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Holiday Mental Health texts from MedlinePlus

Get holiday mental health tips. Text MP Health to 468311

The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress. Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/j4wu

Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US

Andria Caruthers posted “Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US” on CommunityCommons.org. She reviewed geographic trends of the opioid epidemic and included Community Commons maps that link to their interactive versions. To read the full article, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fvqp.

Don’t know about Community Commons? According to its About page, “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.”

Supporting the Wellness of Military Children and their Families webinar from SAMHSA

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents:

Resources, Innovations, and Partnerships: Supporting the Wellness of Military Children and their Families
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:30pm EST
Register at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9lrz

Research has shown that military and veteran children are particularly resilient, especially when provided with the right tools, activities, and support. This webinar will provide answers in your search for resources, with an overview of the research on military and veteran children and tips for supporting military families. Presenters will also discuss strategies to build partnerships and develop targeted messaging to better engage and support military and veteran families. Sesame Street, a leader in creating effective resources for supporting the wellness and resiliency of young children, will be featured. Several of Sesame Workshop’s new and most effective tools and resources will be highlighted, including their latest mobile app and resources for military and veteran children. Participants will be able to download the mobile app, a variety of links, and innovative tools and resources to aid parents, caregivers, educators, and providers in providing the needed support to the children of our service members and veterans.

Please visit these links to view the resources that will be highlighted during the webinar:

www.Sesamestreet.org/veterans

www.Sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org

Healthy Native Youth: Offering Engaging, Relevant, Effective Health Resources webinar

Office of Minority Health Resource Center presents

Healthy Native Youth: Offering Engaging, Relevant, Effective Health Resources
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 2 to 3pm EST
Register at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/vs1b

HealthyNativeYouth.org is a new one-stop-shop for educators and health advocates who want to expand learning opportunities for American Indian/Alaska Native youth. The site was designed for tribal health educators, teachers, and parents – providing the training and tools needed to access and deliver effective, age-appropriate programs. This webinar will share tips for navigating the Healthy Native Youth website, highlight a few of the health curricula available on the site, and will encourage participants to submit their own programs for inclusion on the site.

Original text from OMH Resource Center.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program

The HHS HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has opened applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (“Network Planning”). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically for entities that do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. The goals of the Network Planning program are centered around approaches that will aid providers in better serving their communities given the changes taking place in health care, as providers move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and focusing member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs.

Application due January 3, 2017.

Technical Assistance webinar: December 13, 2016 2 to 3pm EST

For more information and pdf of the full Funding Opportunity Announcement, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/xmfb.

Agricultural Worker Health: Resources

Workers in agriculture can experience numerous health issues, including pesticide and dust exposure, injury and stress. Many may face additional challenges due to language barriers, access to healthcare and poverty. The Rural Health Information Hub has information about the health status of farm workers and organizations that support agricultural health initiatives. ToxTown has occupational and environmental health resources for providers, employers and employees. ToxTown is available in English and Spanish.

Rural Migrant Health (Rural Health Information Hub): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qh6r

Rural Agricultural Health and Safety (Rural Health Information Hub): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/y5sx

ToxTown Farm (National Library of Medicine): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lidh

Funding: Environmental Justice Small Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications for “grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at $30,000 each.” Priority will be given to organizations that have direct contact with the targeted community, are from states that have received few such grants in the past and new grantees.

Applications are due January 31, 2017.

The EPA has the full Request of Proposals, FAQs and lists of previously funded projects: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fzde

Prevent and Respond to Bullying: Resources

According to the CDC, “Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.”

MedlinePlus has a Health Topic Page on Bullying: https://medlineplus.gov/bullying.html

The page includes information on dealing with bullies, in school or in the workplace, and prevention strategies.

 

NEI for Kids

The National Eye Institute has a new website for kids making learning about vision science and eye health fun. NEI for Kids features a glossary of some basic terminology associated with eye health and a fun series of short videos featuring scientists who answer questions kids and many adults have always wondered.

Kids will learn about how to keep their eyes healthy and safe and learn some first aid tips. And of course, eye tricks and optical illusions are part of the package to impress family and friends! Go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n4ce

 

HIV and Older Adults

Over 1 million Americans are living with HIV and the number is growing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% percent of people living with HIV nationwide are over the age of 50. Moreover, research indicates that by 2015 half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over more than 50 years old.

With the advent of the 21st century, prevention of HIV has become an important issue for older Americans. Today, 17% of all new HIV/AIDS cases occur among people who have lived to the half century mark and beyond. It is clear that more needs to be done to inform individuals and aging network providers about the importance of educating older Americans about HIV prevention. Resources for older adults can be found at: