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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

American Cancer Society Updates HPV Vaccine Recommendations to Include Males

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

In a new report, the American Cancer Society recommends that 11- and 12-year-old girls as well as boys should be vaccinated to guard against cancers associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV). “HPV vaccination has the potential to prevent tens of thousands of cancers and hundreds of thousands of pre-cancers each year,” said Debbie Saslow, PhD, director of cancer control intervention for HPV vaccination and women’s cancers at the American Cancer Society. “It is critical that all the stakeholders here—families, health care providers, and others—make HPV vaccination a priority, so that prevention of the vast majority of cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal [throat] cancers can become a reality.”

To learn more about the HPV vaccine and these recommendations go to HPV Facts and Fears.

INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children

Monday, July 18th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The World Health Organization (WHO) along with the Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Together for Girls, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children came together to create an evidence-based technical package, INSPIRE. It contains solutions to help countries and communities prevent and respond to violence against children and adolescents.”

The full report is available in English. The executive summary and accompanying infographic is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Protecting kids from Zika

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has information for parents about Zika, including printable fact sheets and kid-friendly activity books.

Zika – Parents:


Bullying Prevention Training Course

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Discover your role in bullying prevention! This training provides guidance on how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention through the use of long-term, community-wide prevention strategies. Take the course, earn continuing education and make a difference today! (1.5 contact hours) Learn more at

National Health Observances for July

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

According to Healthfinder and WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America, these are some of the health observances for July.

  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • International Group B Strep Awareness Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
  • UV Safety Month
  • July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

For more details, see Healthfinder, and WELCOA,

Water Safety and Kids Misconceptions

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

An infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide emphasizes findings from their new research report, “Keeping Kids Safe In and Around Water: Exploring Misconceptions that Lead to Drowning.” They address the misconceptions and recommend what people can do to keep kids safe around water. For a summary of the report and links to the infographic, safety poster, and full report, visit

Facts about Kids and the Dangers of Drowning from

Grant from National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Agricultural Health and Safety Special Project and Pilot Study Funds (Mini-grant Program)

Application Deadline: August 17, 2016


The purpose of this program is to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Funds are allocated to support projects that: a) test innovative strategies; b) develop new partnerships beyond safety professionals (e.g. insurers, bankers, equipment dealers, media); c) identify and/or incorporate emerging trends and technologies in agriculture; and d) translate research findings into practical applications.

Originally viewed on RHIhub,

Upcoming Health Observance for July

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Most people don’t think of kids when they think of arthritis.

To learn more about this disease go to Kids Get Arthritis Too

New Behavioral Health Publication from SAMHSA

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new publication titled: Understanding Child Trauma. This gives parents and caregivers an overview of the types of traumatic stress that commonly affect children and details the effects these events have on a child’s physical and psychological health.  A resource list  for assisting with recovery is provided.

Also available: Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.

Immigrant Child Health Toolkit 

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Immigrant Child Health Toolkit” was recently updated and reformatted. The free toolkit addresses matters related to immigrant child health, such as clinical care, immigration status related concerns, access to care and mental health. It can be viewed on the web or downloaded as a PDF: