Every year, some 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs), or deaths among infants under 1 year of age that happen suddenly, occur in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Indian/Alaska Native population has the highest rate of SUIDs of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. The International Association for Indigenous Aging, a nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of AI/AN populations, implemented the 1,000 Grandmothers Project to engage Native elders (specifically grandmothers) in reducing the rate of SUIDs by educating and mentoring young Native parents and future parents about safe sleep practices for infants during traditional activities. Learn more and access the project resources at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/o4yh
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) K-12 team compiled a list of resources to teach K-12 students about disasters and disaster preparedness. You’ll find lesson plans, activity sheets, and age-appropriate information on drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, and general disaster recovery and preparedness. For the list of resources, visit the NLM SIS K-12 Science and Health Education page and expand “Disasters.”
From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) K-12 Education Connection
Plastics Videos are Here!
Last summer our crew of witty high school science teachers and students took on the subject, PLASTICS! Through some, not so conventional storylines, the staff set out to explain the dangers behind the use of certain plastics and how, through recycling, we can help alleviate the amount of toxins in our environment. Each storyline is a spoof on a popular game app or video game and teaches students about various aspects of plastics including: the chemistry of plastics, how plastics differ in toxicity, the different types of plastics, and recycling. Use these animations to jump start a conversation about educating the community on safe use and disposal of these everyday materials.
View the videos on the Environmental Health Student Portal under Chemicals: Plastics. To sign-up for the NLM K-12 Education Connection e-newsletter, visit https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/k12.html and expand “Get the latest news!” You can also follow the NLM K-12 Team on Twitter @NLM_K12.
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.
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
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.
ExceptionalLives: Resource for Parents or Caregivers of Children or Adult Family Members with DisabilitiesWednesday, August 17th, 2016
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.
The American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, Voices for Healthy Kids, has several grants to aid advocacy efforts that help children achieve a healthy weight. Incubator Grants are geared toward innovate approaches and Open RFA grants focus on state, local, or tribal public policy campaigns. The Incubator Grant deadline is August 18, 2016, and the Open RFA deadline is September 1. For more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/voices
Register to attend virtually for the “Keeping Kids Safe: Promoting Tolerance and Inclusion Among Students to Prevent Bullying”. The upcoming 2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit will focus on the strategies schools, students, parents, and community members can use to ensure that all students, particularly those who may be discriminated on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion, have supportive educational environments within which to learn. This year, we are putting a special emphasis on the issues facing transgender youth, students with disabilities, as well as Muslim and Sikh students.
View online this Friday, August 12, 2016 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM EDT
Register at to attend online https://nnlm.gov/bhic/d020