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What Works: Evidence-Based Interventions for Your Community

The Community Preventive Services Task Force,  established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  identifies population health interventions that are scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans, and improve quality of life. What Works fact sheets are colorful, easy-to-read summaries of the task force findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based. Each fact sheet has two separate pieces: a bi-fold brochure about the topic, and an insert that lists the Task Force findings on that topic. For more information see: http://bit.ly/1CQqMSj

Chartbook on Healthy Living

This Healthy Living chartbook from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living. Information on Maternal and Child Health, Lifestyle Modification, and Clinical Preventive Services is included. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations. http://1.usa.gov/1Hid5I5

Medicaid Reimbursement Toolkit for Health Education

Education is an important part of preventing chronic disease and improving health outcomes. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has released a new toolkit, entitled Advocating for Health Education Reimbursement in Medicaid State Plans, which can be used to help prepare a state Medicaid plan amendment to request reimbursement for preventive services provided by health education specialists. The toolkit includes fact sheets, examples, and instructions for how health education specialists can work with local partners for a state plan to obtain reimbursement for prevention services. Access the toolkit here: http://bit.ly/1IhdgHu

How to Find Farmers Markets in Your Area

Why shop at a farmers market? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of buying fresh, nutritious, delicious and locally grown foods. Hear a Nutrition.gov registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!  http://1.usa.gov/1f3LBP0

To find a farmers market in your area search the Farmers Markets Directory Search from the USDA. Some markets are able to take SNAP & WIC benefits for payment. http://1.usa.gov/1gC7RR8

Food Safety While Camping

Summer is a time many people spend outdoors camping. It is important to consider the safety of the food that you take with you. Check out Foodsafety.gov for tips to keep you safe. http://1.usa.gov/1OdzoTU

Patient in the Hospital? Know What You Are Eating During Your Stay

From the Patient Safety Authority Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

As a result of a study that analyzed 285 dietary errors from Jan 2009 to June 2014, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has developed this tip sheet for patients and their care givers to help prevent a diet error. Meals delivered to patients who were allergic to a food item on the tray were the most frequently reported type of event (181), with serious harm reported in eight events.

What You Can Do as a Patient to Help Prevent a Diet Error  bit.ly/1I3fv11

NIH Feedback: Precision Medicine Initiative

President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative on January 30, 2015. Precision medicine is an emerging approach in which disease treatment and prevention is developed to account for differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles. The Initiative aims to generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice. More about this bold initiative can be found on the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative website. NIH is gathering input from the general public, scientists, industry, and other stakeholders through various mechanisms as it plans the development of the Precision Medicine Initiative and the formation of the national research cohort. NIH is using this feedback site to share some of the considerations and welcome you to share your thoughts. New topics for feedback will post approximately every three to four weeks through the end of August 2015. Want to participate? Click here. http://1.usa.gov/1M6MN1Y   To learn more about Precision Medicine go to http://1.usa.gov/1K2mSIs

 

 

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more. Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. To learn more and access the toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1LceDYM

Upcoming webinar from HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships regarding college graduates and healthcare

July 29 at 2:00 pm EDT
(1:00 pm CDT, Noon MDT, 11:00 am PDT)
Graduating from college is an exciting step towards becoming independent. Yet many young adults don’t think about one other important step – having health insurance. Health insurance is very affordable for many people, often less than $100 a month, as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Many young adults are just one car accident or sports injury away from an expensive health care bill and potential bankruptcy. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about health insurance options for new graduates. A question and answer period will take place at the end of the webinar.  To attend the conference go to http://bit.ly/1HYg8L9  To see upcoming webinars to go  http://1.usa.gov/MuqF0p

National Immunization Awareness Month: Toolkit

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. healthfinder.gov has a toolkit for spreading the word about immunizations in your community through social media, email, newsletters and other media.

Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1CB7Kih