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Wrong Medicine Dosing in Children

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A NIH funded study recommends the use of an oral syringe instead of a small measuring cup when giving medicine to children. In this study, with participation of more than 2,100 parents, they found that the greatest confusion occurred when parents used dosing cups instead of oral syringes. Parents also made more errors when they looked at medication labels that only referred to teaspoons. To learn more about this research listen to the podcast with  lead author, Dr. Shonna Yin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center.


October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)  is promoting their free Safe to Sleep® campaign and materials including various print resources and videos for parents and professionals. Many are also available in Spanish..You can use these materials to help parents of newborns and infants learn about safe sleep positions and to raise awareness of this condition in the community. Many of these items are available for download or can be ordered at For items that you can use to promote the Safe to Sleep® campaign or your outreach, check out our E-Toolkit


#LibHealthChat on Twitter

Friday, October 14th, 2016

October 25, 2016 at 2 PM EDT

Join the Office of Minority Health (@MinorityHealth) in a Twitter chat about resources and information that libraries provide in regards to health and minority communities. Use #LibHealthChat to participate.

From tweet by @MinorityHealth.

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 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

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

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website

Think Cultural Health redesigned website

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 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:
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

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:

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
To request the toolkit