Making Moves and Grooves in the New Year
January kicks off the New Year, New Resolutions, and (sometimes) dreaded overcrowded gyms!  One option to work around them – try the Move Your Way campaign! The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion created an online planner to help you plan weekly aerobic and muscle strengthening activities that interest you! Whether you enjoy gardening, dancing, or even shoveling snow (perhaps not as enjoyable), add them to your plan and start moving and grooving toward a healthier you! (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - January 10, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Nora Franco Tags: General consumer health exercise New Year's Resolutions Source Type: blogs

Test your Glaucoma Eye Q
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and while you’re crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s (wink wink) on those New Year’s Resolutions, consider completing the Glaucoma Eye Q Test from PreventBlindness.Org .  The site contains a list of several downloadable and printable fact sheets, including Common Eye Myths and tips for finding and visiting with an eye care doctor.  The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) encourages people to add a dilated eye exam to your list and help prevent vision loss from a disease that often has no symptoms in the early stages.  NEHEP tambi&eacut...
Source: BHIC - January 10, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Nora Franco Tags: General consumer health glaucoma New Year's Resolutions Source Type: blogs

Flu Knew?
The 2018-2019 flu season is upon us! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), peak flu season happens in fall and winter.  Sometimes the flu can be confused with having a cold – how to tell the difference? One way is to compare your symptoms and, as always, consult with your healthcare provider.  The CDC has created a series of PSAs along with multi-lingual fact sheets with information and recommendations for protecting against the virus. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - January 10, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Nora Franco Tags: General consumer health family health flu Source Type: blogs

Surgeon General Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults
The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service focuses on important public health issues. The published reports are scientifically based and are hoped to generate health initiatives to help address these highlighted health issues such as the use of e-cigarette use among our young people. This recently published report is asking for health professionals, family, teachers and others stakeholders to help address this concerning health issue. Visit the Know the Risks website which provides tips to start conversations, facts about the harmful effects of e-cigarette use, and more. Information is also provided in Spanish. ...
Source: BHIC - January 8, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Children and Teens Public Health Websites e-cigarettes healthy youth smoking Source Type: blogs

Meeting the Needs of Children During Disasters
Certain disasters end quickly, while others affect large populations for an extended period of time. Disasters can have physical, mental, and emotional consequences. Each person prepares and responds differently to a disaster; however, children are at increased risk during and after a disaster for a variety of reasons. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has provided information about the unique needs of children in disasters, and the need to ensure children’s needs are addressed in all disaster preparedness plans. Information is available for pediatricians as well as parents and other audiences such as sc...
Source: BHIC - January 8, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Children and Teens Emergency Preparedness disaster response Source Type: blogs

Privacy of Ancestry DNA Testing
Are you one of many who received a direct-to-consumer genetic test over the holidays?  This popular gift sounds like fun and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement to learn more about your background. However, are you aware of the privacy, or lack of privacy, regarding these tests? Take some time to learn more about these tests before submitting saliva samples. Here are some resources to review so you can make an informed decision. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) consumer health resource, Genetics Home Reference, has expanded its Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing content to provide more in...
Source: BHIC - January 8, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Information Literacy data privacy genetics Source Type: blogs

2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
For the 15th year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has reported on healthcare quality and disparities. The annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is mandated by Congress to provide a comprehensive overview of the quality of healthcare received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups. The 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report assesses the performance of our healthcare system and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as disparities, for access to healthcare and quality of...
Source: BHIC - January 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Chronic Disease Inner City Low Income Minority Health Concerns Public Health Rural Source Type: blogs

Complexity of Drug Overdose Deaths in America
A recent issue of MMWR analyzes the growing number of U.S. drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2017, and by demographic and geographic characteristics from 2016 to 2017. More than 702,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses from 1999 to 2017. U.S. overdose death rates linked to synthetic opioids, likely from illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), increased more than 45 percent from 2016 to 2017 while death rates from heroin and prescription opioids – still far too high – remained stable. Opioids were involved in over two-thirds of overdose deaths in 2017. Of the 35 jurisdictions reporting data sufficient for ...
Source: BHIC - January 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Minority Health Concerns Public Health Substance Addiction and Misuse Source Type: blogs

