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Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC): Cancer Fact Sheets 12/17/07

The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) Cancer Fact Sheets were created because medically underserved populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, experience disproportionately greater suffering and compromised health from cancer compared to the U.S. population as a whole.

The following cancer fact sheets are available:

  • African Americans and cancer
  • American Indians/Alaska natives and cancer
  • Asian Americans and cancer
  • Hispanics/Latinos and...
Assessing Alcohol Problems: A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers, Second Edition 12/17/07

This 296-page guide is designed to help clinicians and researchers understand the critical issues involved in formally evaluating alcohol treatment and planning treatment for individuals and to select the assessment instruments best suited to their purposes.

The guide provides guidance and instruments for

  • Screening for alcohol use disorders
  • Making a formal alcohol-related diagnosis or quantifying symptoms
  • Assessing drinking behavior (quantity, frequency,...
Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines 12/17/07

This 11-page brochure for consumers addresses the harmful effects of drinking while taking certain medicines.

This brochure includes the following sections:

  • Did you know
    • Medicines may have many ingredients
    • Some medicines contain alcohol
    • Alcohol affects women differently
    • Older people face greater risk
    • Timing is important
  • Commonly used medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter) that interact with alcohol
  • ...
National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month 12/17/07

This Web site focuses on National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which promotes the societal benefits of alcohol and drug use treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders in all its forms is possible. Developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month activities have been held each September since 1998.

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Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook contains more than 30 key indicators of development and health for children ages 0 to 6 along with social factors in the family and neighborhood that affect these outcomes.

The following topics are addressed in the chartbook:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Indicators
    • Socioemotional development
      • Social competence
      • Behavioral self-control
      • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • Intellectual development
      • ...
Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers 12/17/07

This 145-page manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process and covers strategies for casework supervision, training, and support. Best practices and critical issues in casework practice are underscored throughout.

This manual addresses the following topics:

  • CPS theory and practice
  • The helping relationship
  • Responsibilities of CPS...
Children's Health Protection Action Steps for Each Day of October 12/17/07

This Web page contains children’s environmental health tips for every day in October, in observance of Children’s Health Month. These tips and related resources introduce prevention activities to keep children safe at home and at school.

Facts About Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) for African Americans 12/17/07

This six-page fact sheet, part of the Stay in Circulation national awareness campaign, answers key questions about peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) in African Americans and provides steps patients can take to reduce their risk.

This tool provides the following information:

  • What is P.A.D.?
  • What causes P.A.D.?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of P.A.D.?
  • How is P.A.D. diagnosed?
    • Medical and family history
    • Physical exam
    • ...
Rural Information Center: Rural Health 12/17/07

The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides information and referral services to local, tribal, State, and Federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America’s rural areas. The RIC Web site contains more than 2,500 links to current and reliable information on a wide variety of rural resources and funding sources on the following topics:

  • Agricultural safety...
A Report Card on Quality Improvement For Children's Health Care 12/17/07

This study, published in the journal Pediatrics, involved a literature review and interviews with expert observers to assess the status of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of child health services.

This article includes the following sections:

  • Methods
    • Literature review
    • Interviews
  • Results
    • Literature review
      • Overview of literature
      • The methods of quality improvement (QI)
        • Guidelines/Pathways...

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