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Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern

From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“EPA has developed communication materials that summarize key points from the U.S. Climate and Health Assessment for eight different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts. The agency is providing these materials for use and modification for anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change to a range of audiences.”

The populations include:

  • Children
  • Older Adults
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • People with Disabilities
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with existing health conditions
  • Occupational Groups
  • Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns

For each population, there are downloadable files, including talking points, fact sheets and slides.

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qq7d

 

Healthy You: Memory loss

This month’s Healthy You feature from the American Public Health Association addresses memory loss. Healthy You tipsheets can be shared at outreach events and other venues and are available in English, Spanish and “Quick Facts” versions.

Memory loss: Just a sign of aging, or something more? (Healthy You): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0w8r

MedlinePlus has additional information about on the Memory health topic page: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/df61

CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers™ ads will continue in 2017 encouraging smokers to quit through messages from real people whose lives were negatively affected by smoking.  Beginning on January 9 through the first half of 2017 these ads will run nationally on broadcast and cable TV, in magazines and online.  These ads focus on diseases and conditions such as throat and lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, periodontal disease, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To learn more about the 2017 campaign and the impact and results of past ads visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ztp2

 

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.  To learn more about TBI go to the MedlinePlus topic page, Traumatic Brain Injury  https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0tiq or the Kid’s Health topic page, Cold, Ice and Snow Safety https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kqpn

 

Health Equity Change Makers

From the Office of Minority Health, Health Equity Change Makers is a program that was developed for people to share their personal stories that “illustrate the far-reaching impact of health disparities — and the ways that we all, as individuals, in our families and communities, and as a nation — are making change happen every day.”  These are “everyday people who have been personally affected by health disparities, and who have used their experience to raise awareness and inspire change.” To read these inspiring stories go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/akp2

Also visit the Health Equity Change Makers toolkit to learn more about what you can do to help accelerate health equity in your community https://nnlm.gov/bhic/u2uv

Native STAND Educator Training Program

Native Students Together Against Negative Decisions (STAND) is a culturally-relevant, inter-tribal curriculum for high school-aged (14-18 years old) teens that draws on cultural teachings and values from across Indian Country. The curriculum holistically addresses healthy decision-making and develops knowledge and skills for healthy relationships and self-esteem, preventing STDs and early pregnancy, and avoiding substance abuse.

The Oregon Health & Science University Center for Healthy Communities is partnering with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to recruit Tribes and AI/AN organizations from around the country to receive training on the delivery of Native STAND and to participate in the Native STAND Dissemination, Implementation, and Evaluation Project. Successful applicants will receive one week of training in Portland, Oregon with expenses paid for travel, lodging and meals. For more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/626d

Text adapted from Oregon Prevention and Research Center Native STAND website

ONESearch of health services research

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) released NICHSR ONESearch. This consolidated search site allows researchers to search two unique databases and two specialized web portals with one simple search:

  • Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) – information about ongoing health services research and public health projects
  • Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) – health services research and public health research relevant data sets, instruments and software
  • Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) – links to high-quality news, data/tools/methods and grey literature selected to meet the needs of the health services research community
  • Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) – access to selected public health resources

Text is from the 2016 December 22 NLM Technical Bulletin

Youth-created PSA music video on perils of unprotected sex

The North Omaha Area Health (NOAH) Clinic interns created a music video PSA, Moment of Passion, about the “perils of unprotected sex” and the importance of STD screenings. All production, music, and acting were done by the interns. The end of the video has some specifics about the clinic but the rest may appeal to young adults around the country.

Tool for Shared Decision Making for Opioid Use Disorder

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released an online, interactive, shared decision-making tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder. The Decisions in Recovery and accompanying handbook are designed to help people learn about treatment options for opioid use disorder so they can work with their health care providers in deciding what might work best for them. Decisions in Recovery is primarily designed for individuals with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder and their service providers. It can also be used by health officials, policymakers, and other members of the community involved in the problem of opioid use disorder. Learn more: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/alvq

Rural Development Programs for American Indians/Alaska Natives

Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Programs for Tribal Families, Children, and Communities highlights the major USDA Rural Development programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Topics include food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Also included are program specific details and contact information for the RD office in each state. Access the resource here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/f5nz