The Prevention Matters infographic highlights opportunities and progress in prevention, as well as federal actions aligned with the strategic directions and priorities of the National Prevention Strategy.
To see the infographic and read more, visit SurgeonGeneral.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1db5M66
Expanding its reach to the local Spanish-speaking community, the National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, Texas, forecast office has begun a collaboration with Radio Esperanza KOIR 88.5- FM and KRIO 97.7-FM/910-AM, a radio network with coverage that includes Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and much of northeastern Mexico.
Once each month, National Weather forecaster, Maria Torres participates in “La Hora Comunitaria” (Community Hour), a Spanish–language interview and call-in program. Torres provides information to help prepare the local Hispanic community for hazardous weather. The broadcasts are scheduled to continue through the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season and beyond. http://1.usa.gov/1bYpBNw
Federal Register Feb 6, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients direct access to their completed lab test reports. These changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining their privacy.
Read the final rule (FR DOC #: 2014-02280) at: http://1.usa.gov/1mozcqI
While taste drives most food choices, eating nutrient-rich foods that provide the most nutrition per calorie is one of the best ways to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The focus of National Nutrition Month 2014 will be on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.
As part of this public education campaign, the National Nutrition Month’s website http://bit.ly/1dDBH2M includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” theme.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar series dedicated to the behavioral health of girls.
“This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.
SAMHSA has created this webinar series to: Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18) and Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls.”
- Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
- The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
- Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
- Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
- Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
- The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)
Learn more and register for webinars: http://bit.ly/1jwm6T7
From the Office of Minority Health:
“Association of Black Cardiologists, in partnership with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSource: New resource. Women and Heart Disease: A Patient Resource Guide. This workbook is designed to provide you and your loved ones with educational resources and support as you learn about cardiovascular disease and the impact it has on overall health.”
View the full workbook: http://bit.ly/1fakiPq
According to the Health and Human Services Administration:
- 121,228 people are waiting for an organ
- 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ
- 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives
Check out the MedlinePlus Organ Donation page for resources on becoming a donor, types of donation, and research. You can even watch a video of a living donor liver transplant surgery.
MedlinePlus-Organ Donation: http://1.usa.gov/1hpErob
From the US Department of Health and Human Services:
Today the United States joined 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease, and committing to the goals of the Global Health Security Agenda.
“Global health security is a shared responsibility; no one country can achieve it alone,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “In the coming months, we will welcome other nations to join the United States and the 26 other countries gathered here in Washington and in Geneva, as we work to close the gaps in our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.”
Over the next five years the United States plans to work with at least 30 partner countries (containing at least 4 billion people) to prevent, detect and effectively respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring or caused by accidental or intentional releases of dangerous pathogens.
For the complete press release, visit the Department of Health and Human Services news page: http://1.usa.gov/1cFzM9G
The American Public Health Association has developed a series of e-Cards as part of its “Get Ready” campaign to help people prepare for disasters and hazards. This month, they have added an e-card for Valentine’s Day. Send someone you love a message of preparedness!
To see the complete list of APHA e-Cards, visit the APHA GetReady page: http://bit.ly/1iP7Wgo
National Public Health Week (NPHW) is an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) that takes place April 7-13, 2014
The NPHW Partner Toolkit includes the following sections:
Section I — Overview: Includes a welcome letter from APHA; an overview of this year’s theme and useful talking points; and suggested activities and related talking points for each day’s theme.
Section II — Event Planning: Includes in-person and online event suggestions and tips on how to plan a successful NPHW celebration.
Section III — Media Outreach and Social Media Promotion: Includes tips for gaining media coverage for your NPHW event; how to prepare for an interview; sample news releases, letters to the editor and social media content; and advice on making social media work for you.
Section IV — Legislative Advocacy: Includes ways to get involved in public health advocacy; advocacy resources and tools; a sample NPHW proclamation; advice on meeting with your decision-makers; and tips for town halls.
Section V — Resources: Additional sources of information related to this year’s NPHW theme.
To view and download the complete toolkit, visit the NPHW toolkit page: http://bit.ly/1dk8kTe