Plain Language Checklist for Emergency Responders
Recent natural disasters have demonstrated the importance of ensuring accessibility to health and human services for everyone living in the United States, including individuals who are limited English proficient or with disabilities in need of interpretation and translation services. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at least 350 languages are spoken across the country. In addition, approximately 15 percent of adults report some trouble hearing, 8.1 million people are visually impaired, and 32 million adults are illiterate. Federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of ...
Source: BHIC - January 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Emergency Preparedness Health Information Literacy Source Type: blogs

Heart Healthy Recipes for the Holidays
Having problems deciding how you can cook healthy meals during the holidays?  Check out these weekly posts for heart-healthy recipes on MedlinePlus. This week’s recipe is for a warm and tasty peach cobbler. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - December 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Food Allergies and Holiday Meal Planning
When planning your holiday meals this season, you may have to keep in mind friends or family members with a food allergy or intolerance. Allergic reactions might include itching, abdominal cramps, drop in blood pressure or trouble breathing. Learn how to avoid cross-contamination when cooking and how to manage food allergies on the food allergy health topic page from MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s trusted consumer health information resource. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - December 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: General National Library of Medicine News Source Type: blogs

Webinar: Health Literacy Begins at Your Library
For anyone who is interested in the role their library can play in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy or anyone who is interested in  the role health  literacy plays in managing one’s health, this webinar will be of interest to you. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami, Oklahoma, mad...
Source: BHIC - December 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: Health Information Literacy Webinars Source Type: blogs

Sustainable Holiday Choices
Are you one of those organized people who are already prepared for the coming winter holidays? Or do you still have plans to make and gifts to buy? Either way, why not take a second look at some of your usual holiday activities to see if you can make them more “sustainable?” The more people who participate in these energy- and resource-saving activities, the greater effect they will have on our planet. And a sustainable planet will result in better health and longer lives for the people and animals that live on it. Learn more from the CDC about making sustainable holiday choices when you are shopping,...
Source: BHIC - December 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Environmental Health Public Health healthy lifestyle holidays sustainable Source Type: blogs

Holiday Hints for Alzheimer ’ s Caregivers
Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring. However, when celebrations, special events, or holidays include many people, this can cause confusion and anxiety for a person with Alzheimer’s. He or she may find some situations easier and more pleasurable than others. The National Institute on Aging provides tips to help caregiv...
Source: BHIC - December 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Chronic Disease Senior caregivers holidays senior health Source Type: blogs

Rethink Your Holiday Drinking
Many of us look forward to celebrations during the holidays, a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year. Some will suffer adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes. Sadly, we often put ourselves and others at risk because we don’t understand how alcohol affects us during an evening of celebratory drinking. Take some time and encourage others to look at drinking habits and how it may affect our health. Learn how much alcohol is in the ‘standard drink’ and how many drinks are in common containers. You may be surprised. T...
Source: BHIC - December 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Public Health Substance Addiction and Misuse alcohol use holidays Source Type: blogs

Public Comment Period for Healthy People 2030 Open!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. The public comment period will be open from December 3, 2018 through January 17, 2019. Previous public comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework helped shape the vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals for Healthy People 2030. In this public comment period, input is needed on the proposed Core, Developmental, and Research objectives. Please read the objective selection criteria, which is available now, prior to reviewing and commenting ...
Source: BHIC - December 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Chronic Disease Public Health Source Type: blogs

Opioid Resources from the CDC
Check out Opioid Resources from the Centers for Disease Control, from a recent WebJunction newsletter. The resources have been especially gathered for public libraries. While you are on the page, take a look at Health Happens in Libraries.  This will link to additional resources focusing on the opioid crisis in libraries. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - December 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Articles Mental Health Public Health Substance Addiction and Misuse Source Type: blogs

December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!
Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue: Plan Your Plate: Shifting to a Healthy Eating Style Healthy eating is one of the best ways to prevent or delay health problems. Safe Sleep for Baby: Reducing the Risk of SIDS There are many ways to reduce a baby’s chances for sleep-related deaths. Health Capsule: Probiotic May Stop Staph A new study suggests that people who have a certain helpful microbe, or probiotic, in their gut may be less likely to have harmful “staph” germs. Healt...
Source: BHIC - December 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Articles Children and Teens Chronic Disease Public Health Source Type: blogs

