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Pillowcase Project: Preparing Students for Disasters

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The American Red Cross and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center are partnering to prepare school-age children at home and abroad for the next disaster. Using pillowcases and other culturally appropriate containers to hold emergency items like flashlights and bottled water, Red Cross staff and volunteers will teach life-saving preparedness lessons to students around the world.

http://preparecenter.org/activities/pillowcase-project-preparing-students-disasters

Webinars on Geriatrics-Competent Care

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Please see the announcement below about a series of webinars on Geriatrics-Competent Care hosted by the CMS in collaboration with the Lewin Group, Community Catalyst, and the American Geriatrics Society.

Geriatrics-Competent Care Webinar Series

You are invited to a two-part webinar series on Geriatrics-Competent Care designed to help health care professionals, health plan staff, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of geriatrics care. This series is hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in collaboration with The Lewin Group, Community Catalyst, and the American Geriatrics Society. The webinar presentations and post-recordings will be available at ResourcesForIntegratedCare.com.

Webinar 1: An Introduction to Geriatrics-Competent Care

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

12:00-1:15 PM EST

Call in number: (800) 683-4564 Access Code: 644872

This webinar will present some universal competencies that are fundamental to quality geriatrics care across disciplines and care settings. These include: understanding what is unique about the health and care of older adults; prevention, diagnosis, and management of geriatric syndromes (e.g., incontinence, falls, gait and balance disorders, dementia); care transitions; medication management; maintaining older adults’ function and well-being; working with older adults and families to set care goals; coordinating care with an interdisciplinary team; and providing social services and supports.

Interested participants are encouraged to register.

Webinar 2: Geriatric Assessment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

12:00-1:15 PM EST

Call in number: (866) 216-6835 Access Code: 282122

An interdisciplinary geriatric assessment can promote older adults’ wellness and independence and maintain or improve their functional status and quality of life by considering physical, cognitive, psychological, and social domains. This webinar will focus on a rapid geriatrics screen that can be accomplished in a busy clinical setting to identify target areas where a more in-depth assessment is needed to develop a comprehensive, coordinated care plan. The webinar will address how to communicate effectively with older adults and their families, home assessment, and identifying community services available to help meet assessed needs. Case studies will demonstrate the use of various assessment tools and the key follow-up steps needed for quality care management.

Interested participants are encouraged to register.

For more information, contact Carol Regan, Senior Advisor, Community Catalyst at cregan@communitycatalyst.org.

Helpful Resources on Depression

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian, Robin Williams, has brought attention to the challenges of those who suffer from depression. It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults struggle with depression (Centers for Disease Control). Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer, as well as affecting their family and friends. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              September 2 – 22, 2014

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary: This 3-week, self-paced course will explain what a clinical trial is and why ClinicalTrials.gov is a significant resource; demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on ClinicalTrials.gov; and discuss the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

Note: Several regions are offering this course. If you are in NY, NJ, PA or DE, please take the session provided by the Middle Atlantic Region.

Authoritative Ebola Information

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Ebola has been an important topic in the news. You may be getting questions from those you serve, or have questions yourself. So we have compiled these resources to help:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus Resource Guides

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

U.S. Joint Commission

Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation

Monday, August 11th, 2014

On August 13th, NCBI will host a webinar entitled “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation”. This presentation will show you how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and database identifiers (RefSNP, Variant region IDs) using NCBI’s new Variation Viewer (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/variation/view).

 

This presentation will show you how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names, and database identifiers(RefSNP, Variant region ids) using NCBI’s new Variation Viewer (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/variation/view). You will learn how to browse the genome, navigate by gene or exon, filter results by one or more categories including allele frequencies from 1000 Genomes or GO-ESP, and link to related information in NCBI’s molecular databases and medical genetics resources such as ClinVar, MedGen and GTR. You will also be shown how to upload your own data to add to the display, and download results. Anyone who works with clinical or research variation data will find that the Variation Viewer provides a convenient and powerful way to access human variation data in a genomic context that is fully integrated with all other NCBI tools and databases.

 

To register, please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2762824590748330498.

Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources for Faith-based and Community Organizations

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives (Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for:

A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations

The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with information on emergency preparedness tools, resources and engagement strategies that are available to faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers. Presentations will explain how faith-based and community-based organizations can engage in National Preparedness Month 2014 and National PrepareAthon Day! activities. The presentations will also highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.

WHO SHOULD JOIN THE WEBINAR?
This webinar is for anyone interested in learning more about resources to help faith-based and community-based organizations get prepared for emergencies and help their communities to do the same.

WHEN IS THE WEBINAR?    

August 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

HOW DO I JOIN THE WEBINAR?

Adobe Connect Web Link: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/faithtoolsa/event/registration.html

Please sign in as a guest.  Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.

PRESENTERS

Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Office of Emergency Management will present.  The Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives and Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, will also bring greeting and remarks in support of getting houses of worship and community organizations engaging in preparedness activities.

Building Health Literate Organizations

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change describes how organizations can move forward in achieving the attributes described in the Institute of Medicine discussion paper, “Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations”. The guidebook:

  • helps health care organizations of any size engage in organizational change to become health literate
  • complements many excellent health literacy resources, helping organizations use them effectively and reliably

The guidebook contains chapters and a case study on key health literacy development areas that intersect with the attributes of health literate health care organizations:

  • Engaging leadership
  • Preparing the workforce
  • The care environment
  • Involving populations served
  • Verbal communication
  • Reader-friendly materials

Each chapter answers these questions:

  • Why? Why do you need to address health literacy issues in this area? Why is it important?
  • What? What would success in this area look like? What are the target outcomes? Success may include changes to process, behavior, and attitudes, as well as health outcomes.
  • How? What tools, resources, and actions will you use to reach the target outcomes?

The guidebook offers an approach that enables organizations to start where they can begin to build a pattern of success, expanding to more than one area, eventually working in all key areas for results that can be sustained.

Building Health Literate Organizations:  A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change, authored by Mary Ann Abrams, Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Audrey Riffenburgh, and Barbara Savage, is available at www.healthliterateorganization.org.

The guidebook is available as a free, online resource so it may be downloaded, copied, and reproduced, as long as all the attributions and sources are included.

Funding Opportunity

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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.

Prevent Dehydration

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Prevent #dehydration this summer! Average person needs about 3 quarts of water daily. More: 1.usa.gov/130LtmO