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Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

Effects of Severe Weather on Behavioral Health

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A recent SAMHSA newsletter article discusses the impact of severe weather on mental health. The piece includes some “disaster mental health tips” and links to resources to help communities develop “thoughtful approaches that consider behavioral health preparations and responses to severe storms and other disasters.”

Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it! (webinar)

Monday, January 30th, 2017

From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region:

Most of us can see with our own eyes that inequity exists, including in health access and outcomes. How do we prove it to policy makers, grant funders and other decision makers? Are there model interventions that we can replicate? This entry-level presentation will explore online sources of reliable health statistics, research and evidence-based community interventions. The emphasis of this presentation will be on free information resources and may be of particular interest to community-based organizations, public health workers, public library staff and others who do not have access to academic library resources.

Feb 24, 2017
12:00PM – 1:00PM ET
Instructor:
Kate Flewelling

Healthy People 2020: New Infographics on Progress Towards Objectives

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Healthy People 2020 team announced the release of interactive infographics showing data from the Midcourse Review. The Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review helps evaluate the progress we’re making as a Nation toward Healthy People goals and objectives. To support this process, Healthy People 2020 created interactive infographics that show the status of measurable Healthy People objectives—so you can see where targets have been met and where there is still work to do to meet targets by the end of the decade.

Use these infographics to see progress data for:

  • All topic areas
  • All Leading Health Indicators (LHIs)

To read more and see the infographics, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ku5j

Is it Really FDA-Approved?

Friday, January 27th, 2017

How can you know for sure what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates? FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human drugs and biologics, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The guide provides information on how the FDA regulates products and what the agency does and does not approve. To access more information, please see: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gn76

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“EPA has developed communication materials that summarize key points from the U.S. Climate and Health Assessment for eight different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts. The agency is providing these materials for use and modification for anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change to a range of audiences.”

The populations include:

  • Children
  • Older Adults
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • People with Disabilities
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with existing health conditions
  • Occupational Groups
  • Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns

For each population, there are downloadable files, including talking points, fact sheets and slides.

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qq7d

 

CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers™ ads will continue in 2017 encouraging smokers to quit through messages from real people whose lives were negatively affected by smoking.  Beginning on January 9 through the first half of 2017 these ads will run nationally on broadcast and cable TV, in magazines and online.  These ads focus on diseases and conditions such as throat and lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, periodontal disease, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To learn more about the 2017 campaign and the impact and results of past ads visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ztp2

 

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.  To learn more about TBI go to the MedlinePlus topic page, Traumatic Brain Injury  https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0tiq or the Kid’s Health topic page, Cold, Ice and Snow Safety https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kqpn

 

Health Equity Change Makers

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

From the Office of Minority Health, Health Equity Change Makers is a program that was developed for people to share their personal stories that “illustrate the far-reaching impact of health disparities — and the ways that we all, as individuals, in our families and communities, and as a nation — are making change happen every day.”  These are “everyday people who have been personally affected by health disparities, and who have used their experience to raise awareness and inspire change.” To read these inspiring stories go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/akp2

Also visit the Health Equity Change Makers toolkit to learn more about what you can do to help accelerate health equity in your community https://nnlm.gov/bhic/u2uv

Youth-created PSA music video on perils of unprotected sex

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The North Omaha Area Health (NOAH) Clinic interns created a music video PSA, Moment of Passion, about the “perils of unprotected sex” and the importance of STD screenings. All production, music, and acting were done by the interns. The end of the video has some specifics about the clinic but the rest may appeal to young adults around the country.

Evidence-Based HIV/STI Prevention Interventions in Indian Country Resource Directory

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

This resource, from the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), provides information on successful programs implemented in Indian Country and shares adaptation processes and evaluation findings. The goal in compiling the directory is to share information about programs that are working in Indian Country, share adaptation processes and evaluation findings, promote collaboration between tribes and tribal organizations engaged in this field of work, and expand the reach and use of culturally-relevant HIV prevention programs in AI/AN communities.

Download the directory at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lee5