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The Healthy People 2020 team has announced the release of its health disparities data widget. The widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that if tackled appropriately will dramatically reduce the leading causes of… Read More »
The CDC has declared opioid abuse an epidemic, calling it a serious public health issue. Two states, Florida and Maryland, have recently declared states of emergency in response to the opioid crisis. An estimated 1.9 million people in the US have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. The… Read More »
Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for… Read More »
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has just launched the Language Access Portal (LAP). This resource provides access to reliable cross-cultural and linguistically appropriate health information from NIH and other federal agencies, for tools to help communication with populations with limited English proficiency. NIMHD is committed to supporting research and communications… Read More »