The American Heart Association will accept grant-in-aid applications in 20 areas of research, including behavior studies, coping strategies/stress management, health promotion, lifestyle modification, preventive therapeutics, and risk factors. The 3-year support award is $40,000 annually, maximum, plus 10 percent overhead. Doctoral degree is required. Deadline to apply is July 1. Contact the National Center Division of Research Administration, (214)706-1453.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will sponsor clinical trials necessary for Food and Drug Administration approval of new contraceptive drugs and devices. NICHD anticipates initiating evaluation of as many as seven spermicides, four male condoms, three female devices, and two contraceptive drugs between 1995 and 1999. Copies of the Master Agreement Announcement may be obtained from Paul J. Duska, Contracts Management Branch, NICHD, Executive Building, Suite 7A-07, 6100 Executive Blvd., MSC 5710, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse are encouraging research applications that address the issue of relapse to high-risk behaviors after behavior change. Research is needed to develop methods and techniques to understand, prevent, and/or change high-risk sexual and drug-abusing behaviors and to maintain long-term behavior change. Research is encouraged to identify psychological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to relapse. The program announcement is available from Willo Pequegnat, Ph.D., Office on AIDS, NIMH, Parklawn Building, Room 10-75, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857; (301)443-6100.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is sponsoring planning grants for education and training of health sciences librarians. NLM has identified four priority areas for further development: evolving role of the health sciences librarian; professional education programs for health sciences librarians; lifelong learning programs for health sciences librarians; and broadening recruitment into the profession. The request for applications may be obtained from Frances E. Johnson, Division of Extramural Programs, NLM, Building 38A, Room 5S-520, Bethesda, MD 20894; (301)496-4221.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has an ongoing program announcement to support a program of research on health services to drug abusers at high risk for HIV/AIDS. For more information, contact Frank M. Tims, Ph.D., Services Research Branch, NIDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10A-30; Rockville, MD 20857; (301)443-4060.
Cultural Diversity in Healthcare, a new videotape from the American Journal of Nursing Company, teaches healthcare workers how to build better relationships with patients and coworkers and improve a patient's response to treatment in an era of increasing cultural diversity. An awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences improves communication among healthcare staff and with patients. To order a copy of the 22-minute videotape for $250, contact American Journal of Nursing Company, 555 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019-2961l; (800)CALL-AJN (225-5256).
To help patients learn and understand their rights and responsibilities when using a managed health care program, the National Rural Health Association has produced a videotape and accompanying brochure in English and Spanish. Patients' Rights and Responsibilities Under Managed Health Care tells the patient, in a physician's office or clinic setting, how managed health care plans work. The patient may then take a brochure home for future reference. Funded by the Bureau of Primary Health Care, each video costs $20 and comes with a sample brochure. Additional brochures may be purchased in packets of 25 for $10. A complete set of one video, one packet of English brochures, and one packet of Spanish brochures costs $35. To order, send advance payment to National Rural Health Association, Publications Department, One West Armour Blvd., Suite 301, Kansas City, MO 64111.
The Bureau for At-Risk Youth has announced a new seven-video series entitled Parenting Difficult Adolescents. The series profiles seven troubled teens and their parents as they encounter such problems as gang involvement, eating disorders, substance abuse, defiant behavior, depression, and teen sexuality. The video program features dramatized skits and commentary from teens, parents, and child behavior experts. Parents learn how to recognize problems, resolve disagreements, de-escalate conflicts, set limits, and seek professional help when necessary. For more information, contact Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 645 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743; (800)99-YOUTH (999-6884).
The American Medical Association (AMA) has published a two-part Policy Compendium on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Harmful Substances Affecting Adolescents. This book is intended for policy makers and health professionals and discusses their roles and responsibilities in the prevention and treatment of adolescent use of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances. The compendium contains policy recommendations from each organization affiliated with the AMA National Coalition on Adolescent Health. For more information, contact AMA, Order Department, P.O. Box 109050, Chicago, IL 60610; (800)621-8335.
America's Children: Triumph or Tragedy, by Charles N. Oberg, MD, MPH, Nicholas A. Bryant, and Marilyn L. Bach, PhD, has been published by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The book states that the representation of America's children among the poor and disadvantaged has grown at an unprecedented rate. The authors propose a solution to this problem in the form of an "Integrated Children's Network" of six interlocking "gears" necessary for the health of our children: economic security, medical care, shelter, proper nutrition, child care, and early education. The cost for APHA members is $10.50 and for nonmembers is $15. To order, call (202)789-5667.
Education Programs Associates (EPA) now offers two comprehensive, easy-to-read booklets about reproductive health. What is Right for You: Choosing a Birth Control Method provides the latest information on 13 birth control methods, including Norplant, Depo-Provera, and the female condom. STDs: What You Need to Know features the latest public health guidelines on preventive health behaviors. Spanish-language adaptations of both booklets are also available. To order, contact EPA, 1 West Campbell Ave., Building D, Campbell, CA 95008; (408)374-3720.
A catalog of mental health materials is available from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The Let's Talk About Mental Illnesses Catalog features time and money-saving audience-targeted guides, issue-oriented fact sheets, "how-to" idea books, a camera-ready book that provides everything to create localized pamphlets and advertisements, low-priced clearance items, educational comic books in English and Spanish, and more. For a free 1995 catalog, contact APA, Division of Public Affairs, Dept. MCAT95, 1400 K St. NW., Washington, DC 20005; (202)682-6324.
A new report by the National Heart Attack Alert Program, Emergency Department: Rapid Identification and Treatment of Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction, discusses the scientific basis for early care and makes a number of recommendations for reducing emergency department delays in the identification and treatment of heart attack patients. For a complimentary copy of the report (NIH publication 93-3278), contact the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center, P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, MD 20824-0105; (301)251-1222.
In 1993, 40,115 people died in motor vehicle crashes, and 24,530 became homicide victims. Motor vehicle crashes cost approximately $137 billion annually, compared to $19 billion each year for victims of personal and household crimes. In the United States, one motor vehicle fatality occurs every 13 minutes, and one murder occurs every 21 minutes. For a copy of the brochure Saving Lives and Combating Crime, contact Police Traffic Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NTS-41, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reached a proposed agreement with the State of California, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others in a lawsuit concerning pesticides and the Delaney clause. The agreement will lead to the further review of at least 49 pesticides and could lead to a cancellation of the uses of 36 others. The Delaney clause prohibits residues of cancer-causing pesticides from being present in processed foods. For a copy of the agreement, call (703)305-5017.
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