New health resources available on the web!

Posted on April 22, 2010


The Mayor’s Health Line has been scouring the web for the most useful health sites and links that may interest our blog readers. Have a suggestion? Send it to mayorshealthline – @ –! We’d love to hear from you.

Pubic Health Management of Disasters: The Pocket Guide [55 page PDF]
The Pocket Guide is intended to be a quick field resource for public health interventions in the days immediately preceding and following emergencies. [PHPartners – New Links for the week of Apr 09, 2010]

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
Reach the Decision Makers Training Program
The Reach the Decision Makers Training Program is designed to help your organinzation directly inform the US Environmental Protection Agency on the issues that are important to your community. Reach the Decision Makers (Reach), a project of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, is an innovative science and policy training program that works to increase the number of scientists, community-based leaders, public health professionals and health care providers who are actively involved in informing the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) of current and relevant scientific findings impacting their decisions in setting policy. Reach is designed based on the very successful “Women’s Policy Institute” of the Women’s Foundation of California. We believe Reach will help translate science into meaningful public policy that can protect reproductive health. [CBPR listserv]

CDC Offers Online Health Literacy Training for Health Professionals
To help public health professionals respond to limited health literacy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a free online training program: Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals.
PHPartners – New Links for the week of Apr 09, 2010

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

AHRQ’s annual quality and disparities reports, which are mandated by Congress, are based on more than 200 health care measures categorized in four areas of quality: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient-centeredness. The newly released 2009 National Healthcare Disparities Report includes:

  • Resources on training health care personnel to deliver culturally and linguistically competent care for diverse populations.
  • Data on recent immigrant and limited-English-proficient populations.
  • Data on the diversity of dental professionals in the workforce.

The quality and disparities reports are available online at, by calling 1-800-358-9295, or by sending an e-mail to

Warning on Health Effects of Volcanic Ash

While North America has not been affected by the volcanic eruption in Iceland (with the exception of air travel), volcanic ash is reported to have adverse health effects. The World Health Organization (WHO) today released a warning to persons with chronic respiratory conditions who live in areas affected by settling ash.
More information about the health effects of volcanoes can be found in National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus page on volcanoes.

Public Health Preparedness and Response for At-Risk Populations: Harnessing the Power of Health Information and Communication Technologies
Outlines the preparedness challenges for people with disabilities and other at-risk groups, describes the information and communications technologies being used by healthcare providers and consumers, and gives examples of ways state governments and local communities are using technology to reach those who are most at risk. [Rural Assistance Center Health Update]

FREE Online Classes on Health Information!

Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources, Mental Health, April 28,2010
t 8:30 am Mountain Time/9:30 am Central Time
Mental Health Resources will be  presented by Barb Jones.
Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE.  Register online at (registration is not required but is appreciated).
Equipment: Connection to the Internet and a phone
Login: as a guest with your first and last name
Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning available upon request to

Breezing Along with the RML (Regional Medical Library)
Wed. April 21, 10:00 Mountain Time, 11:00 Central Time

  • Touring the NN/LM MCR Web Site – Jim Honour
  • Phasing out the Go Local program – Dana Abbey

Equipment: Connection to the Internet and a phone
Login: as a guest with your first and last name
Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning available upon request to

Grant Opportunities & Information

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
Application deadline: Jun 1, 2010
The goal of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake education to enter a health profession.

Champ A Champion Fur Kids Grants
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Grants for children’s health and wellness.

Public Health Informatics Training
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Training to strengthen the breadth and depth of the public health workforce by providing training in public health informatics.

Public Welfare Foundation
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Grants to provide services to disadvantaged populations in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice, health reform, and workers’ rights.

Outreach Sourcebook, Vol. 14, 2006-2009
Detailed descriptions of 65 rural health outreach grant projects funded for 2006-2009 period. Includes project descriptions and contact information.
Organization: Office of Rural Health Policy
[Go to RAC Funding Database]

Grant to Prevent and Reduce Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS among At-Risk Minority College Students
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting grant applications to prevent the onset of substance abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS among at-risk racial/ethnic minority young adults, ages 18-24, including minority college students. [U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Daily Digest Bulletin]

Ford Motor Company Fund Announces New Program to Help Latino Students Increase High School Graduation Rates
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to ten League of United Latin American Citizens councils providing local approaches to reducing the high school dropout rate among Latino students in the United States

Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Grant Applications

Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to provide resources to underserved women, children, and families in the United States and Puerto Rico [PND RFP Bulletin (April 16, 2010)]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships (LFP) program forges relationships between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and local grantmakers to fund promising, original projects that can significantly improve the health of vulnerable people in their communities.

Alzheimer’s Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Innovative Care Programs
Grants of $30,000 will be awarded for a new or existing program that works to better the lives of those affected by dementia through hands-on care, delivery of social services, cognitive stimulation, and other areas of greatest need

Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports Opens Spring Community Grants Program for Youth Sports Leagues
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to youth sports organizations working to promote responsible sports parenting and/or responsible coaching in their communities

Keep America Beautiful Announces 2010 Graffiti Hurts Grant Program
Three grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to communities for the purpose of preventing graffiti through education, eradication, or enforcement of local laws

From The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
Grant Alerts – April 8, 2010
Grant Alerts – April 12, 2010 :

Pearson Education and the National Middle School Association – Teams That Make a Difference
Teams That Make A Difference is an awards program that identifies people who work to improve the education and well-being of young adolescents.

US Department of Health and Human Services – Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Grants
The purpose of the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Grants are to address high teen pregnancy rates by replicating evidence-based models and testing innovative strategies.

FREE Healthy People Healthy Places Webinar Series
People are healthy when the places they live in support health. The systems that shape communities can all affect health. Some communities’ systems are broken and so don’t allow residents to lead healthy lives and prosper. Changing that will require collaboration from an informed, passionate, fair-minded group working across multiple fields. With this belief, the Convergence Partnership is launching a 5-part webinar series to lift up various activities, strategies and resources aimed at creating healthy and safe environments for all. [Prevention Institute]

Most Teen Bloggers Play it Safe Online
By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) — Parents have little to fear when their teens turn to blogging, new research suggests. In fact, most adolescents blog to maintain friendships and engage in positive discussions of everyday teenage life. [Digital Equity SIG]

School Violence and Bullying: New Research Perspectives
A special issue of Educational Researcher [] highlights new research on school safety and violence prevention.
[The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools]