WOMEN’S HEALTH NEWS
National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC)
NWHIC is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ gateway to women’s health information via a web site (www.womenshealth.gov) and toll-free number (1-800-994-9662), including a TDD line (1-888-220-5446). Services include:
1. Database searches on over 800 health topics
2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on different health topics; 85 in English and 37 in Spanish
3. 19 specialty sections including most recently updated, Health Professionals
4. Health news delivered and refreshed on the home page on a daily basis
5. Monthly e-newsletter to 16,641 consumers and health care providers
6. Print and online materials available in English, Spanish, and Chinese
8. National Breastfeeding Helpline - staff trained by La Leche League
Also, instructions for receiving free copies of the "HEALTHY WOMEN TODAY" newsletter are available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/newsletter.
The girlshealth.gov program (formerly 4girls.gov) is dedicated to providing relevant, trustworthy and commercial-free health information for girls ages 10-16. The web site (www.girlshealth.gov)
gives girls reliable information on the health issues they will face as they become young women; safety information; facts about tobacco, drugs and alcohol; and tips on handling relationships with family and friends. It offers:
o A searchable database of keywords used throughout the web site (i.e. Search for “Puberty” and come up with all listings where that word is used on girlshealth.gov)
o Nine specialty sections (Body; Fitness; Mind; Nutrition; Safety; Relationships; Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking; Illness & Disability; Bullying; and Your Future) that are updated on a regular basis
o A “Parents & Caregivers” section designed to provide information on how to talk to girls about health related issues which also provides useful links, news, events, and publications about various topics
o A section for educators that provides links to printable information, organizations, and publications to teach girls the importance of maintaining good health
o An “Illness and Disabilities” section for parents and girls
o Online polls to get up-to-date responses from girls on different topics
o A “News & More” section updated frequently with current health-related news, events, and awards
o A “Spotlight On” section highlighting inspiring young women which changes bi-monthly
o A “Speak Up!” forum where girls can discuss a topic and read what their peers have to say
o Free educational materials available to girls, health professionals, and other educators such as e-cards, a brochure, Instant Messenger icons, and girlshealth.gov wallpaper for computer screens
o Articles from “New Moon” magazine (for girls, by girls) posted on the web site and updated annually
o “Friends of girlshealth.gov” page listing health-related and non-profit organizations who act as endorsers or partners for the web site
The Office on Women’s
Health is Looking for Your Stories
Your story may be featured in our newsletter, on our web site, or in a book about women's health. Have you had an experience with a health condition or issue that you would like to share with others? If so, let us know! We are interested in learning about how women have dealt with a variety of issues, from cancer to depression, and from autoimmune diseases to osteoporosis. We'd like to hear about difficult struggles as well as positive stories about how you have dealt with your diagnosis or situation. The full list of topics we'd like to hear about is below. Share your story with us by visiting http://www.womenshealth.gov/contact/index.cfm?sawquestions=yes. If you don't have a story, but know someone who does, please pass this on to her.
· Difficulty getting health care
· Using alternative medicine, such as massage or supplements to manage symptoms of a health condition
· Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or multiple sclerosis
· Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia
· Breastfeeding challenges and successes
· Cancer, such as breast cancer
· Caring for a sick loved one
· Dealing with an emergency situation, such as a hurricane
· Digestive/gastrointestinal tract health, such as ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome
· Environmental health, such as how pollution has affected you
· Eye health, such as cataracts
· Fitness challenges and successes
· Heart disease
· Infections, such as influenza
· Mental health
· Oral health
· Reproductive health, such as PCOS or fibroids
· Respiratory health, such as asthma
· Skin and hair health, such as alopecia (hair loss) or adult acne
· Sexually transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia or syphilis
· Urologic health, such as bladder control problems
· Violence against women, such as spousal abuse or rape
BODYWORKS: A Toolkit for Healthy Girls and Strong Women
BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of young adolescent girls (ages 9 to 13) improve family eating and activity habits. Using the BodyWorks Toolkit, the program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight. For more information about the program, go to www.womenshealth.gov/bodyworks
Quick Health Data Online – free data fast (http://www.healthstatus2010.com/owh/)
The Office on Women's Health announces new updates to Quick Health Data Online. Updates include counts and rates for infectious diseases (Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, STDs and TB), cancer morbidity, chronic diseases, disease prevention, and mortality statistics. Data on breastfeeding, childhood immunizations, and Medicare enrollment have also been updated to include the most current information available. Additional updates will be available in July.
