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2017 BHIC Questionnaire

Please share your thoughts in the 2017 BHIC Questionnaire. This is Year One of our cooperative agreement; as such, providing your thoughts will help direct content on BHIC for the next few years. The questionnaire should only take about 3 minutes.


~The BHIC Contributors

NIH Launches Spanish Health Information Portal

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a Spanish-language health information website, Portal de Información de Salud de NIH, in Summer 2016, although some may not be aware of the site. The site offers free, evidence-based health information from across the NIH, on topics ranging from child health to aging. The mobile-friendly site includes translations of many articles from the NIH News in Health publication, popular for its clear and to-the-point content, and clinical trials information from the Clinical Research Trials and You website. The new site also features a monthly column called Ask Carla, designed as an opportunity for readers to learn about Spanish-language resources available from the NIH. To visit the site:

FDA Supports Research to Reduce Health Disparities

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are collaborating to identify and address health disparities. Health disparities refer to differences in the health status of different groups of people. These differences may affect how often a disease occurs (frequency), how serious a disease is (severity), or how often a disease results in death (mortality) among certain groups. Health disparities exist for many conditions, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Racial and ethnic minorities may be more likely to have these diseases or may be more likely to have serious effects from them. Read more about this research here:

Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience. This research-based guide aims to help professionals create health websites and other digital health information tools that are easy for low-literacy users to access and understand. The guide is written for anyone involved in creating online health content, from start to finish — writers and editors, content managers, digital strategists, user experience strategists, web designers, developers, and others. Health Literacy Online also emphasizes that writing and designing with low-literacy users in mind has big benefits for us all — ultimately resulting in health websites that are easier for everyone to understand and use. To access the guide, please see:


NIHSeniorHealth brief tutorial videos

Visit the Microlearning page from our own NNLM Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for links to brief tutorials on NIHSeniorHealth, a site created specifically with Seniors in mind. The six tutorials are between one and three minutes long and provide helpful how-tos such as searching the site and using the toolkit for trainers.

Zika Virus: Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies digital press kit

The CDC has shared infographics, statistics, factsheets, and additional resources about Zika as part of a digital press kit, Zika Virus: Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies. The resources include rates of virus occurrence, tips on prevention, and information for health providers.

Phone scam hits HHS OIG hotline

Be careful of any entity calling and asking for personal information. The HHS Blog Post, “Spoofing’s Not a Joke: Thousands Hit by Phone Scam“, shares details about the scam and tips and tricks on protecting privacy and being cybersecure.

“The Jacksonville woman may not have sent money, but she was scammed into confirming and giving out personal information that could be used to steal money from her bank account or for other fraudulent activity.

She wasn’t alone. The OIG hotline phone number for reporting fraud —1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) — had been spoofed, a malicious practice of making a phone number appear on caller ID to be legitimate in order to obtain confidential information…

Just as a reminder: The federal government never calls you unsolicited.

Get Ready for Tornado Season

In the April 18, 2017 NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Stacey Arnesen and Florence Chang from the NLM Specialized Information Services share tornado and disaster preparedness resources. They also highlight the role librarians have played during emergencies: information first responders.

Responding to sexual or domestic violence – resources for rural communities

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and many useful resources are being shared across websites and social media. Accessing services and resources can be especially difficult in rural communities. Here are a few resources that might help those who support survivors of sexual or domestic violence in rural places.

Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence

  • Rural Partnership Guide: Building Partnerships Between Rural Service Providers and Faith Communities to Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims and Survivors
  • Training Model
  • Tips and flyers for faith leaders

Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors  by the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), published on the Office for Victims of Crimes website

RHIhub Domestic Violence topic page


Relatives as Parents Program grants

The Brookdale Foundation group requests proposals for the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) Local and State Seed Grant Initiatives. The deadline for the submissions is Thursday, June 15, 2017. “The Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) aims to develop or expand services for grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unable to do so.” The goals of RAPP include new or expanded support services to caregivers and the children, collaboration with community organizations and other service systems, continuity, and replicable models. For more details, visit the RAPP RFP page.