A Variety of Health Resources for the Week!

Posted on March 18, 2010

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Disability Etiquette
Courage Center, which serves people with disabilities, has published a brochure on disability etiquette and is available online at :

Help Make Children Count Too Census Toolkit

English and Spanish
Children have been undercounted in every census since the first one in 1790. Local communities rely on census information in planning for schools, child care, health, and other critical services. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is supporting the Census Bureau’s efforts to ensure that parents and child care providers count their babies and young children on their 2010 Census forms so all children can benefit tomorrow from community services. Download the toolkit featuring Dora the Explorer, the popular children’s cartoon character, to help spread the word among colleagues, members, and friends.[Annie E. Casey Foundation Newsletter – March 2010]

CDC Analysis Provides New Look at Disproportionate Impact of HIV and Syphilis Among U.S. Gay and Bisexual Men

A data analysis released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the disproportionate impact of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men in the United States. The data, presented at CDC’s 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, finds that the rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.

Health IT for the Underserved Website
The new website from the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved   intends to promote the engagement of target populations on HIT planning, adoption and utilization. [Healthy Minorities Healthier America Newsletter Award]

Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professionals (EETHP) Grant Initiative

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions is pleased to announce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding opportunities for the Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professionals (EETHP) Initiative. This initiative, which includes multiple programs, provides grant funds for the purchase of health professions training equipment. This is a great opportunity for rural communities, AHECs and other rural programs to purchase health professions training equipment to both increase the number of skilled health workforce professionals in rural practice and strengthen the capacity for health professions education in rural communities. The application process is divided into two phases for EETHP grants with two deadlines.
Phase I: Submit via Grants.gov by March 26, 2010
Phase II: Submit via the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB) by April 26, 2010  [Kansas Rural Health Information Service]

Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring
A new healthcare program is now available for nurses interested in increasing their ability to understand and more effectively treat culturally and ethnically diverse patient populations.
The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring. This program is a free online educational program designed specifically for nurses and is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Association of Social Workers and endorsed by the American Nursing Association.  [CMCHO Newsletter; Volume 1, Issue 2]

HLOL #33: Social Media & Health Literacy
Lee Aase is manager of Syndication and Social Media for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There, he works with a team to develop medical news for the mainstream media. He also uses social media to create in-depth and extended relationships with key stakeholders. When not working at his “day job,” Lee is the Chancellor of Social Media University Global (SMUG) — a free online resource he created to provide practical, hands-on training in social media for lifelong learners. In all situations, Lee makes it his personal mission is to help people get comfortable with social media.

Study on “Ask Me 3″ Campaign
Program shows no effect on patients’ question-asking Amy Norton Mon Mar 8, 2010 5:21pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A program designed to boost doctor-patient communication and patients’ compliance with treatment may not have the intended effects, a new study suggests.

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