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JetStream- An Online School for Weather

Posted by Jenna Green on July 26, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The National Weather Service and National Oceaniz and Atmospheric Administration together have provided an opportunity for all people to be able to understand the weather much better through online classes which are FREE!

" This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety" - NOAA

Here is the link http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/

Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke

Posted by Jenna Green on July 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Food Safety Tips for the Holidays!

Posted by Jenna Green on December 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We want you to be safe during the Holidays with some food safety tips to keep you and your family safe!

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides some holiday food safety tips. Here are a few:

 

 

  • Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature
  • Refrigerate food within two hours
  • Holiday leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator
  • Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating
  • When storing turkey, be sure to cut the leftovers in small pieces so it will chill quicker
  • Wash your hands frequently when handling food

 

Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season. (n.d.). Retrieved November 19, 2015, from http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-holiday-safety.aspx

 

 


 

15 Tips to Help Stop Spreading Germs

Posted by Jenna Green on December 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  3. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  4. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  6. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  7. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. (Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.)
  8. Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
  9. Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs.
  10. Use warm water and soap to wash your hands. If you don’t have soap and water, use alcohol-base hand gel or disposable wipes.
  11. Try to stay home if you have a cough and fever.
  12. See your doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever, and follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest.
  13. If asked, use face masks provided in your doctor’s office or clinic’s waiting room. Follow office or clinic staff instructions to help stop the spread of germs.
  14. Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
  15. Don’t share food, utensils or beverage containers with others.

Sources:

Cover Your Cough. (2015, August 14). Retrieved November 19, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

Germs: Prevent Their Spread. (2006, October 1). Retrieved November 19, 2015, from http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/Factsheets/GermsPreventTheirSpread

 

Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School. (2015, August 19). Retrieved November 19, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm  


 

 


 

Congratulations to Laura Shultheiss, our October 2015 Monthly School Supplies Winner

Posted by Jenna Green on November 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to our October 2015 Monthly School Supplies Contest Winners, Ms. Laura Shultheiss.

 

Our Virginia winner teaches 5th Grade at Highland Spring Elementary School won a variety of supplies to share with her students. Her main goal is to help her students raise their reading levels, math computation skills, and their social skills.

 

Teachers like Laura Shultheiss, make us smile. She cares deeply about her kids’ future. She cares about what will happen beyond her class and the impact her teaching will have on them in the coming years. We appreciate Teachers who take the time out of their day to search for ways to obtain needed resources for their students. Laura, keep up the good work and know that you are appreciated, by your community. We wish Laura and her students the best this school year.

 

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all who entered our October 2015 Monthly School Supplies Contest.


10 Facts about Psoriasis #WorldPsoriasisDay

Posted by Jenna Green on October 29, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are 10 facts about Psoriasis

  1. Psoriasis affects nearly 3 percent of the world's population (IFPA)
  2. Psoriasis is not contagious. It can't be spread from one person to another. (IFPA)
  3. There are 5 forms of psoriasis: Plaque Psoriasis, Guttate, Pustular, Inverse, and  Erythrodermic (Psor)
  4. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body. However the most common sites of psoriasis are the scalp, elbows and knees (MyPso)
  5. Psoriasis can occur at any age and both men and women are equally affected (MyPso)
  6. Psoriasis usually appears as red elevated plaques with silvery scales at various locations on the body.(MyPso)
  7. Psoriasis can come and go at any time. (MyPso)
  8. Psoriasis may be physically painful. Inflamed lesions can crack open and bleed. Itching may be a constant problem. Or, psoriasis may not be painful or debilitating at all. (IFPA)
  9. There is no cure for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. (IFPA)
  10. There are various treatments to manage the symptoms, but no one treatment is effective for everyone.  (IFPA)

Sources:

International Federation of Psoriasis Associations. 29 October 2015. http://www.ifpa-pso.org/web/page.aspx?refid=47 (IFPA)

MyPsoriasis. 29 October 2015. http://www.mypsoriasis.ie/Home/Learn-about-Psoriasis/Ten-Facts-about-Psoriasis.aspx (MyPso)

Psoriasis.org. 29 October 2015. https://www.psoriasis.org/teens/about-psoriasis (Psor)

Today is World Psoriasis Day!

Posted by Jenna Green on October 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Today is World Psoriasis Day, a day to recognize people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. World Psoriasis Days is aimed to raise awareness on a condition that needs to be taken more seriously. (World Psoriasis)

World Psoriasis Day was founded in 2004. Each year this day increases understanding and improve access to treatment. We cannot improve where we don't understand.

