The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has released a four-part video series, Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health! The goal of the video series is to educate Somali women refugees about a variety of health issues that can affect – and possibly save – their lives, including reproductive health, diet and exercise, cancer screening, prenatal care and pregnancy, and other health topics. These videos were developed in collaboration with Somali women’s health experts, women’s health advocates, and Somali refugee community organizations.
Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health! http://bit.ly/LEwZqb
February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment among African Americans in the United States. African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that blacks accounted for nearly half (44 percent) of all new infections in 2010, despite making up only 14 percent of the population. This represents a rate that is eight times higher than whites. Overall, African American gay and bisexual men, especially young men, are the hardest-hit. In addition, African American women are far more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity.
Resources for more information about diagnosis, treatment and prevention include
AIDSinfo’s African American HIV/AIDS Health Topics: http://1.usa.gov/1g2aiHr
CDC’s HIV Among African Americans: http://1.usa.gov/1kkGx8M
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has announced its recommended adult immunization schedule for 2014. Among the key changes to the schedule for 2014 include revised notes on administering vaccines for flu; tetanus, diphtheria, and accellular pertussis; human papillomavirus (HPV); zoster virus; pneumococcal disease and meningococcal disease.
CDC’s easy-to-read immunization schedules are available for health care professionals and the public. Schedules are available for infants and children (birth through 6 years old), preteens and teens (7 through 18 years old), and adults (19 years and older).
CDC Immunization Schedules: http://1.usa.gov/1gaBqTB
Adolescent boys and young-adult males do not see doctors or access the healthcare system nearly as much as teen girls and young women — and that gap has significant health consequences for guys throughout their lives, says a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. To help healthcare providers better serve young men and teens, The Partnership for Male Youth is launching a free, Web-based clinical toolkit: http://bit.ly/1fwf1PZ
A new interactive teen website from Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse lets teens see how drug use affects their bodies. The site encourages critical thinking and offers tools for teachers, administators, parents and librarians: http://bit.ly/1gO6xsG
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Adolescent Health is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents. Research confirms that what adults say matters — it plays a role in helping teens make healthy choices. Talking With Teens is a website offering tools and ideas for parents and other adults to get started talking to their teens. http://1.usa.gov/1nVuwqK
Got a few moments? Check out episodes of “Healthy Moments,” a weekly radio broadcast from Dr. Griffin Rodgers, the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Each short episode provides a healthy living tip, and transcripts include links to additional resources.
Recent episodes include:
- Diabetes’ Link to Heart Disease
- Walking in the Right Direction
- Eat Healthy When You Don’t Have Time to Cook
Listen to these and other episodes: http://1.usa.gov/1fBeRJh
From the Centers for Disease Control:
“Dramatic, new TV ads that show the harms of smoking air across the country this year, beginning February 3, with CDC’s 2014 Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign. If you smoke, the real people who tell their stories can inspire you to quit for good. More than 100,000 people are now smokefree, thanks to earlier Tips ads.
The ads show the suffering caused by cigarettes: asthma, cancer, heart attack, and amputations. Many people call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit an online quit smoking guide within minutes or hours after seeing an ad. These resources offer free advice and support for quitting.”
View the ads and access smoking cessation resources: http://1.usa.gov/1n4rcX8
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The US Department of Health and Human Services has created a toolkit for raising awareness of heart disease and American Heart Month.
- Sample newsletter articles, list serv announcements and tweets
- Personal health check tools
- Heart Healthy recipes
Access these and other resources: http://1.usa.gov/1dgR2Bx
The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK). The overall goal of the NIDDK’s STEP-UP program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. The project aims to expose American Indian/Alaska Native current year junior and senior high school students to the science of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition and obesity through an 8-10 week summer research program.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
More information is available online: http://1.usa.gov/1ng3IB7