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Health Education Sites

The following list of websites can be used to enhance your curriculum; however, CASHE is not responsible for their website content.  These websites are provided as a teacher resource.

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Are the kids starting to ask about Ebola and you don’t know the facts? The best SAFE source for any disease is at CDC.gov. In the the case of Ebola (Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) go to: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html     FOR MERS UPDATES GO TO CDC.GOV AND SEARCH MERS AND READ BELOW:

Press Release

Embargoed Until: Friday, May 2, 2014, 3:30 PM ET
Contact: CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

CDC announces first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States

MERS case in traveler from Saudi Arabia hospitalized in Indiana

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed today in a traveler to the United States. This virus is relatively new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

“We’ve anticipated MERS reaching the US, and we’ve prepared for and are taking swift action,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “We’re doing everything possible with hospital, local, and state health officials to find people who may have had contact with this person so they can be evaluated as appropriate.  This case reminds us that we are all connected by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.  We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad.”

On April 24, the patient traveled by plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, England then from London to Chicago, Illinois.  The patient then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana.  On the 27th, the patient began to experience respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever. The patient went to an emergency department in an Indiana hospital on April 28th and was admitted on that same day. The patient is being well cared for and is isolated; the patient is currently in stable condition. Because of the patient’s symptoms and travel history, Indiana public health officials tested for MERS-CoV. The Indiana state public health laboratory and CDC confirmed MERS-CoV infection in the patient this afternoon.

“It is understandable that some may be concerned about this situation, but this first U.S. case of MERS-CoV infection represents a very low risk to the general public,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.  In some countries, the virus has spread from person to person through close contact, such as caring for or living with an infected person. However, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.

CDC and Indiana health officials are not yet sure how the patient became infected with the virus.  Exposure may have occurred in Saudi Arabia, where outbreaks of MERS-CoV infection are occurring. Officials also do not know exactly how many people have had close contact with the patient.

So far, including this U.S. importation, there have been 401 confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection in 12 countries. To date, all reported cases have originated in six countries in the Arabian Peninsula.  Most of these people developed severe acute respiratory illness, with fever, cough, and shortness of breath; 93 people died. Officials do not know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for the virus.

“In this interconnected world we live in, we expected MERS-CoV to make its way to the United States,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “We have been preparing since 2012 for this possibility.”

Federal, state, and local health officials are taking action to minimize the risk of spread of the virus.  The Indiana hospital is using full precautions to avoid exposure within the hospital and among healthcare professionals and other people interacting with the patient, as recommended by CDC.

In July 2013, CDC posted checklists and resource lists for healthcare facilities and providers to assist with preparing to implement infection control precautions for MERS-CoV.
As part of the prevention and control measures, officials are reaching out to close contacts to provide guidance about monitoring their health.

While experts do not yet know exactly how this virus is spread, CDC advises Americans to help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by washing hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching their eyes, nose and/or mouth with unwashed hands, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

The largest reported outbreak to date occurred April through May 2013 in eastern Saudi Arabia and involved 23 confirmed cases in four healthcare facilities. At this time, CDC does not recommend anyone change their travel plans. The World Health Organization also has not issued Travel Health Warnings for any country related to MERS-CoV.  Anyone who develops fever and cough or shortness of breath within 14 day after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula should see their doctor and let them know where they travelled.

For more information about MERS Co-V, please visit:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome:
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html

About Coronavirus:
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html

Frequently Asked MERS Questions and Answers:
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html

Indiana Department of Health
http://www.state.in.us/isdh/External Web Site Icon

 

Speaking of www.cdc.gov – the CDC site has information on just about everything a health teacher could use (ok – zip on pay raises). So we posted a link on ebola above but now everyone is hearing about e-cigarettes. Just go to cdc.gov, go to search and hit e-cigaretttes or cancer or HIV or YRBS or pay raises!

