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MedlinePlus Releases Responsive Design Site

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

[NLM Press Release]

Today, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) and MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/spanish) released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See our announcement page for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of MedlinePlus.gov optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile (m.medlineplus.gov) sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of MedlinePlus.gov.

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at http://medlineplus.gov/ and http://medlineplus.gov/spanish .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tour/tour.html (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

 

NIH Funding Opportunity (Native Americans)

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations (R01)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases, and HIV-infection. The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic diseases, the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, oral disease, or HIV-infection. The intervention program should be designed so that it could be sustained within the entire community within existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities. The long-term goal of this FOA is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA Native Americans include the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. The term ‘Native Hawaiian’ means any individual any of whose ancestors were natives, prior to 1778, of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii.

Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days before the application due date
Application Due Date: May 12, 2015
Learn more here: PAR-14-260
For more information on American Indian health, visit the Specialized Information Services American Indian Health page. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this web site brings together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research. It includes links to evaluated health information from an assortment of resources, web sites, and databases.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635
michael.honch@nih.gov

National Public Health Week

Monday, April 6th, 2015

National Public Health Week urges US to become healthiest nation by 2030

Communities nationwide to celebrate public health accomplishments, mobilize US to become an even healthier nation

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2015 – The American Public Health Association and hundreds of partners across the country are preparing for National Public Health Week next week, April 6-12, the annual observance to celebrate, educate and advocate on behalf of health issues affecting the nation.

As the United States lags peer countries in life expectancy, obesity, infant mortality, chronic disease and other health outcomes, this year’s theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030” will rally the public health community to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. This year’s NPHW also marks the 20th year that the American Public Health Association has organized the annual observance.

“We anticipate a week of robust engagement in communities across the country in celebration of public health and its contributions to our nation,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “Particularly this year, as APHA builds a movement to improve health outcomes in the U.S. and address the underlying social determinants of health, we look to our National Public Health Week partners in helping emphasize the importance of prevention, advocating for public health funding and working to ensure that health is considered in all policy decisions.”

The week marks a number of national and local events in observance of National Public Health Week:

  • National Public Health Week live webcast
    NPHW will host a forum discussing existing opportunities and challenges to overcome to create the healthiest nation on April 6, 1-3 p.m. EDT. The event will feature APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH; and Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Gail Christopher, DN. The forum will be held at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. and also made available virtually through a live webcast. Register by Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. EDT to participate
  • National Public Health Week Twitter chat
    On Wednesday, April 8, @NPHW will host its 5th annual National Public Health Week Twitter chat, which will gather public health leaders, experts, organizations and advocates for a discussion covering topics, including prevention, nutrition and access to health care. This year’s robust conversation will be joined by ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, CVSHealth, the American Medical Association and many more. Participants can follow the chat using the hashtag #NPHWchat

Each day of National Public Health Week highlights a different theme fostering understanding of current challenges in the nation’s health and ways to improve upon them. This year’s daily themes are:

  • 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

In 1995, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as NPHW. Each year since then, the public health community has celebrated this observance by focusing on an issue that is important to improving the public’s health. Find more on NPHW events taking place in your area.

 

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The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. We are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.

Public Libraries Lead Community Health Engagement

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Five U.S. public libraries are currently participating in program activities of Health Happen in Libraries. Staff at these libraries are planning and implementing community health activities that will establish or deepen local partnerships to bring meaningful health services to their communities.

  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (New York)
  • Crandon Public Library (Wisconsin)
  • Hampton Public Library (Virginia)
  • Charles Parish Library (Louisiana)
  • Wilkes County Public Library (North Carolina)

The experiences and processes of these libraries, as well as related project resources, will be posted to the Health Happens in Libraries community of practice in summer of 2015, to inspire and inform the development and delivery of community health programs by other public libraries. Stay tuned for updates on the outcomes of this exciting work!

Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Now Available

Data is a powerful tool for understanding unique community needs and opportunities, particularly in relation to many of the interconnected elements of health and wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made available Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015, “an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

“Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.” Public libraries and partners may find this resource to be a useful reference point for prioritizing or aligning health information and service efforts.

Communications Are Key

We’re curious – have you promoted your library’s health information and services to target audiences in your community? If so – we’d love to know more about your experience conducting outreach about this important topic! Please drop us a line and let us know who you’ve reached out to and how, and we’ll be happy to follow-up and learn more about your experience!

What’s New for You?

Do you have resources, news, or examples of community health programming at your library that you’d like to share? We’re always eager to highlight great service happening in the field. Feel free to reach us at any time via email or at #libs4health to share your story!

[Shared from WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries e~newsletter]

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