News & Announcements
New Online Tool Helps Latino Parents to Prevent Kids’ Substance Use
Posted: September 10, 2012
The Partnership at Drugfree.org recently launched a free online toolkit for Hispanic parents and families to use as a resource in order to help them prevent their children from abusing drugs and alcohol. This bilingual (Spanish and English) resource provides clear, understandable content with customized checklists, how-to guides and videos featuring Hispanic parents and experts touching on various aspects of substance abuse and is targeted towards parents who are at different stages in raising their children.
Video Dial-a-Doctor Seen Easing Shortage in Rural U.S.
Posted: September 08, 2012
Until recently, when children in Ware County, Georgia, needed to see a pediatrician or a specialist, getting to the nearest doctor could entail a four- hour drive up Interstate 75 to Atlanta. Now, there’s another option. As part of a state-wide initiative, the rural county has installed videoconferencing equipment at all 10 of its schools to give its 5,782 students one-on-one access to physicians. Telemedicine sites for adults have also sprung in the area. Instead of taking a full day off from work or school, residents can now regularly see their specialist online.
Putting telemedicine in schools and walk-in clinics makes perfect sense, said Debra Lister, 61, medical director of the Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Georgia. “In the very beginning most of the ones we did, oddly enough, involved dermatology,” said Lister, whose clinic began offering telemedicine about six years ago. “Now, most of what we do is child psychiatry.”
Lynn Rivers, the nursing coordinator for the Ware County Board of Education, says telemedicine offers a double benefit. Students get the medical care they need, and they don’t miss school to do it, she said.
While about a quarter of Americans live in rural areas, only 9 percent of doctors work there, according to the nonprofit National Rural Health Association.
The Georgia initiative is also placing telemedicine equipment in clinics, prisons and churches across the state to provide help to adults. Similar programs exist in Alaska, Hawaii and North and South Dakota.
Read more on the Bloomberg website.
The Gospel of Healing: Film Explores the Black Church’s Response to HIV/AIDS
Posted: September 07, 2012
With HIV/AIDS infection rates reaching pandemic levels within the African-American community, some Black churches have stepped in to fulfill a role greater than spiritual guidance. Merging science and religion, AIDS ministries serve both body and soul as captured by the documentary film “The Gospel of Healing Volume 1: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS”.
“The Gospel of Healing” debuted in Washington, D.C., which boasts the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the nation, this past July. Aptly screening during the 2012 International AIDS Conference, the foremost gathering of HIV/AIDS medical professionals, scientists, and activist in the world, the film chronicles Black Christian community responses to the growing need for primary care and prevention services.
A Profile of Urban Indian Health Organization Programming to Support Behavioral Health
Posted: September 06, 2012
The purpose of this report is to provide a description of the programs and services in use at Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) to address behavioral health needs in urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Specific services and programs addressed in the survey include depression screening, substance abuse treatment, suicide prevention, and therapy and counseling. This report also highlights four UIHO programs with the goal of sharing their experiences implementing innovative behavioral health programs with the network of UIHOs and the broader public health community. Lastly, recommendations are presented to support expansion of programs and services available to urban AI/ANs, and build on the strengths and achievements of UIHO’s current behavioral health programs.
Download the full report (pdf).
“You Matter” Campaign for Young Adults in Emotional Distress or Suicidal Crisis
Posted: September 05, 2012
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced a new online campaign to promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, You Matter. The campaign focuses on the positive message that the lives of young adults matter, even as they face trying times or difficult problems.
Through a blog and social media, You Matter aims to build awareness and trust in the Lifeline among young adults by providing a safe, online space where they can connect with the Lifeline. The campaign showcases hopeful peer-to-peer messages and also supports friends of young adults who are in distress or crisis, providing them with resources to help. Ultimately, You Matter’s goal is to persuade young adults in emotional distress or suicidal crisis to contact the Lifeline for help by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chatting online.
You Matter includes a website with important information on Lifeline services, how to get help, and warning signs of emotional distress and suicide. The website includes a blog with posts about specific issues that many young adults deal with, such as losing a job or moving back home, and advice on how to deal with stress and life changes. The campaign already has an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Based on careful evaluation of how young adults respond to communication about suicide and crisis counseling, You Matter was developed to meet an important need among young adults, who are often reluctant to reach out for help when they need it. While there are other national campaigns that promote suicide prevention, You Matter is the first to promote counseling services to young adults. For many young people, You Matter can be a first step toward getting help for themselves or their friends.