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AAMC Social Determinants of Health

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made available a collection of papers on the social determinants of health. “Achieving Health Equity: How Academic Medicine Is Addressing the Social Determinants of Health” offers a snapshot of some of the strategies medical schools and teaching hospitals have launched to narrow inequities and address social factors that affect community health:

New National Preconception Health Campaign Webinar May 27

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is launching a new initiative:Advancing Preconception Health in Communities: Launching the First National Consumer Preconception Health Resource & Campaign. Attend a webinar,, on Friday, May 27 to learn more about the program, called Show your Love.

Show Your Love,, encourages young adults and their support systems to show love to themselves, their loved ones, and future families by educating themselves about optimal preconception health practices and taking an active role in their health and wellness.

SAMHSA Data Archive

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has added new features to its Mental Health Data Archive, and more enhancements are planned for the future. Use the archive to find and analyze datasets:

MedlinePlus adds 3 lab tests

MedlinePlus has three new health topic pages on common lab tests.


Liver Function Tests:

Blood Count Tests:



Pediatric palliative care materials

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has created materials for families of children with serious illnesses. The materials were developed with input from families and include fact sheets, personal stories and resources.

Palliative Care: Conversations Matter®:

Materials in Spanish:

New NLM Learning Resources Database

The National Library of Medicine has made it easier to find existing web-based training materials on its resources. The Learning Resources Database has webinars, short videos, tutorials, brochures and other materials that can be downloaded and used freely. Users can find materials by subject or product, such as:

  • Disasters and Emergencies
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Health
  • Consumer Health

The Database was launched two weeks ago, so not all categories have current materials attached. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis.

Learning Resources Database:

Additional information about the Database:

Asthma Awareness

May is Asthma Awareness Month, but these tools and resources can be used all year ’round.  For toolkits, events, social media messages, and other resources, please see the Asthma Community Network,; the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,; the Centers for Disease Control,; and the National Asthma Control Initiative,

This Free Life Campaign

A new public education campaign, launched in May 2016 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults who use tobacco occasionally. Through authentic and credible messages from tobacco-free members of the LGBT community, the campaign encourages these young adults to draw inspiration from their peers to also live tobacco-free:

Reentry Education Toolkit

RTI International, with support from the Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education offers a new resource. The Reentry Education Toolkit promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. Read more and access the toolkit here:

Blog break

Hello readers! The BHIC Contributors are taking a break to soak up information at the Medical Library Association annual conference. We’ll return to posting on Thursday, May 19.