Red Cross Monster Guard App
Monster Guard app, created by the American Red Cross, is geared toward children between the ages of 7 and 11. It teaches kids how to prepare for and react to potential emergency situations in a fun and engaging way. Users can play as one of five monster characters and complete up to 15 training sessions including levels like the “Fire Escape Episode” or the “Flood Episode.” http://rdcrss.org/1GwCbYi
Ready Wrigley App
The Ready Wrigley mobile application was designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to teach children about what to do in emergency situations. Critical information about emergencies is weaved into the mobile app using age-appropriate language and activities to teach children about preparedness and response. It is targeted for children, ages 2-8. http://1.usa.gov/1yI306O
As part of social responsibility the UnitedHealth Group created an internet based English-Spanish Glossary. http://bit.ly/1CdrrtW The Glossary contains more than 2500 English and Spanish entries. The entries focus on health insurance, health care (medical, dental, chiropractic and vision) and general terms. The Glossary is free, there are no follow up sales calls or pop-ups commercially advertising UnitedHealth.
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care.
CMS acknowledges the following community partners for their assistance in reviewing these resources:
• Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations;
• Asian Health Services;
• Korean Community Center of the East Bay; and
• North East Medical Services.
C2C resources in additional languages are forthcoming.
To download or print these resources in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1wmomR7
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
PubAg, which can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1Ej2f4u is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.
Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.
Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.
PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.
NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.
The HIV/AIDS Portal now offers users the ability to search for multilingual content. The new Multilingual Search interface searches specifically for HIV/AIDS related topics from the multilingual and multicultural content of HealthReach (formerly RHIN). HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. It is also an important resource for health professional as well as public health administrators. Users can search by subject/topic, language and format. The default for the search is always HIV/AIDS so there is no need for these terms to be included in the search. There is also an Advanced Search capability to further refine your retrieval. The content is available in audio and video formats as well as text. For text documents there is a feature that allows you to view the document in a split screen with one side being English the other being the language you requested in your search.
The Multilingual Search interface is listed under the Resources For…Multilingual Speakers on the HIV/AIDS Portal homepage. http://1.usa.gov/1zshA3H
Please join Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Progress Review webinar featuring the Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topic areas. To be more effective, public health, health care, and prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their unique community and possess the skills and desire to work in those contexts. Cultural competence, the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds to produce positive change, is a key component to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. This Progress Review webinar will highlight the importance of social determinants of health and cultural competence in working with LGBT and diverse populations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. Register here: http://bit.ly/1xqV4Be
The Family Medical Leave ACT (FMLA) is designed to address workers’ need to balance work duties with caring for family members with health conditions. According to research the parents’ ability to participate in their child’s care improves health outcomes. But access to FMLA is disproportionate among lower skill, lower wage jobs, racial or ethnic minorities, female and immigrant workers.
Diversity Data Kids, from the Heller School for Social and Policy Management, offers resources to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), its effectiveness, and improvements needed to reduce inequities: http://bit.ly/1x2mePT
For the latest data on health and demographic trends, use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services widgets on your web pages. One click takes users directly to the data they need. Detailed health profiles and free access to the largest repository of minority health and health disparities information in the nation is available: http://1.usa.gov/1ILG7jD
The January issue of Nation’s Health includes a consumer health handout on mammograms. The handout, “Why your mammogram is a don’t-miss screening,” is available in English and Spanish and can be shared on bulletin boards, newsletters, at health fairs or other avenues.
Healthy You (American Public Health Association): http://bit.ly/UD9hur
Learn more at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1FMiQSI
When the weather gets cold and the snow starts falling, it can be hard to keep your New Years resolutions to be more active. Here are some resources for winter weather activities.
On January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the United States Forest Service will waive most day-use fees at national forests and grasslands. Find a location near you at Recreation.gov.
Cold-Weather Sports and Your Family (Nemours Foundation): http://bit.ly/14QMFAq
Winter fitness: safety tips for exercising outdoors (Mayo Clinic): http://mayocl.in/1y58Bp3