Highlights, November 19, 2014

The UAB MHRC needs your input!

Submit your ideas for solving obesity,  What do you think is the best solution to understand and combat obesity in this region?  If your idea is selected as a winner you will receive a $500 gift card. Click here to submit by December 5th.

First Annual Palliative Care Conference: Moments of Life: Making them count, November 21

Presented by The Central Alabama Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA)   with Dr. Sam Perna, Dr. Heather Herrington, Attorney Bill Nolan and Chaplain Craig Greer presenting. Contact hours, breakfast and handouts provided. Friday, November 21, 2014, MCSA UAB Hospital, 7:30AM-1:00 PM. For questions contact Ami Goodnough  via email (agoodagdnp@yahoo.com) or Jackie Palmore via email (jpalmore@uabmc.edu) or at 205-975-0826. Early registration by Friday November 7th  $25, At the door $30.  Registration form here.

The Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Pilot Grant, Letter of Intent is Due Decemeber 10

One-year pilot grants are available for research focusing on minority aging and health disparities. The Deep South RCMAR may fund as many as five projects for as much as $50,000 each. Faculty at UAB, UA, Morehouse School of Medicine and Tuskegee University are eligible for funding. Proposals should focus on specific social, cultural and behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function. A letter of intent is due Dec. 10. Investigators whose proposals are considered competitive will be invited to submit full proposals.

CDC report assesses state of nation’s health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published CDC National Health Report: Leading Sources of Morbidity, Mortality, and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013 as a Supplement to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).  Using multiple surveillance systems, this report provides a concise review of the health of the U.S. population, with indicators that give a quick assessment on how well the United States is succeeding in addressing high-priority health issues.  The report provides data on the 10 leading causes of death in the United States and discusses associated risk and protective factors. Information is derived from 17 CDC and three non- CDC data systems. Trend data are included from 2005 to the most recent data available.

Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration Between Health and Education to Improve Population Health: Workshop Summary

A summary of the discussions that occurred during the workshop, highlighting the key lessons presented as well as opportunities for addressing the disparities in education that negatively impact health. The summary includes a review of the evidence for why educational attainment is crucial for improving population health, some approaches for restructuring the nation’s investments in health and education, and examples of collaborations at the state- and local-level between health and education sectors

Research to Inform Public Health Practices for Ebola - Public Workshop

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council will host a one-day workshop on Nov. 3 to examine the areas of biomedical and public health research that should be conducted to best prepare the United States to safeguard the public as a result of the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease. The workshop will provide a venue for real-time discussions about immediate science needs that, when answered, will immediately inform HHS, public health officials, providers, and the general public with the most up-to-date and accurate information about virus transmission, mitigation of health risks, and appropriate measures to prevent the spread of disease.