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1,000 Grandmothers Project

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Every year, some 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs), or deaths among infants under 1 year of age that happen suddenly, occur in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Indian/Alaska Native population has the highest rate of SUIDs of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. The International Association for Indigenous Aging, a nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of AI/AN populations, implemented the 1,000 Grandmothers Project to engage Native elders (specifically grandmothers) in reducing the rate of SUIDs by educating and mentoring young Native parents and future parents about safe sleep practices for infants during traditional activities. Learn more and access the project resources at


Aware in Care toolkit

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The National Parkinson Foundation has developed the free Aware in Care kit with tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit. A recent study reported that many of those with Parkinson’s often do not receive their medications when needed while at the hospital putting them at a greater risk while there. This Aware in Care kit will assist hospital staff  informed during these visits.  These kits can be requested from your local chapter or center at If in Canada, call Parkinson Alberta at 1-877-243-9992 to order your kit. Find out more at

Using the Rankings Data: On beyond your county snapshot Webinar

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 2:00pm CDT / 3:00pm EDT
Information and registration: 

The County Health Rankings snapshots are a great starting point for community conversations about ways to improve health. Did you know that there is a guide that can help you get the most out of the Rankings and a wealth of underlying data, widen your focus beyond the Rankings’ specific measures with links to additional county-level data, visualize where the assets and weaknesses are in your community, and learn about how other communities are using the Rankings? This brief, 20 minute webinar will focus on the Using the Rankings Data guide which can help you find and understand the data on our site–and beyond. There will be time for Q&A. All in a quick 20 minutes!

Text from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program

New Disaster Resources for K-12

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) K-12 team compiled a list of resources to teach K-12 students about disasters and disaster preparedness. You’ll find lesson plans, activity sheets, and age-appropriate information on drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, and general disaster recovery and preparedness. For the list of resources, visit the NLM SIS K-12 Science and Health Education page and expand “Disasters.”

Achieving Health Equity – One Policy at a Time Webinar

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

September 22, 2016
2 to 3 PM CT / 3 to 4 PM ET

In 2015, the Washington State Department of Health successfully added health equity review requirements to its analysis of proposed legislation: (1) describe any positive or negative impact the bill may have on tribal health concerns and (2) describe any positive or negative impact the bill may have on health equity or health disparities. This webinar will discuss how the department used policy and administrative levers to make this change.

Presenters will: 1) Describe components of a “health equity lens” used to analyze proposed state legislation; 2) Articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a “health equity lens”; and 3) Share examples of training and resource materials.

For registration and more information, visit

This webinar series was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET). Text for this post was adapted from National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities.

K-12 Plastics Videos

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) K-12 Education Connection

Plastics Videos are Here!

Last summer our crew of witty high school science teachers and students took on the subject, PLASTICS! Through some, not so conventional storylines, the staff set out to explain the dangers behind the use of certain plastics and how, through recycling, we can help alleviate the amount of toxins in our environment. Each storyline is a spoof on a popular game app or video game and teaches students about various aspects of plastics including: the chemistry of plastics, how plastics differ in toxicity, the different types of plastics, and recycling.  Use these animations to jump start a conversation about educating the community on safe use and disposal of these everyday materials.

View the videos on the Environmental Health Student Portal under Chemicals: Plastics. To sign-up for the NLM K-12 Education Connection e-newsletter, visit and expand “Get the latest news!” You can also follow the NLM K-12 Team on Twitter @NLM_K12.


CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popular Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures, giving families more information at their fingertips to help them make important decisions about care. These new measures look at successful discharges, emergency visits, and re-hospitalizations, and complement other nursing home measures previously announced in April.  Read more about the new updates here:

New Resources for Families on Choose MyPlate

Friday, August 26th, 2016

It’s back-to-school season and just launched new resources to help families eat better together. It’s also a great time for families to establish a new routine and work together toward a healthier lifestyle. Check them out here:

Precision Medicine Resources

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The new Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM. You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources. A great place to begin is on Genetics Home Reference for an overview and more resources:

Learn about Zika with Sesame Street in English and Spanish

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Get in touch with your inner child and watch Sesame Street‘s Raya teach Elmo about preventing Zika virus in these 30-second clips.

For more information from Plaza Sésamo, visit their Zika page.