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Native American Cultural Competency Webinar

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Wednesday, April 20, 2017, 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET
Hosted by the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VIII)

For more information and to register, visit RHEC VIII’s In the Spotlight.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • list three benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services
  • identify and understand the holistic healing approach, cultural norms, customs, and protocols of the Great Plains tribes
  • discuss effective strategies when working with the Native American population that can be shared with co-workers
  • enhance the relationship between healthcare provider and patient by building a culturally competent workforce

Staying Active this Winter: Tips

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Last week,  Punxsutawney Phil predicted six weeks more of winter. The following resources can help you stay active, even in the cold and snow.

Find a national park: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/oion

Find a state park: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hhae

Fighting the Winter Blues (HealthySD.gov): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ar1f

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

Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Do you live in or are traveling to an area that has the mosquito that spreads Zika? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downloadable posters and handouts in multiple languages. The materials provide guidance for pregnant women and for people who want to build a home Zika prevention kit.

Download materials: http://bit.ly/29HfJAZ

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

Farmers Markets Directory

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Spring is the perfect time to connect with local farmers markets. Use the USDA Farmers Market Directory to find market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Local markets are a great place to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, meat, and dairy that is grown or produced in your area. Encourage your friends, family, and clients to explore local farmers markets. Please see the site for more information: http://1.usa.gov/1XWfLqj

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Chikungunya

Monday, April 4th, 2016

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on chikungunya virus.

From MedlinePlus:

“Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth. It may also possibly spread through infected blood. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya virus in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

Chikungunya (English): http://1.usa.gov/1PQFtUD

Chikungunya (Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1TwHj45

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. To see how your county ranks and more information, please visit: bit.ly/1XSx88Q

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources: http://1.usa.gov/1K2ORc4
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: http://1.usa.gov/1L3f19B (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: http://1.usa.gov/1PZcYLd (PDF)

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: bit.ly/1Qj8xaK to learn more.