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Start Planning for Health Literacy Month

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

It is not too early to plan for Health Literacy Month in October. Health Literacy Month  https://nnlm.gov/bhic/b599 is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Examples include communication workshops for professionals, health education programs for patients and the public, educational offerings for students at all levels or having an expert in the field speak to an organization like your public library.

 

Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The purpose of this program is to disseminate and market rural health services research funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to diverse audiences, such as decision makers and rural stakeholders at national, state, and community levels, with the goal of informing and raising awareness of key policy issues important to rural communities. The successful applicant with develop and maintain a website and strategies to share the research. For more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0o44.

Text adapted from the information page for this FORHP grant.

Updated Resource, Birth Control Guide

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Office of Women’s Health and the FDA have an updated resource, Birth Control Guide/Guía de Métodos Anticonceptivos. This easy-to-read chart provides information on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Learn more https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0skc

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1gpv

Think Cultural Health redesigned website

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

www.ThinkCulturalHealth.hhs.gov has been redesigned! It is now mobile ready for easier access on cell phones and tablets. You’ll also see brighter colors and simpler layouts. The “About Us” area briefly describes the roles of the website, the Office of Minority Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You can also browse by three additional sections: National CLAS Standards, Education, and Resources.

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

This National Library of Medicine grant program seeks projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Detailed application information and example topics: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia
Open (Earliest Submission) and Letter of Intent Due Date: November 16, 2016
Application Due Date: December 16, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization
Award Budget: $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs

Text for this post was adapted from https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia.

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The National Blood Clot Alliance has created an educational campaign to help prevent blood clots during hospitalization.

The campaign includes:

  • “A downloadable list of risk factors for blood clots
  • A short video about how hospitalization can put you at risk for a blood clot
  • A prevention plan checklist
  • A campaign infographic
  • Additional information to help people learn more about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms, and prevention before they enter the hospital”

Learn more by visiting the campaign website: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/b90c

National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRHHA) toolkit

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

September 9th is designated as NAIRHHA Day. The purpose of NAIRHHA Day is to bring national and local attention to the HIV and viral Hepatitis needs of African immigrants living in the U.S. in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. The creation of a national awareness day will also support the eradication of other epidemics fueling or related to HIV disparities among African immigrants, including Tuberculosis, Substance Use and Mental Health.
Learn more about NAIRHHA Day https://nnlm.gov/bhic/2biv
FaceBook https://nnlm.gov/bhic/doy1
To request the toolkit http://ow.ly/d/4HyI

DeafHealth.org

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

DeafHealth.org provides health information in American Sign Language via videos. The site shares information about diseases, medical tests, and medications as well as where to find deaf-friendly doctors. The material on the site has been generated by a team of people, including the CDC, NIH, hospitals, and individuals. The site is free but does require account creation with name and email. Find out more by visiting  https://nnlm.gov/bhic/8ja3

(DeafHealth.org was formerly DeafMD.)

Health Literacy Tool Shed

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Health Literacy Tool Shed is an online database of health literacy measures. The site contains information about measures, including their psychometric properties, based on a review of the peer-reviewed literature. Users can search by language and context to measure health literacy. To search the database, please visit: http://bit.ly/2a2Ig0E

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. http://bit.ly/29Mwbkb