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Two New Models that Will Increase Patient Engagement Care Decision-Making

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two new models from the CMS Innovation Center. The Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives (BEI) Models — the Shared Decision Making Model and the Direct Decision Support Model — which will test different approaches to shared decision making, acknowledging that beneficiaries make decisions regarding treatment options in a variety of ways. One of the agency’s goals to help transform our health care system into one that delivers better care, smarter spending, healthier people, and puts individuals at the center. Read more about it here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/srbv

12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips for making your holiday season as healthy as possible. Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4jir

Coping with the Holidays

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Sometimes the holidays can be very stressful. Here are some resources from the MedlinePlus Health Topics pages that can help you cope.

Mental Health and Stress

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Health Relaxation Techniques https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qsvc

Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health: Good Mental Health https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ykmf 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Meditation https://nnlm.gov/bhic/g2nt

5 Holiday Tips for a Home Safe Home

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The CDC Public Health Matters Blog shares five important tips to stay safe during the holidays and winter in general. From being mindful of fire hazards and kitchen safety to staying healthy, these are nice reminders to take care of ourselves, homes, and loved ones.

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