With temperatures climbing to above 90 degrees in many areas of the U.S. it is important to take precautions to protect yourself. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable. This web site will provide easily accessible resources for members of the public, local health departments and other organizations assisting in outreach to vulnerable populations. To learn how to stay cool, hydrated and informed go to http://bit.ly/29Mxi3k
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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. http://bit.ly/29Mwbkb
From the NIDDK:
“The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is reducing the number of print publications in our warehouse.
Up to 250 copies of certain titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States.
View the list of eligible titles at NIDDK’s Online Catalog to order resources for your clinic, organization, or community.”
Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Enroll America and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services co-host a series of five webinars in which navigators and assisters share their experience, challenges and solutions for connecting people to health care and preventive services.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Health as a Second Language: Connecting Health Insurance Literacy to Outreach and Coverage to Care Efforts
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET
PowerMapping: Expanding Capacity and Building Partnerships to Connect with Consumers All Year Long
For additional information and recordings of previous webinars, visit http://bit.ly/29kDhdR
Text adapted from Enroll America.
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 http://bit.ly/29m2KT4
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.
You can learn how to use free and low cost mapping tools to create community health maps through a series of six lab exercises available at the Community Health Maps blog. The lab exercises take the student through the entire Community Health Mapping Workflow from field data collection through online data presentation. For each of the six labs, you can download an instructional PDF document and a Zip file of data to be used for each exercise. The topics for the 6 labs include:
- Lab 1 – Field Data Collection (with either iOS or Android)
- Lab 2 – Bringing Field Data into QGIS
- Lab 3 – Combining Field Data with other Organizational Data
- Lab 4 – Basic Spatial Analysis
- Lab 5 – Cartography with QGIS
- Lab 6 – Data Visualization With CartoDB
Learn more on the Community Health Maps blog: http://1.usa.gov/28RX4if
As important stakeholders in health and nutrition, health professionals play an important role in helping to share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients. A new toolkit includes several Dietary Guidelines resources that health professionals can download and use in their practices:
- A downloadable PDF of the full 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
- The Executive Summary in English and Spanish
- Recommendations At-A-Glance in English and Spanish
- Graphics that can be downloaded, embedded within websites, and shared on social media
- Conversation starters for talking with patients and clients about nutrition
- Patient handouts on making healthy shifts and cutting down on added sugars
To access the toolkit, visit: http://1.usa.gov/28RrdNG
Google is rolling out a new symptom search, which is purportedly will produce search results that include an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. By doing this, their goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional. Google worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve the lists we show. Read more about it on the official Google blog: http://bit.ly/28XKW2p