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New Diabetes Resource

National Diabetes Education Program: New resource. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD). This enhanced toolkit was designed to help medical professionals work together to recognize the early danger signs of diabetes, decrease the risk of complications, and manage medication therapy. Get the toolkit here:  http://1.usa.gov/1oeo8XW

Kids.gov is on Pinterest!

While there are plenty of useful resources out there on the internet, sometimes locating all the helpful ones can be a tedious task. With the Kids.gov Pinterest boards, you know you are always getting safe, fun and useful government information on a wide variety of topics. Parents can use our boards to find informaiton online safety for their kids, homework help, fun and safe online activities and more. Teachers, find a variety of free lesson plans and classroom activities divided by subject matter, such as history, science and more. Find it all at http://bit.ly/1n7s909

Rural Assistance Center: Rural Vitality and Rural Healthcare Topic Guide

This new guide, developed by RAC Information Specialist Kathleen Spencer focuses on the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength and overall vitality of the community.

Visit the Rural Assistance Center’s website to access the Guide: http://bit.ly/1rCw9tI

Fact Sheet: Increasing Investment in Rural America

This week, the White House Rural Council will host the inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference (ROI) to promote potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. Top leaders from the business community and financial institutions, senior government officials, rural economic development experts and others from across the country, will come together to discuss ways to develop partnerships that create jobs, grow small businesses, and invest in critical rural infrastructure.

In conjunction with this event, the White House Rural Council is announcing a $10 billion dollar investment fund to promote rural economic development. This fund will continue to grow the rural economy by increasing access to capital for rural infrastructure projects and speeding up the process of rural infrastructure improvements. The fund is immediately open for business and more investors can now add to the initial $10 billion in available capital.

The ROI conference and the new investment fund are part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to promote investment in rural America, strengthen the nation’s infrastructure, and grow the U.S. economy. Since the creation of the White House Rural Council in 2011, the President has made historic investments in rural America designed to drive job growth, invest in rural education, provide emergency services, and address health disparities.

To read more visit the complete Fact Sheet: http://1.usa.gov/1o9CVTL

Blog from the HHS Office on Women’s Health

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health has a blog: http://1.usa.gov/1nRQYmR.  Blog posts highlight important women’s health issues such as breast cancer, affordable health care and domestic violence.  Visit the blog to browse through past posts and also subscribe: http://bit.ly/1AvpJT8.

First Nations Development Institute: LEAD Conference in September 2014

The First Nations Development Instituie will hold its annual Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) conference in September.  For nearly 35 years, First Nations has worked with Native nations and organizations to strengthen American Indian economies, which supports healthy Native communities.  As an extension of this mission, the LEAD conference is designed to help emerging leaders in Indian Country network, share ideas, and learn new skills related to asset-building.

Conference Dates and Location: September 24 -26, 2014 in Tulalip, WA

Information and Registration online: http://bit.ly/1AvoJhV

With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

RAND Blog July 14, 2014

This blog post by Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Sociologist and Robert Bozick, Sociologist, offers insight on what may happen when the school year begins. http://bit.ly/1AbcZB1

Information on Immigration

From the American Psychological Association* (APA)

Psychologists Available to Discuss Immigration. Recent press release, July 11, 2014

As U.S. border crisis continues, experts can offer insight on mental health implications. http://bit.ly/1ry19wP

The APA is a good source  to find information on understanding the psychological needs of immigrants. This guide may be helpful, Psychology of Immigration 101. http://bit.ly/Uvglhc

Also view the 10 minute video: Undocumented Americans. In this video three undocumented youth who arrived as young children — Jong-Min, Pedro and Silvia — share their stories of how they are fighting hard to achieve their piece of the American dream.

*The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.

Live Out Loud- School Program for LGBTQ Youth

Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community.

Live Out Loud’s School Program partners with schools across New York City to implement educational curriculum focused on LGBTQ issues, awareness, and action.

Students participate in activities, engage in discussion, and put their ideas into action as they make a difference in their community.

Live Out Loud also utilizes a vast team of volunteer role models to support LGBTQ youth in New York City schools.

To learn more: http://bit.ly/1lzp8pH

Perception of Weight Status in U.S. Children and Adolescents Aged 8–15 Years, 2005–2012

NCHS National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, Number 158, July 2014.

Key findings:

  • About 30% of children and adolescents aged 8–15 years in the United States misperceive their weight status. Weight status misperception is more common among boys (32.3%) than girls (28.0%).
  • About one-third of Mexican-American (34.0%) and non-Hispanic black (34.4%) children and adolescents misperceive their weight status compared with non-Hispanic white children and adolescents (27.7%).
  • Approximately 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls believe they are about the right weight.
  • Nearly 48% of obese boys and 36% of obese girls consider themselves to be about the right weight.

Sarafrazi N, Hughes JP, Borrud L, et al. Perception of weight status in U.S. children and adolescents aged 8–15 years, 2005–2012. NCHS data brief, no 158. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

To read the full report go t0: http://1.usa.gov/1rcSs93