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The Importance of Health Literacy

Posted by on October 12th, 2017 0 comments

October is Health Literacy Month, and a good time to review the idea of the Universal Precautions approach.  Universal Precautions is a concept in medicine aimed at preventing the transmission of bloodborne infections. The idea is to assume infection could be present and take the needed precautions at all times. These steps are incorporated into… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy

Oct

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Precision Medicine and Native Health

Posted by on October 12th, 2017 0 comments

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) provides a Community Engagement Toolkit, featuring presentations, discussion questions, and interviews with 17 urban dwelling Native Americans that academic health centers can use to engage their communities in dialogue about the perceived risks and benefits of participating in the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) and other research efforts. Visit… Read More »

Posted in: Minority Health Concerns, National Library of Medicine News

Sep

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Social Determinants of Health for Rural People

Posted by on September 28th, 2017 0 comments

The Rural Health Information Hub supports healthcare and population health in rural communities. They’ve recently updated their topic page for the Social Determinants of Health for Rural People. Social determinants of health are defined by the World Health Organization as: “the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the… Read More »

Posted in: Rural

Sep

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Cleanup After Flooding

Posted by on September 28th, 2017 0 comments

The AgriSafe Network is a organization representing health and safety professionals who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community. Here is their resources page on safe cleanup after flooding. Floodwater can be contaminated by pollutants, sewage, pesticides, and more. While health isn’t always the first concern after a flood, protecting health is a high… Read More »

Posted in: Emergency Preparedness, Public Health

Sep

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on September 28th, 2017 0 comments

Breast cancer, the second most common kind of cancer in women, affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States. The National Breast Cancer Foundation says, “Breast cancer can’t be prevented, but there are ways to protect your overall health and assess your personal breast cancer risk. Take action and get your free copy… Read More »

Posted in: General

Sep

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Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults

Posted by on September 14th, 2017 0 comments

Aging brings challenges, and Americans are living longer and in greater numbers than ever before. Join this free session of the CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss the impact the aging population will have on their caregivers, the public health system, and the aging themselves. Hear what CDC and public health officials are… Read More »

Posted in: Senior

Sep

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CDC Technical Packages for Violence Prevention

Posted by on September 14th, 2017 0 comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence. A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. They can help improve the health… Read More »

Posted in: Children and Teens, General

Sep

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Rural Patient Hospital Discharge Planning

Posted by on September 14th, 2017 0 comments

“Providing Patient-Centered Enhanced Discharge Planning and Rural Transition Support: Building a Rural Transitions Network Between Regional Referral and Critical Access Hospitals” is now available. A collaboration between the University of Montana and St. Patrick’s Hospital, the manual describes procedures used in Western Montana to develop a model improving likelihood of a good recovery for patients and… Read More »

Posted in: Rural

Aug

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

Posted by on August 23rd, 2017 0 comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new set of guidelines for the screening and management of high blood pressure in children and adults this month. An estimated 3.5% of all children and adolescents have high blood pressure, which often goes undetected and therefore untreated, according to the AAP. Included in the new guidelines… Read More »

Posted in: Children and Teens

Aug

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Tobacco: Honoring our Traditions and our Health

Posted by on August 23rd, 2017 0 comments

The American Public Health Association and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council announce a new video. Tobacco: Honoring our Traditions and our Health. This short video, produced by the Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank, depicts tobacco prevention efforts in Wisconsin Tribal communities, highlighting the importance of reclaiming traditional tobacco. The historical use of tobacco in… Read More »

Posted in: Environmental Health, Minority Health Concerns

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