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National Hispanic Heritage Month

HHS and OMH recognize September 15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Join us in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Visit the website for the history, health concerns, the Affordable Care Act and Latinos, as well as ways to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.  http://1.usa.gov/YVTEWp

Upcoming Webinars

HHS/Region V and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH): Webcast. Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services. This webcast will share best practices on how health care providers can incorporate ACA pre-natal and perinatal preventive services. September 23, 2014, 9:00 am ET. Register: http://bit.ly/1rqeI1s

 

HHS/The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Webinar. Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured. September 30, 2014, 2:00 pm ET. Register: http://bit.ly/1mhjWNv

October is Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. The theme for Health Literacy Month, 2014 is “Be  A Health Literacy Hero.” It’s about taking action to improve health literacy. Heroes can be individuals, teams, or organizations who understand the importance of health information literacy. Here are some health literacy resources to get started: Health Literacy from MedlinePlus (also available in Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/Rxa1Ps; from the Centers for Disease Control, information and health literacy activities by state: http://1.usa.gov/1r1ZpuP; and from Health.gov, health communication guidelines: http://1.usa.gov/1mclyYP

Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Preconception Health+Health Care Initiative partnership has created a toolkit designed to help primary care providers, their colleagues and their practices incorporate preconception health into the routine care of women of childbearing age. The tool kit is designed to help primary care providers meet their patient’s needs based on the response to this “vital sign” question: “Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next year?” The goal of the toolkit is to help clinicians reach every woman who might someday become pregnant every time she presents for routine primary care with efficient, evidence-based strategies and resources. Access the toolkit here:  http://bit.ly/1uId1gp

Tools and Strategies for Managing Rural Health Networks

The National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) offers a web-based searchable tool that provides templates, guides, and other resources to assist health care network leaders in the management and development of their network. Included are a variety of resources focused on rural health networks: http://bit.ly/1BNwEGZ

What is Enterovirus D68?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a total of 82 people in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) as of September 11, 2014. Hospitals across the Midwest are seeing high rates of children admitted with EV-D68-like symptoms, although not all have been confirmed.

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses with symptoms including fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches with some infections causing severe respiratory illness. To read more information on symptoms, treatments, and prevention, visit the CDC EV-D68 page: http://1.usa.gov/1pd0Tyr

National Wellness Week

This year, National Wellness Week is September 15-21. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is encouraging people to share wellness tips over social media to promote healthy behavior. According to SAMHSA, wellness is “the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness”. Each day has a different focus and participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #ShareWellness. 

To find more information on SAMHSA and Wellness Week, visit SAMHSA’s website: http://1.usa.gov/X7rdDp

September Issue of CDC Vital Signs

This month’s issue of Vital Signs, a monthly report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focuses on reducing sodium in children’s diets.

According to the report:

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight.

For the full report, including the infographic and research, visit the CDC’s Vital Signs page: http://1.usa.gov/1qNRaUz

 

NLM’s Household Products Database now has over 14,000 products!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://1.usa.gov/1whBcSR

 

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH) presents the 2014 edition of Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook, a statistical resource on women’s health for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The chartbook features 28 different health indicators by race and ethnicity, and provides readers with an easy-to-use collection of current jurisdiction data on critical issues relevant to women.  http://bit.ly/YB2t80