The National Health Service Corps opened their 2013 Loan Repayment Program application cycle. The program offers primary care medical, dental, mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care. Urban Indian Health programs are noted as approved sites.
Application Deadline: March 20, 2014
More information is available online: http://1.usa.gov/1fuzYLu
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is offering a webinar series on stories from various tribal cultures that speak to the sacredness of women. Women are sacred is a belief that is central to most Native cultures; restoring and strengthening this belief will not only strengthen Indian women, but will strengthen our families, our communities, and our Nations.
The next webinar in the series:
White Buffalo Calf Woman
January 29, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
For more information and to register, go to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center website: http://bit.ly/1lkSIUJ
A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that seniors are among the most vulnerable populations during natural disasters, including severe winter weather.
Read a Q&A with the study’s author: http://bit.ly/1eaq7Mv
Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage: http://rdcrss.org/1n6YkjL
A new 8-week, open online course is now being offered by Stanford University on International Women’s Health & Human Rights.
From the course description:
“This course provides an overview of women’s health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.”
Read more about the course at Our Bodies, Our Blog: http://bit.ly/1easrD4
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has been created “to provide cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists thereby ensuring people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces.”
Access the NDNRC: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/
The Florida Department of Health has facts sheets for communicating with vulnerable populations during disasters.
Available fact sheets include information about:
- Children’s Medical Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Economically Disadvantaged Persons
- Elders 60 and Older
- Engaging Volunteer Groups Serving Vulnerable Populations
- Children in Foster Care/Child Welfare System
- Homeless Persons
- Individuals with Behavioral Health Concerns
- Individuals with Extreme Obesity
- Non-English Speaking Individuals
- People with Hearing Loss
- People with Visual Impairment
- Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Form of Dementia
- Persons with Developmental Disabilities
- Persons with Disabilities and/or Functional Impairments
- Victims of Domestic Violence
Access fact sheets: http://bit.ly/1jB6AZg
Additional information: http://bit.ly/1eskIMX
A new, no-cost app encourages kids to play for 60 minutes every day. The app was created by the American Heart Association and the National Football League.
From the announcement:
“Players are immersed in an adventure where they are required to run, jump, pivot, and turn in place in order for their character to do the same. Players choose an avatar and run through the virtual world where they encounter obstacles, which they avoid by physically moving their bodies. Smartphones are able to measure this movement and scoring is determined by duration of play and successful navigation of obstacles.
Other components of the app include the ability to collect digital coins as rewards that can be redeemed for ‘digital swag’ in the form of outfits for the avatars. This allows users to dress their avatar in their favorite NFL team clothing.” (Source: http://bit.ly/1esmuxC)
The app is currently available from the iTunes store, and an Android version will be available by 2/14/14.
Download the app: http://bit.ly/1n7ddT6
The Rural Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a Community Health Workers Toolkit to reach underserved populations. The kit, using evidence-based approaches from rural communities, is designed to help evaluate opportunities for developing a community health workers program and includes resources and best practices: http://bit.ly/1ebLvNs
Tribalhealthcare.org, is a website produced by the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative, which is a partnership between the Indian Health Service, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board. The partnership aims to develop effective, streamlined, consumer-oriented materials to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). Together, the partners plan to provide local trainings, national marketing tools, and e-resources that clearly explain health reform changes and their impact on tribal communities. The primary purpose of the website is to educate consumers: http://bit.ly/18UUF2j
The National Cancer Institute runs a site for teens to use as a resource to take control of their health, Smokefree Teen: http://1.usa.gov/1aJkznq. A text message service, an app to quit smoking, quizzes, and other tools are offered to teens to help make good decisions about their health. Information on E-cigarettes and secondhand smoke is included.