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Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit

The National Institute on Aging has created a presentation toolkit based on the booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People. The toolkit includes slides, speaker notes and participant handouts.

Topics include:

  • Get ready for a doctor’s visit
  • Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
  • Make collaborative decisions about treatment
  • Remember what was discussed following the appointment

Access the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1sqa9Cr

Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults: New Training

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has created an online training tool entitled “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.” The six 10-minute modules are designed for staff of long-term care and other aging service providers.

From the Center:

“This tool was developed by the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging, with support from many groups including but not limited to SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Rose Villa, and the Methodist Home of D.C.”

For more information and to access the tool: http://bit.ly/1tMir8F

ALS: Beyond the Bucket

Over the past couple of weeks, many of you may have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Want to know more about the disease, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease?

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis Fact Sheet (National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke): http://1.usa.gov/1zso51h

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1qbP7I4

NOSORH Grant Writing Institute: Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health – A four-month training series designed to help rural health professionals build grantwriting and grant management skills. All classes are offered through an online portal.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 25, 2014

More information: http://bit.ly/1pj3g7m

Kids.gov September Calendar

Start your school year off right by checking the Kids.gov September calendar for upcoming special events. The calendar features websites, lesson plans, and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Preparedness Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and a lot more! Don’t forget to bookmark the main calendar page, so you can plan for the rest of the school year!

September calendar: http://1.usa.gov/YFlC8z

Main calendar page: http://1.usa.gov/1pW3LUH

 

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes reveals that nearly one million Latinas aren’t aware that they are at risk of developing diabetes, and many will likely not get the preventive care they need. Overall, diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans (8.3 percent of the population). To help prevent the spread of diabetes, the FDA offers resources to help women of Latin American ancestry and all Americans reduce their risk or to find the most effective treatment.  Search catalog for tools by keyword: http://bit.ly/1tlIi91

Gathering Credible Data

The recorded session, “Gathering Credible Data” is now available for viewing on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1z2sRCo.

When doing health information outreach, respect for the populations we work with is an important part of the project. This webinar, the third in a series exploring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s evaluation framework,  focuses on data collection methods. During this webinar the presenter provides an overview of guiding principles for collecting evaluation data, considerations when choosing data collection methods, and information on ensuring cultural responsiveness when collecting data.

Indian Health Services Suicide Prevention Portal

From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website,  http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf,  for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.

Patient and Family Centered Care for Hospitals

The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs, and their mission is to improve healthcare for the public. As part of this mission, they promote the advance of effective communication, cultural competence, and patient and family centered care.  Resources offered on their webpage include a comparison of the Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to The Joint Commission’s 2015 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program:  http://bit.ly/1rmKLS5. They also offer patient centered communication standards for hospitals: http://bit.ly/1BD6Ez8, and a roadmap for advancing effective communication: http://bit.ly/XAUFCD.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help. Callers to 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will talk to a skilled, trained counselor, who will listen and provide information about local mental health services. Calls are free and confidential.

More information about the Lifeline and advice to help yourself and others: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/