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November is National Diabetes Month

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving is soon approaching, a time when many are giving thanks for food, family and health. Many favorite dishes are loaded with sugars and it is tempting to overeat. This can be a health issue for those with diabetes. Whether we have a family history or not, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves but rather, consider eating in moderation while enjoying a great feast.

The Diabetes Educator site provides a nice visual on how to divide your plate along with some healthier recipes: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/export/sites/aade/_resources/pdf/general/ThanksgivingPlateResource.pdf

The American Diabetes Association includes tips on navigating the Thanksgiving feast and other tips:

http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/tips/2012-11/navigating-the-holiday-feast.html
http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/holiday-meal-planning/

So go ahead and enjoy the feast but remember that if you’re thankful for your health, stuff that turkey and not yourself!

Here are some Thanksgiving Day suggestions:

  • Don’t wait to eat until the feast to avoid overeating.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables but avoid or limit those that contain cream sauces or butter.
  • When filling your plate, take only a spoonful of the dishes you really enjoy and wait and see if you really are still hungry after eating before considering more.
  • Skip the bread and rolls.
  • Roast those sweet potatoes rather than smothering them in butter, sugar and marshmallows, roasting them at a high temperature (400-450 degrees) causes the sugars in the sweet potatoes to caramelize.
  • Use a sugar substitute when making pies.
  • Skip the whipped cream or the ice cream with the pie.
  • If bringing a dish, choose a fresh veggie platter with a hummus dip or a tossed salad of mixed greens with a vinaigrette dressing.
  • Eat slowly and take time to interact with those around you, good companionship can be just as satisfying as eating.
  • Before diving into that comfy chair take a walk around the block, it will help you feel better and keep you awake!

For more information about diabetes: MedlinePlus and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Time for Turkey! Prepare your Thanksgiving Meal Safely

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The countdown is on! Less than a week until Thanksgiving!

Since the turkey is most often the star of this holiday meal, it’s important that it be both delicious and prepared safely.

To help you, the USDA has created these videos to show you step-by-step how to safely cook your turkey a variety of ways (deep fat fried, smoked, grilled, roasted, etc.) so you can avoid having foodborne illness ruin this special day with family, friends, and loved ones.

Webinar: Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Monday, November 24 / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Health care organizations across the country are preparing to respond to the possibility of Ebola cases in their communities. Several U.S. hospitals have treated patients with the disease and can provide important information to other health care workers related to personal protective equipment, staffing models, and critical care nursing. During this Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, clinicians will learn about the clinical management experiences of nurses who cared for patients with Ebola at Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center.

Participate by Phone:

* U.S. Callers:  888-972-6898.  Passcode:5076538

* International Callers: 630-395-0194.  Passcode:5076538

Join by Live Audio Web Streaming: (Listen only): http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=897795&s=1&k=6DF1465EA1BB9109F0973F486C334C3C

For more information, please see the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_112414.asp

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Webinars and Calls: http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ebola-calls.aspx

Toward an AIDS-Free Generation: Healthcare Outreach and Enrollment for People Living with HIV

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The webinar will feature HIV and viral hepatitis leaders from CDC and HRSA as well as individuals from CMS and the HHS Secretary’s Office who are leading ACA enrollment outreach for communities of color. The speakers will highlight benefits of the healthcare law for people at risk for or living with HIV or viral hepatitis, and highlight resources available to assist stakeholders in Marketplace outreach and enrollment efforts, particularly among communities of color and other populations disproportionately impacted by HIV and viral hepatitis. Designed to share information with HIV and viral hepatitis service providers, community-based organizations, Federal staff, and others, the webinar will take place on Monday, November 24 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is now open at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/146904594.

OCLC Announces Community Health Engagement Opportunity for Public Libraries

Friday, November 21st, 2014

As part of its IMLS-funded Health Happens in Libraries program, OCLC is seeking up to five public libraries wishing to collaborate with a local partner to develop and implement community health activities. These activities, to be conducted with the Health Happens in Libraries team from January through July 2015, will support the goals of each participating library and their partner(s), and enhance public library capacity to advance health and wellness priorities in the communities they serve. Activities may include a range of services, such as a workshop on healthy family meal planning, or training to patrons seeking reliable online health information. In addition to stipend support for any related travel, participating libraries will also be eligible to receive $500 for supplies, materials, or other necessary expenses to meet their goals. Actual time commitment will ultimately be proportional to the engagement goals of each library community.

