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NIH complementary and alternative medicine agency gets new name

The National Institutes of Health agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches that already are in use by the American public has a new name — the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Large population-based surveys have found that the use of alternative medicine — unproven practices used in place of conventional medicine — is rare. Integrative health care, defined as a comprehensive, often interdisciplinary approach to treatment, prevention and health promotion that brings together complementary and conventional therapies, is more common.

For more details behind this change, visit the NIH News Release page: http://bit.ly/1v5YJEI

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Launches a New Video Series

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) announces the launch of its new video series, “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action.” SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, andKnowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.

SPRC invites you to spark conversation by sharing your own comments—along with the videos—via social media, newsletters, and websites, or by showing them as part of a presentation. You could spark innovation by using the videos and the associated resources to inform your own implementation. And you could spark action by submitting your success story via a form on the SPARK Talks website.

SPRC is a SAMHSA grantee and is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase knowledge, build capacity, and promote collaboration. SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles in suicide prevention.

To visit SPRC: http://bit.ly/1zAzBKb

To view the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1sDXCel

 

January is National Diet Month

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG

AHRQ Grantee Simplifies Medicine Instructions

Explicit, standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are now available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center.  These tested instructions for pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). The instructions have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To access the instructions in all six languages, go to: http://1.usa.gov/13gsISy

To learn about other tools and resources available from the AHRQ’s Pharmacy Health Literacy Center, go to: http://1.usa.gov/1GvEPu6

10 Holiday Tips

Here are 10 holiday tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during this holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/13cQ7nY

 

Send a Health-e-Card to Celebrate the Season

The CDC has more than 100 free Health-e-Cards (or “electronic greeting cards”) to send to friends, family, and co-workers! Simply select a CDC Health-e-Card, type in an email address and name, and send a colorful greeting that encourages healthy living, promotes safe activities, or celebrates a health- and safety-related event!  Click here to find the perfect holiday health e-card for your family and friends. http://1.usa.gov/16tPoBa

 

Joint Commission: Speak Up infographic on Medical Imaging Tests

Medical imaging tests help diagnose health problems. It is sometimes difficult to understand what the tests are and the risks and benefits. Patients and healthcare providers will find this newly released Infographic http://bit.ly/1J4228S from the Joint Commission helpful http://bit.ly/1BZZhk7 .

 

 

 

Resource Guide: Human Services to Support Rural Health

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new resource guide on Human Services to Support Rural Health.

From RAC:

“This new topic guide shows the relationship between the provision of human services and the creation of an efficient healthcare system. Visit the guide to learn how health and human service providers can work together to address the needs of their community members. ”

Access the guide: http://bit.ly/1vScPIN

Webinar: Climate Change and Health

The Centers for Disease Control will offer a Public Health Grand Rounds entitled Climate Change and Health-From Science to Practice.

From the CDC:

“This session of Grand Rounds will explore the wide-ranging health impact of our changing climate and discuss some of the strategies, programs and partnerships currently being used to confront the challenges associated with global climate change.”

December 16, 2015 1PM ET

More information and webcast links: http://1.usa.gov/1BJxjc4

Infographic on Climate Change and Health from the American Public Health Association: http://bit.ly/1uIDuHH

Prepare for Winter Weather Emergencies

Although the first day of winter is still a few days away, many areas of the United States have already experienced cold weather, ice and snow. Prepare for the next few months with these resources.

Be Prepared and Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter (Centers for Disease Control): http://1.usa.gov/1DBA447

Be Ready! Winter Weather infographic (Centers for Disease Control): http://1.usa.gov/12VEAtv

Winter Weather Emergencies (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1lVPQeE