People Recover is a new resource from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. People Recover uses a comic book format to tell the story of two people, Hal and Nikki, who abuse substances and who are also affected by anxiety and depression, respectively. Because of their co-occurring addictions and mental disorders, their relationship suffers, and they struggle in their professional work. Each also faces a personal crisis. With the help of friends, professionals, and each other, Hal and Nikki begin their individual paths to recovery. People Recover, in its easy-to-read comic book format, presents a hopeful message of recovery for individuals with a substance use disorder and a mental illness.
Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category
Today the Obama administration kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website, and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center, to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1. HealthCare.gov is the destination for the Health Insurance Marketplace, where Americans may now access new educational information and learn what they can do to begin to get ready for open enrollment this fall. The website will add functionality over the summer so that, by October, consumers will be able to create accounts, complete an online application, and shop for qualified health plans. For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will also be updated to match HealthCare.gov’s new consumer focus.
Key features of the website, based on consumer research and online commercial best practices, include integration of social media, sharable content, and engagement destinations for consumers to get more information. The site will also include web chat functionality to support additional consumer inquiries. The website is built with a responsive design, so that consumers may access it from their desktops, smart-phones, and other mobile devices. In addition, the website is available via an application interface .
Between now and the start of open enrollment, the Marketplace call center will provide educational information and, beginning Oct. 1, 2013, will assist consumers with application completion and plan selection. In addition to English and Spanish, the call center provides assistance in more than 150 languages through an interpretation and translation service. Customer service representatives are available for assistance via a toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596 and hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance. HHS is on target for open enrollment in the Marketplace, which begins Oct. 1, 2013, and other key milestones approaching in the months ahead. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.
The CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis and Hep B United have launched Know Hepatitis B, a national communications campaign promoting Hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). This multilingual campaign has materials in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, and messages will be delivered through a variety of multimedia channels. Community-level outreach, in partnership with Hep B United and its local affiliates, will also incorporate campaign messages and materials that facilitate education and communication about Hepatitis B among healthcare providers, local partners, and patients.
Though AAPIs make up less than 5% of the U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of the 1.2 million Americans estimated to be living with hepatitis B. Testing identifies people living with hepatitis B and helps them take steps to protect their health, including starting treatment that can delay or reverse the effects of liver damage. An estimated 1 in 12 AAPIs is living with hepatitis B, yet as many as 2 out of 3 people do not know they are infected. Many people can live with the disease and not feel sick or have any symptoms.
Know Hepatitis B seeks to increase awareness about this silent epidemic and encourage people who may be chronically infected with hepatitis B to get tested, so they can take care of themselves and protect their families. For additional information in multiple languages on Hepatitis B, please visit MedlinePlus.
Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked, resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years, and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a new report issued by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR). The GLR Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The GLR Campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation; grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policy makers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources. As the nation commits to early learning as a priority essential to our economic and civic future, the report provides case studies and research documenting that libraries and museums are part of the solution. To support this goal, the IMLS issued $2.5 million in grants last year to institutions seeking to improve early literacy. Another $2.5 million in funding has been committed for 2013. More information about this initiative is available from the IMLS web site.
The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit provides community health workers with tools to inform people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease and maintaining healthy vision. The toolkit has a flipchart that is easy to use in community settings and can be incorporated into existing diabetes classes or information sessions. It provides all the materials and tools necessary to inform people how diabetes affects the eyes, the importance of comprehensive dilated eye exams, and how people can protect their sight from diabetic eye disease. It is available in English and Spanish.
Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website! The Dietary Supplement Label Database is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. By law, any product labeled as a dietary supplement must carry a Supplement Facts panel that list its contents and other added ingredients (such as fillers, binders, and flavorings). The Dietary Supplement Label Database includes this information and much more; such as directions for use, health-related claims, and any cautions listed on the label. The Dietary Supplement Label Database offers these features:
- Quick Search: Search for any ingredient or specific text on a label.
