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What is pertussis?
Pertussis, also called “whooping cough,” is a disease caused by bacteria. Pertussis is usually mild in older children and adults, but often causes serious problems in babies. Pertussis factsheet pdf logo

Pandemic H1N1 Homecare Guidance
Physician directions to patient/parent pdf logo

Safer bug spray: For a look at safe options to keep mosquitoes at baypdf logo

“Introduction to the Patient Centered Medical Home” is a multimedia program that was developed to help explain this innovative model of healthcare to consumers. The program is the result of a collaboration between the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and Emmi Solutions. Public distribution of this video is made possible through the generous support of TransforMED.  To view and/or download the program to your website click here:

NIH News in Health, June issue the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

The patient-physician relationship: A partnership for better health care and safer outcomes pdf logo

Are You At Risk For a Heart Attack?  "Click here to find your risk of heart attack."  (calculator object)

For the first time ever, you can sign up to receive weekly tips from NCPAD’s Virtual Trainer that will help keep you motivated to stay on track for your health and fitness goals for 2009. You will gain exclusive access to our physical activity and nutrition experts that can provide personalized guidance to you during this 14-week program. Weekly tips will include information on topics such as nutrition, workout ideas, fitness equipment, weather, motivation tools, written and video resources, and more. You will also receive forms that will allow you to log your progress as well as ideas for rewarding yourself when you meet your goals. This 14-week program officially starts on February 14th, so you have plenty of time to fine tune your goals. So celebrate American Heart Month by recruiting your friends and going to to sign up.

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Recipe Book Designed to Teach Hispanics about Healthy Eating More than 10 percent of Hispanics older than age 20 have been diagnosed with diabetes. Developed under the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, the Más que comida, es vida, which means “It’s more than food. It’s life,” guide includes information on how to alter traditional meals to be healthier and how to control portion size.

Hand washing, alcohol-based rubs help curb influenza outbreaks
Victoria Stagg Elliott, AMNews, 2/2/09

The State of Georgia and Together RX Access announce landmark co-promotion to improve prescription access for uninsured Georgians pdf logo
It's easy for eligible people to enroll in Together Rx Access(r), the free program that offers prescription savings on hundreds of brand-name products. In fact, about 10,000 people enroll every week. The simple application process, in both English and Spanish, allows eligible people to quickly sign up for a Together Rx Access Card so they can begin saving on their prescription medicines immediately.