Quick Health Data
Online offers comprehensive
Another new feature is the Women’s Health Assessment Toolkit (WHAT). The WHAT has been developed to foster the formation, growth and success of women's health networks throughout the region. The WHAT is organized in four main sections to provide help local community planners:
Completion of Parts 2 and 3 of the WHAT can be accomplished on the website, through the DHHS Office on Women's Health's Quick Health Data Online.
Free PDA Applications for Health
Receive a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) this holiday season? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has interactive tools and resources for health professionals available at no cost. Three examples are:
For other PDA applications, go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/other/index.htm including clinical guidelines on: JNC 7 (High Blood Pressure in Adults), Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Cholesterol Management (from Adult Treatment Panel III), and Asthma.
HIV Fact Sheets
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is
taking an increasing toll on women and minorities in the
Developing Healthy People 2020 Objectives
The public comment period is now open regarding the Draft Model for Developing 2020 Health Objectives. The US Dept of Health and Human Services/Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and its partners are interested in the opinions of all Americans—consumers, public health professionals, advocates, health care providers, businesspeople, teachers, environmentalists, and others—because national health objectives must reflect the priorities and needs of the nation as a whole. If you are interested in submitting a comment, please go to www.norc.org.
2007 Folic Acid Campaign Materials Released
The Folic Acid Now! Campaign offers an online media tool kit and consumer materials that community programs can customize and use during National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 8-14, 2007). The campaign is sponsored by the March of Dimes and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and managed by the National Folic Acid Council (NCFA), a project of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. The tool kit contains a media outreach worksheet and outreach activity ideas, including activities for a Hispanic community. A fact sheet and local press release (in English and Spanish) are also provided. Consumer materials, including bookmarks, brochures, and stickers (in English and Spanish) are also available for use in sharing the folic acid message. Materials may be downloaded from the NCFA Web site, or ordered free-of-charge. More information is available at http://www.folicacidinfo.org/campaign.
National Health Observances
Health observances are days, weeks, or months
devoted to promoting particular health concerns. A planning guide developed
New Learning Tools
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in HHS’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of two new learning tools to help consumers use the Nutrition Facts label to choose nutritious foods and achieve healthy weight management. The tools are Make Your Calories Count, a Web-based learning program, and a new Nutrition Facts Label brochure.
Make Your Calories Count is an interactive online learning program that is also available in a downloadable format. It is designed to help consumers understand and use the Nutrition Facts label to plan a healthy diet while managing calorie intake. The program guide features an animated character called “Labelman” who expertly leads the viewer through a series of exercises on the food label. The program includes exercises to help consumers explore the relationship between serving sizes and calories, while they learn how to limit certain nutrients and get enough of others. For simplicity, the program presents two nutrients that should be limited (saturated fat and sodium) and two nutrients that should be consumed in adequate amounts (fiber and calcium).
Consumers can use the Nutrition Facts Label brochure to take control of their caloric intake and weight and to make healthy food choices, if they know how. This program will show consumers how, in part, by explaining what serving sizes, percentages, and daily values mean and how to use them. This program is available for online use and in a downloadable format at www.cfsan.fda.gov/labelman. FDA is making available a new downloadable Nutrition Facts Label brochure that is targeted for use by consumers. Health professionals can also use the brochure to teach people how to make healthier food choices. The brochure describes how consumers can use the Nutrition Facts label as they shop and plan meals. The brochure includes information that will help consumers understand the relationship between calories and serving size, which may help them use the label to manage their intake of calories. This brochure is available at http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/lab-gen.html.
THRIVE: Tool for Health and Resilience In Vulnerable Environments
Prevention Institute proudly announces the release of THRIVE, a web based tool designed to help communities identify and foster factors in the community environment that will improve health outcomes and reduce disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities. The THRIVE tool guides users through an interactive process to prioritize health concerns for their communities and identify those factors that hold the most promise for improving health outcomes and reducing disparities. Use THRIVE to identify which key conditions could help promote better health and safety outcomes in your community. THRIVE complements other health disparities strategy documents available on http://www.preventioninstitute.org/thrive/index.php.
