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Webinar: Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments

On Thursday, October 23, at 2:30 pm ET, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), will offer a webinar entitled “Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments.”

From the announcement:

“This webinar will [highlight] two analytical resources for conducting Community Health Needs Assessments with a health equity lens: the ‘Health Disparity Tool’ from America’s Health Rankings and ‘Community Commons’ from the Institute for People, Place and Possibility and the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems.”

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1wam2SA

Use Medicines Wisely: Educational Resources

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health has resources for consumers on using medicines safely. Resources include brochures in English, Spanish, large print and optimized for Braille printers, as well short videos.

Use Medicines Wisely (FDA): http://1.usa.gov/1x9w96O

My coverage, My care: new resource from the Office of Minority Health

In preparation for Affordable Care Act open enrollment , the Office of Minority Health has created a new resource for applying for coverage, finding health care, and getting appropriate health care screenings and preventive services. The site includes special sections for seniors and young adults. Open enrollment begins November 15.

My Coverage, My Care: http://1.usa.gov/1rgqNmU

Community Health Worker National Education Collaborative

Community Health Worker National Education Collaborative – Provides information and resources of community health worker (CHW) educational resources, services, curricula, and promising practice delivery strategies for the development of CHW college programs. http://bit.ly/125RPYp

Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. Read about Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets to learn how you can reduce your child’s sodium intake. This page also provides a series of interesting infographics (larger versions and the text) about sodium and a section about what the federal government, schools, parents, and restaurants can do to help reduce sodium.

Visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qNRaUz

For large text and info graphic: http://1.usa.gov/1tav27S

New MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs arehttp://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

  • Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
  • Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
  • Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
  • Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov andhttp://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol.  Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

Funding Opportunity: Maternal and Child Health Research Program

Maternal and Child Health Research Grant supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services, including services for children with special health care needs.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: December 5, 2014

More information and to apply: http://1.usa.gov/1slr0Jk

October is SIDS Awareness Month

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID).

Health care providers and researchers don’t know the exact causes of SIDS, but they do know methods to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID that include the following:

  • Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.

For more information on SIDS, visit the CDC’s page on the topic: http://1.usa.gov/1nfXuo0

ACA Resources: From Coverage to Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS have launched From Coverage to Care, an “initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them”. This initiative includes written resources, images, videos, and various ways to connect with CMS.

Visit From Coverage to Care on the CMS website: http://1.usa.gov/1yh9Dgu

Get Smart About Drugs: Redesigned Website

The U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency has relaunched their website Get Smart About Drugs. The site is designed for parents, educators and caregivers and provides information on identifying drugs and drug paraphernalia;  physical, developmental and legal consequences of drug use; and talking to kids and teens about drugs.

Get Smart About Drugs: http://bit.ly/1rSbIuh