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The Hospice Foundation of America has expressed its sympathy and concern to all whose lives have been touched by the terrible tragedies of September 11. With the help of Kenneth J. Doka and William Lamers, the foundation offered these resources from its literature, focusing on grief after sudden and traumatic loss:

"Facing Sudden Loss" by Judy Tatelbaum, MSW

"Helping a Child Deal with Death" by Nancy Boyd Webb

"Grieving" by Kenneth J. Doka

"The 3 V's of Good Friendship: Supporting Your Friend Through Illness and Loss"

Other resources can be found on their web site at

Cyfernet invites Extension faculty and staff who are working in health related areas to share information in an online Health Professional Database. The purpose of this database is to improve networking and collaboration among those working in health across the country.  The database is a new component of the CYFERnet Professional Database and can be accessed from their home page

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers a variety of resources, including how to implement recommended preventive services into clinical practice.

Pennsylvania Diabetes Academy For patients and health care professionals -- your link to education, information and resources.
The mission of the Professional (Pennsylvania) Diabetes Academy (PDA) is to develop, disseminate, and evaluate diabetes-related training, education and best practices for health-care professionals and their patients.
-- We primarily champion the underserved through Free Clinics, Community Health Centers, community health improvement partnerships and educational institutions.
-- The Professional Diabetes Academy offers opportunities for public and professional education at the community level in current diabetes care. -- The Academy is committed to providing professionals with state-of-the-art training and education in the latest technology that affects therapeutic aspects of this major public health problem.
Web site at :

The Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section newsletter of the American Public Health Association is online. To view, visit

The website has been rated as 'Among The Best' for general nutrition information by the Tufts Nutrition Navigator.
 To view the rating, go to
The nutrition site itself is at

Child Trends has published a report about U.S. Hispanic population based on the most recent census data titled "Trends Among Hispanic Children, Youth and Families." Preliminary figures from the Census Bureau indicate that Hispanics now rival African Americans as the nation's largest racial minority. This rapid growth occurred faster than demographers had predicted. Data on Hispanic children, youth and families show that in many areas such as teen suicide, nonmarital births and health insurance, Hispanics fare worse than blacks and whites. On other measures, however, Hispanics have fared better than other groups. For example, Hispanic mothers have the lowest percentage of low-birthweight babies and are least likely to smoke during their pregnancies.The entire report is available at

Classroom technology use is the focus of a report published by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation based in Los Altos, California.

To subscribe to the Hospice Foundation of America ’s e-mail newsletter, go to

The "Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: A National Action Agenda," (NCJ 186299) is available free from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (JJC). Please use the document number when ordering. Hardcopies can be ordered online at or by writing JJC at P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Or call 800-638-8736 to speak with a publications specialist to request that the document be mailed to you. Please note that a limited number of hardcopies are available from JJC, so please order early from this source. Hardcopies of the Report are also available from the National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, 301-443-4513.

"Assessing Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Disorders in Juvenile Detainees"
(FS-200102) is available free from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (JJC)
in a medium to suit your needs. Please use the document number when ordering. Hardcopies can be ordered online at or by writing JJC at P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. You also may call JJC at 800-638-8736 to speak with a publications specialist to request that the document be mailed to you. This Fact Sheet is also available online at

New materials on the National Medicare Education Program Partners web site include new State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Profiles and a newsletter discussing Medicare Parts A & B: What's the Difference.

Health Disparities: Bridging the Gap: This strategic plan of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) targets health issues of particular concern to minority populations, including infant and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS (targeting women and teens), reproductive health, school readiness,and the early antecedents of adult diseases. The document is available electronically on the NICHD's home page by clicking on the Health Disparities: Bridging the Gap hyperlink at Hard copies are available by calling 800-370-2943, or by sending an e-mail to

In response to a transition to a new Administration, a new Congress, and new faces in areas of health policy, the Institutes of Medicine has prepared Informing the Future, which contains a description of the Institute and its research program. While not a comprehensive review of topics in health policy, it is representative of current or recent areas in which the Institute has worked. It is designed to introduce the Institute to new senior officials, but should also be valuable to anyone working in the health area. In addition, it contains contact information for staff, and a bibliography by topic area of all recent work. The link to the report is at:

Maternal and Child Health web site,, has resources and information on maternal and child health issues.

Two new databases, the Prescription Drug Assistance Program (PDAP) and the Participating Physicians Directory (PPD), are available at

"Increasing School Safety Through Juvenile Accountability" is a 16-page bulletin recommending a comprehensive, collaborative approach to increasing school safety. Available at

Wise Ears! is a national Coalition of over 70 organizations working to prevent noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the public and the worker.

The CDC has issued a Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention sourcebook:

Highmark, Inc., released the first-ever report to look at all major facets of violence in Pennsylvania:

Overview of FDA-approved pharmacologic treatments for tobacco dependence:

The first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health:

USDA’s revised dietary guidelines and growth charts:

Clearinghouse for distance learning courses:


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