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The ABC’s of Antibiotics Infographic

The 2014 International Infection Prevention Week theme was antibiotic resistance. http://bit.ly/ZUzbRv

This infographic was developed to illustrate when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The opposite side of the infographic highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotic. Download the infographic here. http://bit.ly/1xwDUUH

Ebola and Health Literacy

“A lot of media outlets have made a good effort to clarify how a person can and cannot get Ebola. But confusion persists. Could it be a health literacy issue?” This entry from the We Love Health Literacy Blog http://bit.ly/12TxWnH will help you understand what terms may cause confusion when explaining Ebola transmission and offer other alternatives.

Managing Your Fear about Ebola

The American Psychological Association’s Help Center  has some suggestions on how to manage your fears and anxieties concerning Ebola. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

APA Help Center: http://bit.ly/1yFRqGA

Managing your fear about Ebola: http://bit.ly/10zr7XN

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Provides access to results for this annual survey focused on substance abuse and mental health issues. Includes information on prevalence and services. Rural-specific data is available in detailed tables that list “geographic characteristics.” Data is also made available by state and for regions within states. http://1.usa.gov/1tg20F0

BagIQ uses customer loyalty programs to inform better food choices

Bag IQ recently launched in beta form and aims to use the food purchase history from loyalty programs to help users make better choices about the foods they eat. It works by linking to the a user’s accounts at the stores they shop at; linked grocers and stores include Harris Teeter, Target, Santoni’s, and many more. In fact, they claim to link to over 500,000 individual locations at which people may by food nationwide and online. It can also capture food purchase history from paper receipts.

To read more: http://bit.ly/1wmVzil

BagIQ:  http://bit.ly/1rntW4l

Protect Yourself From The Flu

Available in English and Spanish, overview “Protect Yourself From The Flu” includes information on why you should get your flu shot, high risk groups, vaccine locator for where to get your flu shot, and information on insurance and costs.  http://1.usa.gov/ZP2Dss

Webinar: Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments

On Thursday, October 23, at 2:30 pm ET, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), will offer a webinar entitled “Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments.”

From the announcement:

“This webinar will [highlight] two analytical resources for conducting Community Health Needs Assessments with a health equity lens: the ‘Health Disparity Tool’ from America’s Health Rankings and ‘Community Commons’ from the Institute for People, Place and Possibility and the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems.”

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1wam2SA

Use Medicines Wisely: Educational Resources

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health has resources for consumers on using medicines safely. Resources include brochures in English, Spanish, large print and optimized for Braille printers, as well short videos.

Use Medicines Wisely (FDA): http://1.usa.gov/1x9w96O

My coverage, My care: new resource from the Office of Minority Health

In preparation for Affordable Care Act open enrollment , the Office of Minority Health has created a new resource for applying for coverage, finding health care, and getting appropriate health care screenings and preventive services. The site includes special sections for seniors and young adults. Open enrollment begins November 15.

My Coverage, My Care: http://1.usa.gov/1rgqNmU

Community Health Worker National Education Collaborative

Community Health Worker National Education Collaborative – Provides information and resources of community health worker (CHW) educational resources, services, curricula, and promising practice delivery strategies for the development of CHW college programs. http://bit.ly/125RPYp