Friday, November 17, 2017

Colorado School Lead Testing Grants - Call for Applications

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Water Quality

In November 2017 the Water Quality Improvement Fund rules (Regulation 55) were updated as a result of HB17-1306. The changes established criteria for the award of grants to complete lead testing at public schools.

We are now accepting applications for the lead testing in public schools grant. 
Lead Testing Grant Information

Free, Online Training in Health Literacy

Even people who read well and are comfortable using numbers face health literacy issues when they aren’t familiar with medical terms or how their bodies work, when they have to interpret statistics and evaluate risks and benefits that affect their health and safety, or when they are voting on an issue affecting the community’s health and relying on unfamiliar technical information.

Training in health literacy, plain language, and culture and communication are essential for anyone working in health information and services. To make information more accessible and understandable to your audiences, consider taking online CDC trainings. (Continuing education credits and certificates are available.)

Choose from Five Different Training Courses

Whether you are new to these topics, need a refresher, or want to train your entire staff, these courses are a good place to start:
  1. Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals (free continuing education)
  2. Writing for the Public (printable completion certificate)
  3. Using Numbers and Explaining Risk (printable completion certificate)
  4. Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs (printable completion certificate)
  5. Speaking with the Public (printable completion certificate)

Recreational Trails Program Funding Opportunities

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) posted two grant opportunities related to the Recreational Trails Program. The application deadline for Youth Service and Conservation Corps Workforce Development is January 8, 2018. The application deadline for National Trails System Information, Corridor Protection, and Training is January 9, 2018.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nearly half of U.S. adults could now be classified with high blood pressure, under new definitions

New guideline is designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier

Nearly half of American adults are at risk for major health problems because of high blood pressure, according to a new scientific guideline that redefines the dangerous condition and provides tactics for doctors to detect, treat and prevent it.

Read full article here

Monday, November 13, 2017

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories, invaluable contributions and livelihood of American Indian and Alaska Native people in the United States. During this observance, we honor the rich diversity of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, traditions and languages and how it intersects with health. By working together to raise awareness of health disparities, particularly in type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity, and by providing a platform for national American Indian and Alaska Native health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities, we help move communities toward health equity.

Visit the Native American Heritage Month webpage for updates on downloadable materials and events in observance of Native American Heritage Month and check out the US Office of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for a wealth of health-related content. 

CDC Seeking Multi-Site Health Systems for Hypertension Management Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) is committed to disseminating evidence-based practices to improve hypertension control among priority populations, including uninsured, under-insured, and the medically underserved. As such, CDC is seeking nominations of clinics or health systems to serve as a replication site for an evidence-based Hypertension Management Program and to evaluate the impact of the program. The program is a team-based, patient-centered, integrated care model with demonstrated effectiveness at improving blood pressure control among participants.

More information about the project, including eligibility criteria, can be found in this letter from CDC and project flyer. If you have questions or would prefer to speak with someone about this request, please contact NORC at (301) 634-5472

Thursday, November 9, 2017

One in Five U.S. Adults Use a Tobacco Product

Of the nation’s nearly 49 million tobacco users, most are smokers

According to the newest data in today’s report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, nearly 20% of U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015.

This is the first time CDC, in coordination with FDA, has used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to assess the range of different tobacco products used by U.S. adults. The survey has been used to assess current (“every day” or “some day”) cigarette smoking among U.S. adults since 1965, but ongoing questions of other tobacco products began more recently.

About 42 million adults – more than 87% of the nation’s nearly 49 million tobacco product users – reported using a combustible product such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes (including hookahs and water pipes). The remaining adult tobacco users reported using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus, and dissolvable tobacco.

Key findings from the analysis of tobacco use data include:
9.5 million American adults reported “every day” or “some day” use of two or more tobacco products.