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10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Resources to help those experiencing anniversaries of disasters

From SAMHSA: “Anniversaries of disasters may also be hard for survivors, who may experience some of the same reactions they did around the time of the disaster itself. For those who experience intense reactions, preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect may be helpful.”


SAMHSA has resources related to Hurricane Katrina and disaster anniversaries that may be helpful to behavior specialists, public health workers, consumers and others in your community who may need support.


Using Policy to Level the Playing Field

Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, was recently interviewed about how her office has and will continue to work on equitable access to health as a priority. Her office is promoting programs to address health inequity, writing policy to provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, and implementing strategies about the health inequity of low-income and minority populations exposed to environmental hazards. Read more at:

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors. Learn more about the prevention challenges Latinos face and find resources on the Centers for Disease Control page: HIV Among Latinos:

ACA Outreach and Enrollment in Faith Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships,,  announces a free webinar: Best Practices in ACA Outreach and Enrollment. Learn from faith leaders who have conducted successful outreach and enrollment campaigns before and during open enrollment. September 16, 2015, 2:00 pm ET. Register here:

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month: Toolkit

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month. has a toolkit for encouraging healthy eating at home, school and work. The toolkit includes e-cards and social networking messages, as well as links to resources.


New Tox Town City Neighborhood Released

From the National Library of Medicine:

The  City  neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by  the Town and Southwest scenes,  is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look.  All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations.  Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets.

Regardless of where you live,  you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

Tox Town City:

Resource Guide: Rural Migrant Health

The Rural Assistance Center has released an updated resource guide on Rural Migrant Health. The guide lists unique health challenges faced by migrant agricultural workers and barriers to accessing health care. The guide provides examples of model programs to address those challenges and barriers, lists organizations that provide migrant health care, and includes funding opportunities.

Rural Migrant Health (Rural Assistance Center):

FDA Guide on Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a handy guide for parents and caregivers as we head into a new school year including the vaccine schedule and requirements. Download the guide and find a link to the FDA’s online resource: Vaccines for Children, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.


Tableau Public for Data Visualizations

Tableau Public is free software that can help users publish interactive data visualizations to the Internet. It has powerful charting and graphing tools and allows data mapping. People can see and understand data, reports and dashboards faster with visual analytics technology, which can help uncover key trends, relationships, patterns that might otherwise be a challenge to find.

To see resources and a gallery of examples, visit:

AHRQ’s State Snapshots Measure Health Care Quality, Access State by State

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) State Snapshots allows users to analyze data from their state in various ways, including types and settings of care, select clinical conditions, insurance status, access to care and priority populations. Data are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which is compiled from more than 200 measures and represents the most complete source of data on the use and cost of health care and health insurance coverage in the Nation.