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National Institutes of Health (NIH) SeniorHealth 12/17/07

This Web site makes aging-related health information easily accessible for adults 60 and older, as well as their family members and friends.

This Web site addresses the following topics:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Balance problems
  • Breast cancer
  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
  • Cataract
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic retinopathy...
Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) Version 2 12/17/07

This software tool has been developed to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues. It can be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school.

The following are the primary categories included in HealthySEAT:

  • Central office
    • Chemical management...
Guidelines for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to patients on safe medication use. It outlines steps they should take at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and at home.

The National Women's Health Information Center--"womenshealth.gov" 12/17/07

The National Women’s Heath Information Center (NWHIC) provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women’s health information resources. This Web site can help users link to, read, and download a wide variety of materials related to women’s health developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), other Federal agencies, and private sector organizations.

The Web site includes the following major sections:

  • About womenshealth.gov
  • ...
Safe Food and Water: A Guide for People with HIV Infection 12/17/07

This guide will help people with HIV infection prevent illness by preparing food and drinks properly. This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • Why should I be careful about food and water?
  • What illnesses caused by germs in food and water do people with HIV commonly get?
  • Do only people with HIV get these illnesses?
  • Are these illnesses the same in people with HIV as in other people?
  • If I have HIV, can...
Disaster Evacuees Attending New Schools 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents information for parents and communities concerned about the potential for disease outbreak when the residents of disaster-affected areas migrate to other States.

The following topics are addressed in this fact sheet:

  • School-age evacuees do not pose an increased health risk in schools
  • Illnesses in school-age evacuees should be treated the same as under normal conditions
  • Guidance on accepting a school-age evacuee into the...
School Health Index (SHI): A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide 12/17/07

The School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It is structured around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eight-component model of a coordinated school health program. The assessment tools are available in interactive online versions or as printable PDF files.

This Web site provides the following information:

  • Introduction: What can the SHI do for my school...
Walk to School in October: Getting Started 12/17/07

Communities are using the walk or bike to school as the first step to change community culture and create environments that are more inviting for everyone, young and old. This Web page provides information and materials to support local implementation of International Walk to School Month/Day in October of each year.

The campaign encourages walking or biking to school to:

  • Enhance the health of kids
  • Improve air quality and the environment
  • Create safer routes...
Exposure to Blood: What Healthcare Personnel Need to Know 12/17/07

This tool gives health care workers information about the risks of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and suggests actions to be taken when such exposures occur.

The following health topics are discussed:

  • Occupational exposures to blood
  • If an exposure occurs
  • Risk of infection after exposure
  • Treatment for the exposure
  • Followup after...
Infection: Don't Pass It On, Hand Hygiene Posters 12/17/07

This tool provides links for downloading 60 campaign posters on hand hygiene as a means to reduce the risk of infection. These posters are intended to promote hand hygiene to both clinical and general audiences in health care settings. Three of the posters are also available in Spanish.

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