The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) HIV/STD Program, in partnership with the Center for Health Training and the Workers Assistance Program, is hosting the 16th Annual Texas HIV/STD Conference in Austin, Texas on May 18-33, 2008. This conference targets HIV/STD health professionals serving Texans living with and affected by HIV and other STDs. Goals include enhancing the capacity of HIV/STD health professionals to effectively serve Texans living with and affected by HIV and other STDs. Continuing education credit will be offered to participants. Early registration ends April 4, 2008
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16th Texas HIV/STD Conference – May 18-22, 2008
American Dental Association Foundation Awards Grant to Promote Oral Health
The American Dental Association Foundation has recently awarded a $300,000 grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics to help pediatricians promote oral health among their patients. The announcement of the collaborative grant, posted to the ADA web site on February 11, stated, “The ‘Working Together for Oral Health’ grant will arm pediatricians with the tools they need to assess the oral health of children, particularly those aged 0-3, who can develop dental problems before they see a dentist for the first time.”
While access to oral health care is critical for the care and prevention of dental disease, many children — especially underprivileged children and children in rural areas — rarely or never receive preventive dental care. Pediatricians can play an important role in identifying children at risk for oral problems. The grant will fund annual oral health summits in a “train the trainer” approach, where trained pediatricians will return home to lead the effort in their own states. In addition, ten oral health preceptorship programs, which provide pediatricians in underserved areas with the support to promote oral health for the most vulnerable children, will be funded each year. Read the full news release on the ADA web site at http://www.ada.org/public/media/releases/0802_release03.asp.
EPA Support for South Texas/Mexico Environmental Health
Last month the EPA awarded $24.75m to the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission to support local communities’ involvement in improving their environmental infrastructure. Yesterday EPA also awarded $200,000 to support environmental projects that support collaborations between Texas and the Mexican border states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.
Best health information sites for English-language learners
Larry Ferlazzo is a former community organizer who now teaches English to both new and native speakers at a high school in Sacramento, California. He also publishes a tremendous guide to online teaching resources for English teachers and learners, and his blog, Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day, has consistently great links to new online resources to support teaching and learning — especially learning English.
About a month ago, he published a blog post with a fantastic list of “The Best Health Sites For English Language Learners”, in which he picks the top 12 sites that best bring together health information literacy with potential English language development. His recommendations are excellent, from EnglishMed‘s animated exercises for medical professionals learning workplace English, all the way up to MedinePlus’s Interactive Health Tutorials. Along the way, he recommends three different sites focused on oral health, one for kids’ health, and much more. Commenters to the post have added some other suggestions as well.
Texas Tech Medical School Receives Accreditation
What began in 1973 as a two-year campus for third- and fourth-year medical students has now achieved its ultimate goal. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, located in El Paso, has received news of its accreditation as a four-year medical school….the first of its kind on the border. The school can now officially begin the process of recruiting students for the Fall 2009 semester.
Information about the school can be found on the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine web page.
February: National Children’s Dental Health Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA.org). The month helps raise awareness about oral health in children and teens. The ADA provides free promotional materials and program planning kit to promote Children’s Dental Health Month.
FDA gives warning over Texas fish
The FDA issued warnings on Tuesday after a spate of recent ciguatera fish poisoning cases in people who ate fish caught in or near the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the Texas coast. People should not eat snapper, hogfish, or grouper caught within ten miles, or barracuda, amberjack, or other wide-ranging species caught within fifty miles of the sanctuary — either by commercial or recreational fishermen.
The FDA’s advisory can be found online at http://www.fda.gov/bbs /topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01790.html
Part of ACCORD trial stopped for safety
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute stopped part of a large, ongoing clinical trial of diabetes and cardiovascular disease a year and a half early due to safety concerns. Participants in the “intensive” blood glucose lowering treatment arm of the study are being moved to the less-intensive “standard” treatment arm after early data reported 54 extra deaths in the more intensive part of the study.
The ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) study includes more than 10,000 adults with type 2 diabetes who are at especially high risk for heart attack and stroke. It is being carried out at 77 sites across the US and Canada; none of the study sites are in Texas.
The media kit from today’s press conference is available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/heart/other/accord/.
$390,000 Appropriated for Hispanic Health Research Center
A $390,000 federal appropriation will support the UT School of Public Health – Brownsville’s Hispanic Health Research Center and its Cameron County Hispanic Health Cohort of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A press release from UT School of Public Health notes: “These vital funds will allow us to continue this important program dedicated to obtaining accurate information on the health status of people in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, particularly with regard to obesity, diabetes and mental health. It allows us to measure the impact accurately and to gain support for development and implementation of effective community-wide interventions” (Joseph B. McCormick, M.D., regional dean and James H. Steele Professor at the UT School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus).
New Report on the Impact of Underinsurance on Mortality
In early January, the Urban Institute released a report, Uninsured and Dying Because of It: Updating the Institute of Medicine Analysis on the Impact of Uninsurance on Mortality detailing the range of consequences (including death) for Americans living without health insurance. This new report updates a 2002 report from the Institute of Medicine that sought to estimate the number of deaths that result from the lack of insurance.