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MyPlate, MyState

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

MyPlate, MyState is the newest component of MyPlate, MyWins and leverages the prime growing and farmers market seasons. MyPlate, MyState asks the questions: What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state/territory known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style?
Foods and flavors from every state and territory in this nation can help us all create lasting healthy eating styles we can enjoy. Healthy eating styles are not rigid plans, but rather ones that can be adapted to include foods that you enjoy that meet your personal and cultural preferences and fit within your budget. The key is finding styles that fit your everyday life, and to make small changes that can add up to big success over time. MyPlate’s building blocks for healthy eating are a great place to start.
Learn more at

Redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is available. While the look has dramatically changed, the contents of this site have been maintained.

Some of these key new features of the site are: 

  • Mobile and tablet: NGC is now optimized for viewing on mobile and tablet devices of any size. Responsive Web Design (RWD) techniques will provide a better viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop and laptop computers, to tablets and mobile phones.
  • Updated search: Searching NGC is now a more streamlined experience. Filters can now be found on the left side of the search results page to narrow results.
  • Browsing by topic and organization: Find guidelines via a new Browse by Clinical Specialty page and an easier to use Browse by Organization page.
  • Redesigned compare feature: It is now easier to compare guidelines. Select which aspects you want to compare and generate a page that fits your needs. Learn more about the Compare Tool
  • Reorganized About & Help section: An easier way to learn how to use the site.

Check out the new and improved NGC at


New issue of MedlinePlus magazine

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine is now online. Topics include Zika virus, alcohol-medicines interactions, endmetriosis, oral health and aging, colorectal cancer, precision medicine, and age-related macular degeneration. To read the full issue, visit

Free Continuing Education from the AHRQ

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Did You Know? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers a wide range of free continuing education on Improving Patient-Centered Care. This is part of AHRQ’s effort to produce research and evidence, along with tools and training materials, that help health care providers use current evidence in practice. The web-based continuing education is for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others, via article and on-demand webinars. A list of available topics is here:

New CMS Report Released on Medicare and Medicaid Savings

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities – which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments – pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries.  From October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014), every dollar invested in CMS’ Medicare program integrity efforts saved $12.40 for the Medicare program. The report highlights CMS’s significant achievements in reducing potentially fraudulent and improper payments.  Total savings from program integrity efforts were nearly $42 billion over the two-year period covered by the report.  This equates to an average savings of $12.40 for each dollar spent on Medicare program integrity alone.  These savings represent funds that remain available to provide needed health care to Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries nationwide and reflect the increasing success of CMS’ efforts to proactively prevent improper payments. Read more here:

Extreme Heat and Your Health

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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

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.

No cost print publications from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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.

Connections: A Peer Learning Webinar Series on Connecting Consumers to Coverage and Care

Tuesday, July 5th, 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

Text adapted from Enroll America.

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