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Brother, You’re on My Mind Toolkit

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) have launched Brother, You’re on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men. This initiative has two major goals:

  • Goal 1: To collaborate on efforts to educate Omega members, their families, and related communities on the effects of depression and stress.
  • Goal 2: To communicate the importance of seeking help for mental health problems and to encourage affected individuals to get information from their health care providers and others in order to obtain appropriate treatment.

To aid in starting conversations, the Brother, You’re on My Mind toolkit provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters and other community organizations with the materials needed to educate community members on depression and stress in African American men. The toolkit includes educational, outreach, event planning, and promotional materials.

Text adapted from NIMHD’s Brother, You’re on My Mind page

2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Register to attend virtually for the “Keeping Kids Safe: Promoting Tolerance and Inclusion Among Students to Prevent Bullying”. The upcoming 2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit will focus on the strategies schools, students, parents, and community members can use to ensure that all students, particularly those who may be discriminated on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion, have supportive educational environments within which to learn.  This year, we are putting a special emphasis on the issues facing transgender youth, students with disabilities, as well as Muslim and Sikh students.
View online this Friday, August 12, 2016 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM EDT
Register at to attend online https://nnlm.gov/bhic/d020

National Health Observances for July

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

According to Healthfinder and WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America, these are some of the health observances for July.

  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • International Group B Strep Awareness Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
  • UV Safety Month
  • July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

For more details, see Healthfinder, http://bit.ly/29CsAmH and WELCOA, http://bit.ly/29ry4zG.

Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes from Systematic Reviews

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

AHRQ released this report based on research conducted by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The information in this report is intended to help health care decision makers—patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers, among others—make well-informed decisions and thereby improve the quality of health care services.

The study identified 1,494 citations about telehealth, from which 58 systematic reviews met the inclusion criteria. There is sufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of telehealth for specific uses with some types of patients, including:

  • Remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic conditions;
  • Communication and counseling for patients with chronic conditions;
  • Psychotherapy as part of behavioral health.

For a copy of the report, see the AHRQ EPC Evidence-Based Reports, http://bit.ly/29CtVtA

Traumatic events – Preparing, Responding, and Coping

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has a number of resources regarding preparing for, responding to, and coping with traumatic events.

DIMRC Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events, http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n

Disaster Lit®  searches

Disaster Lit®  recently added resources

  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Mass Gatherings/Special Events, http://1.usa.gov/1U8wNMX
    • Provides resources designed to help emergency medical staff create robust plans for mass critical care before an incident strikes their jurisdiction.
  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Emergency Operations Plans/Emergency Management Program, http://1.usa.gov/1ZR6eQ1
    • Provides resources that highlight select standards, guidance, regulation, accreditation programs, and tools that can help healthcare emergency preparedness professionals create new, or bolster the foundation of, existing programs and plans. 

NIH Launches Moms’ Mental Health Matters

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The NIH has developed free materials in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters and a conversation starter postcard. Learn more about Moms’ Mental Health Matters and order free materials at http://1.usa.gov/1RZuGsv

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: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Help for Emotional Distress following Mass Violence

Monday, June 13th, 2016

People dealing with emotional distress from the Orlando shooting or any other disaster are encouraged to use the Disaster Distress Helpline.

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

“Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Spanish-speakers should text Hablanos to 66746. English speakers in U.S. territories text TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635. Calls and texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call centers located throughout the United States.”

Incidents of Mass Violence (SAMHSA): http://1.usa.gov/1U3QJ3n

Disparities within Serious Mental Illness Report from AHRQ

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The primary goal of this Technical Brief is to describe and review the effectiveness of interventions that address disparities among adult patients with serious mental illness (SMI). The report is based on research conducted by the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Adults with SMI often experience gaps in access to needed health care compared with other populations. Such disparities may be even more pronounced between certain groups of patients with SMI, differing by race, ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage (including housing stability) and socioeconomic status, and geographic location (chiefly, rural versus urban); disparities arise as well for individuals identifying as LGBT and those who have difficulty communicating in English.

The study reviewed the published and gray literature and interviewed Key Informants to address several Guiding Questions. Gaps persist both in terms of the diversity of disparity groups included in studies (particularly individuals who identify as LGBT and the elderly) and approaches considered.

For more information and to download the report, visit http://1.usa.gov/1XlFPMV

SAMHSA Data Archive

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has added new features to its Mental Health Data Archive, and more enhancements are planned for the future. Use the archive to find and analyze datasets: http://bit.ly/1XxNhCO