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One Page First Aid Guides for Parents and Caregivers

From Allergic Reactions to Warts, KidsHealth has one page first aid guides for 50 common childhood accidents and illnesses.  Parents, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers can bookmark the page and be ready to respond to (almost) any mishap.

One Page First Aid Guides (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1mCtws9

What to Include in Your First Aid Kit (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1sfiEDy

Elder Justice Roadmap Project identifies elder abuse and calls for action

Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

To see the complete HHS news release: http://1.usa.gov/1jgX5jh

To visit the Elder Justice Roadmap website: http://bit.ly/TVdRsd

Chikungunya Virus in the United States

Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Those who travel to and from the Caribbean are the most at risk, with no local transmission reported to date. The CDC is asking travelers to use common methods of mosquito bite prevention when traveling, and to be aware of fever with joint pains or rash within two weeks of returning from the Caribbean. 

To see a table of chikungunya virus in the United States, visit the CDC’s page on cases in the states: http://1.usa.gov/W0TRGl

To learn more about chikungunya virus, visit the CDC’s page on the topic: http://1.usa.gov/1mjSGeY

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes

 

Providing Appropriate Service for LGBT Individuals

Integrated primary care and behavioral health providers can create culturally appropriate, highly accessible integrated care to members of the LGBT community with behavioral health conditions. The U.S. Center for Integrated Health Solutions presents “The Foundations of Culturally Appropriate Integrated Services for LGBT Individuals”, a free webinar  on July 16, 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET, to discuss ways to evaluate current organizational barriers to accessing care, strategies for reducing these barriers, and actionable steps for implementing culturally appropriate services. Register here: http://bit.ly/1nfIqEB

Quick Health Data Online

Quick Health Data Online is an interactive system maintained by the U.S. Office on Women’s Health (http://1.usa.gov/1nfHWOV). It provides reliable and easily accessible health data to help assess needs, develop programs, and inform policies. The system is for anyone looking for U.S. health data and is used by the public health community, policymakers, grant writers, researchers, and students.

New training is being offered in July, August and September to learn about the data available in this system, and easy ways to extract and present the data.  The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories. Register for training here: http://svy.mk/1oIDk3s

Tribal Child Welfare Evaluation

The U.S. Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau has released a new video, called “Creating a New Narrative: Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities.”

Throughout history, many American Indian and Alaska Native communities have experienced intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused harm. As a result, many fears about evaluation persist.  Based on the efforts of a Children’s Bureau-sponsored workgroup of experts, this video introduces a vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and a guide for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluation. http://1.usa.gov/1jf39sD

Webinar-From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Description: This one hour Webinar is geared toward the primary care provider who works in an office setting. The Webinar will offer general preparedness strategies and ideas for how pediatricians and their office staff can prepare for disasters. Tips will be shared on how pediatricians can work to improve preparedness in families with children with special health care needs, as they are more vulnerable in disasters. The Webinar will also assist pediatricians to take concrete steps to strengthen office practices related to newborn screening and contingency planning. To register, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/232227134, or e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org with your name and e-mail address.

Speakers:

  1. Scott Needle, MD, FAAP
  2. Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP
  3. Timothy Geleske, MD, FAAP”

See more disaster preparedness resources from AAP: http://bit.ly/1n0apna

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes

From the Centers for Disease Control:

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes is an on-line resource that uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help group leaders lead discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes, and help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.”

Access the guide, worksheets, handouts and promotional materials: http://1.usa.gov/1jYW6z3

CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application

A new iPad and iPhone app from the Centers for Disease Control helps hospital and pre-hospital personnel assess and treat injuries from explosions.

Learn more and download the app: http://1.usa.gov/1qDE9vY