetes, and more. Also covers indicators that impact health, like educational attainment and income. Select a county by clicking on the map for a brief profile.  http://bit.ly/1DQpsIZ