Source: http://www.worldpsoriasisday.com/web/page.aspx?refid=10

  

 

Great Resource: Mental Health for Nonprofessionals

Posted by Jenna Green on October 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)
By: Ashley Knowles, Outreach Manager, AdvocatesForHealth.org There is a strong and very important relationship between substance abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders. According to the AMA, approximately 50% of individuals with a ???serious??? mental illness have problems with substance abuse. A significantly greater percentage of individuals with substance dependency have reported a ???co-occurring disorder??? of some severity ??? most commonly depression and anxiety. As many treatment professionals know, treatment must address this strong relationship of ailments in order to be effective. Information for non-professionals, however, is severely lacking on the web. Many websites leave out critical or new research, fail to make information comprehensible and even refer to co-occurring disorders as ???Dual Diagnosis??? ??? terminology from an outdated version of the DSM. I recommend a new resource that is a comprehensive aggregation of current research in an easy-to-follow format. I believe you will find this page to be the best available on the web for its topic. http://americanaddictioncenters.org/co-occurring-disorders/

Health Literacy and College Students

Posted by Darena on October 11, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Darena

I feel like Health Literacy is so important for patients to make the best decision possible for their health. I think it is especially important for Healthcare Professionals to keep this in mind when speaking to students transitioning from highschool to college or just transitioning to adulthood. Many children can take comfort in knowing that their parents or parental guirdian can make decisions for them. Kids don't have to worry about taking care of themselves or worrying about if they fully understand the information given to them because someone else will explain it in "kid terms."

What happens when they become an adult? Does anyone care about what happens? What do you think? Where do you stand on Health Literacy?

Have you ever come across a situation like this?


Plain Language Equivalents to Medical Terms and Phrases

Posted by Jenna Green on October 9, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

When possible, Healthcare Professionals should try to use plain language instead of medical jargon so that patients are able to understand the information given to them and be able to make the best decisions possible for their health and wellbeing.

According to PlainLanguage.gov, Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Language that is plain to one set of readers may not be plain to others. Written material is in plain language if the patient can find what they need, understand what they find, and use what they find to meet their needs. No one technique defines plain language. Rather, plain language is defined by results—it is easy to read, understand, and use. (PlainLanguage2015)

Did you know that the there is a Plain Language Act in which President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946/Public Law 111-274) on October 13, 2010? The Act requires the federal government to write documents, such as tax returns, federal college aid applications, and Veterans Administration forms in simple easy-to-understand language…” Read more here (GPO 2015)

Here is a Plain Language Thesaurus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which offers plain language equivalents to medical terms and phrases. (PlainLanguage 2015)

Sources:

PlainLanguage.gov http://www.plainlanguage.gov/populartopics/health_literacy/index.cfm (PlainLanguage 2015)

GPO http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ274/pdf/PLAW-111publ274.pdf (GPO 2015)

10 Ways Healthcare Professionals can Help Improve Health Literacy

Posted by Jenna Green on October 8, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are 10 ways that healthcare professionals can help their patients.

  1. Identify patients with limited literacy levels (HRSA 2015)
  2. Use simple language, short sentences and define technical terms (HRSA 2015)
  3. Supplement instruction with appropriate materials (videos, models, pictures, etc.) (HRSA 2015)
  4. Ask patients to explain your instructions (teach back method) or demonstrate the procedure (HRSA 2015)
  5. Ask questions that begin with “how” and “what,” rather than closed-ended yes/no questions (HRSA 2015)
  6. Organize information so that the most important points stand out and repeat this information (HRSA 2015)
  7. Reflect the age, cultural, ethnic and racial diversity of patients (HRSA 2015)
  8. For Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients, provide information in their primary language (HRSA 2015)
  9. Improve the physical environment by using lots of universal symbols (HRSA 2015)
  10. Offer assistance with completing forms (HRSA 2015)

Source:

 Health Resources and Services Administration http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/healthliteracy/healthlitabout.html (HRSA 2015)

 

Health Literacy : Free Online Course

Posted by Jenna Green on October 7, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

In honor of Health Literacy Month, we are providing month long resources in order to help those learn to communicate health information more effectively.

"Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals (formerly Unified Health Communication – learn more about the name change) is free, on-line, go-at-your-own-pace training that has helped more than 4,000 health care professionals and students improve patient-provider communication.

Take the course any time, night or day, to improve your ability to communicate with patients and overcome barriers that can keep patients from taking their medications according to your instructions, going to the emergency room when they would be better served in primary care or otherwise preventing them from getting the full benefit of the quality care you provide.

Medically underserved patients may have particular difficulty communicating with their health care providers. If you treat patients who are low income, uninsured, and/or whose English proficiency is low, Unified Health Communication can help you:

•Acknowledge cultural diversity and deal sensitively with cultural differences that affect the way patients navigate the health care system,

•Address low health literacy and bridge knowledge gaps that can prevent patients from adhering to prevention and treatment protocols, and

•Accommodate low English proficiency and effectively use tools that don’t rely on the written or spoken word." (http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/healthliteracy/ )

 

Registration

To register, go to www.Train.org Go to exit disclaimer. and choose your course:

•Effective Healthcare Communication 100 Go to exit disclaimer. (Course ID 1010508). This course does not offer continuing education credits.

The course has five modules that will take approximately five hours to complete. You can start and stop whenever you like.

 

 

Source: http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/healthliteracy/

Culture, Language and Health Literacy

Posted by Jenna Green on October 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Check out this video, "How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity" published by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA 2015) If the link below does not work: please go to https://youtu.be/dOZLf-RYvHk

 

 

"Effective healthcare communication policies and practices, including provider health literacy, contribute to improving the quality of services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations as well as people with limited health literacy skills." (HSRA 2015)

 

Source: (HSRA 2015)  http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/index.html

 

 

 


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