Webinar: Health Data
|Why Do We Give Patients Numbers? Making Health Data Make Sense
|Tuesday, October 15
|from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
Join us in celebrating Health Literacy Month by moving beyond words to numbers!
Do your patients struggle with deriving meaning from numbers—from test results, medication instructions, health insurance plans, and more? Our upcoming free webinar explores how to communicate quantitative information to patients for decision making.
When it comes to health, numeracy skills are much more than “being good at math.”
Attend our webinar and you’ll learn:
- Why information evaluability is what really matters
- How best to communicate risk
- How to covey numbers in a format and context that matches patients’ specific needs
Plus, you will receive a certificate of completion and earn free CEUs (approved for RD and CHES)
New HealthCare Options
HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALISTS HELP CONSUMERS UNDERSTAND NEW HEALTH CARE OPTIONS
2013 National Health Education Week Features New Resources & Toolkit on Health Reform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 30, 2013
Contact: Jerrica Mathis |
WASHINGTON - With open enrollment for health insurance beginning October 1st, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is pleased to introduce a new toolkit entitled The Role of Health Education Specialists in Implementing the Affordable Care Act. The toolkit is a central piece of National Health Education Week, which is being celebrated from October 21-25, 2013.
"Health education specialists are trusted, authoritative sources of health information for patients, consumers, and families," says Kelli McCormack Brown, PhD, CHES, SOPHE President. "Thus, we strongly urge all health educators to take an active role in helping the public prepare for the health insurance expansion, learn about the Marketplace and how to get covered, and explain the range of preventive health services available."
SOPHE invites all health education specialists and other health professionals to participate in the activities of National Health Education Week by joining in the daily events:
- Monday, October 21: Communicating ACA's Provisions for Improving Consumer Health & Wellness
- Tuesday, October 22: Navigating the Health Insurance Enrollment Process
- Wednesday, October 23: Working with Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)
- Thursday, October 24: Promoting Worksite Wellness
- Friday, October 25: Advocating for the Prevention and Public Health Fund
"Whether working on college campuses or in businesses, community organizations, K-12 schools, or healthcare facilities," says Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, Chief Executive Officer of SOPHE, "health education specialists have a monumental role in applying our knowledge and skills to help consumers become healthier."
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Over the past three years, millions of Americans have gained access to preventive services with no cost-sharing, communities are becoming healthier with investments from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and coordinated patient care is improving with the establishment of Accountable Care Organizations and Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Americans are now able to enroll in affordable health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace online, by phone, by mail, or in person. Many individuals may also qualify for financial assistance to help pay for a health insurance plan.
In addition to tailored resources in SOPHE's toolkit, health professionals can refer consumers to the website HealthCare.gov, which has information in multiple languages. Marketplace.cms.gov and the Provider Marketplace Toolkit also contain many valuable fact sheets, tools, and resources.
About National Health Education Week (NHEW)
NHEW is celebrated annually during the third week of October and focuses national attention on a major public health issue, provides public education, and improves consumer understanding of health education's role in promoting the public's health. NHEW is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE's 4,000 international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information, go to www.sophe.org.
Article of Recoginition of Substance Abuse
How to recognize the signs of substance abuse
Using substances such as alcohol or prescription drugs to relax or get to sleep can seem like an easy solution when you’re stressed. But the reality is, such substances can lead to abuse, creating serious problems that interfere with your life.
Substance abuse means that you’re dependent on a drug that’s considered dangerous to your health and well-being. Such substances can include alcohol, prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and codeine, or illegal stimulants such as cocaine. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also considers tobacco to have the potential for substance abuse.
Substance abuse is a common problem. According to a national survey, 4 million Americans received treatment for a problem with alcohol or illicit drug use in 2012, and 23.9 million said they'd used an illicit drug or misused a mood-altering medication such as tranquilizers or sedatives in the past month.
Signs of substance abuse include skipping school or a job, a lack of care for physical appearance and losing interest in activities you used to do regularly, says the National Institutes of Health.
