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Archive for June, 2014

$300 Million Available to Expand Services at Community Health Centers

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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More than $300 Million has been made available to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.

Nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.  The health center program is administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These funds will allow health centers to expand services to better serve newly insured patients.

Health center grantees requesting expanded services funds must demonstrate how these funds will be used to expand primary care medical capacity and services to underserved populations in their communities.

For more information on this funding opportunity announcement, please visit
http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/es/esinstructions.pdf.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf.

To learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

Hurricane Season 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

NOAA 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook image and graph

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has arrived and forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near or below normal season. Predictions include anywhere from eight to thirteen tropical storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes.  The driving force behind this year’s anticipated slow season is the development of El Niño this summer. El Niño “causes stsronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes”.

Despite these predictions, it is still always important to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or hurricane-related disaster. Hurricanes often cause other types of emergency situations, including storm surge and inland flooding.

To help you plan and be ready in case of a hurricane or hurricane related disaster, here are some useful resources:

Also, be sure to visit previous Blogadillo posts from the NN/LM SCR for additional resources!

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award Recipients

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach (ECHO) Award:

Organization: The Alliance of Border Collaboratives, El Paso, TX
Title of Project: “Provision: Capacity Building Assistance Project”
Responsible Investigator: Rebeca Ramos
Description: The goal of this project is to increase awareness and utilization of NLM resources to Community Health Workers (Promotores) and the general population of El Paso County, TX and Dona Ana County, NM through development of training tutorials and community presentations. Development of training materials/tutorials will have a specific focus on information related to diabetes and mental health.

Organization: University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM
Title of Project: “Good Information for Good Health: Online Continuing Education for New Mexico Health Professionals”
Responsible Investigator: Gale Hannigan
Description: The goal of this project is to develop and make available accredited continuing education online modules that highlight NLM information resources. The content will be designed specifically for New Mexico primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

 

 

Measles Cases Reach 20-year High

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first five months of 2014 (January 1 – May 23) saw 288 cases of measles in 18 states and a total of 15 outbreaks — the highest number of cases in twenty years. Because the majority of these cases have been “associated with international travel by unvaccinated people”, the CDC’s concern is that those persons intending to travel internationally be sure that their vaccinations are up to date.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. With the rise in cases, it is more important than ever to be familiar with the signs and symptoms. Often, it begins with a fever and soon a cough, runny nose, and red eyes develop. A rash of tiny red spots breaks out beginning at the head and soon spreads to the rest of the body. This disease is incredibly serious for children as it can often lead to a number of other complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis and in some cases, even death.

Until recently, cases of measles in the United States have not been very common due to vaccination. However, measles is still common in many other countries so it is important to make sure that everyone in your family is vaccinated before travel. In particular, the CDC has issued a travel notice about measles in Philippines.

For more information about measles, vaccinations, and travel visit these pages from the CDC:

Measles Overview

Measles in the Philippines – Travel Notice

CDC Features – Measles Immunization