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104 libraries selected to host traveling exhibition on Native concepts of health and illness

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the 104 libraries that will host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

The exhibition will tour the United States from February 2016 through June 2020. Selected sites from Pacific Southwest Region include:

Arizona

  • A. T. Still University of the Health Sciences, Mesa
  • Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Yuma County Library District, Yuma

California

  • Alpine Branch, San Diego County Library, Alpine
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo
  • California State University, Fresno
  • University of Redlands, Redlands
  • Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Smith River
  • Springfield College, Tustin
  • City of Watsonville, Watsonville

Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo

Nevada

  • University of Nevada, Reno

NIH unveils FY2016–2020 Strategic Plan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health, which will ensure the agency remains well positioned to capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration and address new challenges for human health. Developed after hearing from hundreds of stakeholders and scientific advisers, and in collaboration with leadership and staff of NIH’s Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), the plan is designed to complement the ICOs’ individual strategic plans that are aligned with their congressionally mandated missions.

The plan focuses on four essential, interdependent objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years as it pursues its mission of seeking fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and applying that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The objectives are to:

  1. advance opportunities in biomedical research in fundamental science, treatment and cures, and health promotion and disease prevention;
  2. foster innovation by setting NIH priorities to enhance nimbleness, consider burden of disease and value of permanently eradicating a disease, and advance research opportunities presented by rare diseases;
  3. enhance scientific stewardship by recruiting and retaining an outstanding biomedical research workforce, enhancing workforce diversity and impact through partnerships, ensuring rigor and reproducibility, optimizing approaches to inform funding decisions, encouraging innovation, and engaging in proactive risk management practices; and
  4. excel as a federal science agency by managing for results by developing the “science of science,” balancing outputs with outcomes, conducting workforce analyses, continually reviewing peer review, evaluating steps to enhance rigor and reproducibility, reducing administrative burden, and tracking effectiveness of risk management in decision making.

To inform development of the strategic plan, NIH solicited input from a wide range of stakeholders through a Request for Information, which generated more than 450 responses; a series of interactive webinars, which attracted more than 750 participants; and meetings with 21 NIH advisory councils, including the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. The plan concludes with a bold vision for NIH, listing some specific achievements and advances that the agency will strive to deliver over the next five years.

MedlinePlus Health Topics Subcategories Changes!

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español currently have over 950 health topics in both English and Spanish. These health topic pages contain collections of vetted links to consumer health resources, which are organized into subcategories. On January 12, 2016, in an effort to simplify and streamline the subcategories schema, the following changes were made to both MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español:

Deleted Subcategories:

  • “Diagnosis/Symptoms”
  • “Prevention/Screening”
  • “Finance and Policy”

New Subcategories:

  • “Symptoms”
  • “Diagnosis and Tests”
  • “Prevention and Risks Factors”

Merged Subcategories:

  • Videos and Tutorials into “Videos and Tutorials”

Changed Subcategory

  • Specific Conditions to “Specifics”

Order Your Free NIAMS 2016 A Year of Health Planners Today!

Cover of A Year of Health: A Guide to a Healthy 2016 for You and Your FamilyThe National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the NIH, has developed a set of 2016 health planners – A Year of Health – tailored for four multicultural communities as part of its National Multicultural Outreach Initiative (NMOI). The 2016 planners provide research-based health tips and information about staying healthy and managing conditions of the bones, joints, muscles and skin. The four health planners, created with community input, are tailored for the following audiences:

Each organization can order up to 150 copies of the health planner free of charge for their communities, while supplies last. Individuals who would like to receive 10 copies or less of the 2016 health planner can place an order directly through the NIAMS online ordering system.

New resource for Alaska Natives and American Indians: NativeOneStop.gov

The White House, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has announced a new resource for American Indians and Alaska Natives. NativeOneStop.gov was launched in an effort to provide American Indians and Alaska Natives with easy, online access to Federal resources and programs. It is a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations with a shared vision – to provide improved, personalized access to Federal resources and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives. NativeOneStop.gov will make it easier for tribes, Alaska Natives, and American Indians to find services, receive consistent information, and streamline outreach and services by Federal agencies.

USCIS Updates Welcome Guide for New Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants booklet. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available in 14 languages (English, Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese), this publication has recently been updated to include:

  • Revised and updated general information on policies, programs and resources;
  • A refreshed layout and design;
  • A new chapter called “Taking Care of Your Money” on personal finance, taxes and financial scams; and
  • A new chapter called “Understanding Education and Health Care” on the education system, adult education programs and the health insurance marketplace.

You can download free copies in 14 languages on the USCIS website and purchase printed copies in English, Spanish and Chinese through the U.S. Government Bookstore.