- Search for Dietary Ingredients: An alphabetical list of ingredients is also provided.
- Search for Specific Products: An alphabetical list of products is also provided.
- Browse Contact Information: Search by supplement manufacturer or distributor.
- Advanced Search: Provides options for expanding a search by using a combination of search options, including dietary ingredient, product/brand name, health-related claims, and label statements.
For consumers, the ODS app, My Dietary Supplements (MyDS), is available to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products taken, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.
The former Dietary Supplements Labels Database, based on DeLima Associates Dietary Supplements On-Line Database (DSOL), will be retired before the end of June, 2013, and replaced by the new ODS/NLM Dietary Supplement Label Database. More information about the Dietary Supplement Label Database is available from a recent NIH News Release or from the MLA 2013 Offline with NLM Sunrise Seminar: NLM Specialized Information Services Update.
The National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division has announced a listserv for Outreach to Specific Populations, NLM_OSP-L. This list provides health information professionals, librarians, advocates, health care professionals, students, and others with an opportunity to share information and discuss outreach to specific populations through quality information, capacity building and community engagement. This discussion forum will enable participants to stay informed about health information resources, services, and programs tailored to specific populations as well as connect with colleagues in the field, and benefit from discussions that address best practices, challenges, and gaps associated with health information outreach to specific populations.
Information distributed through the OSP Listserv (NLM_OSP-L) may include:
- Health information outreach programs and services tailored to specific populations (i.e. Students/Educators, Health Professionals, Minorities, Women, Seniors, etc.)
- Information resources addressing health topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and Environmental Health to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
- Announcements of funding opportunities
- National, state and/or local meetings and conferences
- Information and technological resources for and about specific populations
- Training opportunities
- Best practices, trends, and new ideas
- Publications, articles, and research findings related to health information outreach
Feel free to let others know about the OSP listserv, and to share its messages!
The Offline with NLM “Sunrise Seminar” was held at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Boston, MA, on May 6, 2013. The session was chaired by David Gillikin, Bibliographic Services Division. The meeting brought attendees up-to-date on some of the Library online systems as well as future plans.
Links to the following PowerPoint presentations are included in the NLM Technical Bulletin:
- PubMed Tips and Tricks – Margaret McGhee, MEDLARS Management Section, Bibliographic Services Division
- NLM Specialized Information Service Update – Janice Kelly, Division of Specialized Information Services
- NLM Digital Programs – Loren Frant, Public Services Division
- NLM’s Plan to Expand Collection Space – Martha Fishel, Public Services Division
Questions from the audience were taken at the end of the session. The questions and answers have been reprinted in the same article.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced the launch of MentalHealth.gov as an online resource for people looking for information about mental health. This website provides information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health. The website also features videos from a number of individuals sharing their stories about mental illness, recovery, and hope.
Also, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will release a Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health, to support communities interested in holding discussions about mental health using consistent information and approaches. The Toolkit has three parts: an “Information Brief,” a “Discussion Guide” and an “Organizing Guide.” These components will help communities and individuals start a conversation about mental health, and help identify innovative and creative actions to meet the mental health needs of the nation. Currently, the “Information Brief” section is available for printing and downloading. The other two sections will be available soon.
These resources make it possible to work collaboratively to provide youth and adults accurate information about the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions, coupled with open spaces to tell their stories, ask for help, share their successes, and support one another. These conversations also serve as a venue to highlight the importance of recovery, support those in recovery, and offer opportunities for everyone to see that recovery is possible.
NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays a major role in finding better ways to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. The practical health information in NIH News in Health is reviewed by NIH’s medical experts and based on research conducted either by NIH’s own scientists, or by grantees at universities and medical schools around the country. This issue features:
- Childhood Cancer: Coping With the Diagnosis
- How To Whip Whooping Cough: Preventing Pertussis
- Gene Tests May Improve Therapy for Endometrial Cancer
- Family Studies of Type 1 Diabetes
- Featured Website: Pregnancy: Every Week Counts