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MedlinePlus Health Topic: Chikungunya

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on chikungunya virus.

From MedlinePlus:

“Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth. It may also possibly spread through infected blood. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya virus in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

Chikungunya (English): http://1.usa.gov/1PQFtUD

Chikungunya (Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1TwHj45

Healthy You: arthritis

The American Public Health Association has published a handout entitled “Arthritis: Managing pain through healthy moves”. The handout can be printed in English, Spanish or as an Easy-to-Read version.

Healthy You (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

Keep up to date with Zika

Information available about Zika Virus transmission, prevention and treatment is changing rapidly. To keep up to date, go to the Centers for Disease Control’s Zika site. On the bottom of the main page, you can sign up for email updates.

Zika Virus (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee Nominations

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking nominations for members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. ODPHP is looking for a diverse group of nationally known experts in fields related to disease prevention and health promotion to help develop the vision, framework, and structure of Healthy People 2030. Nominations for membership to the Committee must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. ET on April 18, 2016. See the Federal Register notice for more information on the nomination process.

Announcement of Establishment of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership: http://1.usa.gov/1RQ6dGd

Wee Breathers – Program to Teach Parents About Managing Children’s Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Asthma Control Program, has developed a new health education program, Wee Breathers. This interactive program is for health professionals who teach parents of young children about managing asthma. It can be used during home visits, one-on-one or in group classes for parents in child care centers. Materials for families are in English and Spanish, and are at a sixth grade reading level or lower.

Wee Breathers: http://bit.ly/1q9EKcN

NLM Awards 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations.

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NN/LM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health information throughout the United States. The Network is vital in NLM’s outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s many Web-based information services, coordinate basic Network services such as interlibrary loan, and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries. The goal is to provide access to accurate and up-to-date health information to health professionals, patients, families, and the general public, irrespective of their geographic location in an evolving information landscape.

NLM Awards 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements: http://1.usa.gov/1pQWngX

Medication and Supplement Use Among Older Adults

The Washington Post Wonkblog article stated the potential negative implications of more seniors taking dietary supplements, as found in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Qato, Wilder, Schumm, Gillet, & Alexander, 2016). Mainly, it has to do with the increased risk of an adverse interactions between prescription or over-the-counter medicine and supplements. “The use of prescription medications and dietary supplements, and concurrent use of interacting medications, has increased since 2005, with 15% of older adults potentially at risk for a major drug-drug interaction. Improving safety with the use of multiple medications has the potential to reduce preventable adverse drug events associated with medications commonly used among older adults” (Qato et al., 2016).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a number of resources on dietary supplements, their use, and safety.

Qato, D., Wilder, J., Schumm, L., Gillet, V., & Alexander, G. (2016, March 21). Changes in prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplement use among older adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1q2ZX8e. PubMed Abstract http://1.usa.gov/1WYwoyN.

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense

Webinar presented by Jay Ostrowki, National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00pm (EDT)

To register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

This webcast is designed to help you begin exploring how telemedicine may help increase access to behavioral health services for your patients. Key issues and growth opportunities in the telemental health industry will be covered.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UUY6yG for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.

Am I Rural? tool gets an update

Adapted from RHIhub, http://bit.ly/1qjNZai 

Use Am I Rural? to determine whether specific locations are considered rural based on various definitions the term, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs such as Rural Health Clinics and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant programs. It also states whether that address is in a Health Professional Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas/Populations.

The tutorial on YouTube shows how to use the tool and what information it provides. http://bit.ly/1SxZsMn

Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative Webinar

March 30, 2016 | 2:00 pm –3:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Registration and webinar information: http://bit.ly/1SrmjJD

New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:

  • Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
  • Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
  • Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that works best for communities across the state.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Shpelk to learn more about the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) and the Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies webinar series.