Interventions to Promote Health Equity
The Community Guide is a place to search for evidence-based findings from the Community Preventive Services Task force. This information can be helpful when designing community interventions because the guide discusses interventions that have worked for others and how well they have worked. There is also information about the cost of the approach, and any known gaps in the evidence. The Community Guide recently featured new publications about interventions to promote Health Equity. You can find these on the Community Guide website, along with summaries of evidence related to health equity interventions. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 26, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: General Low Income Minority Health Concerns Websites Source Type: blogs

How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension
Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region on December 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST for their monthly Boost Box series. This series aims to boost your knowledge of National Library of Medicine products and additional health information topics. The month of December will feature guest speaker Mary Ehret, M.S.,R.D., L.D.N., from the Penn State Cooperative Extension. This session will discuss how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. You will learn about these programs, and how programs like these ...
Source: BHIC - November 26, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: General Public Health Public Library Webinars Source Type: blogs

Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a new Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. The intention is to provide leaders in rural communities with a place to locate Federal resources that can help them to respond to the opioid crisis. You can read the press release about this resource guide on the USDA website. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 26, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: General Rural Scholarships and Grants Substance Addiction and Misuse Source Type: blogs

National Family History Day
Thanksgiving Day is also National Family History Day. This Thanksgiving and holiday season, spend some time talking to your loved ones about any health concerns that might be genetic or hereditary. Knowing your risks can help you make choices to lower that risk and create a healthier future for yourself and your family. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 21, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: General Health Information Literacy Source Type: blogs

Holiday Safety Tips
It is important to keep our family and guests at holiday gatherings healthy and happy. To do this follow the food safety tips from the FDA for Consumers.  Remember to clean, separate (avoid cross-contamination), cook and chill.     (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 21, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Nurturing Healthy Neighborhoods Communities Affect Health
“You probably already know that your genes can affect your health. So can the choices you make, such as getting enough exercise and eating healthy food. But did you know that where you live can affect your health, too?” This is from an article in the November issue of NIH News in Health.  Read about how NIH funded researchers are looking at our environment and how it affects our health. Learn how you can make your neighborhood healthier.   (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 21, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: Articles Environmental Health General Source Type: blogs

Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator
One of the most important advances in treating serious mental illness in recent years is improving care for people experiencing a first onset of serious mental illness such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other conditions. It is known that early phases of mental illness can be identified, and then team-based coordinated specialty care treatment reduces the likelihood of long term disability. SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) new Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator will help connect people experiencing a first onset of serious mental illness to effective...
Source: BHIC - November 7, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Mental Health Source Type: blogs

National Diabetes Month: Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes
About seven out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States get gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that happens for the first time when a woman is pregnant. Most of the time, it goes away after the baby is born. However, it does increase the risk for the mother and child to develop type 2 diabetes. November is National Diabetes Month and this year this national health observance is focusing on promoting health after gestational diabetes. If diagnosed with gestational diabetes: Get tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is born. If the test is normal, get tested every 3 yea...
Source: BHIC - November 7, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: General consumer health diabetes gestational diabetes national health observance Source Type: blogs

Using Data To Improve Effective Responses To Individuals In Crisis
Crisis Intervention Teams have shown effectiveness in decreasing the number of mental health related arrests while increasing public safety. To support communities in creating and evaluating their own crisis intervention teams, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has published a new report titled, Crisis Intervention Team Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide  and is available for free to download. It provides a road map to help communities create a system for effective data collection and review. Once the data is collected, communities can understand the e...
Source: BHIC - November 7, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Mental Health Substance Addiction and Misuse crisis intervention data Source Type: blogs

November Is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
Historically, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities have been disproportionately affected by many health issues such as heart disease, cancer, substance abuse and sudden infant death syndrome. As the largest biomedical research agency in the world, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to honoring the health of Native communities by conducting initiatives that aim to advance research and expand the reach of health information relevant to them. In this special NIH-wide collaborative issue of Honoring Health, you will find a sample of the health resources available from many of the NIH Institut...
Source: BHIC - November 2, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: General Minority Health Concerns Public Health Source Type: blogs

NIH Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits
 Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits is an innovative portal that highlights the NIH’s health and wellness resources for the public. These toolkits help people learn about simple things they can do to improve their surroundings, relationships, emotional well-being and physical health. The portal also links to dozens of resources, fact sheets and articles from across the NIH for a wealth of information. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 2, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Mental Health Public Health Source Type: blogs

