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New issue of MedlinePlus magazine

The Summer 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine is now online. Topics include Zika virus, alcohol-medicines interactions, endmetriosis, oral health and aging, colorectal cancer, precision medicine, and age-related macular degeneration. To read the full issue, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/uuyw

Free Continuing Education from the AHRQ

Did You Know? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers a wide range of free continuing education on Improving Patient-Centered Care. This is part of AHRQ’s effort to produce research and evidence, along with tools and training materials, that help health care providers use current evidence in practice. The web-based continuing education is for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others, via article and on-demand webinars. A list of available topics is here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/5mb9

Working in Rural Health

Thinking of working in rural health, or recruiting others? This video from the Washington State Department of Health describes the benefits, from the point of view of healthcare providers. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/00gv

Building Environments for Active Living

Having a place to exercise or play sports is an important part of healthy living. But many lack access to sidewalks and safe paths for running, walking or biking. The opportunities to play sports may not exist. The according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), zip codes can be more important to health than genetic codes. RWJF works with communities across the country to promote cultures of health in communities, including safe places to play and exercise. Read more about this effort at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ob4d. The Centers for Disease Control also offers a tool kit for communities to assess built environments in order to improve them, at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4t7d

New CMS Report Released on Medicare and Medicaid Savings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities – which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments – pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries.  From October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014), every dollar invested in CMS’ Medicare program integrity efforts saved $12.40 for the Medicare program. The report highlights CMS’s significant achievements in reducing potentially fraudulent and improper payments.  Total savings from program integrity efforts were nearly $42 billion over the two-year period covered by the report.  This equates to an average savings of $12.40 for each dollar spent on Medicare program integrity alone.  These savings represent funds that remain available to provide needed health care to Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries nationwide and reflect the increasing success of CMS’ efforts to proactively prevent improper payments. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2alUlmi

Health Literacy Tool Shed

The Health Literacy Tool Shed is an online database of health literacy measures. The site contains information about measures, including their psychometric properties, based on a review of the peer-reviewed literature. Users can search by language and context to measure health literacy. To search the database, please visit: http://bit.ly/2a2Ig0E

New National Institute on Aging Facebook Page

If you like getting Healthy Aging Tips from NIHSeniorHealth.gov, then you’ll also appreciate the new Facebook page from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). There you’ll find tips on exercise, nutrition, and caregiving, plus information on Alzheimer’s disease and ways to manage other health issues that can be a part of growing older. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2aAWMOf

Health and Well-Being for All Meeting-in-a-box

The Health and Well-Being for All meeting-in-a-box, http://bit.ly/2afpRj6, provides resources needed to explore the determinants underlying health problems faced by patients and communities. This tool incorporates a big-picture visual with supporting materials, including data cards, group dialogue exercises, and facilitator tips to identify and engage collaborators. Currently, there are three modules: obesity, gang violence, and asthma. The box can be purchased or the Facilitator Guide and materials for each module can be downloaded for free from http://bit.ly/29PV1vZ.

Text adapted from CDC Foundation, http://bit.ly/2afpRj6 

Webinar on Improving Health Outcomes through Inclusion and Participation

Improving Health Outcomes through Inclusion and Participation

Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm ET

Register at http://bit.ly/29YWijS

Join Health People 2020 for a Progress Review webinar featuring 2  topic areas:

  • Disability and Health
  • Health Related Quality of Life and Well-Being

The webinar will also feature the Montana Disability and Health Program – a community-based initiative with a proven track record of improving health outcomes.

Violence Related Trauma Resources

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) of the US Department of Health Human Services has a list of resources to help individuals, families, and communities support emotional well-being and recovery after experiencing  violence-related trauma, http://bit.ly/2adVMU9