December 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a smiling older man and woman sitting on the couch with a walking cane nearby.Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Coping with Caregiving: Take Care of Yourself While Caring for Others
    It can be a labor of love, and sometimes a job of necessity. A total of about 43 million U.S. adults provide unpaid care for someone with a serious health condition each year. These often-unsung heroes provide hours of assistance to others. Yet the stress and strain of caregiving can take a toll on their own health. NIH-funded researchers are working to understand the risks these caregivers face. And scientists are seeking better ways to protect caregivers’ health.
  • Halting Hypothermia: Cold Can Be Dangerous
    The frosty air of winter can be invigorating. But cold air can also pose threats to your health, whether you’re indoors or outside. If your body temperature drops too low, it can lead to a serious, sometimes deadly condition known as hypothermia. Learn to recognize the signs of this condition, and take steps to keep yourself and your family warm and safe during this chilly season.
  • Training Helps Doctors Spot, Treat At-Risk Teens
    After brief training sessions, pediatricians were more likely to recognize and treat teens for problems like drug and alcohol use. The findings may help improve ways to address mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Featured Website: NIH Spanish Health Information Portal
    You can now find Spanish-language health information from across NIH in one place. This new site offers a wealth of free, science-based health information, including dozens of NIH News in Health articles. A new feature, called “Ask Carla,” invites your questions and comments about finding health info.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

Content Syndication Now Available from NIHSeniorHealth!

NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults from NIH, now offers accurate, up-to-date health and aging information for your website. Topics include Falls, Shingles, End of Life Care, Eating Well, Alcohol and Aging and more. NIHSeniorHealth has partnered with the HHS Syndication Storefront to make content available free-of-charge. Content displays unbranded within your website using javascript or iframe snippets you copy and paste into your page. It is automatically updated at the source and maintains your website’s look and feel. The Free Web Content from NIHSeniorHealth page provides step-by-step instructions for setting up an account and syndicating content on your website.  If you need help or have any feedback, please email us via the Contact Us form.

November 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a man holding a child; a doctor and patient; and a brain.Check out the November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • A Look at Epilepsy: Electrical Outbursts in the Brain
    When you hear the word epilepsy, you might think of intense seizures with muscle spasms and loss of consciousness. But most epilepsy seizures are surprisingly subtle and may be hard to recognize. These little spells can be an early warning sign of epilepsy, a brain disorder that strikes an estimated 1 in 26 Americans at some point in their lives. The sooner epilepsy is recognized, the sooner it can be treated and seizures prevented.
  • Keep Your Skin Healthy: Protecting Your Outer Self
    People say that beauty’s only skin deep; it’s what’s on the “inside” that counts. Our insides are certainly important, but skin is your first layer of defense against the outside world. Skin can also give important clues to your overall health. Learn to take good care of your skin, so your skin can keep taking good care of you.
  • Tumor Test Helps Tailor Breast Cancer Treatments
    A gene-based tumor test could identify women with a certain type of breast cancer who don’t need to undergo chemotherapy. The finding suggests that gene testing can add to traditional clinical testing to help guide treatment choices.
  • Sidestep the Flu: Get Vaccinated
    Influenza, or flu, can knock you off your feet and leave you miserable for nearly a week. It can cause fever, aches and pains, coughing, and exhaustion. The best way to avoid this fate is to get a flu vaccine each year as early as possible, before or even during flu season, which usually lasts from October to as late as May. The vaccine is available as either a shot or a nasal spray.
  • Featured Website: NIH Research Matters
    Want to know what’s new in health and medical research? Stay up to date with this online weekly. Its brief, accessible stories report on cutting-edge NIH-supported findings and put them in perspective. Subscribe to the email newsletter to get notified when fresh articles are posted to this newly redesigned site.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

OMH Webinar: Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program (Spanish)

The Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will host a Spanish-language webinar discussing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:00am PST.

The e-learning program is designed to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote better health among individuals and communities. The e-learning program is available in both Spanish and English at no cost to participants. It provides promotores de salud with basic knowledge to promote healthy choices, and strategies to motivate behavioral changes among the community members they serve. Speakers on the webinar will discuss how the e-learning program may help promotores de salud talk to community members about chronic disease management.

La Oficina de Salud de las Minorías (Office of Minority Health, u OMH) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, o HHS) presentará un seminario web, en español, sobre el curso de aprendizaje en línea titulado Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables Y Cambios en la Comunidad, en Martes, 10 de noviembre 2015 11am PST.

Este nuevo curso de aprendizaje en línea está diseñado para desarrollar la capacidad de los promotores de salud para promover cambios que conducen a la buena salud, al nivel individual y comunitario. Este programa de aprendizaje en línea está disponible en español e inglés sin costo a los participantes. Este programa también les proporciona a los promotores de salud los conocimientos básicos para promover decisiones saludables, y estrategias para motivar los cambios de conducta en los miembros de la comunidad que sirven. Las presentadoras invitadas a este seminario web hablarán sobre este curso de aprendizaje en línea y cómo puede ayudar a los promotores de salud hablar con miembros de la comunidad sobre el manejo de las enfermedades crónicas.