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National Resource Center on Lupus

This new online resource is available online from the Lupus Foundation of America. The Resource Center has more than 600 medically-reviewed resources in English and Spanish, created and vetted in consultation with lupus experts. It also provides specialized content for children and teens, caregivers, and health care professionals. The Resource Center is a one-stop resource for all things lupus to connect, empower and educate those whose lives are impacted by this devastating and unpredictable disease by providing trustworthy, reliable and high-quality resources, programs and emotional support services. Check out the resource at

Older Americans Month 2017

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today. ACL has provided links to resources, ideas for activities, and materials to promote this month of celebrating older Americans at

Know the Science

There is a lot of misinformation out there—from anecdotes disguised as evidence to excessive claims made by supplement manufacturers to TV doctors touting the latest “miracle cure.” The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) provides links to information, videos, and interactive tools to assist better understanding of complex scientific topics that relate to health research so that you can be discerning about what you hear and read and make well-informed decisions about your health at

Addressing Public Health Crises: Suicide and Opioid Addiction

During National Public Health Week, April 3-9, we celebrate the progress we’ve made helping people live healthier lives and those public health professionals who have helped us make that progress. But one hallmark of public health is life expectancy, and the United States just experienced a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993. This was due in part to increases in two of the nation’s most heart-breaking and yet preventable public health issues facing us: the increasing rate of suicide and the increasing misuse of opioid drugs.

Suicide rates in less urban areas have been higher than those in more urban areas. During the time period 1999 to 2015, the gap in suicide rates increased between less urban and more urban areas.

Both opioid addiction and suicide are serious preventable and treatable public health problems, and everyone has a role to play. Learn about some of the available resources for treatment options, mental health and behavioral health issues and related concerns:

This information comes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services HHS Blog post by Judy Sarasohn, HHS Public Affairs.

AHRQ Stats: Medical Care for Children

In 2014, approximately 8 percent of U.S. children younger than 18 (about 5.8 million children) were reported as not having a usual source of care. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #501: Children’s Usual Source of Care: Insurance, Income, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities, 2004-2014.)

Other Highlights

  • Children who were uninsured were more likely to have no usual source of care in each year between 2004 and 2014.
  • Children living in poor families were more likely to lack a usual source of care compared to children living in high-income families in both 2004 and 2014.
  • Children from high-income families were less likely than children in any other income group to lack a usual source of care in 2014.
  • The percentage of Hispanic children without a usual source of care declined by 4 percentage points between 2004 and 2014.

For more details, see

Health Conditions Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults

In 2014, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) conducted the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS). The survey involved about 3,000 households containing one or more NHPI residents who were surveyed by NHIS field staff using the 2014 NHIS instrument. The NHPI NHIS was an unprecedented opportunity to collect rich and accurate information from a large NHPI sample about the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in all 50 states. In March 2017, the NCHS released the Data Brief on the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS). Key findings include:

  • The age-sex-adjusted percentages of NHPI adults with fair or poor health (15.5%), serious psychological distress (4.1% in past 30 days), cancer (5.7%), coronary heart disease (6.0%), diabetes (15.6%), lower back pain (28.5% in past 3 months), arthritis (19.7%), migraines (14.1% in past 3 months), and asthma (9.9%) were greater than the corresponding percentages for single-race Asian adults.
  • NHPI adults were more likely than all U.S. adults to be in fair or poor health, to have diabetes, and to have ever had asthma, but they were less likely to have cancer.

Galinsky AM, Zelaya CE, Barnes PM, Simile C. Selected Health Conditions Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults: United States 2014NCHS Data Brief 277 March, 2017.

National Minority Health Month 2017

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), an awareness initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The theme for 2017 is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. The #NMHM17 site lists ways you can get involved:

  • Use one of the sample social media posts to promote health equity
  • Share one (or more) of the ready-made graphics on social media or a website
  • Wednesday, April 12 1pm ET, participate in #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall hosted by @MinorityHealth
  • Tuesday, April 25 2pm ET, chat on Twitter with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Find more information, action steps, and ways to connect on #NMHM17.

Native American Cultural Competency Webinar

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

Intro to Mapping and Reporting on Community Commons

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2pm CT

New to Community Commons or wanting to learn more about the free tools available on the site? Register for this intro webinar and learn how to make, save, and export a basic map and community health needs assessment.

About Community Commons (from

Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. We provide public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so you can thoroughly explore community health.

Raising Community Voices: The Power of Storytelling in Public Health

Thursday, April 6, 2017 

11am-12:30pm PST / 2pm – 3:30pm EST

Join us for the next event in the Health Communication Matters Webinar Series during National Public Health Week to learn how to use storytelling to advance public health goals for the communities you serve. This webinar will have presentations from two creative professionals. First, Andrea Spagat, West Coast Regional Director of the StoryCenter will share tips on how to create effective stories for education or advocacy purposes. Andrea will share her experience with participatory story composition, the mechanics of video filming and editing, and some strategies for creating compelling public health stories to support your cause.  Elizabeth Bayne is the Founder of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Series, a non-profit collection of videos aimed at promoting breastfeeding in the African American community through the power of personal narrative. Elizabeth will talk about her project, how she created the videos, as well as her strategies for social marketing and distribution of video content.

Visit Health Communication Matters Webinar Series to register and for more information about the webinar and series.

Text is from Health Communication Matters Webinar Series.