May 9, 2017
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NIH Increases Awareness About Lupus, One Conversation at a Time

Community members Karen McDowell (left) and Janice Flemming (center) have their blood pressure checked by Chi Eta Phi nurse Gwendylon Johnson (right) at a recent Kidney Sundays event.

People often turn to their places of worship for guidance on how to live better. This makes faith-based settings effective for providing relevant and reliable health information. Recently, the NIAMS joined forces with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., to help community faith leaders raise awareness about lupus in their congregations.

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Image: Community members Karen McDowell (left) and Janice Flemming (center) have their blood pressure checked by Chi Eta Phi nurse Gwendylon Johnson (right) at a recent Kidney Sundays event. Photo credit: Colleen M. Dundas, NIAMS


NIAMS Community Outreach Website in Spanish!

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The NIAMS Community Outreach Initiative website is now available in Spanish. The purpose of this website is to help you with successful outreach and health promotion by providing easy-to-find, Spanish-language information and resources on bones, joints, muscles and skin. The site’s social media sharing tools include eye-catching e-cards for outreach and health messaging. Visite el nuevo sitio web de la Iniciativa de Alcance Comunitario del NIAMS aquí!


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Are you planning outreach efforts or community events this spring? The resources below can help you educate your patients and community members about bone, joint, muscle and skin health.

May Is National Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a diverse group with many different cultures, languages and customs and a deep sense of history that honors family and community. Some people in these groups may be at increased risk for certain health conditions, such as lactose intolerance, osteoporosis and lupus. Help us educate these communities about conditions that can affect them by sharing health resources in their preferred language. Please visit the NIAMS Asian-Languages Resources portal to access downloadable materials in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

June Is National Men’s Health Month

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National Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of health problems that affect men and boys and encourage them to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Check out our Health Information for Men page for resources to help men stay healthy and manage conditions that affect their bones, joints, muscles and skin.

COMING SOON! Health Information Basics in Asian Languages

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The NIAMS is adding two new Asian-language titles to its popular series “Health Information Basics.” The new publications will be available online in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese this summer. The titles will present basic information about lupus and arthritis in a simple, easy-to-read format with eye-catching images.

To explore these and other NIAMS resources, please visit the NIAMS Publications Catalog online, contact the NIAMS Information Clearinghouse toll free at 877-226-4267 (TTY: 301-565-2966) or email

Access Multilingual Health Information

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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has a new resource for people who work with health disparity populations with limited English proficiency—the Language Access Portal (LAP).

The LAP contains information, in multiple languages, for six disease areas where major health disparities have been identified in non-English-speaking populations. Disease areas currently include cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. New disease areas and resources will be added as they become available, including conditions related to the bones, joints, muscles and skin.

New! Monthly Updates from the NIH in Spanish

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The NIH recently launched the e-newsletter, NIH Información de Salud, featuring highlights from the NIH Spanish Health Information portal. Each month, the e-newsletter highlights Spanish-language health resources for patients and families on topics such as heart health, wellness and diabetes. Click here to subscribe.

We invite you to subscribe to the NIAMS Update e-newsletter for the latest scientific news and resources on diseases of the bones, joints, muscles and skin. The NIAMS also publishes the Honoring Health: Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives e-newsletter, which is distributed three times per year and highlights a different health topic for each issue, along with helpful resources for community members and health professionals.