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Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCP)
Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs): Threatening Water Quality (fact sheet)
Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs): Threatening Water Quality (PowerPoint® presentation)
Sample Press Release 2
Pharmaceutical Take-back Program (guidelines and suggestions)
Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidennce Queries (SEQs)
“BRFSS Maps” are available on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) website. This is an exciting and interactive mapping application that graphically displays the prevalence of behavioral risk factors at the state and metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area (MMSA) level. Using GIS mapping technology and BRFSS data, the new web site allows users to visually compare prevalence data for states, territories, and local areas.
Beginning with the 2002 BRFSS data, visitors to the BRFSS Web site will be able to create, save, and print state and MMSA level maps detailing a variety of health-related risk factors. State and MMSA data layers can be displayed independently or in combination, to identify regional patterns. This tool will play a vital role in the dissemination of data for policymakers and state and local public health officials.
For help quitting tobacco use, call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Secondhand Smoke and Asthma Factsheet
Kid's Career Corner
The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has implemented the “Kids Career Corner” on their Web site, specifically designed to educate and inspire younger children about careers in health care.
The Nebraska State SAFE KIDS program
has recently completed a falls-related injury report for children 14 and under. This report was completed to determine why this is the leading cause of hospitalization for children. The report can be found at http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/hpe/Falls.htm
or call 1-800-745-9311 for a copy.
The Nebraska Diabetes Control Program (NDCP) works to reduce or prevent complications and premature death for Nebraskans with diabetes.
The NDCP strives to educate persons with diabetes, their families, and health professionals. One of the primary functions of the NDCP is to update information and training materials to ensure application of current knowledge and treatment of diabetes.
Nebraska Mercury Spill Hotline
1-888-242-1100 toll free number, option number 4
or call directly to (402) 326-0231
Updated Tobacco Free Nebraska Resource Directory Now Available! The 2004-2005 Tobacco Free Nebraska Resource Directory is now available on the TFN Website. The Directory lists a number of videos, curriculum/guides, visuals, stickers, and brochures that are available on free loan basis to Nebraska groups and organizations.
NACCHO - National Association of City and County Health Officials
NALBOH - National Association of Local Boards of Health
ASTHO - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
NRHA - National Rural Health Association
CDC - Centers for Disease Control
- - Trusted health information for you. Sponsored by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
A podcast is an audio or video broadcast that can be downloaded for playing later. Podcasts can be played not only on portable MP3 players (such as iPods), but also directly on computers -- so anyone with a computer can listen to them. Usually, they can even be copied to a CD and listened to in your car or home.
Management Academy for Public Health
- Management Academy
prepares teams of health professionals for new management challenges in community health. Management Academy will build your skills in managing money, people, data and partnerships.
U.S. Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
The latest U.S. Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke notes that non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. The finding is a major public health concern due to the fact that nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans are still regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
The report is the 29th Surgeon General’s report about tobacco in the last 42 years. It’s an update to the 1986 report on secondhand smoke. The report and related materials can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr/index.htm
The Household Products Database
The Household Products Database (HPD) now links over 5,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by the manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
Several features were added to HPD in June:
"Product Safety and Recall Lists" (from the FDA and CPSC Web sites). The lists [http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/recalls.htm
] include products that appear in the HPD database, or products of similar type; they are updated each time the database is updated.
A link/search from HPD's "Chemical Information Page" to PubMed to help users find information related to the health effects of the chemicals in the published biomedical literature
The Public Health Foundation (PHF)
This searchable site is a gateway to information about the infrastructure of public health systems that protect the public's health. The Public Health Infrastructure Resource Center (PHIRC) provides those wanting to strengthen public health systems with information on the three core areas of infrastructure (as defined by the CDC), which are as follows:
The public health workforce
Information, data, and communication systems
Organizational and systems capacity.
New standards for immunization
The CDC has released new standards for immunization of children and adults. The standards include recommendations for improving vaccination rates, and some other helpful ideas. Check out this website: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/rev-immz-stds.htm
Rural Assistance Center (RAC) Releases new Minority Health Info Guide
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) has issued a new Rural Minority Health Info Guide on its Web site. The guide is a resource that lists other sources of information, Web sites, reports and regulations relating to minority, tribal and migrant healthcare. This valuable resource can be viewed at: http://www.raconline.org/info_guides/minority_health/
Emergency multilingual phrasebook
The Emergency Multilingual phrasebook, produced and updated by the British Red Cross Society with advice and funding from the Department of Health and endorsed by the British Association for Emergency Medicine (BAEM) is translated into 36 languages. It covers the most common medical questions and terms to help first contact staff communicate with patients who do not speak English and make an initial assessment while an interpreter is contacted.
Practical information for providing clinical services to diverse cultures
These are very concise practical suggestions (2 page distillations)on issues of communication, norms on touch, and medical decision-making targeted towards clinicians. There are currently 10: Chinese, Vietnamese, Latino, Albanian, Russian, Korean, African American, Somali, Hard of Hearing,and deaf - with more being planned. http://depts.washington.edu/pfes/cultureclues.html
National Diabetes Education Program
NDEP (National Diabetes Education Program) has materials in 15 Asian and Pacific Islander languages, Spanish and English. All materials are public domain: just download and reproduce, or follow the ordering information to get copies.
Here are some other sites with information in multiple languages, including Vietnamese.
2001-2003 Nebraska BRFSS report
NEBRASKA - Social & Demographic Characteristics
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