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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

Financial Literacy through

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created 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. 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 materials can be ordered for free for use in classrooms and at community events. To read more about this topic, please see:

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:

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:

Coping with the Holidays

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Sometimes the holidays can be very stressful. Here are some resources from the MedlinePlus Health Topics pages that can help you cope.

Mental Health and Stress

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Health Relaxation Techniques

Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health: Good Mental Health 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Meditation

Million Hearts Campaign from the CDC

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Looking for heart-healthy holiday recipes? The Million Hearts campaign from can offer some inspiration!”  You can prepare special recipes that are good for you too. Holiday Infographics

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Here is a very colorful and educational infographic on how to choose healthier options during the holidays

Presented as an infographic is how to prepare Pumpkin 5 Ways.

And the last highlighted infographic from is Turkey 5 Ways.

MedlinePlus: Your Source for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Monday, December 19th, 2016

In addition to health topic pages on mental and physical conditions, MedlinePlus has numerous resources for improving one’s overall wellness. The Mental Health page has advice on letting go of grudges, managing your anger and “cultivating contentment.” Are you looking to ways to drink less? Check out the Alcohol and Alcoholism pages. Do you want to be more involved in your healthcare? The Talking With Your Doctor page has tips for asking questions, developing priorities and understanding medical words. Do you want to live better as you age? Is it time to finally quit smoking? Is this the year you lose weight, eat better, or start exercising? MedlinePlus has you covered with high quality, reliable health information.

Prevent travel-related blood clots

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Many people have travel plans this week. Sitting for long periods of time, such as on a long distance flight or car ride, can increase one’s risk of developing life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the leg.

Check out MedlinePlus for more information on the prevention of DVT:

Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The Tribal Health Research Office of the NIH announces a call for submissions for the Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Challenge. The goal of this Challenge is to develop a brief digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives. The deadline is January 31, 2017: Learn more.