Relying on drugs or alcohol to make it through the week despite their negative effects on your health and work are also signs you may be abusing them, SAMHSA says. If you feel that you may have a problem, there are ways to get help.
NIH says the first step is to call your health care provider and schedule an appointment to talk about your problem.
Another tip is to create a worksheet where you list the pros and cons of your substance use, SAMHSA says. You should list the reasons why you want to make a change, the steps you will take, people who will support your decisions and things that could get in the way of your goals.
It’s also a good idea to avoid temptation. Instead of going to a bar or party, go somewhere that people don’t abuse substances. Working out at a gym, doing volunteer work or spending time with friends and family members you know don’t have substance abuse problems are ways to cope, SAMHSA says.
Helping others with substance abuse
In many cases, it may not be you who is dealing with substance abuse — it could be a friend or family member.
If you know someone who is abusing addictive substances and want to help, don’t be afraid to talk to them. Let them know that you’re concerned about their substance use and that you’re there for them. Even if they aren’t ready to talk now, you should give them the number of a hotline, such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 24-hour referral line at 1-800-662-HELP. That way, they can reach out for help when they’re ready.
Teens are at an especially high risk for substance abuse, says Ruben Baler, PhD, health scientist in the Science Policy Branch at NIDA. Young people may use drugs at a higher rate because of peer pressure or because they are in a stage in life where they engage in more risky behavior, he says.
“Some people have a very high level of self-control and they have the wherewithal to resist,” Baler says. “Some kids may not have that stamina to prevent them from falling victim to peer pressure, so we can do things to protect and identify people who may not be able to observe that self-control.”
Parents or guardians who suspect their child may have substance abuse problems should look for a “marked change in behavior in a way that a person is relating to their peers and their loved ones,” says Onaje Salim, EdD, LPC, acting deputy director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at SAMHSA.
“If they’re perhaps behaving in a way where it looks like they’re hiding something, that would be a concern as well,” Salim says.
Reaching out to professionals for help
People with substance abuse issues can benefit from support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Such groups provide counseling and link you with people who are battling similar addictions. One-on-one sessions with a trained substance abuse counselor are another option.
Photos and art courtesy iStockphoto: Group by Mark Bowden
“We need to understand what might be the underlying condition,” Baler says. “For that, you really need a professional.”
- Copyright The Nation’s Health, American Public Health Association
Harm Reduction Trainings
The Oakland Fall 2013 Harm Reduction Training Calendar still has a few spots remainingI
If you have ever attended any Case Management training, and want to review and practice, come to Case Management II next Friday, October 18.
You can register online and view full training descriptions by clicking on the training titles below or by going to www.harmreduction.org/Trainings. You can also download the CALENDAR and REGISTRATION FORM and fax it to (510) 444-6977.
Trainings with spots left:
CASE MANAGEMENT II & PRACTICUM
Friday, October 18, 2013
Trainer: Dara Papo
BEYOND CULTURAL COMPETENCE: SERVING AS A CULTURALLY HUMBLE PRACTITIONER
Friday, November 1, 2013
Trainer: Veronica Neal
RUNNING HARM REDUCTION GROUPS
Friday, November 15, 2013
Trainer: Cynthia Hoffman
INTRODUCTION TO SUPERVISION & MANAGEMENT
Friday, December 6, 2013
Trainer: Taima Beyah
HARM REDUCTION LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT
Friday, December 13, 2013
Trainer: Veronica Neal
All trainings are held at:
Harm Reduction Coalition
1440 Broadway, Ste 510
Oakland, CA 94612
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you all at Harm Reduction Coalition!
Can't get to our training centers? Harm Reduction Coalition has launched our first online training, Overview of Harm Reduction. This 2.5 hour training presents an introduction to the concept and history of harm reduction, outlines key policy issues and explores how harm reduction fits into a broader framework of working with substance users. The course is available for just $40.