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Brother, You’re on My Mind Toolkit

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) have launched Brother, You’re on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men. This initiative has two major goals:

  • Goal 1: To collaborate on efforts to educate Omega members, their families, and related communities on the effects of depression and stress.
  • Goal 2: To communicate the importance of seeking help for mental health problems and to encourage affected individuals to get information from their health care providers and others in order to obtain appropriate treatment.

To aid in starting conversations, the Brother, You’re on My Mind toolkit provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters and other community organizations with the materials needed to educate community members on depression and stress in African American men. The toolkit includes educational, outreach, event planning, and promotional materials.

Text adapted from NIMHD’s Brother, You’re on My Mind page

GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery

The Featured Website from the August 2016 NIH News in Health

GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery

Want to know more about genes and how they work? Or learn about DNA forensics, biotechnology, and related careers? This educational website has up-to-date information, animations, games, interactive tutorials, and teacher resources designed for students and educators in grades 9 to 12.

Learn about Zika with Sesame Street in English and Spanish

Get in touch with your inner child and watch Sesame Street‘s Raya teach Elmo about preventing Zika virus in these 30-second clips.

For more information from Plaza Sésamo, visit their Zika page.

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults

From the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This interactive infographic summarizes the information presented at a workshop. It will help you to learn more about the factors that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs

Flood Safety Tips

Due to the recent flooding disaster in the southern states these resources may be helpful to review.

From the CDC – Flood home page and Flood Safety

MedlinePlus topic page with information in multiple languages Floods

FEMA home page Louisiana Floods

ExceptionalLives: Resource for Parents or Caregivers of Children or Adult Family Members with Disabilities

ExceptionalLives is a great resource for parents of children or adult family members with disabilities. There are new versions of their free online Guides for parents of children or adults with disabilities. The How-to Guides were developed to help parents through many complex processes like creating a specialized education plan, getting SSI benefits, or optimizing health insurance. The software compiles the right mix of information based on answers to questions about your family, so you only get what you need. The improved ease-of-use and new features were driven by parent feedback. We invite you to explore this site. 

 

 

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word

The National Blood Clot Alliance has created an educational campaign to help prevent blood clots during hospitalization.

The campaign includes:

  • “A downloadable list of risk factors for blood clots
  • A short video about how hospitalization can put you at risk for a blood clot
  • A prevention plan checklist
  • A campaign infographic
  • Additional information to help people learn more about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms, and prevention before they enter the hospital”

Learn more by visiting the campaign website: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/b90c

In the News: Cupping

From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:

“If you’ve been watching the Olympics over the past week, you may have noticed some of the competing athletes are sporting more than medals. Spectators are noticing the red, circular marks on the skin of athletes. This is a result of a technique called cupping. Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This practice dates back over 2,000 years but has received recent attention in the media due to its use by world-class athletes for injury relief. The cups used in cupping are typically made of bamboo, glass, or earthenware.”

Find reliable information on cupping: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gsr7

Kidney Resources on MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus has added a new health topic page on Kidney Tests.

Check out this page and other Kidneys and Urinary System topics: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/xuh7

National HIV PrEP Summit Scholarships

NMAC (formerly known as the National Minority Aids Council) has scholarships available for its December 2016 National HIV PrEP Summit in San Francisco.

  • Scholarship A – Registration, two nights of hotel & one coach ticket to San Francisco
  • Scholarship B – Registration

According to NMAC, “scholarships will prioritize PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) navigators and community based organizations and health departments establishing their PrEP programs. Geographic diversity will be important, with a special focus on the South and regions where HIV disproportionately impacts people of color.” For more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kvjw. Applications are due September 1, 2016.