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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Funding Opportunity

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Hmong woman carrying a babySummary

Funding Oppportunity Title: Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-ACF-ORR-RE-0816
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Type: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.576
Post Date: 04/28/2014
Application Due Date: 06/27/2014

 

Description

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arriving refugees. The objectives of this program are to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally appropriate services to refugees within five years of their initial resettlement.
The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee groups who have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years.
ORR places a strong emphasis on projects with a two-fold aim: 1) strengthening of the applicant’s organizational capacity 2) provision of SMART services (Specific Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound) to refugees. Such services may include both direct and referral services.

For complete posting and link to apply, visit the HHS website

MERS-CoV Spreads to the United States

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Microscopic image of coronavirus

On May 2, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (or MERS) in the United States. The virus was found in a man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana at the end of April.

MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that first begin infecting humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. All reported cases since have been linked to 7 different countries, and all have originated within the Arabian Peninsula. The symptoms are similar to that of the flu: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. MERS is unusually deadly, however; around 30% of the people infected have died. Despite the name, MERS is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

The CDC has not yet advised any travel changes and recommends the following to those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness within 14 days of travel, the CDC recommends visiting your healthcare provider. For more information regarding MERS-CoV, coronaviruses, and the recent case in the United States, visit the links under Resources.

Resources:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MERS CoV First US Case Announced / Press Release / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions about MERS CoV / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About Coronaviruses / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

UPDATE 5/13/2014

A second case of MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As with the previous case, the patient was a healthcare worker who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, CDC Director Dr. Tom Friedan and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, iterated that so far MERS is not considered easily transmissible. The two US cases have occurred in health workers that were in close contact with those already infected with MERS. 

For the complete press conference transcript, visit the CDC’s Media page.

 

Update on Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

On May 1st, the Department of Health & Human Services released the most recent statistics on enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as people enrolling due to a change in life circumstance) reported through Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Additional key findings from the report:

  • 2.2 million (28%) of those who selected a Marketplace plan were young adults ages 18 – 34
  • Of the more than 8 million who enrolled, nearly 2. 6 million signed up through State Based Marketplaces, and more than 5.4 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace
  • Of the more than 8 million, 54% are female and 46% are male
  • More than 4.8 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through March 31, 2014, compared to before the beginning of open enrollment in October

The complete press release from HHS yesterday can be read at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/05/20140501a.html

The Marketplace Enrollment Report from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation can be accessed at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Apr2014/ib_2014Apr_enrollment.pdf

Health Insurance Marketplace

3 Days and Counting!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Join the 6 Million_Healthcare.gov

The end of Marketplace Open Enrollment is now just 3 days away – March 31st – for individuals to sign up for coverage for this year. After March 31st, the next Open Enrollment period will be November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. As of March 27, more than 6 million individuals had signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Individuals are being encouraged to use the online enrollment options via Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov or by phone using the toll free number at 1-800-318-25961-800-318-2596. Individuals are advised NOT to use a paper application form at this time to avoid missing the enrollment deadline. The Call Center continues to be staffed to provide assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance to those needing to start or complete an application, compare plans, enroll,  or ask a question.

For sources of Public Service Announcements, sample Facebook and Twitter posts, blog posts, and stories of individuals who have recently received coverage, these sources have lots of information:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/insurance/index.html

Healthcare.gov

CMS.gov Health Insurance Marketplace website

Facebook: Healthcare.gov

Twitter: @HealthCare.gov and several hashtags, including #GetCoveredNow and #ACA

Let’s help get the word out for people to #GetCoveredNow!

Photo credit: Healthcare.gov Facebook page

 

NLM Education Connection

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

NLM logo

 

The National Library of Medicine K-12 team is part of the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Outreach to Special Populations Branch (SIS). Teachers and students have been identified as a special population group that can benefit from the science and health information and resources which NLM provides.

In addition to the many online resources which may be accessed through the National Library of Medicine’s website, educators may be interested in an electronic newsletter produced monthly entitled, “NLM Education Connection.” Subscription to the newsletter is available via: https://LIST.NIH.GOV/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=K12NLMRESOURCES&A=1 .

 

This month’s features include:

  • Toxicology Resources for the Classroom
  • Health Observances: National Nutrition Month
  • Desalination Video that Wows!

Additional resources for I-12 teachers and students may be found at: http://k12.nlm.nih.gov/ .

 

Congratulations Cheryl Rowan and Emily Hurst

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Emily Hurst Cheryl Rowan

Congratulations to Cheryl Rowan, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, and Emily Hurst, NN/LM SCR Technology Coordinator, both of whom were accepted to the 2014 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute. The Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, team building, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders.

March 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, March 10th, 2014

NIH News in Health _Feature 1

NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

 

Features:

 

 Health Capsules:

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337301-402-7337 for more information.

Updates to Nutrition Facts Label

Friday, March 7th, 2014

FDA Serving SizeOn February 27th, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published several proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label found on the majority of packaged foods in the United States. According to the FDA Guidance and Regulation page, the proposed changes include the following:

  • Greater understanding of nutritional science
  • Updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes
  • Refreshed design

In order to encourage a greater understanding of nutritional science, the FDA will require that labels include information about added sugars, updated daily values, the amount of potassium and Vitamin D, as well as continuing to include “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” amounts while “Calories from Fat” will be removed.

The serving size requirements will be changed to reflect how people currently eat and drink, which is vastly different than 20 years ago–when serving sizes were first established. Serving size on labels will now include “what people actually eat, not what they ‘should’ be eating”. In addition, items usually consumed in a single sitting (ie, 20 oz sodas) will now be labeled as one serving instead of multiple. Larger packages that are usually consumed in multiple sittings will include “dual column” labels to include nutrition information for per serving as well as per package.

The new design of the label will feature larger text for caloric information and serving sizes. Consumers will also notice a shift of Percent Daily Values to the left of the label (for prominence) from it’s original position on the right. A clear explanation of Percent Daily Values will also be included.

For more information, details, and images of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label, visit the FDA Guidance & Regulation page.

Resources Update on the ACA

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help you and your patrons remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others. Please note that if the dates and/or times are not convenient, most webinars are being archived.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Native Voices

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Native Voices ExhibitionThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site. 

 For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.    

 The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units.  Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.  These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.

 While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.

About the Native Voices Web site

The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland.  Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.

For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.