NIAMS recently updated flyers describing where to find community outreach resources and health information related to bones, joints, muscles, and skin in various languages on the NIAMS website. The flyers are available in English and Spanish. Stay tuned for Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese versions coming soon. Print them to share at your area health fairs, community events, and health centers.
The recently launched Health Observances webpage now has a Spanish-language version. Visit the page to find a calendar of health observances related to conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, and skin to educate the Hispanic and Latino communities you serve. Each observance includes links to resources to help inform patients and community members about the conditions. Health observances are days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.
The NIAMS website now includes enhanced NIAMS Coalition pages. The NIAMS Coalition is a group of professional and patient advocacy organizations with a shared interest in diseases related to the bones, joints, muscles, and skin.
The updated Coalition Overview page and the new searchable Coalition members page feature a variety of outreach tools and information, such as grants, funding opportunities, and meetings, as well as other resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIAMS, and the NIAMS Coalition organizations.
Native American Heritage Month is a unique opportunity to highlight American Indian and Alaska Native culture, ingenuity, and contributions to biomedical research. The NIH Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) will share resources about NIH Tribal health research and collaborations with Native communities on its LinkedIn and Facebook pages all month long—and beyond.
Please visit the THRO website later this month to watch the recording of the guest lecture, “Protecting the Health of Future Generations Through Community-Based Research and Actions: Working in Partnership With the Tribes of Sivuqaq, Alaska.” Presenters share stories about the region, how their NIH-funded collaborative research began, and discuss their decades of experience conducting community-based participatory research with local Tribes.
More Resources on Native American Health:
- Access the Honoring Health newsletter and other highlighted Tribal health resources from THRO throughout the month.
- Find information on American Indian and Alaska Native Health from MedlinePlus and resources to promote community health from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service.
National Healthy Skin Month is an opportunity to learn about skin health and conditions and to share resources and information with your patients and community members. NIAMS offers more than 40 Health Topics with information related to symptoms, treatment, and tips for daily living.
Health literacy impacts how easily people can find, understand, and use health information to inform health-related decisions. The NIH community is committed to raising awareness about the importance of health literacy and its impact on health. Visit the NIH Clear Communication website for resources and training on health literacy, plain language, and more.
The National Library of Medicine also has a Health Literacy page with basic information on this topic.
When you want to find out about new findings from medical research, it may help to go to the source—the scientific journal article in which the new research was published. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has launched a new tool to help you navigate and understand scientific journal articles.
The “How to Make Sense of a Scientific Journal Article” tool will help you learn about the information you can find in each section of the article, questions you can ask to help you better understand a study’s results, and more.
Find free K‒12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education materials from various NIH Institutes and Centers and from NIH grantees, including Science Education Partnership Award recipients. Use these free resources to engage students in science activities.
It’s a time to celebrate getting older, but caring for your body, mind, mental health, and relationships has health benefits no matter your age. Read and share these science-based that tips can help you stay healthy, happy, and independent for years to come.
Every 5 years, NIAMS revisits and updates its strategic plan, a document designed to guide us in our decision-making about the research the Institute will support. This is an important opportunity for individuals and organizations to provide input on NIAMS’ priorities and direction moving forward. Public input is vital to this plan, both to articulate bold, scientific aspirations and to identify research advances that could have the most impact. More details on the strategic planning process and how to submit your comments can be found in our Request for Information. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2022.
Read the full Director’s Letter.
New RE-JOIN Consortium Awards Seek to Understand Pain Signals in Joints to Reduce Pain, Limit Deterioration, and Restore Healthy Joints
Understanding and treating joint pain is important to improving long-term health—and a fundamental part of the NIAMS mission. With that in mind, NIAMS is supporting a new Consortium that may lead us closer to ultimately being able to restore joint health. The Restoring Joint Health and Function to Reduce Pain (RE-JOIN) Consortium, part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, will bring together multiple research teams to create 3-D maps of the different types of sensory neurons found in two important joints of the body: the knee and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), better known as the jaw joint. This research aims to discover how neurons from these different joints influence and create the sensation of pain, which could potentially lead to novel, more precise therapies for reducing joint pain and deterioration—as well as restoring healthy joints.
Read our recently published Director’s letter announcing the awards.
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