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Rural Health IT Workforce Training Programs for Community Colleges

A collection of curriculum resources which educators can adapt to create rural health IT workforce training programs is now available from the Rural Health Information Hub. Developed by the Rural Health IT Workforce Program grantees, the training resources were designed to ensure that others could build on their curricula, helping to seed additional health IT training programs at rural serving community colleges:

Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth

The National Indian Health Board, in partnership with the Indian Health Service, offers a new resource. Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth. This toolkit introduces Native youth to concepts of the ACA, Medicaid, and health insurance coverage, and encourages Native youth to learn more from their local Patient Benefit Coordinator (PBC) or Enrollment Assistor Entities. Access the toolkit:

Flu Shot Vouchers

HHS and Walgreens will distribute Flu Shot Vouchers for uninsured and underinsured individuals through a variety of outreach efforts, local events and community and faith-based organizations nationwide. Each voucher is good for one flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy in the continental US, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Duane Reade pharmacies in New York and Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations. For further information and to find your nearest location, please call 1-866-994-6757. Learn more at

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Most breast cancer is diagnosed in women who are age 50 or older. However, breast cancer does affect younger women. About 10% of new diagnosis are in women younger than age 45.  Breast cancer in young women is more likely to be hereditary than breast cancer in older women and more likely to be found at a later stage, when it is often more aggressive and difficult to treat. Many young women do not know their risk for breast cancer or ways to manage their risk. Learn more about breast cancer in young women at:

New Report Regarding Clinical Outcomes in AI/AN Patients with Diabetes

The Seattle Indian Health Board/Urban Indian Health Institute recently released a new report, Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report, Audit Years 2011-2015. This report summarizes trends in clinical outcomes among American Indian/Alaska Native patients with diabetes from 32 Urban Indian Health Organizations. Read the full report at

Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Process October 6-27!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Healthy People 2020 public comment process, which will be open from October 6 through October 27, 2016. The Healthy People team is seeking comments on an objective that is being considered as a potential addition to the HIV topic area. The proposed objective was developed by the HIV workgroup, which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It has been reviewed by the Healthy People 2020 Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW), and is now being presented for public review and comment. All comments received will be carefully reviewed by the HIV workgroup, the Healthy People 2020 FIW, and other Healthy People 2020 stakeholders. Go here to comment:


Insurance Gains among Young Adults

Just released, according to AHRQ Stats as of mid-2015, young adults ages 18 to 29 were the most likely to gain health insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. The uninsured rate for this group declined from 31 percent to 15 percent. Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For more details, see the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy here,


2016 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

NLM funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2016 in the 23rd round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. For more information, see


Secondhand Smoke: Nonsmokers May Not Know They Have Been Exposed

A new study in Carcinogenesis finds that many people underestimate their exposure to secondhand smoke and thus not know they are at risk of lung cancer and other conditions.

Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought (HealthDay):

For more information about Secondhand Smoke, including how to protect yourself and your children, go to MedlinePlus:

Sexual Health and Aging

Getting older does not necessarily mean the end to sexual intimacy or the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Here are some resources for staying active and safe.

Sex and the Senior Woman (Office on Women’s Health Blog):

Sexuality in Later Life (National Institute on Aging): (available for download or order)