The Participant Overview provides a full description of this opportunity, including how to submit a statement of interest for your library to be considered for this exciting work. If interested in participating in this 7-month project, please submit a statement of interest by 5:00 PM PST Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Selected libraries will be notified by December 31, 2014. A panel will review all statements in an effort to select a variety of libraries, representing diverse perspectives and communities. Questions about the program may be directed to the Project Coordinator, Liz Morris.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Friday, December 12 and 19, 2014 / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=823

Summary: This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This interactive, case-based class will cover key sources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), federal and non-federal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information will also be discussed. 3 MLA CEs.

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Friday, November 14th, 2014

During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans.

History Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month from the Library of Congress.

Health Concerns American Indians and Alaska Natives have a unique relationship with the federal government. Tribes exist as sovereign entities, but federally recognized tribes are entitled to health and educational services provided by the federal government. Though the Indian Health Service (IHS) is charged with serving the health needs of these populations, more than half of American Indians and Alaska Natives do not permanently reside on a reservation, and therefore have limited or no access to IHS services. Though often referred to as a singular group, American Indians and Alaska Natives represent diverse cultures, languages and customs unique to each community. Health challenges, however, have not been as unique with many Native American communities similarly experiencing the harsh impact of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke and infant mortality.

Profile: American Indian and Alaska Native Health Statistics by Disease Leading Causes of Death Other Critical Health Issues Find Journals and Publications Affordable Care Act and Native Americans The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care quality and coordination. The ACA also includes permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act , which extends the current law and authorizes new programs and services within the Indian Health Service.

More about the Affordable Care Act and Native Americans Fact sheet: The ACA and American Indian and Alaska Native People

Our Work Delivery of health services and funding of programs to maintain and improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives are consonant with the federal government’s historical and unique legal relationship with Indian Tribes. In recognition of this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports research on improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program Grantees All grants and cooperative agreements American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Initiative Awards (TIHA) Native Generations , an infant mortality awareness campaign Circle of Life , a multimedia HIV/AIDS/STI curriculum for Native youth National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Ways to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

Educate yourself! Read up on the history of the Native people of the Americas and the creation of Native American History Month.

Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among Native American communities.

Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options now available to you and your family and spread the word.

Share your story! How are you celebrating Native American Heritage Month? What’s happening in your organization or community? Share your story or tweet with us throughout the month.

From the Office of Minority Health

New Interactive Tool Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends.

The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.

Health Insurance Marketplace Offers Tool to Help Consumers Review Their Plan Options for 2015

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Beginning this week, consumers can visit HealthCare.gov to review detailed information about each health insurance plan offered in their area before applying ahead of open enrollment, which starts November 15, according to an announcement made today by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.  With more issuers offering coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, the majority of consumers will find more affordable options for themselves and their families. By answering a few simple questions, such as location and family size, consumers will be able to compare plans and get an estimate on how much financial assistance they may qualify for when shopping for coverage, without needing to submit an application.

“Consumers can prepare for open enrollment by visiting HealthCare.gov and using the window shopping feature to see what plans will be available in their area,” said Administrator Tavenner. “Using this tool, consumers can compare plans, covered benefits, and physician and hospital networks before the Marketplace annual open enrollment period starts on November 15. New features will give consumers a comprehensive picture of the plans in their area so they can choose the one that’s right for them.”

CMS is working to improve the consumer experience by making the shopping experience easier. Last year, a consumer had to answer nine questions before being able to view their plan options, this year a consumer can start looking at plans after entering just their zip code. Consumers can answer a few simple questions relevant to them to get an estimate on how much financial assistance they may qualify for when shopping for coverage. The window shopping tool has also been optimized for access through a smart phone or tablet. Consumers can also review their options at a more convenient time by emailing or sharing a link to a plan’s information. Premium estimates are more accurate due to more robust data in HealthCare.gov, such as rates adjusted for tobacco use, which are being included in the estimates provided by the tool.

Window shopping remains the single most popular section on HealthCare.gov and regularly has three times the amount of traffic than any other page on the Marketplace website. CMS has improved the scalability and performance of the tool for high volumes of traffic. Additionally, the site has gone through usability and mobile testing that has been key in improving the website’s features.

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to review and compare health plan options and find out if they are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs when receiving services. All consumers shopping for health insurance coverage for 2015— even those who currently have coverage through the Marketplace — should enroll or re-enroll between November 15 and December 15 in order to have coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2015.

Consumers can find local help at: Localhelp.healthcare.gov or call the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855- 889-4325. Translation services are available. The call is free.

To preview plans in your area this week, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/see-plans/

For more information about Health Insurance Marketplaces, visit: www.healthcare.gov/marketplace