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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.

Learn How to Protect Yourself against Mosquito Bites

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here is a great infographic from the CDC that illustrates how to protect yourself against mosquito bites.

To learn more insect repellent visit:

To learn about mosquito control where you live visit:

Learn How to Use Free and Low Cost Mapping Tools

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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:

New Resources Available from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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:

Changes to Google Symptom Search

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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:

Addiction Treatment in Rural Communities

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Small town life in America is affected by the opioid crisis, but communities are coming together to implement solutions and try new ideas. Partnering and combing resources facilitates change. Read about what one town in Massachusetts is doing to make a difference:

Why Healthy Communities Matter to Business

Monday, June 20th, 2016

This May 2016 issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps “highlights why businesses should care about the health of their communities, outlines ways employers can get involved with community health improvement, and offers local examples of success.” Visit to read the summary and download the PDF of the entire Issue Brief.

CDC Protects Business From Chronic Health Threats to Major Emergencies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Business Pulse is a feature that offers businesses useful resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Explore benefits associated with CDC’s work to protect Americans—including businesses and their workforces—from chronic threats that impact health and productivity to major health emergencies. Produced by the CDC Foundation, Business Pulse focuses on a different topic each quarter. To learn more

June NIH News in Health

Monday, June 13th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health includes:

  • Can You Lengthen Your Life?
  • Seeking Allergy Relief
  • Complementary Approaches for Depression
  • Featured Website: Prescription Drug Abuse

NIH News in Health:

Keeping safe while traveling

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Traveling this summer? Whether traveling by car, boat, plane, bike or foot, MedlinePlus has resources for keeping you safe.

Traveler’s Health (MedlinePlus):