Erroneous Media Reports about Chickens and Halloween Costumes
Despite news reports to the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not warned people against dressing chickens in Halloween costumes. However, the CDC does advise people with backyard or pet chickens to handle them carefully to keep their family and their chickens safe and healthy. The CDC Media Release describes various ways to keep children and adults healthy with their backyard or pet chickens.   (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - November 2, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Children and Teens Public Health Rural Source Type: blogs

National Survey of Children ’ s Health 2017 Data
In early October, the The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data. This is a voluntary survey, carried out by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The 2017 data contains information from over 21,000 households about the health status of children across the nation and their health service needs. To find out more about this data visit the National Survey of Children’s Health main page. To see a summary of the survey and recent findings, take a look at the 2017 NSCH fact sheet. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - October 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: Children and Teens General Source Type: blogs

Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care
This article, titled, In Focus: Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care by Confronting Racism, provides examples of health systems that are attempting to address implicit bias and structural racism at their organizations. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - October 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: Minority Health Concerns Source Type: blogs

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin?
Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region on November 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST for the class Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abu...
Source: BHIC - October 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: Substance Addiction and Misuse Webinars Source Type: blogs

Food Safety for Young Adults
As our children grow up and leave for college or employment they are taking steps to becoming independent including how to grocery shop, eat healthy, and keep food safe.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides information specifically for young adults regarding food safety. Food safety tips sheets provide bite-sized information in both English and Spanish.  Young adults can quickly learn what it takes to keep food safe when shopping and cooking. In addition the FDA provides information about making safe food choices when dining out.     (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - October 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Websites Food literacy food safety young adults Source Type: blogs

Health Screenings: Benefits and Overdiagnosis
Health screenings are tests that look for diseases before symptoms may appear. These screenings can diagnose diseases early which may allow for easier and more effective treatment. Which tests are needed may depend on your age, gender, and family history. But some experts say that screenings can sometimes do more harm than good and that cause over-diagnosis. So, how to know when to be screened and which tests to take can be difficult to know. Learn more about the benefits and harms of health screenings from the NIH Health in News and from Health News Review. Learn what screenings are recommended by visiting the MedlinePlus...
Source: BHIC - October 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Information Literacy Public Health consumer health family health informed medical decisions patient engagement Source Type: blogs

Older Adults and Research
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) are collaborating on the Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) project to encourage older adults and their family caregivers, including underrepresented populations, to consider participating in research.  Organizations can join this project and collaborate with their local area aging services, public health, and research colleagues to spread a message about healthy aging and research participation. To support these efforts, a toolkit of easy-to-use, customizable ma...
Source: BHIC - October 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Multilingual Senior clinical trials minority health research senior health Source Type: blogs

October is Health Literacy Month!
Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999. Health Literacy Month is now brought to you in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA). The theme for Health Literacy Month is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.” It’s about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication. Health Literacy Heroes are individuals, teams, or organizations who not only identify health literacy pro...
Source: BHIC - October 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Health Information Literacy Source Type: blogs

CDC Prevention Research Centers Highlight Health Equity Projects
Each year the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) showcases research projects in brief videos that focus on health equity. In 2018, seven CDC Prevention Research Centers, that are members of AAMC, developed videos to demonstrate how research can contribute to narrowing gaps in health and health care. The seven videos describe innovative, community-partnered research projects that explore how people and their communities can avoid or counter risks for chronic illnesses. Check them out. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - October 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: Minority Health Concerns Public Health Source Type: blogs

All of Us Research Program Welcomes the Asian Health Coalition
The All of Us Research Program welcomes the Asian Health Coalition as its newest community engagement partner. In this role, the group will raise awareness about the program and the opportunity for diverse communities to participate in precision medicine research. The Asian Health Coalition is a Chicago-based organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people throughout Illinois. In collaboration with All of Us, the Coalition will coordinate with other organizations around the country to reach Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - October 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kay Deeney Tags: All of Us Minority Health Concerns Public Health Source Type: blogs

Rural Health and Food Affordability
A recent article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention titled, National Food Affordability: A County-Level Analysis focused on contributors to food affordability across the rural/urban divide. One finding was that food affordability differed significantly between rural and urban communities with rural communities paying a higher percentage of their household income on food. For other information about rural health, you can review the information on the MedlinePlus topic page, Rural Health Concerns. The Rural Health Information Hub also has resources that can be of use to those living or working in rural commu...
Source: BHIC - September 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Community Allostatic Load
I report recently published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on allostatic load at the community level. In partnership with RAND, they investigated whether community allostatic load affects how the community responds to traumatic events. To access the report, which includes a description of a framework for allostatic load, visit the Robert Wood Johnson website. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - September 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Inside our Minds Webinar
Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region on November 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm EST for their monthly Boost Box series. This series aims to boost your knowledge of National Library of Medicine products and additional health information topics. The month of November will feature guest speaker Alyssa Cypher, MPA from Inside Our Minds. Inside Our Minds is a Pittsburgh-based organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness. As an entirely peer-controlled organization, Inside Our Minds works in response to the lack of people with lived experie...
Source: BHIC - September 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: Mental Health Webinars Source Type: blogs

