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The (Positive) Power of Digital Storytelling

From Blog.AIDS.gov http://1.usa.gov/1bfS0oo

We will soon be launching Positive Spin, an exciting new project that uses the power of digital storytelling, to raise awareness for those at risk for HIV and those providing HIV services about: the stages of the HIV care continuum; the steps people living with HIV (PLWH) can take to live longer, healthier lives; and the actions PLWH can take to reduce their risk of passing HIV to others.

The Good Nutrition Reading List

In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.

This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs. http://bit.ly/1xfnQvD

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month. Are you at risk?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)  is often an underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical condition. The CDC is partnering with two national organizations to raise awareness and make a difference. http://1.usa.gov/1GpEqso

This is Serious is a national campaign originally developed by the Vascular Disease Foundation and then taken over by Duke University. The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness and action around the prevention of DVT and PE among women. The campaign encourages women to be aware of symptoms and to talk with their doctors about their risks. The campaign is conducted through a variety of channels including live community education activities, a website, and print materials. http://bit.ly/1EwmZX0

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word is a new national campaign from the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). This new program will help to reduce blood clots through awareness, education, and community engagement. NBCA plans to incorporate a far-reaching, awareness-building effort driven by a dynamic digital and social media initiative. This campaign will be extended further through the traditional media such as television, radio, and print. http://bit.ly/1CtXs1u

Webinar: Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

The Centers for Disease Control will host an online Public Health Grand Rounds on Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm EST.

From the CDC:

“This session of Grand Rounds will discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters will also highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.”

To register for the webinar and to access resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANEihA

Flood Safety: Resources

March 15-21 is Flood Safety Month. As spring approaches and snow melts, flooding may occur. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has flood safety resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANBPnq

Colorectal Cancer: Resources

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

healthfinder.gov and MedlinePlus have resources for preventing colorectal cancer and encouraging people to get screened.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1xs4s9m

Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dfslH0 (multiple languages available)

Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

Think Cultural Health, a project of the U.S. Office of Minority Health, is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. They provide the “Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” which is a self directed training course offering free CME for physicians and physician assistants, and contact hours for nurse practitioners. The course offers participants the ability to explore engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care: http://1.usa.gov/1Aett92

Conducting a Needs Assessment

Health Outreach Partners has announced a webinar to teach participants about the community assessment process using their recently released Needs Assessment Toolkit. The toolkit provides information, tools and strategies to support organizations in their efforts to meet the health needs of underserved populations. The webinar, to be held on March 24, 2015, will feature panelists to share lessons learned. Register here: http://bit.ly/1D2sPSc

The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law

From Kaiser Health News, here is a helpful analysis of the Affordable Care Act case now before the Supreme Court. Five important points and their potential consequences are detailed here: http://bit.ly/18yX0Th

The First Lady Has a Challenge for You: #GimmeFive

Five years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a nationwide initiative called Let’s Move!  to get kids moving to a healthier lifestyle.  As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady is encouraging Americans across the country to give out high-fives when they see someone making healthy choices. And she’s challenging everyone to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life.Have you been making healthier choices over the past five years? #GimmeFive! Have you planted a garden, joined a dance class, eaten more fruits and vegetables? #GimmeFive! And, in the spirit of Let’s Move! – whether it’s pushups or recipes or hours spent on your health – can you #GimmeFive more?

To hear First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate the five year anniversary of Let’s Move go to : http://1.usa.gov/1Ho0dkZ

To read more about Let’s Move! : http://1.usa.gov/18yiIXr

Five Cheers for the fifth anniversary: http://1.usa.gov/1C2aqU7