The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popular Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures, giving families more information at their fingertips to help them make important decisions about care. These new measures look at successful discharges, emergency visits, and re-hospitalizations, and complement other nursing home measures previously announced in April. Read more about the new updates here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gr5u.
It’s back-to-school season and ChooseMyPlate.gov just launched new resources to help families eat better together. It’s also a great time for families to establish a new routine and work together toward a healthier lifestyle. Check them out here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/nmu3.
The new Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM. You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources. A great place to begin is on Genetics Home Reference for an overview and more resources: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/NLMprecisionmedicine.
These Office of Minority Health’s resources for individuals, families and communities are meant to help communities support emotional well-being and recovery as a result of trauma. For minority communities when conditions are often compounded by social determinants of health, the effects of trauma can be amplified and suffered by the entire community. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hukz
Healthy Native Youth — a website produced in collaboration by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston — uses culturally relevant health information to develop educational programs for Native Alaskan and American Indian youth. Intended for use by health educators, teacher and parents, the project provides training and tools for age appropriate programs on sexual health. More heath topics will be added in the coming year: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ckfq
This toolkit, from the Rural Health Information Hub, includes resources and best practice to help design a program to prevent and/or manage diabetes in rural areas at the community level. Several modules provide information on how to identify diabetes, design prevention programs that are sustainable, and collect data for assessment purposes. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ur0w
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
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.
Get in touch with your inner child and watch Sesame Street‘s Raya teach Elmo about preventing Zika virus in these 30-second clips.
- Elmo and Raya Learn About Zika – focuses on preventing mosquitoes from breeding (Spanish version from Plaza Sésamo: Elmo y Raya saben sobre el zika)
- Elmo and Raya Learn How To Prevent Mosquito Bites (Spanish version from Plaza Sésamo: Elmo y Raya aprenden a evitar las picaduras)
For more information from Plaza Sésamo, visit their Zika page.
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