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Discover What’s New on the Community Outreach Website!

Person on his computer in isolationWe invite you to visit the recently updated NIAMS Health Resources for Community Outreach website. Using feedback from usability reviews and discussions with community members like you, we have refreshed how we feature content and simplified the layout to help you more easily find the health resources you need.

We hope the changes will save you time and improve your experience searching for free resources about bones, joints, muscles and skin to use in your outreach efforts. Our goals included highlighting our multilingual resources more prominently and making a distinction between the different types of resources, so you can select the right format for your patients and community members.

We will be adding new printable resources for patients soon, so check back often for updates. We are also continually updating our health topics, to bring you the most up-to-date health information possible.

Your feedback is valuable to us. We would love to hear what you like and what still needs work. Feel free to email us directly at

COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Get the latest public health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the latest research information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Additional resources include:

Dr. Lindsey Criswell Named as New NIAMS Director

Dr. Lindsey Criswell

Lindsey A. Criswell, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc., has been named director of the NIAMS. Dr. Criswell is currently vice chancellor of research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is a professor of rheumatology and a professor of orofacial sciences at UCSF. She expects to join the NIH in early 2021, as the third director in the history of the NIAMS.

Featured Health Information

Updated Asian-language Health Topics

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We have updated the following health resources in selected Asian languages. The topics are also available in English and Spanish.

You can view all the health topics available here.

How to Find Trustworthy Health Information

Searching the internet for health information is simple, but this approach has drawbacks. It can give you a mix of trustworthy and not-so-trustworthy information.

For better results, start with an organized collection of high-quality resources, and then search for your topic within that collection. For example:

  • For information on diseases and conditions that affect the bones, muscles, joints and skin, we suggest you start here.
  • For health topics in general, try MedlinePlus, sponsored by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine.
  • For information on dietary supplements, try the website of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements.

For more tips on how to find reliable information, visit this website from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Care for the Caregivers in Your Community

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While caregiving can be rewarding, many caregivers are affected by the stress that comes from the emotional and physical strain of caring for others. Learn more about the signs of caregiving stress here, so you can help the caregivers in your community cope and reduce their risk for health problems caused by long-term stress.

New Resources for Older Adults in Spanish

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The NIH’s National Institute on Aging has redesigned its Spanish-language health information page. The new page has information on dozens of topics related to aging and older adults, including healthy eating, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, planning for current and future health care, doctor-patient communication and heart health.

Share Practical Health Information

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The monthly newsletter NIH News in Health brings you practical health news and well-being tips based on NIH research.

Check out the special issue Seniors (PDF‒1MB), a collection of popular stories that feature health tips you can share with the older adults in your community.

Topics in this issue include:

New Resources Available to Learn About NIAMS Funding Opportunities

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To help you stay on top of our latest funding announcements, resources and news, we’ve launched the following e-newsletters and a Twitter account.

Please subscribe, follow and share these new resources with your colleagues and networks!

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.