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  • Act Against AIDS (AAA) – Act Against AIDS is a five-year national campaign launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House to combat complacency about HIV and AIDS in the United States. Launched in 2009, Act Against AIDS focuses on raising awareness among all Americans and reducing the risk of infection among the hardest-hit populations – gay and bisexual men, African Americans, Latinos, and other communities at increased risk.
  • YRBS-LAUSD 2013 – This is the link to the LAUSD AIDS Prevention Unit ‘s link to the recent YRBS LAUSD both middle school and high school.  Some fascinating data here for LAUSD. www.aidspreventionlausd.net/yrbs.html
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out with a great new program to fight smoking by teens – THE REAL COST. They have some great print materials AND some super PSA type spots on their site and also on YouTube. THIS is realllllllly great stuff! You will have no problem coming up with teaching ideas. Now for an FDA similar site for marijuana and heroin.
  • Affordable Care Act – Affordable Care Act Ensures Women Receive Preventive Services at No Additional Cost.Read the full News Release here.
  • teen2xtreme.net – is a teens-only website where teens can come to learn about issues that matter to them. The site is fully manager by hosts who make sure that the content and discussions are appropriate. T2X.ME is YOUR place to connect with other teens around what matters to you. Talk about the things you care about, share your thoughts and find ways to take action to help yourself and your community. You want to know how to take care of yourself, from the little things to the big. Your body, your health, your life are yours and yours alone, and this site is a guide for making the most of what you’ve got.
  • CDC – School Health Education Resources (SHER) – This site is full of health teaching lesson plans and ideas on all sorts of health related topics.
  • 2014 National Health Information Calendar – This calendar has all of the nationally recognized health related days. Such as: World Aids Day, Great American Smokeout and even National Foot Health Week.
  • Healthy Youth – Student Health and Academic Achievement A great report from the CDC linking student health and academic achievement. Useful information for accreditation reports and importance of health education. LATEST YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY (YRBS) FOUND HERE.
  • California HealthyKids Resource Center has all sorts of materials that teachers can borrow (check your local district policie s regarding use). Be sure to request “Buzz in a Bottle” (#8357-10) to review.
  • HealthyPeople 2020 has come out with a new sectio n on Adolescent Health. Useful information for accreditation reports and importance of health education
  • It’s ALL ONE Curriculum from the Population Council has lots of ideas health teachers might consider incorporating into their curriculum AFTER checking with you local district policies.
  • HealthTeacher.com is another great source of health lessons K-12. There is a license fee, so do the school-wide license and save money.
  • Health Ed Lesson Plans Health Education Teaching Techniques from the American Association for Health Education. Many well planned lessons.
  • PHIL (Public Health Image Library) The CDC has a great resource for you in PHIL. You will find lots of FREE images that pertain to health that YOU can use with your classroom teaching. Save them on YOUR site as “my pictures” or something clever.
  • WHAT ONE HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH TEACHER DOES… BrownellatTaft.weebly.com
    I currently teach four health education classes, primarily to freshman, a leadership course (SPIRIT) and one course at Pierce Community College.On the site students and parents/families can find high school daily agendas including homework information (especially helpful for absent students and parents/families who want to make sure homework is being done), how to contact me (email is my preferred method of communication), information on our service learning requirement including places students can volunteer, book lists (fiction and non-fiction), links to additional health information, my wish list (for the classroom and more), and tips for how parents/families can best help their struggling student.The site is completely free to me (weebly) and users do not have to register.  Students are not required to use the website for any reason.  And there is a disclaimer on the homepage.  My student TA, Alex Sandoval, completely designed the website for me and updated it daily.Please email me with any questions or comments :)
  • CASHE member Dr. Beverly Bradly has written a great article discussion the realtionahip of health education and student academic achievment which can be accessed at http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(13)00050-5/fulltext
  • The Friends of Project 10, website has lots of answers that may come up in class pertaining to GLTBQ issues. Gail Rolf (CASHE co-founder) says they will be posting information about recent court rulings. They have an entire section of resources for educations (teachers, administrators, etc.). www.Project10.org
  • Lambda Legal has quite a legal resource site featuring state by state status for individual states. There are four categories they report on: laws about bullying; laws about parenting; laws about work place; and laws about relationships such as Prop 8.
  • National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD): National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic. Click here to learn more.