Diverse Women’s Health Funding Opportunities – go to http://www.womenshealth.gov/fund/. This Office on Women’s Health website is an excellent resource for all kinds of funding opportunities in women’s health. Also, you can register to become an application reviewer for grant programs. The programs will pay the reviewer’s travel expenses, and in some instances, also pay an honorarium or stipend.
For a one-stop online access to $300 billion in federal grant information, visit www.cfda.gov. The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. Click on “Find a Grant”, enter your key words and get your results.
Visit www.grants.gov for a single, comprehensive website that will contain information about finding and applying for all federal grant programs. The website makes it easier for organizations to learn about and apply for federal grants.
The Health Through Action – Community Partnerships Grant Program is a multi-year national grant program supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It is designed to strengthen and bolster community approaches to improving the health of vulnerable Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHOPI) individuals and families, and children of these families by strengthening the capacity of AA and NHOPI led, local community based organizations and by capitalizing on local assets to meet health needs. This grant asks each community collaborative to select a pressing local health or healthcare issue as a starting point, build on community assets, and identify and work on priority areas to strengthen the capacity of their collaborative to impact change. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and APIAHF anticipate awarding grants of up to $150,000 per year for four (4) years to approximately eight (8) communities. The eight communities will represent diverse AA and NHOPI subgroups, urban and rural areas, population sizes, and geographic locations. To be considered for this grant, please submit a Letter of Intent no later than February 28, 2007. Guidelines on filling out the Letter of Intent and for further information, please visit the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum website at: www.apiahf.org website and don’t forget to disseminate this e-mail announcement to your networks!
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has announced the FY 2007 Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Child Abuse Enforcement Assistance Program ("Rural Program"). The geographic isolation, economic structure, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions significantly compound the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives and complicate the ability of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child victimization cases. In light of these disadvantages, the primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child victimization by supporting projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural jurisdictions. Faith- and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. To review the solicitation and locate contact information, click here.
OVC's 2008 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has announced it is seeking applications for funding the 2008 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide project. This Resource Guide will serve the victims' field in its efforts to heighten the public's awareness of crime victim issues nationwide during NCVRW in April 2008 and throughout the year. This cooperative agreement will support the development of a comprehensive resource guide for use by the victims' field when planning for local National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) events across the Nation in 2008 and throughout the year. Faith- and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. To review the solicitation and locate contact information, click here.
Deadline: All applications are due 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. on Thursday, January 25, 2007.
OVC's Public Awareness in Underserved Communities Program
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has announced that it is seeking applications for funding for the Public Awareness in Underserved Communities program. This program furthers the Department's mission by enhancing typically underserved persons' knowledge of and access to crime victim services. The overall goal of this program is to raise the awareness of traditionally underserved populations on victims' rights as well as improve their knowledge on how to access local services available to crime victims. Victim service organizations will work in partnership with ethnic media (radio, print, television) as well as ethnic- or faith-based organizations to produce linguistically and culturally appropriate public awareness campaigns on one or more victimization issues. Faith- and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. To review the solicitation and locate contact information, click here.
Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. on Monday, January 22, 2007.
CCDO's Weed and Seed National Poster Contest
The Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) encourages children in Weed and Seed sites to participate in the National Poster Contest. This year's theme is "How Weed and Seed Has Changed My Neighborhood". The contest promotes the goal of the Weed and Seed programs nationwide to encourage the talents of young people in Weed and Seed communities. The winning posters will be announced and displayed at the 2007 National Weed and Seed Conference. For contest rules, click here.
Deadline: March 16, 2007
NIC's Transition from Jail to Community Program
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) announces the availability of funds in FY 2007 for a cooperative agreement to initiate the project "Transition From Jail to the Community" (TJC). A cooperative agreement is a form of assistance relationship where NIC is substantially involved during the performance of the award. An award will be made to an organization who will, in concert with NIC, identify the method and approach in developing a jail/community transition program. For summary information, click here. The solicitation announcement is available here.
Deadline: All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. E.S.T. on Thursday, February 1, 2007.
Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has announced the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault. The Transitional Housing Assistance Program focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to provide transitional housing services that move individuals into permanent housing. Grants made under this grant program support programs that provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services. It is critical that successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of victims and that allows victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Transitional housing programs may offer individualized services such as counseling, support groups, safety planning, and advocacy services as well as practical services such as licensed child care, employment services, transportation vouchers, telephones, and referrals to other agencies. Trained staff and case managers may also be available to work with clients to help them determine and reach their goals. Faith- and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. To review the solicitation and locate contact information, click here. For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the Office on Violence Against Women at (202) 307-6026.
Letters of intent to apply should be submitted by January 23, 2007.
All Applicants should register online with Grants.gov by January 23, 2007.
All applications are due by 8:00 p.m. e.s.t. on February 22, 2007.
Applications for the Computer Grants Program - Reopened
Until February 23!
community-based organizations (CBOs) in the
Otherwise, click here to download a PDF of the application, or send an e-mail to email@example.com to request the application as a Word document.
Applications are due by close of business on Friday, February 23 and must include:
Send complete application packets to:
2006-2007 EAI Computer Grants Program
Overview and Call for
Pacific Global Health Conference to be held at the East West Center
June 19-21, 2007
The Pacific Global Health Conference is a biennial conference that brings together academics, educators, policymakers, and practitioners from across the Pacific region to share research, discuss current issues, develop strategies for the future, and increase avenues of communication across this widespread geographic and cultural area.
The conference is sponsored by the Hawaii Public Health Association (HPHA) in association with several national and regional partners, including
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Office of Minority Health,
the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine,
the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii,
the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service,
the Hawaii State Department of Health,
the Hawaii Primary Care Association,
the Pacific Islands Primary Care Association,
the Asian Pacific Islanders American Health Forum,
the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, and
the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems.
The goal of the 2007 conference is to bring together a diverse array of individuals with an interest in improving public health infrastructure and practice by sharing effective strategies and models of application. Of particular interest are exemplars of programs that meet workforce needs through the use of effective strategies that may assist others in developing responses to their own local requirements.
The 2007 conference has been organized around three major themes identified as critical by the conference steering committee and regional health organizations. These include;
workforce training and development;
promoting evidence-based practice; and
emerging health issues for the Pacific.
This focus emphasizes the shared purposes of health professionals, researchers and educators. The specific inclusion of educators in this conference signals the awareness that all three of the thematic elements of the conference are unlikely to be successfully addressed without the participation of those representing the education and research networks and institutions active in the region as well as those focused specifically on health. Many of the issues and problems faced by those in public health and health care services delivery are shared by educators. A particular focus of this conference is to develop effective networks between educators, public health and other healthcare professionals that can yield mutual insights and provide shared experiences.
The PGHC Steering Committee is accepting abstracts for oral presentations and posters up until February 9th, 5:00 p.m.
Save the Date!
August 13 -15, 2007
Rural Women’s Health Conference
2007 Charting New Frontiers in Rural Women’s Health
Registration and conference details: http://www.esi-bethesda.com/ruralfrontier2007
Conference Purpose: The purpose of this conference is to share information and best practices to increase awareness of the needs of women and families living in rural and frontier areas and gain hands on experience with programs that work.
Target audiences: Rural health care professionals, providers, consumers, government agencies, rural communities, community leaders, community clinics and rural businesses, hospitals…etc.
Conference Goals: The goals of the conference are:
***Call for Abstracts***
August 23-26, 2007
Minority Women's Health
Women of Color: Addressing Disparities, Affirming Resilience,
and Developing Strategies for Success
The Call for Abstracts is now posted on the Office on Women's Health's website, http://www.womenshealth.gov/mwhs/.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, February 9, 2007, 5:00 pm EST.
SAVE THE DATE!
February 8, 2007
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Wyndham Hotel, Downtown
Registration -- $65.00 per person
Join other civic,
business, government and social sector leaders to discuss and determine statewide
priority issues for women as detailed in the
we can work toward social change. Help us create a bright future for
For more information, call Emily Dietz at 602-532-2800
The 2007 National HIV Prevention Conference will be held in
Kay A. Strawder, J.D., M.S.W.
Regional Women's Health Coordinator
Region IX Office on Women's Health, DHHS
(V) 415.437.8119; (F) 415.437.8004
(E) Kay.Strawder@hhs.gov (NEW)
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