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CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers™ ads will continue in 2017 encouraging smokers to quit through messages from real people whose lives were negatively affected by smoking.  Beginning on January 9 through the first half of 2017 these ads will run nationally on broadcast and cable TV, in magazines and online.  These ads focus on diseases and conditions such as throat and lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, periodontal disease, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To learn more about the 2017 campaign and the impact and results of past ads visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ztp2

 

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.  To learn more about TBI go to the MedlinePlus topic page, Traumatic Brain Injury  https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0tiq or the Kid’s Health topic page, Cold, Ice and Snow Safety https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kqpn

 

Tool for Shared Decision Making for Opioid Use Disorder

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released an online, interactive, shared decision-making tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder. The Decisions in Recovery and accompanying handbook are designed to help people learn about treatment options for opioid use disorder so they can work with their health care providers in deciding what might work best for them. Decisions in Recovery is primarily designed for individuals with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder and their service providers. It can also be used by health officials, policymakers, and other members of the community involved in the problem of opioid use disorder. Learn more: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/alvq

Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Designed for a broad range of healthcare providers, including direct providers, administrators, and healthcare organizations, this toolkit from the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program at the University of Colorado provides an education on tobacco use, skills for engaging in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing an individual’s readiness to quit, and information and research on treatments. Also available in Spanish. Learn more and download the toolkit (PDF) here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kzqu

New Clinical Guidelines to Prevent Peanut Allergy

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

An expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, issued clinical guidelines to aid health care providers in early introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants to prevent the development of peanut allergy. Development of the Addendum Guidelines was prompted by emerging data suggesting that peanut allergy can be prevented by the early introduction of peanut-containing foods. The addendum provides three separate guidelines for infants at various levels of risk for developing peanut allergy and is targeted to a wide variety of health care providers, including pediatricians and family practice physicians. The Addendum Guidelines appeared January 5 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Related resources, including a Summary for Clinicians and Summary for Parents and Caregivers, are freely accessible on the NIAID food allergy guidelines webpage. A PDF copy of the Addendum Guidelines also will be made available there soon.

Addendum Summary for Parents and Caregivers https://nnlm.gov/bhic/vqnw

NIAID food allergy guidelines webpage https://nnlm.gov/bhic/r0el 

Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The intent of this toolkit is to provide rural communities with the information, strategies, resources, and other important materials that could be helpful in implementing a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities. This toolkit consists of seven modules. Each module contains specific information that communities can use to develop a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities. There are also links within each module to connect to resources and materials that can help in creating your program.

Access the toolkit at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/uehj

Also, check the health topic guide, Rural People with Disabilities at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/v8fi

AHRQ Seeks Research Proposals on Using Health IT to Improve Patient-Reported Outcomes

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

A new funding opportunity announcement from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) seeks grant applications to conduct research that demonstrates how health information technology (IT) can improve patient-centered health outcomes. Applications should focus on the scale and spread of health IT-enabled practice models that use patient-reported outcome measures in primary care and other ambulatory settings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the first due date is Jan. 25. For more information, go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/dg03.

Financial Literacy through Consumer.gov

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created Consumer.gov to help people learn about topics related to financial literacy, including credit, how to manage debt, identity theft, avoiding scams, budgeting, opening a bank account, shopping for prepaid cards, and managing money. Consumer.gov resources may be very helpful for adult learners. They contain concise and practical consumer information, are appropriate for audiences with varying degrees of English fluency, and are available in Spanish and free to use. Related consumer.gov materials can be ordered for free for use in classrooms and at community events. To read more about this topic, please see: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/p0j3

Two New Models that Will Increase Patient Engagement Care Decision-Making

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two new models from the CMS Innovation Center. The Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives (BEI) Models — the Shared Decision Making Model and the Direct Decision Support Model — which will test different approaches to shared decision making, acknowledging that beneficiaries make decisions regarding treatment options in a variety of ways. One of the agency’s goals to help transform our health care system into one that delivers better care, smarter spending, healthier people, and puts individuals at the center. Read more about it here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/srbv

12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips for making your holiday season as healthy as possible. Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4jir