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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.

Learn How to Protect Yourself against Mosquito Bites

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here is a great infographic from the CDC that illustrates how to protect yourself against mosquito bites.

http://1.usa.gov/28YwOSs

To learn more insect repellent visit: http://1.usa.gov/299kQLL

To learn about mosquito control where you live visit: http://bit.ly/291ASmq

Learn How to Use Free and Low Cost Mapping Tools

Friday, June 24th, 2016

You can learn how to use free and low cost mapping tools to create community health maps through a series of six lab exercises available at the Community Health Maps blog.  The lab exercises take the student through the entire Community Health Mapping Workflow from field data collection through online data presentation. For each of the six labs, you can download an instructional PDF document and a Zip file of data to be used for each exercise.  The topics for the 6 labs include:

  • Lab 1 – Field Data Collection (with either iOS or Android)
  • Lab 2 – Bringing Field Data into QGIS
  • Lab 3 – Combining Field Data with other Organizational Data
  • Lab 4 – Basic Spatial Analysis
  • Lab 5 – Cartography with QGIS
  • Lab 6 – Data Visualization With CartoDB

Learn more on the Community Health Maps blog: http://1.usa.gov/28RX4if

New Resources Available from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Friday, June 24th, 2016

As important stakeholders in health and nutrition, health professionals play an important role in helping to share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients. A new toolkit includes several Dietary Guidelines resources that health professionals can download and use in their practices:

  • A downloadable PDF of the full 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
  • The Executive Summary in English and Spanish
  • Recommendations At-A-Glance in English and Spanish
  • Graphics that can be downloaded, embedded within websites, and shared on social media
  • Conversation starters for talking with patients and clients about nutrition
  • Patient handouts on making healthy shifts and cutting down on added sugars

To access the toolkit, visit: http://1.usa.gov/28RrdNG

Fighting Hepatitis and HIV Co-infection in Minority Communities Webinar Series

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Innovative Strategies for Addressing Hep C in Indian Country (first of five webinars)
June 24, 2016 at 2 pm EDT
Information and registration: http://bit.ly/28II8Tr

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center kicks off a new webinar series designed to help health professionals, agencies and clinics get past challenges and address the rising rates of hepatitis and HIV co-infection in their communities.

The five-part webinar series examines the current state of hepatitis and HIV among minority groups, as well as best practices for culturally and linguistically appropriate testing and outreach efforts.

Why Healthy Communities Matter to Business

Monday, June 20th, 2016

This May 2016 issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps “highlights why businesses should care about the health of their communities, outlines ways employers can get involved with community health improvement, and offers local examples of success.” Visit http://rwjf.ws/28JjJi8 to read the summary and download the PDF of the entire Issue Brief.

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. 

The People’s Garden Initiative

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The People’s Garden Initiative works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities. This work is accomplished through collaboration and volunteerism. It is named in honor of President Lincoln’s description of USDA as “The People’s Department.” Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1s8rlmi