National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. 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.
For 2015, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.
Child Welfare Information Gateway: http://1.usa.gov/1IZ5YX3
2015 Prevention Resource Guide: http://1.usa.gov/1NMd2ZR
During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme for National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-10, 2015) is making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Daily themes include:
- Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
- Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
- Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum
- Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections
- Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success
Additionally, this year, APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat. Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW.
National Public Health Week: http://bit.ly/1DEo4NW
Twitter @NPHW: http://bit.ly/1P4M41e
Rural Assistance Center – Information, resources, and frequently asked questions related to the education and training of the rural healthcare workforce. Includes sections and resources for, “Grow Your Own” and Career Ladder Programs, Education & Training Provided in Rural Areas, and Using Technology to Educate the Rural Health Workforce. http://bit.ly/1GPS0rw
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH currently has four funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are being accepted. Each FOA includes information on how to submit an application and what the application must contain.
To read more about the 4 funding opportunities: http://1.usa.gov/1MGDCX8
The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.
The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.
Data book: http://1.usa.gov/1IsQUA8
Women of Color Health Collection: http://1.usa.gov/1yGKpEC
Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity of their community health workers, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1xhv2Y2
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a new mobile app, Suicide Safe. This app is based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, and is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients. Available for Android http://bit.ly/1Nhqzqe and IOS operating systems: http://apple.co/1BpjdLL.
A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions. http://n.pr/1xvbyj4
A Health Affairs study finds measurements for hospital quality rating systems rarely come to the same conclusions. This can lead to consumer confusion. Consumers need to be aware of the potential limitations of hospital rankings in order to make informed choices. http://bit.ly/1bqvrxu