FDA Launches New Campaign to Warn Kids about the Dangers of E-Cigarettes
The FDA launched a new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids about the dangers of e-cigarette use as part of the agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan. “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign will target nearly 10.7 million at-risk youth through digital platforms, social media, and in-school ads nationwide. With its tagline, “Know the Real Cost of Vaping,” the campaign aims to educate youth that using e-cigarettes, just like cigarettes, puts them at risk for addiction and other health consequences. The messages highlight that nicotine can rewire the brain to crave more nicotine, ...
Source: BHIC - September 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: Children and Teens General Source Type: blogs

Suicide and Refugee Children and Adolescents
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) developed this three-page fact sheet that offers information about risk and protective factors related to suicide and refugee children and adolescents. It describes how refugee children and adolescents who experience suicidal thoughts may not receive the help they need as many refugee families do not seek traditional mental health services or lack access to other sources of support.  The fact sheet also provides strategies for talking with refugee children and adolescents about suicide. (PDF)   (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - September 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: Children and Teens General Public Health Source Type: blogs

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Preparedness Guide for Disasters and Emergencies
With the hurricane season upon us, this nine-page guide from the AAFP will help you create plans for personal preparedness. Included in the guide are checklists, inventories, and a preparedness assessment. Topics include: creating a disaster, evacuation and communication’s plan, preparations for financial needs, such as making sure you have cash on hand, and recovering from a disaster.  One tip to consider is to designate “in case of emergency” (ICE) contacts in your phone directory. It is suggested to use the following format: ICE (name of contact).  Many smart phones allow you to designate ICE...
Source: BHIC - September 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michelle Burda Tags: Emergency Preparedness General Source Type: blogs

How to be Smoke Free
The National Cancer Institute has developed a website, SmokeFree.gov, full of free resources to help smokers  as they strategize to quit as well as those who are helping others as they work to become smoke free. Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking cigarettes. At the top of the home web page, you’ll find links to information for woman, older adults, teens, veterans, and information in Spanish. The information and professional assistance available on this website can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you and others become, and remain, a non-smoker. S...
Source: BHIC - September 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Children and Teens Senior Websites consumer health resources spanish language resources toolkit Source Type: blogs

Support and Care for Transgender Children
Through a partnership between the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children, was produced. This resource provides information to help parents, friends, and the community better understand and better equipped to help transgender children as they explore their gender identity. The document is also a great resource for healthcare professionals who will be better able to support and care for their transgender pediatric patients. The information includes contributions and review by the AAP Se...
Source: BHIC - September 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Children and Teens Minority Health Concerns cultural competency culturally and linguistically appropriate services family health patient engagement Source Type: blogs

Online Health Information Course
DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Associations’s collection of short self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, now features a course all about researching health topics on the Internet. Developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the new course was designed to help learners understand and evaluate health information while avoiding potentially harmful or misleading sources. Consider linking this course on your library or organization’s website and social media. Click here to access this freely available online health information course. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - September 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Information Literacy Public Library Websites consumer health health literacy Source Type: blogs

Engaging Community Health Workers to Enhance Health Equity
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions that engage community health workers to prevent cardiovascular disease or to prevent and control diabetes. In addition to improving health and saving money, these interventions can be used to improve health and enhance health equity. The Centers for Disease Control has also issued resources and information on the work of community health workers. Read them here.     (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - September 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Chronic Disease Minority Health Concerns Source Type: blogs

Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has updated guidelines to assist primary care providers and healthcare teams to deliver diabetes care, including for those at risk. Emphasized are the importance of self-management, of providing patient-centered care and of using shared decision making in diabetes prevention and treatment. There is also a new principle included to address overweight and obesity in the management of diabetes. Download the Guiding Principles here. (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - September 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Chronic Disease General Minority Health Concerns Source Type: blogs