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NIAMS Multicultural Outreach News February 2011
NIAMS Launches Kids Pages
Childhood and the teen years are a prime time to learn habits that can help kids keep their bones, joints, muscles, and skin healthy for years to come. The new NIAMS Kids pages feature four fact sheets targeted to middle school-age children (11-13 years) on the importance of healthy bones, joints, muscles, and skin. The pages include pop-up definitions of terms, an interactive quiz at the end of each page to reinforce the message, and links to other resources.
NIAMS Summer Student Program
The summer program at the NIAMS provides an opportunity for students to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Outstanding opportunities exist for high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine.
NIAMS Researcher Receives Presidential Honor
Dr. Edward A. Botchwey, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, has been selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to receive the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Get Ready for National Minority Health Month, April 2011
The theme this year is: Bring It or Buy It - Make Lunch Healthy, Green and Good! In Schools, even Food Can Teach Us a Lesson. The "adult conditions" that we now see in children such as diabetes, extreme weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are traced back to food consumption and lack of physical activity. Minorities participate in great numbers in the school lunch program. Minority children are also particularly hard hit by obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes. Therefore, school food is a critical social determinant in the health of minority children. School meals can and should be teachable moments, a pathway to a lifelong education on healthy eating.
NIH Hosts the 5th Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Workshop
The NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Health Communications and Information Work Group recently hosted the half-day workshop for NIH communications staff "Creating Connections: Building Partnerships between the Indian Health Service and the National Institutes of Health." This event brought together IHS and NIH staff to foster an environment for collaboration and networking between the agencies.
SEED Students Learn About Opportunities at NIH
Students from the SEED School of Washington, DC, the charter school of the Schools for Educational Evolution and Development Foundation, recently visited the NIH campus as part of a newly formed partnership with NIAMS’ Intramural Research Program.
NEW! NIAMS Bilingual Publication on Bone Health
Bone Health for Life/Salud para los huesos de por vida is a new bilingual booklet from the NIAMS that contains general information about bone health. It describes what osteoporosis is, who’s at risk of getting it, and ways to know if you have it. The booklet also discusses ways to make your bones healthier and contains information about how to join a research study. Copies of this easy-to-read publication are available free of charge.
Order Now! 2011 Pocket Planner: With Tips and Resources for Healthy Bones for Life
The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center (NRC) has released a 12-month pocket planner that contains tips and resources for improving bone health.
Each month of the planner offers a unique strategy for enhancing bone health, such as:
- Getting enough calcium and vitamin D.
- Staying active for strong bones.
- Talking to your health care provider about your bone health.
The planner also includes space to schedule activities for optimizing bone health, as well as a list of selected calcium-rich foods.
Free 2011 planners are available. To order bulk quantities for a health fair or event, please contact the NRC at 800-624-2663 or order online.
NIH News in Health
Read practical health information in NIH News in Health, which is reviewed by NIH's medical experts and is based on research conducted either by the scientists on the NIH campus or by our grantees at universities and medical schools around the country. A recent issue featured a cover story about arthritis pain.
¿No Comprende? Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish-Speaking Communities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, will present two free online classes for librarians who want to connect their Spanish-speaking patrons with good health information.
New Toolkit Released for Making Written Material Clear and Effective
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has produced a new 11-part written materials toolkit. The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a health literacy resource that provides a comprehensive set of tips and tools that can help make written material easier for people to read, understand, and use.
New Spanish-language Materials from the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness Series
Futuros Brillantes: Guía de la joven adolescente para el bienestar emocional (Bright Futures: A Young Woman's Guide to Emotional Wellness) is a publication with tips drawn from the latest research into what helps young women to feel and be their best.
Futuros Brillantes: La guía de la mujer sobre el bienestar emocional (Bright Futures: A Woman's Guide to Emotional Wellness) aims to encourage healthy practices and thereby help women achieve better physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.
New Website Addresses Minority Health
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Minority Health works to support FDA's mission to protect the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, the food supply, biological products, medical devices, cosmetics, and radiation-emitting products, and by regulating tobacco.
The FDA has resources to help minority communities safely use the medicines, foods, and other products the Agency regulates.
Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition that affects the blood vessels in the extremities—generally, the fingers and toes. It is characterized by periodic attacks in which the blood vessels in the fingers and toes narrow, usually in response to cold temperatures and/or emotional stress.
Update on the National Multicultural Outreach Initiative
The NIAMS National Multicultural Outreach Initiative is conducting qualitative research with adults with diseases and conditions of the bones, joints, muscles, and skin. Through focus groups in five geographic locations and several in-depth telephone interviews nationwide with members of various multicultural groups, the Initiative hopes to gain insight from end-users to develop and deliver culturally appropriate health messages and products. These research-based messages and products will focus on helping people to cope with their chronic disease or condition to improve their quality of life.
The NIAMS exhibit will be traveling to the following events:
American Academy of Dermatology
February 2 to 8, 2011
New Orleans, LA
Dermatology Nurses Association
March 17 to 19, 2011
San Diego, CA
American College of Physicians – Internal Medicine
April 7 to 9, 2011
San Diego, CA
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
April 29 to May 5, 2011
See the complete health fairs and exhibits schedule.