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January is National Diet Month

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources:

How do you explain a deductible… in plain language?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

From the blog – We Love Health Literacy, Oct 10, 2013

With the launch of the ACA many Americans who have never had health insurance will encounter terms that are foreign to them. This is a great piece that raises our awareness as we speak to consumers who are making decisions about their healthcare insurance.

Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit <> was created by a hospital social worker and ESOL educator. This toolkit can help ESOL educators and others involved in health literacy to better understand and address the health  literacy challenges encountered by adult English language learners in U.S. healthcare.

The toolkit includes:

  • Reproducible lesson plans and teaching materials on high-interest, hard-to-teach health topics
  • Easy-to-read resources on using US health care for English language learners to access directly
  • Explanations of health literacy terms, concepts, and issues as they relate to English language learners
  • Resources for understanding and explaining US health care to English language learners
  • Case studies to see the issues in action
  • Resources and tips for accessing affordable care
  • Examples and how-to’s for engaging in interdisciplinary health literacy projects
  • And more!

Kaiser Family Foundation releases a new animated video about the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare is written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. This new animated video features the YouToons as they get ready for “Obamacare” and explore health insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The cartoon serves as a health reform tutorial for consumers and organizations. 2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare <>

Native.LGBTQ2S.Proud: Media Campaign Materials

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

In recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Indian Health Service National HIV/AIDS program are pleased to announce the availability of new media materials designed to reduce stigma and promote HIV testing among American Indian and Alaska Native LBBT2S community members.  The campaign was developed in collaboration with national partners and Native LGBTQ2S community members from throughout the US.  A limited number of these materials can be ordered free of charge from Project Red Talon.  Contact Wendee Gardner with desired quantity and your mailing address to order materials:

Access, download and print the Native.LGBTQ2S.Proud Media Campaign materials on lines and share them on National HIV Testing Day on June 27th:

Information from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

For parents who need help in talking to their children about the recent events in Boston here are some links from the NCTSN.

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Talking to Children about the Bombings

Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters

Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings

The Adventures of Rubberkid: Anti-Bullying Game for Elementary School Students

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Adventures of Rubberkid ( is a simple-yet-entertaining game that can be beaten in less than half an hour, but the lessons it leaves behind are invaluable. Each level pits Rubberkid – the player – against bullies, in an effort to protect the innocent child (or children) from the harsh insults hurled at them. Each successful level shows potential consequences of the bullying and potential future accomplishments of the victims now that you’ve helped them maintain confidence. Players can also can print out a certificate pledge as a reminder to not bully others, but to also speak up when others are bullied.

The Adventures of Rubberkid is available for no-cost as an online Flash game or as a downloadable file. The game developer is working directly with schools and libraries to create customized versions of the game and to provide copies of the game on CDs.

Branches of Opportunity

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Center for an Urban Future’s report, Branches of Opportunity, highlights the unique position of libraries to help cities address economic, demographic and social challenges.    According to the report, “No other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world.  Although they are often thought of as cultural institutions, the reality is that the public libraries are a key component of the city’s human capital system. With roots in nearly every community across the five boroughs, New York’s public libraries play a critical role in helping adults upgrade their skills and find jobs, assisting immigrants assimilate, fostering reading skills in young people and providing technology access for those who don’t have a computer or an Internet connection at home.”   The report is a call to action for policymakers, social service leaders and economic officials to support and use public libraries as a critical 21st century resource of opportunity for all.  Read the full report at:


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Healthy Native Families Bulletin

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) has released the Healthy Native Families: Preventing Violence At All Ages bulletin.  This bulletin is the first time that data on domestic and sexual violence affecting Alaska Native people of all ages is brought together in one place.  Beginning with pregnancy, this bulletin takes us through the major stages of life, sharing the consequences of violence, how many people are affected, and Alaska-specific resources.

The read the full bulletin and other related resources, visit the ANTHC website’s Health Native Families page:

Funding Roundup part 2

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Southwest Airlines: 2013 Medical Transportation Grant Program

Southwest Airlines – The program provides complimentary, roundtrip tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation nonprofit organizations. The tickets are distributed by the organizations to deserving patients and their caregivers who must travel for medical care. Southwest allows participating hospitals and medical transportation nonprofit organizations the freedom to determine how to distribute the tickets to their patients and/or caregivers.

Geographic Coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 30, 2012

For more information:


HIV Care Program Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program

Health Resources and Services Administration – Direct financial assistance to an Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) or a Transitional Grant Area (TGA) that has been severely affected by the HIV epidemic. Grants are for enhancing access to a comprehensive continuum of high quality, community-based care.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 21, 2012

For more information:


Mission and Ministry Fund Violence Prevention Grant

Catholic Health Initiatives  – Funds may be requested to cover the costs of community-based planning, conducting community meetings, assessing community violence-related assets and needs, continuing specific community-based violence prevention efforts and related activities.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline:  Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

For more information:


Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

Office of Special Education Programs  – Provides funding to educational organizations for personnel development as it relates to special education and related services.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 4, 2012

For more information:


Navajo Nation Family Planning Services Grants

Office of Population Affairs  – Grants to provide family planning services.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: April 1, 2013

For more information:


National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE III)

Indian Health Service  – Funding for a national Indian organization to conduct outreach and education, and training and technical assistance designed to improve Indian health care and further health reform opportunities.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 10, 2012

For more information:


National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE I)

Indian Health Service – Funding for a national Indian organization to provide tribal health outreach and education; research and analyze Medicare and Medicaid programs; provide support in regards to Affordable Care Act policy; provide tribal budget consultation; and provide coordination and support for the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 10, 2012

For more information: