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World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

According to the World Health Organization, 2 million people die each year from unsafe food or drinking water. April 7 is World Health Day, and the theme is “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe.” The WHO web site has campaign materials, including social media messaging and infographics, as well as food safety case studies from around the world.

World Health Day (WHO): http://bit.ly/1C6JXAX

Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits.

Many adults drink moderately and responsibly without complications, and there are indications from research that some can derive modest health benefits. At the same time, alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the United States and internationally. For example, an estimated 16.6 million Americans have alcohol use disorder. Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 encourages the public to review the consequences of drinking too much, evaluate their drinking habits, understand how alcohol affects the body, and reduce drinking to lower risk for problems.

NIAAA Alcohol & Your Health: http://1.usa.gov/1Hrjhym
NIAAA Rethinking Drinking: http://1.usa.gov/1yK49Y8

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

For 2015, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: http://1.usa.gov/1IZ5YX3
2015 Prevention Resource Guide: http://1.usa.gov/1NMd2ZR

National Public Health Week 2015

During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme for National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-10, 2015) is making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Daily themes include:

  • Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
  • Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
  • Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum
  • Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections
  • Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success

Additionally, this year, APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat. Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW.

National Public Health Week: http://bit.ly/1DEo4NW
Twitter @NPHW: http://bit.ly/1P4M41e

Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce Topic Guide

Rural Assistance Center – Information, resources, and frequently asked questions related to the education and training of the rural healthcare workforce.   Includes sections and resources for, “Grow Your Own” and Career Ladder Programs, Education & Training Provided in Rural Areas, and Using Technology to Educate the Rural Health Workforce.  http://bit.ly/1GPS0rw

Office of Minority Health Funding Opportunities

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH currently has four funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are being accepted.  Each FOA includes information on how to submit an application and what the application must contain.

To read more about the 4 funding opportunities: http://1.usa.gov/1MGDCX8

New Edition of the Women of Color Health Data Book

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.

Data book: http://1.usa.gov/1IsQUA8

Women of Color Health Collection: http://1.usa.gov/1yGKpEC

Community Health Status Indicators Tool

Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity of their community health workers, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1xhv2Y2

Suicide Safe Mobile App

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a new mobile app, Suicide Safe. This app is based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, and is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients. Available for Android http://bit.ly/1Nhqzqe and IOS operating systems: http://apple.co/1BpjdLL.