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Minority Health Month Webinar

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Minority Health will host a webinar in honor of Minority Health Month. Speakers will discuss CMS’ ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities, and their work encouraging newly insured consumers to use preventive services and primary care.

April 9, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

For more information, and to register, visit the CMS web site: http://bit.ly/1gI67Oc

Youth Violence Prevention Week: Resources

Youth violence is a large health concern. Youth can be the victims, the perpetrators and/or the witnesses to violence. According to the CDC, homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans age 10-24, but youth violence can also including bullying, assault and other aggressive behaviors.

The CDC has a number of resources on understanding and preventing youth violence: http://1.usa.gov/1jLakGg

Tele-townhall: Chronic Disease, Air Pollution and Public Health: Risk, Prevention, & Preparedness

On Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30-4:30PM ET, the American Public Health Association will host a “tele-townhall” on the health effects of air pollution.

From the American Public Health Association:

“Celebrate National Public Health Week by joining, “Chronic Disease, Air Pollution & Public Health: Risk, Prevention, & Preparedness” – a tele-townhall discussion with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, MD, MPH together with national health leaders from the American Lung Association and American Public Health Association and others as they discuss the health impacts of air pollution, including worsening conditions due to climate change. Participants can also look forward to hearing about efforts underway today to better protect the public, especially children, elderly and those living with chronic lung or heart disease.

This event sponsored by the American Lung Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Thoracic Society, the American Heart Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Trust for America’s Health, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1k8oNyH

It’s Public Health Week

April 7-13, 2014 is National Public Health Week.  Each day this week has a theme with information and tips for improving the health of your community.

Monday, April 7: Be Healthy From the Start (maternal and child health) http://bit.ly/1hd49v7

Tuesday, April 8: Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness) http://bit.ly/1i89XS2

Wednesday, April 9: Get Out Ahead (prevention) http://bit.ly/1gumQok

Thursday, April 10: Eat Well (food safety and nutrition) http://bit.ly/1lG5c8P

Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public health policy) http://bit.ly/1efH1Gv

 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for a resource guide, publications, videos and social media widgets.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: http://1.usa.gov/1ho63Ds

CDC Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Planning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Planning website helps state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments as they develop community health assessments and health improvement plans, whether for accreditation preparation, nonprofit hospital collaboration, or other reasons. This resource includes:

  • Community health assessments and health improvement plans
  • Drivers of health assessment and improvement planning
  • Assessment and planning models, frameworks and tools
  • Data and benchmarks
  • Stories and examples
  • Other resources for completing health assessments

CDC Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Planning: http://1.usa.gov/1q6tl88

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Legislative and Regulatory Action

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. On the SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action website, keep updated on the latest school nutrition related bills and legislation introduced in Congress, as well as federal, state, and local policies and regulations about school nutrition programs.

SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action: http://bit.ly/1i7BXFg

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

HHS and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month with the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For a toolkit, resources, and ideas on how you or your organization can raise awareness about alcoholism, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at http://bit.ly/1iknxCZ and HealthFinder at http://1.usa.gov/1kvXqua

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Parents and educators can use the resources below to education kids on alcohol abuse.

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot http://1.usa.gov/1mNE73M

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking http://1.usa.gov/1grxwUJ

Too Smart to Start http://1.usa.gov/Pow67w

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)  http://1.usa.gov/PowkLS

 

HHS Office on Women’s Health: Quick Health Data Online

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH): Telephone training for the Quick Health Data Online system. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care.

First training session to be held April 15, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST

To learn more and register: http://bit.ly/1gSOGj0

FDA approves first sublingual allergen extract

FDA approves first sublingual allergen extract for the treatment of certain grass pollen allergies.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Oralair to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) with or without conjunctivitis (eye inflammation) that is induced by certain grass pollens in people ages 10 through 65 years. Oralair is the first sublingual (under the tongue) allergen extract approved in the United States. After administration of the first dose at the health care provider’s office, where the patient can be observed for potential adverse reactions, Oralair can be taken at home.

“While there is no cure for grass pollen allergies, they can be managed through treatment and avoiding exposure to the pollen,” said Karen Midthun, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The approval of Oralair provides an alternative to allergy shots that must be given in a health care provider’s office. Oralair can be taken at home after the first administration.”
Oralair is a once-daily tablet that rapidly dissolves after it is placed under the tongue. Oralair is started four months before the start of the grass pollen season and continued throughout the season. The first dose is taken at the health care provider’s office, where the patient is to be observed for at least 30 minutes for potential adverse reactions.
Oralair contains a mixture of freeze-dried extracts from the pollens of five grasses, including Kentucky Blue Grass, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Sweet Vernal and Timothy.”