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LinkOut of PubMed to Institutional Repository

“PubMed users can now see the icon that links to the full text deposited at an institutional repository (IR) using LinkOut. The LinkOut service allows you to link to full text, library holdings, and other relevant external resources from PubMed and other NCBI databases…

The new institutional repository icons will link you to free full text of the article at an institutional repository that it is not available free from the journal or PMC… When an IR is participating in this new LinkOut feature, the linking icon will display in the “Full text links” section next to the abstract in PubMed for any publication with a direct link to a full text that does not have another free full text link. The “LinkOut – more resources” section expands to show the same direct links to full text as the icons… There are only a few IRs participating in the free full text LinkOut at this time but these few already expand access to about 25,000 publications.”

You can read more about the service and access LinkOut through the original NLM Technical Bulletin article: Bastian H, Kwan Y. Institutional Repository LinkOut: A New Full Text Access Feature in PubMed. NLM Tech Bull. 2017 Mar-Apr;(415):e3.

Scholarships from National Health Service Corps

“You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.”

Find more information and access the application on the National Health Service Corps Scholarships page.

Become a Summer Food Service Program sponsor

“Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service program. To be a sponsor, you must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and administratively, for running your program.

The following types of organizations can be sponsors:

  • Public or private nonprofit schools
  • Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or State government
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Public or private nonprofit camps
  • Public or private nonprofit universities or colleges”

The USDA lists additional guidelines and roles on How to Become a Sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). They also provide links to state contacts and deadlines.

Food Product Dating Information and Factsheet

“Best if Used By” is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?Food-related illness can be quite serious, even life threatening, particularly for an older person. Understanding product dates is one way to help you make safe food choices about perishable foods you buy at the grocery store, like meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Learn more about food product dating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):

Chronic Care Management Resource

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) introduced Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs. Connected Care is a nationwide effort within fee-for-service Medicare that includes a focus on racial and ethnic minorities as well as rural populations, who tend to have higher rates of chronic disease. To access the resources, please see:

All of Us Research Program

As part of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, the NIH is leading the effort to build a national, large-scale research enterprise with one million or more volunteers to extend precision medicine to all diseases. The All of Us Research Program, formerly known as the PMI Cohort Program, will be a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease. Read more about the program:

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognize March 28 as American Diabetes Association Alert Day. For further information and resources, please see the ADA, including risk tests, tips, healthy recipes and more. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also offers videos, tools and prevention tips.

New Language Access Portal

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities introduces a new tool to help with their commitment to addressing language barrier and improving health information literacy. The Language Access Portal is meant to be a resource for researchers, public and community health professionals, healthcare providers and other who work with populations subject to health disparities. The portal includes health resources in selected languages for subject areas where health disparities have been identified, such as Cancer,  Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV, Immunizations and Infant Mortality. The portal will be a convenient place to access resource from many different sources.

Community Health Workers and Oral Health

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum is available free online to everyone. Community Health Workers are being trained in Appalachia, using the curriculum, to educate patients on dental hygiene and oral health, to help reduce dental health disparities in rural America. Social determinants of health, poor health literacy, and health habits can lead to oral health issues. Read more about the Regional Oral Health Pathways project at the Rural Health Information Hub.

Familias en Acción course and guide

Familias en Acción is a Latino-serving community based-organization that delivers culturally specific training for health professionals and health education for the Latino community. It has multiple professional development opportunities available:

Care of Latinos with Serious Illnesses: A Palliative Approach, a free online course for Nursing Students

This short, four module course gives participants an important grounding in culturally sensitive issues that can arise in interactions with patients and families with low health literacy. The result will help you and your organization better serve your Latino patients and their families with serious illnesses, leading to improved health outcomes.

Implementation Guide for Community Partnership Model: Improving Health Outcomes by Linking Community-based Community Health Workers with Health Systems

This guide discusses the rationale and describes the steps to implement a working partnership between Health Systems and Community Based Organizations – from planning through implementation, using the partnership between Familias en Acción and Kaiser Permanente Northwest as an example.

Text adapted from Familias en Acción website and releases