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New Disaster Resources for K-12

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) K-12 team compiled a list of resources to teach K-12 students about disasters and disaster preparedness. You’ll find lesson plans, activity sheets, and age-appropriate information on drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, and general disaster recovery and preparedness. For the list of resources, visit the NLM SIS K-12 Science and Health Education page and expand “Disasters.”

Think Cultural Health redesigned website

www.ThinkCulturalHealth.hhs.gov has been redesigned! It is now mobile ready for easier access on cell phones and tablets. You’ll also see brighter colors and simpler layouts. The “About Us” area briefly describes the roles of the website, the Office of Minority Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You can also browse by three additional sections: National CLAS Standards, Education, and Resources.

Achieving Health Equity – One Policy at a Time Webinar

September 22, 2016
2 to 3 PM CT / 3 to 4 PM ET

In 2015, the Washington State Department of Health successfully added health equity review requirements to its analysis of proposed legislation: (1) describe any positive or negative impact the bill may have on tribal health concerns and (2) describe any positive or negative impact the bill may have on health equity or health disparities. This webinar will discuss how the department used policy and administrative levers to make this change.

Presenters will: 1) Describe components of a “health equity lens” used to analyze proposed state legislation; 2) Articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a “health equity lens”; and 3) Share examples of training and resource materials.

For registration and more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/8t5k.

This webinar series was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET). Text for this post was adapted from National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities.

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

This National Library of Medicine grant program seeks projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Detailed application information and example topics: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia
Open (Earliest Submission) and Letter of Intent Due Date: November 16, 2016
Application Due Date: December 16, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization
Award Budget: $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs

Text for this post was adapted from https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia.

Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors in Rural Communities Webinar

September 19, 2016 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Hosted by Grantmakers in Aging

For registration and information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/al6d.

A telemedicine program in seven rural, Midwestern States supports health and wellness for older adults by focusing on proactive medical care. Understand how this service evolved, the success, and opportunities for philanthropy to be part of the healthcare solution in rural America.

Presenters:

  • John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
  • Josh Hofmeyer, Senior Care Officer, Avera eCARE
  • Heidi A. Schultz, Program Officer, Rural Healthcare, The Helmsley Charitable Trust

Sponsored by: The John A. Hartford Foundation and AARP Foundation

Co-Sponsor: The Helmsley Charitable Trust

Text adapted from registration site. Webinar announcement originally seen on RHIhub.

K-12 Plastics Videos

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) K-12 Education Connection

Plastics Videos are Here!

Last summer our crew of witty high school science teachers and students took on the subject, PLASTICS! Through some, not so conventional storylines, the staff set out to explain the dangers behind the use of certain plastics and how, through recycling, we can help alleviate the amount of toxins in our environment. Each storyline is a spoof on a popular game app or video game and teaches students about various aspects of plastics including: the chemistry of plastics, how plastics differ in toxicity, the different types of plastics, and recycling.  Use these animations to jump start a conversation about educating the community on safe use and disposal of these everyday materials.

View the videos on the Environmental Health Student Portal under Chemicals: Plastics. To sign-up for the NLM K-12 Education Connection e-newsletter, visit https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/k12.html and expand “Get the latest news!” You can also follow the NLM K-12 Team on Twitter @NLM_K12.

 

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popular Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures, giving families more information at their fingertips to help them make important decisions about care. These new measures look at successful discharges, emergency visits, and re-hospitalizations, and complement other nursing home measures previously announced in April.  Read more about the new updates here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gr5u.

New Resources for Families on Choose MyPlate

It’s back-to-school season and ChooseMyPlate.gov just launched new resources to help families eat better together. It’s also a great time for families to establish a new routine and work together toward a healthier lifestyle. Check them out here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/nmu3.

Precision Medicine Resources

The new Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM. You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources. A great place to begin is on Genetics Home Reference for an overview and more resources: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/NLMprecisionmedicine.

Violence Related Trauma Resources

These Office of Minority Health’s resources for individuals, families and communities are meant to help communities support emotional well-being and recovery as a result of trauma. For minority communities when conditions are often compounded by social determinants of health, the effects of trauma can be amplified and suffered by the entire community. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hukz