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Is More Health Information Always Better?

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available:


Project Literacy: Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

An article from Project Literacy describes the consequences for those with limited health literacy. A large body of research has linked limited health literacy with poor health outcomes including fewer preventive services, higher levels of hospital readmission and worse health overall.

Read more about the consequences here:

New updated publication from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth

This report from SAMHSA presents research, clinical expertise, and expert consensus on therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identify, and makes the case for eliminating the use of conversion therapy among this population. Pub id: SMA15-4928

Audience: Professional Care Providers, Family & Advocates

Stop the Bleed: New campaign from the Department of Homeland Security

From the Department of Homeland Security:

“No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

‘Stop the Bleed’ is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.”

The campaign includes First Aid instructions for managing bleeding at the scene of an accident.

Stop the Bleed:

Are You Smarter Than a Public Health Nerd? New game from the CDC

To test your “Health IQ”, check out a new trivia game from the Centers for Disease Control. The game is available from the Apple App store and Google Play.

More information:

Health Insurance Marketplace: Outreach Materials

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace begins November 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have resources to help you assist those seeking coverage.

Outreach and Education Materials:

Sign up to be a “Champion for Coverage” to get weekly updates and new outreach materials:

Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is hosting a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications: The webinars are: October 15: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing ; October 20: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?; November 5: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities. Register and learn more about the webinar series. here:

Keep Vision in Your Future: Glaucoma Toolkit

The NIH National Eye Institute has made a new toolkit available. Keep Vision in Your Future: Glaucoma Toolkit. This resource is designed to help you increase awareness about glaucoma by conducting educational sessions in your community. Also available in Spanish:

Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Care Management

The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Guide is now available from the National Rural Health Resource Center: This guide was developed to provicde best practices to rural hospitals and to assist State Offices of Rural Health to develop educational training. Get the guide at:

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop October 19, 2015 in Irvine, California on Integrating Health Literacy with Cultural Competency and Language Access Services.  The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions on interventions and strategies for integration and differing perspectives such as providers and systems, patients and families, communities, and payors.  The meeting will be held from 8:30 – 5:30PM Pacific Time at the Beckman Center.  To register to attend in person or via webcast go to