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Extreme Heat and Your Health

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

With temperatures climbing to above 90 degrees in many areas of the U.S. it is important to take precautions to protect yourself. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable. This web site will provide easily accessible resources for members of the public, local health departments and other organizations assisting in outreach to  vulnerable populations.  To learn how to stay cool, hydrated and informed go to http://bit.ly/29Mxi3k

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

U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry: Tribal Healthcare Providers: How to Contribute

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

From the CDC

This two-page document provides information about how tribal healthcare providers can contribute to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, which collects information about pregnancy and infant outcomes among pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection and their infants. It discusses how to participate in the registry, who is included in the registry, and how to report to the registry http://bit.ly/29O0NOE

 

Bullying Prevention Training Course

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Discover your role in bullying prevention! This training provides guidance on how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention through the use of long-term, community-wide prevention strategies. Take the course, earn continuing education and make a difference today! (1.5 contact hours) Learn more at http://bit.ly/29B2uyz

Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Do you live in or are traveling to an area that has the mosquito that spreads Zika? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downloadable posters and handouts in multiple languages. The materials provide guidance for pregnant women and for people who want to build a home Zika prevention kit.

Download materials: http://bit.ly/29HfJAZ

Updates to FoodKeeper app

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture has updated its food safety app, FoodKeeper, to include Spanish and Portuguese. In September, the app, which includes storage advice for 400+ foods, will be updated to include food recall alerts and training videos. The app is available via the web, Google Play and iTunes.

More information and download instructions: http://bit.ly/29HeVMh

Grant for innovative approaches for HIV testing and prevention

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Innovative internet-based approaches to reach black and Hispanic MSM for HIV testing and prevention services
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – ERA

The purpose of this project is to evaluate innovative recruitment approaches via the internet to provide HIV testing and linkage services to black and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) who have not been tested for HIV in the past 12 months, especially those who have never been tested for HIV. Estimated application due date is Oct 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/29usn7Q

Original text comes from CDC Grant Opportunity

Controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your home

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The CDC has a helpful web page, http://1.usa.gov/293cVcZ, with tips on how to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home or business. There are specific recommendations on how to limit standing water, spray for mosquitoes, and keep mosquitoes out of the house.

Grants from Indian Health Service

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Urban Indian Education and Research Organization Cooperative Agreement Program Announcement

Application Deadline: August 18, 2016

Grant Information: http://1.usa.gov/295wuWR 

This IHS cooperative agreement aims to fund a national urban Indian organization to act as an education and research partner for OUIHP and urban Indian organizations funded under the IHCIA. Competition is open to a national urban Indian organization that has demonstrated experience working with IHCIA Title V-funded urban Indian health programs.

National HIV Program; HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care

Application Deadline: August 28, 2016

Grant Information: http://1.usa.gov/295oGk8

This agreement seeks to increase local activities to move the Nation forward toward improving its HIV prevention and care outcomes. An eligible applicant will be one of the following: An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization operating an Indian health program operated pursuant to a contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or compact with IHS pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or and Urban Indian organization operating a Title V Urban Indian health program that currently has a grant or contract with the IHS under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Descriptions adapted from IHS funding notices.

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.

http://1.usa.gov/291B312

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.