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Cigarette Use by Adults at an All-Time Low

Nov 08 2018
An estimated 14% of U.S. adults (34 million) were current cigarette smokers in 2017, the lowest level ever recorded. New data published by the CDC, the FDA, and the National Cancer Institute shows that the number of adults who were current cigarette smokers has declined by 67% since 1965. Adults who experience “serious psychological distress,” however, are still more than twice as likely to use tobacco products compared to adults who do not experience distress. For more information about this study, please visit the CDC website.  


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NIH Steps Up Funding for BRAIN Initiative

Nov 05 2018
The National Institutes of Health has announced more than 200 new funding opportunities totaling over $220 million to support the BRAIN Initiative. This exciting cross-agency effort enables researchers to use the latest scientific tools to understand the neural circuitry of the human brain. BRAIN Initiative discoveries not only help us better understand how brain biology influences behavior, they may help address critical issues like the opioid crisis. For more about the BRAIN Initiative, please visit the NIH website.  


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Mobile Education and Enrollment for All of Us

Oct 02 2018

This month NIH launches the 2018-2019 All of Us Journey, a traveling educational exhibit. The tour will begin in North Kansas City, MO and visit cities across the southwest to bring education and enrollment resources to communities that have been historically underrepresented in research. Interested people can learn about research and enroll on the spot, including answering surveys and providing measurements and samples. For more about the All of Us Journey, please visit the NIH website.

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HRSA Releases Annual Data Update on Child Health and Wellness

Oct 01 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released initial data from the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health, a voluntary survey that provides national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. Findings include that in 2016-2017, 80% of children aged 3-17 who were reported as needing mental health services in the past 12 months received these services. For more information, please visit the HRSA website

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Improve CIT Programs with Effective Data: Guide from SAMHSA

Sep 01 2018

Crisis Intervention Teams can improve the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement response to people experiencing behavioral health crises by using data to inform practice. This SAMHSA guide provides information about building partnerships, identifying metrics, establishing data collection processes, analyzing and reporting data, and expanding organizational capacity. For more information, please visit the SAMHSA website