Here are the Mayor’s Health Line’s recommended health websites and resources for this week.

Posted on May 11, 2010


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Spend Smart, Eat Smart
From the Iowa State University Extension Office, this website provides tips and resources on planning ahead to save money and make healthier choices in eating.
When the money gets tight, it is important to know what resources your family has and be creative using them. Resources include assets such as: time, money, energy, knowledge and skills. Everyone wants to save money when they shop. The best way to save money is to plan ahead. When you plan before you shop you can save money and get the foods your family needs for good health. [HealthLiteracy listserv]

Understanding Depression Across Cultures
includes a range of materials that describe a comprehensive approach to strengthening the capacity of Early Head Start and Head Start staff in dealing with parental depression. This paper examines depression across cultures and the importance of cultural sensitivity in mental health outreach. [BRYCS May Bulletin Alert]

Latino Population Maps
The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, has updated its interactive maps and database on the Latino population in the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. The maps show the Latino population and share in U.S. counties for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2008 and how its size and distribution across counties has changed since 1980. The population data are derived from the Decennial Censuses and the Census Bureau’s population estimates program. Latino population data by county for 1990, 2000 and 2008 may also be downloaded from the Center’s website at [Pew Hispanic Center Press Release] Adds Audio to Website
At the top of each article on (whether for parents, kids, or
teens) there is a speaker button which, when activated, has a voice read the article. There are about 10,000 articles on KidsHealth in English and Spanish, and the audio is available in both languages. [HealthLiteracy listserv]

Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP)
The primer from Prevention Insititute packages a number of our effective tools for community-based prevention–like the Two Steps to Prevention framework, The Spectrum of Prevention and Collaboration Multiplier–along with research and case examples from across the country, into an easy-to-access, online training format. Informed by national leaders in health equity, public health department staff and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Primer provides a rich array of resources to support learning, exploration and implementation. Continuing education credits are available for each hour of self-directed training.

“Asking Your Way to Great Health” online video
Going to the doctor can be a stressful experience for many people. It can be even more overwhelming when the doctor’s diagnosis is confusing or poorly understood, especially for an adult struggling with low literacy skills. The solution to this problem is simple if people know what to say. Through a partnership with the Humana Foundation,  the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) helped create a health literacy video to address this very important issue. [HealthLiteracy listserv]

NIH News in Health – May Issue

The May 2010 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online In this issue learn about mood swings associated with bioplar disorder and identify the warning signs of a stroke. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page at

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Annotated Resource Book for Storytelling
A list with links to storytelling resources for community media makers. [[New Routes E-mail Digest] April 15 – May 4, 2010]

Changing Outcomes Achieving Health
Provides a starting point of collaborative strategies and collective actions for improving health and health outcomes of African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives.

To Live To See the Great Day That Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults
Designed to support American Indian/Alaskan Native communities and those who serve them in developing effective, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate suicide prevention plans.

Public Health Ethics in Disasters
Using the United States Public Health Code of Ethics as a guide, this website provides practical information on ethical issues faced by public health
agencies when responding to disasters. The website highlights topics such as social distancing, vulnerable populations, risk communication, and community engagement.

3 Days 3 Ways Disaster Preparedness Workbook
This workbook by the King County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross provides easy to follow material to help individuals and families prepare for disasters. Topics include earthquakes, fires, and post-disaster communication strategies. The workbook contains a series of pictures and checklists and is available in




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