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Updated Guidance for Schools for the Fall Flu Season

The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was announced today at a joint news conference by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, and CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

Updated federal guidelines offer state and local public health and school officials a range of options for responding to 2009 H1N1 influenza in schools, depending on how severe the flu may be in their communities.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other top HHS officials participated in a webcast on Friday where they discussed how health insurance reform will benefit all Americans.

Health Insurance Reform Will Benefit All Americans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other top HHS officials held a webcast on Friday 8/7 where they discussed how health insurance reform will benefit all Americans and took on some of the myths out there. View


August 12, 2009
HHS Announces $13.4 Million in Financial Assistance to Support Nurses

HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr today announced the release of $13.4 million for loan repayments to nurses who agree to practice in facilities with critical shortages and for schools of nursing to provide loans to students who will become nurse faculty..  More...

August 11, 2009
12 Year Nationwide Drop in Tobacco Sales to Minors Continues Under State/Federal Partnership Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that tobacco sales to underage youth have reached historic lows  More...

August 11, 2009
New Report Examines Insurance Company Practice of Denying Coverage To or Discriminating Against Americans Who Have Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

In a new report, "Coverage Denied: How the Current Health Insurance System Leaves Millions Behind," the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services examines the insurance company practice of denying coverage to or discriminating against Americans who have pre-existing medical conditions.  More...

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Of Interest: Safety in the Sun

mother and sun with sunscreen lotion As summer begins to turn up the heat, you should start taking extra care to protect yourself from the sun. UV, or ultraviolet, rays have the ability to damage your skin cells and cause a variety of problems, including skin spots and skin cancer. In order to help protect yourself against UV rays, avoid being in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, especially during peak hours of daylight (10:00am and 4:00pm). Also use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15; be sure to reapply after swimming, toweling off, or being in the sun for more than an hour and a half. Learn more about sun safety.

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