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Native Generations Campaign

Native Generations is a campaign addressing high rates of infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The campaign emphasizes connection to culturally-grounded health care and community services to promote healthy families and prevent infant deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Their website provides a resources list of support, resources and information to new or expecting parents and caregivers. It also provides promotional ideas for outreach and program and educates about challenges to native infant health.

SAMHSA Offers Free Online Training for Members of Care Teams

Your integrated care team may include professionals from primary care, mental health, and substance use. To work together, they must understand how each sector works and what it takes to successfully integrate primary and behavioral healthcare. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) worked with experts to produce a variety of skill development trainings for members of the integrated care team.  These trainings are appropriate for primary care, mental health and substance use professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists, case managers and behavioral health consultants. Trainings can be taken at any time and are free of charge.

Prevention is Power: National Minority Health Month April 2014

The U.S. Office of Minority Health offers tools, resources, social media guidelines, talking points and graphics to raise awareness about health disparities, especially during the month of April, which is Minroity Health Month. “Prevention is Power”, this year’s theme, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. Take action for health equity!

Endometriosis: resources

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.  Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue from the the lining of a woman’s uterus to grow on other organs and structures of the body, often causing pain and infertility.  More than 5 million women in the U.S. have endometriosis, making it one of the most common health issues among women in their 30s and 40s.

MedlinePlus has links to resources on diagnosis, treatment and research:

New resource from NIHSeniorHealth: End of Life

From the National Institute on Aging, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Institute of Nursing Research:

“The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.

The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:

  • Addressing pain
  • Types and places of end-of-life care
  • Planning and paying for end-of-life care
  • Handling health care issues
  • When the end comes
  • Coping with grief
  • Research efforts”

NIHSeniorHealth-End of Life:

Get Covered: Open Enrollment Ends Today

March 31 is the deadline to apply for health insurance at the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014.


“Most people must have health coverage in 2014 or pay a penalty. If you don’t have coverage, you’ll pay a fee of either 1% of your income, or $95 per adult ($47.50 per child), whichever is higher. You’ll pay the fee on your 2015 income taxes.”

Get covered:

How to find the right plan for you:

New Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series

Register to attend Food, Justice and Health Equity: A Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Public Health Week, and Healthy Food Healthy Action.

Webinars include:

Food Justice, Obesity & the Social Determinants of Health
April 10, 2 p.m. EST
Presented in conjunction with National Public Health WeekShiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, APHA president-electCecilia Martinez, PhD, Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy

Transforming Community Food: Stories from the Ground Up
May 28,  3 p.m. EST

Culture is Health:  Sovereignty & Food Systems
Sept. 23, 1 p.m. EST
Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH, APHA Executive Board

Building Healthy Food Systems, Overcoming Historical Trauma
Oct. 15, 2 p.m. EST
Ladonna Redmond, founder, Campaign for Food Justice Now

For full descriptions and registration link, visit the APHA website:

New App Supports Recovering Alcoholics

Earlier this week, JAMA Psychiatry published an article detailing a study that tested the effectiveness of an app designed to help recovering alcoholics. From Reuters:

“More recovering alcohol abusers also reported total abstinence from drinking when using the app, which has guided relaxation techniques and alerts users when they’re near bars and other places that may be risky to their recoveries.”

For the complete Reuters release:

For the JAMA Psychiatry article:


2014 Edition of County Health Rankings Released

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF):

“The County Health Rankings, first released in 2010, are a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University Of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. They allow each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors that impact health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, unemployment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.”

For the RWJF blog post on the release and a link to the recorded webcast, visit the RWJF Public Health Blog:


From VisionAware: Ten Braille Tips for iDevices

This is a 2 part series on Braille Tips for iDevices by Scott Davert.  Scott has compiled 10 useful tips for braille users of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, based upon his personal experience and his work with individuals who are deaf-blind and use braille with their iDevices. He is an AppleVis editorial team member  and  a senior instructor in the Adaptive Technology Department and Communications Learning Center at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
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