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National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day

National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day is the held on the first day of winter, the longest night of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are homeless are at greater risk for many mental and physical health problems, and have a much higher mortality rate compared to those who are not homeless.

Find more information on health and homelessness at the CDC’s National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day:

5 Holiday Tips for a Home Safe Home

The CDC Public Health Matters Blog shares five important tips to stay safe during the holidays and winter in general. From being mindful of fire hazards and kitchen safety to staying healthy, these are nice reminders to take care of ourselves, homes, and loved ones.

Innovations for Healthy Living grant for small business concerns

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) RFA-MD-17-001 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health in one or more NIH-defined health disparity population group(s). Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. Open date is January 22, 2017 and applications are due February 22, 2017.

Sleep Recharges You Toolkit for Teens

The Sleep Recharges You Toolkit was designed for high school teachers, nurses, counselors, and coaches to help them raise awareness among teens about the importance of sleep. In the toolkit, you’ll find lesson plans, activities, presentations, infographics, and other images such as

Sleep Recharges You: Feel Great. Health sleep recharges your mood enabling you to feel your best and have a more optimistic attitude toward life.



National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society and other partners.


Quality Healthcare for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s cultural competence webinar series is free and open to anyone interested in the health concerns and healthcare of LGBT people. Webinars examine the social determinants that influence how LGBT people seek and receive care and the impact those influences have on health. The series provides a better understanding of how to create healthcare environments that are welcoming and can help minimize the existing disparities experienced by this population. They are relevant to clinicians, administrators, researchers and academics alike. View three archived webinars, “Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT People: An Introduction”, “Creating a Welcoming and Safe Environment for LGBT People and Families” and “Clinical Skills for the Care of Transgender Individuals.”

Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

The Tribal Health Research Office of the NIH announces a call for submissions for the Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Challenge. The goal of this Challenge is to develop a brief digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives. The deadline is January 31, 2017: Learn more.

Coffee Break Webinar: Health Outreach Partners Tips on Getting Started

The mission of Health Information Partners is to build strong, effective, and sustainable grassroots health models by partnering with local community-based organizations across the country in order to improve the quality of life of low-income, vulnerable, and underserved populations. Interested in learning more about how to start a health outreach program or strengthen existing efforts?  Health Outreach Partners presents “The Outreach Starter Kit: A Brief Tutorial.” This 13 minute webinar provides an overview of  free online tool and tips for easily navigating through the available resources (free registration is required).

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) provides information to assist health care consumers to dialog with their physicians before taking opioids. Information is also available in Spanish. Learn what to ask at

Tools for Bringing the Dog Genome Project Into the Biology Classroom

Dr. Elaine Ostrander’s lab at the National Institutes of Health is trying to understand disease susceptibility, behavior, and variation that occurs throughout domestic dog breeds. A collection of helpful online resources for coming up to speed with the dog genome and its promising findings chosen to help both teacher and student. These include a recent videos of Dr. Ostrander presenting her findings, important published research, and powerful images for use in talks or handouts. Access the collection of online resources

Genetic Testing for Breast or Ovarian Cancer- Making Sense of Health News

In the last few months, some news media have reported the controversial advice that all women should be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, not just those with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. This review (from of that news coverage contains information and viewpoints helpful to women who are considering BRCA testing, regardless of their family history.   Read the review