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September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

Here are some resources you can use for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th:

KidsHealth – Suicide and “My Friends is Talking About Suicide. What Should I Do?”  (both available in Spanish)

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention

Guide: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide

Toolkit: Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools

Know What the Benefits of Breastfeeding Are

Choosing to breastfeed is one of the first decisions that parents make about their newborn’s health. But no matter how long a mother does it for, breastfeeding has health benefits for her, the baby, and can help save money.

Find more information about:

Breastfeeding and the reasons why it is the best source of nutrition for the first 6 months of a child’s life;  (also available in Spanish)

More about how the health care law (“Obamacare”) requires most health insurance plans to cover the costs of breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding.

More Veterans Get Choice in Healthcare

Faster, Closer Access Expands

More veterans now have access to faster, closer healthcare through the Veterans Choice Program.  The Choice Program allows vets to see doctors who are not associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, if:

The vet enrolled in VA health care on or before August 1, 2014, or is eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat veteran


The vet has been (or will be) waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care


The vet lives more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility or faces one of several excessive travel burdens.

The VA recently changed how it determines how far a vet lives from the nearest VA medical facility, using actual driving distance instead of measuring the distance in a straight line. That means more veterans are now eligible for the program under the 40-mile rule.


Veterans Choice Program:

Learn 10 more facts about the Veterans Choice Program go here:

To find out more about health issues and benefits for veterans, visit:

Wildfires: Protect Yourself

Wildfires are affecting residents in the Western United States. The Centers for Disease Control has resources for protecting your home and family before, during and after a wildfire, including a reproducible infographic.

Wildfires (CDC):

Norovirus: Tips to keep from getting sick

Norovirus is a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea and is highly contagious. The American Public Health Association has created reproducible handouts in English and Spanish with tips to prevent infection.

Healthy You tipsheets:

Want more information on prevention and treatment? Check out the Norovirus Infections page on MedlinePlus:

Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness (Public Health Grand Rounds)

Join the Centers for Disease Control for Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness, a Public Health Grand Rounds webcast.

From the CDC:

“In this session of Grand Rounds, we explore adolescent health, specifically how families, community organizations, schools, and government agencies can work together to encourage adolescents to avoid risk and adopt health-promoting behaviors.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1-2 PM ET

More information and links to view the webcast:

MyPlateOnCampus Initiative

MyPlateOnCampus is an initiative to get college and university students talking about healthy eating and working with their campus community to create ways for students to adopt  healthy lifestyles that they can maintain during and beyond their college years.

Students on campuses around the country have an opportunity to champion healthy eating and lead the way in improving the health of young adults at their school.  We encourage students to register and become MyPlateOnCampus Ambassadors.  The resources on this website will help Ambassadors, and the educators and staff supporting them, communicate the messages supporting MyPlate and the Dietary Guides to their student body in practical ways that promote health and wellness.


Webinar on Suicide and Prevention Research in Social Media

Friday, August 14, 2015

2:00 – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Register for this upcoming webinar, Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Social Media.  Recent developments in the field of media and suicide research reflect a change in focus from traditional online media and an increasing attention to stories of hope and recovery and their potential to help prevent suicide.  In this webinar the presenters will focus on their recent research investigating how stories of recovery delivered via newspaper reports and fictional films impact various audiences.  Furthermore, they will present findings on the role of the Internet in conveying information about suicide and suicide prevention in the United States and in Europe.  The hour long webinar will provide an opportunity to dialogue  with the presenters.   Please register at

To learn more about the webinar and its presenters go to

Title VI Chat: Overview of SHIP/SMP Programs: A Valuable National Resource

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8:00am/HDT, 10:00am AKDT, 11:00am PDT and AZ, 12:00pm/ MDT, 1:00/CDT, 2:00pm/EDT

The September Title VI chat webinar will be provide an overview of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program.  The SHIP/SMP programs are important resources that are offered nationwide and can help beneficiaries and their family members understand the complexities of Medicare.  To learn more about the webinar and how to attend go to and scroll down the page.

Back to school immunization toolkit

The National Public Health Information Coalition has published a toolkit for childcare providers, schools and colleges to promote vaccination to parents and students. The kit includes talking points and social media messages.

Ready for School: