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Archive for December, 2010

Measures, Goals, and Objectives for Health of Americans

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

A newly-released report on Americans’ health status shows that improvement in many areas is offset by continued decline in others.  According to 2010 America’s Heath Rankings (released yesterday), the nation’s overall health improved from 20.3 percent in 2009 to 21.3 percent in 2010. But reductions in smoking, preventable hospitalizations and infectious disease were offset by continued increases in obesity, children in poverty, lack of health insurance and high school dropout rates. America’s Health Rankings is an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis and is published jointly by United Health Foundation, APHA and Partnership for Prevention.

Looking forward to the next decade, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. For 30 years, Healthy People has set targets for health outcomes and objectives for reaching those targets. Healthy People provides a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions.

SCR CONNECTions Web Conference: Comparative Effectiveness Research

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Join us on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions.  This month’s webinar is entitled Comparative Effectiveness Research  and will be presented by Ione Austin from the National Information Center on Health Services Research (NICHSR) division of the National Library of Medicine.

The web conference will discuss ways of locating comparative effectiveness research using PubMed and other National Library of Medicine databases.  Comparative effectiveness research, also known as Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), is the conduct and synthesis of systematic research comparing different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions. The purpose of this research is to inform patients, providers, and decision-makers, responding to their expressed needs, about which interventions are most effective for which patients under specific circumstances.

All NN/LM SCR web conferences are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system.  You do not need to install any software to join the conference.  Simply click on the URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.  Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

The SCR CONNECTions web conference is free of charge and open to all.

We’re looking forward to “seeing you” next week.

New Preparedness Resource for Tribal Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Heritage Preservation has begun a new national initiative, Getting Ready in Indian Country: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Native American Cultural Resources. Developed with support from the National Park Service and the Office of Environmental Compliance of the Department of the Interior, Getting Ready in Indian Country is intended to advance emergency preparedness, stimulate discussion, and inspire new projects for the care and protection of tribal heritage.

Facing AIDS on World AIDS Day, December 1

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

red ribbonToday, December 1st,  is World AIDS Day. This day provides an opportunity to reflect on the HIV epidemic in our country and around the world. In the U.S., an estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV ─ and one out of five does not know it. Worldwide, there are an estimated 33 million individuals with HIV. AIDS.gov (http://aids.gov/) encourages everyone to take action in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day by promoting information about HIV/AIDS, encouraging people to tell their personal stories, and promoting HIV testing.

Information on HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day can be found at:

    * World AIDS Day, December 1 http://www.worldaidsday.org/
    * Facing AIDS http://www.aids.gov/facingaids/
    * National Minority AIDS Council http://www.nmac.org/
    * National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Information http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/hiv.html

Yahoo! Events also has a page devoted to World AIDS Day (http://events.yahoo.com/worldaidsday/2010/) with lots of information about HIV/AIDS, including a timeline of the history of HIV/AIDS in the world.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a number of its key resources on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and globally. These can be found at: