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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

Health Guides in Multiple Languages

Hesperian is a non-profit that creates and distributes plain language health guides in multiple languages. Although they sell print books, pdf versions of their books, including Where there is no doctor, and many fact sheets are available for no-cost download.

Hesperian Health Guides:

Health Equity Matters (newsletter)

From the Centers for Disease Control:

Health Equity Matters is a quarterly newsletter “intended to promote awareness of minority health and health equity work at CDC and in the broader public health community, support the achievement of our goal to eliminate health disparities, improve women’s health, support diversity and inclusion in the public health workforce, and foster ongoing communication and collaboration with our partners and the public.”

Read the current issue:

Plague: It’s not just in the history books (APHA)

For most of us, thinking of plague reminds us of the “black death” of the Middle Ages. Plague is still something that affects thousands of people in the world each year, even some in the western United States. Check out the American Public Health Association’s blog postings about prevention and symptoms.

Plague: It’s not just in the history books (APHA):

Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week 2017 website and webinar

January 23-29 is the 2017 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), a health observance created to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body, and behavior.

School-Based Health Alliance is hosting a webinar on December 8 at 2:30pm ET to demonstrate how easy it is to participate in NDAFW and utilize free materials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), such as the Drugs: Shatter the Myths booklet and the interactive National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. To register, visit

For more information about NDAFW, visit You will find resources from the NIDA to plan events, generate program ideas, and share information with youth.