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Assessing Patient Health Information Needs for Developing Consumer Health IT Tools (webinar)

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“As the development of consumer health IT tools becomes increasingly commonplace, methods for analyzing their personal health information management needs must become an embedded component of the design lifecycle. The projects presented in this Web conference will discuss the identification of users’ personal health information management practices and the context in which these practices occur to inform the development of consumer health IT tools to improve communication of safety concerns of hospitalized patients and effective health management of patients with diabetes and children with asthma.”

Thursday, May 7 1:30-3:00 pm ET

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1PDJEqL

NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

“Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters….

An important lesson learned from the Gulf oil spill and other recent disasters is that researchers need to be involved early in the response efforts to collect vital health information, including samples of air, water, and other materials and contaminants. They also need off-the-shelf customizable research tools if they are going to be able to move quickly to launch a research study that meets all guidelines for protecting the rights of study volunteers. As a result, NIEHS worked with the National Library of Medicine, also part of NIH, and other agencies to develop the NIH Disaster Research Response Project. Key elements of this project include publicly accessible field-tested data collection tools, research protocols, training materials and exercises, and development of a network of trained research responders (see http://dr2.nlm.nih.gov).”

For more information about NIH activities in the Gulf region: http://1.usa.gov/1FOghMC

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit

“VA’s Strategic Plan recognizes the challenge rural Veterans face in accessing their benefits and emphasizes partnership between VA and community agencies as a means of improving access for all Veterans.”

“This toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities. Without the support of our community partners, many of whom are Veterans, this endeavor would have been more difficult and we are indebted to them for their assistance.

Using this toolkit can increase partnerships between VA and rural communities and enhance VA’s ultimate goal of “Improving the quality of life for Veterans who live in rural communities.” This toolkit will help:

  • Build a relationship between VA and rural communities
  • Teach rural communities about benefits and services available to Veterans
  • Connect VA programs with community partners to assist Veterans
  • Improve outreach to Veterans living in rural areas
  • Help rural Veterans access local community resources
  • Increase Veteran enrollment in rural areas”

To learn more and download the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1H7J1Sr

Think Cultural Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Provides free online and accredited cultural competency continuing education programs for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers.  http://1.usa.gov/1CzdYbu

Workshop: Opportunities and Strategies To Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health

April 15, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Keck Center of the National Academies

The National Research Council’s Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences has convened an expert committee that will host a 1-day workshop on Opportunities and Strategies To Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health. Registration for this workshop is now open.

The workshop will examine the role of intermediate and mediating variables that influence treatment-seeking behaviors and access to care, including:

  • Socioeconomic barriers, social networks and institutions, and cultures, including the social norms, beliefs, and attitudes that are most amenable to positive change
  • Strategies for outcome research and evaluation.

To view the workshop agenda: http://bit.ly/1FmvaIK

To learn more and register: http://bit.ly/1yg7AuX

National Minority Health Month 2015

Prevention is Power! This is the theme of National Minority Health Month, April 2015.  See the HHS Office of Minority Health for activities, events, graphics and a toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1GLOtda. See also the Centers for Disease Control for ideas and examples: http://1.usa.gov/1a6a3MP.

LGBT Rights Toolkit

The Campaign for Southern Equality believes that federal equality is the most efficient and effective pathway to equality for LGBT people. To this end, they are working to form partnerships and create resources and have made available the LGBT Rights Toolkit. While focused on 12 Southern States, information on federal law and national organizations is included: http://bit.ly/1JoUhcB.

Summer Program for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

The Association of American Indian Physicians’ National Native American Youth Initiative is offering scholarships to cover the cost of a week long summer program to encourage students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare or biomedical research.  Structured activities and mentors are provided. The deadline is April 17, 2015. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/1CVltNI.

ATSDR – Safeguarding Communities from Harmful Chemicals: A Five-Part Webinar Series

From the American Public Health Association:

“The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are proud to co-sponsor a five-part webinar series highlighting the vital work of the ATSDR. The series explores the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.

Part I – Introducing ATSDR 
Tuesday, Apr. 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Don’t miss the start of the series! Introducing ATSDR provides a broad overview of the invaluable contributions ATSDR has made over the past years – from who they are to how they work to protect our communities from harmful chemical exposures.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1c14kte

New Food Safety App: Foodkeeper

The U. S. Department of Agriculture has released a new app called Foodkeeper.

From the USDA:

“Developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this new application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. By helping users understand food storage, the application empowers consumers to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of their items. Users will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly.

The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.”

For more information and to download the app: http://1.usa.gov/1CLb1bn