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Innovations for Healthy Living grant for small business concerns

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) RFA-MD-17-001 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health in one or more NIH-defined health disparity population group(s). Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. Open date is January 22, 2017 and applications are due February 22, 2017.

Sleep Recharges You Toolkit for Teens

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Sleep Recharges You Toolkit was designed for high school teachers, nurses, counselors, and coaches to help them raise awareness among teens about the importance of sleep. In the toolkit, you’ll find lesson plans, activities, presentations, infographics, and other images such as

Sleep Recharges You: Feel Great. Health sleep recharges your mood enabling you to feel your best and have a more optimistic attitude toward life.

 

#sleeprechargesyou

National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society and other partners.

 

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) provides information to assist health care consumers to dialog with their physicians before taking opioids. Information is also available in Spanish. Learn what to ask at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/09p3

Health Guides in Multiple Languages

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Hesperian is a non-profit that creates and distributes plain language health guides in multiple languages. Although they sell print books, pdf versions of their books, including Where there is no doctor, and many fact sheets are available for no-cost download.

Hesperian Health Guides: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/zgrr

Health Equity Matters (newsletter)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

Health Equity Matters is a quarterly newsletter “intended to promote awareness of minority health and health equity work at CDC and in the broader public health community, support the achievement of our goal to eliminate health disparities, improve women’s health, support diversity and inclusion in the public health workforce, and foster ongoing communication and collaboration with our partners and the public.”

Read the current issue: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7zeg

Plague: It’s not just in the history books (APHA)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

For most of us, thinking of plague reminds us of the “black death” of the Middle Ages. Plague is still something that affects thousands of people in the world each year, even some in the western United States. Check out the American Public Health Association’s blog postings about prevention and symptoms.

Plague: It’s not just in the history books (APHA): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1nsm

Rankings in Action: Schools as a Hub for Health webinar

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Dec 13, 2016 3:00pm EST

Register at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/t9ym 

Join County Health Rankings and Roadmaps as they explore the intersection between health and education with guest presenter, Miranda Kridler, County Planner, who will share how the Athens County Health Coalition is effectively partnering with five school districts in rural Athens County, Ohio. Participants will learn how the coalition is focusing on what is important, building on what is working, and moving into implementation of sustainable, evidence informed strategies.

Text adapted from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Public input for NLM strategic planning

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

It’s been at least a decade since the National Library of Medicine issued a long-range plan. Significant advances in biomedical informatics, data science, precision medicine, open access to biomedical information, and changes in our country’s health systems, and previous public input have informed NLM’s current strategic planning process.

That’s why NLM is requesting public input for priorities and future directions on four themes:

  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics.
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science.
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health.
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century.

To find more information and instructions on how to submit a response, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/70qb

Text adapted from https://obssr.od.nih.gov/nlm-requests-information-as-it-finalizes-its-strategic-plan/ 

Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets Available!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.

The Compendium includes data and data-related resources from the following federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Community Living (ACL); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Indian Health Service (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It also includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Compendium was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity. The compendium fills a gap that researchers and practitioners frequently face in locating federal datasets in one place, with information that is vital to conduct research on various topics.

To access the Compendium, go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/mfwa.

World AIDS Day

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

World AIDS Day is December 1st. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 44,000 people get infected with HIV every year.

For more information from the National AIDS Trust who promote World AIDS Day all year round, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hzdu.

To seek information about AIDS, visit the NLM resources of  AIDSinfo, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/cglp and AIDSource,   https://nnlm.gov/bhic/6gxl.