The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families operates a Parent Hotline for parents of unaccompanied children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Seven days per week from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET, the hotline is for parents seeking to locate their children in ORR care: 1-800-203-7001. See the ORR webpage for more information: http://1.usa.gov/1shZKci
The U.S. Office Health and Human Services recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. For further information, social media announcements and banners, toolkits, and other resources you or your organization can use to raise awareness, please visit Healthfinder.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1shPCAb, CDC: http://1.usa.gov/X2ycOx and the National Public Health Information Coalition: http://bit.ly/1sdKdgY.
Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. They may be the first to see a person with or at risk for diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program presents a free webinar to learn about a new toolkit for PPOD practitioners. The toolkit was developed to show how healthcare professionals can work collaboratively in their communities to promote better health outcomes. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: Tools and Strategies for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry will be presented August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET; and September 8, 2014, at noon ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kIIPRe
Each year, more than 54,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical, lost productivity, and other costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.
To help prevent violence, the CDC has released a free online training course, Principles of Prevention. The training teaches the key concepts of primary prevention, public health approach, and social-ecological model, and offers CDC approved continuing education credits. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.
Principles of Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1xLqmni
August 1 is National Girlfriends Day. Friends can support your efforts, work out with you, and call your attention to matters you may be ignoring. Celebrate female friendship and support your girlfriends by helping them stay safe and live well.
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) offers award-winning comprehensive websites, including Womenshealth.gov, that provide reliable, accurate, commercial-free information on the health of women. They cover a wide variety of health topics, ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging.
OWH also offers free assistance by phone though an information referral center. Call 800-994-9662, toll-free, and trained information specialists can answer your calls in either English or Spanish. Operators are trained to handle relay calls for those who rely on relay services.
Office on Women’s Health: Womenshealth.gov
Join the “Social Media Impact for Health Communication” webinar to learn about both the potential impact and limitations of social media as a tool for health communication. Two expertsfrom UMass Medical School, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Viswanath Lab will present their research findings on the use of social media for health organizations.
Social Media Impact for Health Communication
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am ET
Administration for Children and Families – Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for migrant and seasonal populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services to infants, toddlers, and their families.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Deadline: Oct. 6th, 2014
For more information go here: http://bit.ly/1pJadKS
National Diabetes Education Program: New resource. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD). This enhanced toolkit was designed to help medical professionals work together to recognize the early danger signs of diabetes, decrease the risk of complications, and manage medication therapy. Get the toolkit here: http://1.usa.gov/1oeo8XW
While there are plenty of useful resources out there on the internet, sometimes locating all the helpful ones can be a tedious task. With the Kids.gov Pinterest boards, you know you are always getting safe, fun and useful government information on a wide variety of topics. Parents can use our boards to find informaiton online safety for their kids, homework help, fun and safe online activities and more. Teachers, find a variety of free lesson plans and classroom activities divided by subject matter, such as history, science and more. Find it all at http://bit.ly/1n7s909
This new guide, developed by RAC Information Specialist Kathleen Spencer focuses on the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength and overall vitality of the community.
Visit the Rural Assistance Center’s website to access the Guide: http://bit.ly/1rCw9tI