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Dental Sealants Effective Protection for Preventing Cavities

From CDC Vital Signs. Learn about dental sealants, thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) and how it  can prevent cavities for years. You will find  a detailed fact sheet to download as well as educational  infographics. On related pages you can find  information on school- based sealant programs and oral health data


Wrong Medicine Dosing in Children

A NIH funded study recommends the use of an oral syringe instead of a small measuring cup when giving medicine to children. In this study, with participation of more than 2,100 parents, they found that the greatest confusion occurred when parents used dosing cups instead of oral syringes. Parents also made more errors when they looked at medication labels that only referred to teaspoons. To learn more about this research listen to the podcast with  lead author, Dr. Shonna Yin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center.


October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)  is promoting their free Safe to Sleep® campaign and materials including various print resources and videos for parents and professionals. Many are also available in Spanish..You can use these materials to help parents of newborns and infants learn about safe sleep positions and to raise awareness of this condition in the community. Many of these items are available for download or can be ordered at For items that you can use to promote the Safe to Sleep® campaign or your outreach, check out our E-Toolkit


Virtual Healthy School

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The Virtual Healthy School is an online, interactive school that provides innovative learning experiences to help make schools healthier. While the Virtual Healthy School’s major themes are nutrition, physical education and physical activity, and the management of chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes) in schools—the tool includes examples of all 10 components of the [Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)] model incorporated into the entire school.”

Visitors to the Virtual Healthy School can navigate through different school rooms and find evidence-based strategies and action steps.

Virtual Healthy School:

Tips for Staying Active at Any Size

Are you overweight and feeling overwhelmed about getting active? The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has tips for increasing activity at any size.

Staying Active at Any Size:

Check out MedlinePlus for additional resources, including information in multiple languages:

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels

From the Food and Drug Administration:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others, and are sold in retail stores and online.

Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.”

Looking for ways to help your baby through teething? MedlinePlus has resources:

Salud Report Card

With the Salud America! new online tool, Salud Report Card, you can get customized data on food access, activity, and equity issues for your county compared to the state and nation. The tool will also offer policy solutions, case studies, infographics, and share-ability to inspire people to start and support healthy changes, with a focus on Latino communities.

To get a tour of the site, view the recorded webinar from Community Commons and Salud America!.

#LibHealthChat on Twitter

October 25, 2016 at 2 PM EDT

Join the Office of Minority Health (@MinorityHealth) in a Twitter chat about resources and information that libraries provide in regards to health and minority communities. Use #LibHealthChat to participate.

From tweet by @MinorityHealth.

Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities Webinar

October 17, 2016 from 2 to 3 pm EDT
Register at

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) concludes its Capacity Building webinar series with Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities. This session focuses on best practices in responding to federal funding opportunity announcements, as identified by federal partners, and where to find the latest funding opportunities.

For more information about this webinar series, including archived sessions, please contact OMHRC at or 800-444-6472.

Original announcement posted on the OMHRC October 2016 Newsletter. To sign up for OMHRC bulletins and newsletters, visit 

Outreach to Hispanic Women

Partner Social Media Toolkit for Outreach to Hispanic Women is a toolkit released by the  United States Office of Women’s Health to spread the word to Hispanic women about medication safety, heart health, and general wellness, using social media posts. Download the toolkit here: