News and Notes 70 June 12

Men's Health Week; Self-Determination and Aging, latest issue in Research to Practice Brief; online Q&A on research for a cure in SCI held by UAB-SCIMS; launched by HHS; CIRRIE sponsors international presenters for symposium on disability rehabilitation in low and middle income countries; RanchoGait evaluation app debuts on iTunes; Webinar: Bridging the Gap Between Health and Mental Health for Persons with Serious Mental Health Conditions.

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The week of June 10th to the 16th is Men's Health Week. Men’s Health Week promotes awareness and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males by offering free screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities throughout the country. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, and can be a concern for men with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. 

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Self-Determination and Aging
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Lifespan Health and Function (H133B080009) authored Self-Determination and Aging (PDF), the latest issue in Research to Practice Brief published by the National Gateway to Self-Determination. This edition addresses the importance of hearing the voices of adults aging with developmental disabilities, and providing them with the right supports and opportunities to age well and to live self-determined lives. 

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RanchoGait App Debuts on iTunes
The NIDRR-funded field-initiated project Modular Orthoses Prescription System (H133G100268) released RanchoGait, a new app which instructs students and clinicians on how to evaluate both normal and pathological gait. The app includes the highlights and essential elements of normal gait, including phases, functional tasks, task accomplishments, and critical events. This is the first app of a series aimed at prescription of lower extremity orthoses. The app is available free through the iTunes store. An Android version will be released in the near future. 

Grantee event: 

CIRRIE Sponsors Multiple International Presenters for Symposium
The NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) (H133A100021) will sponsor several international presenters for the Symposium on Disability, Technology, and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries at the University of Washington (UW), June 27th and 28th. While in Seattle, the CIRRIE-sponsored researchers will also work with the NIDRR-funded ADA Knowledge Translation Center and the Northwest Regional ADA Network, connect with researchers in prosthetics and orthotics, and give additional presentations on the UW campus.The symposium focuses on improving and increasing access to technology and rehabilitation products and services in low-resourced communities. Registration is open to attend in person or via webcast

Webinar: Bridging the Gap Between Health and Mental Health for Persons with Serious Mental Health Conditions
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B090014)  hosts a webinar, Bridging the Gap Between Health and Mental Health for Persons with Serious Mental Health Conditions, June 19th, 3pm-4pm EDT. The webinar will focus on systems, services, and individual perspectives on the need and the opportunities to bridge the divide between health and mental health. Registration is required with a nominal fee of $15.


UAB-SCIMS Hosts Q&A on Research for a Cure
The NIDRR-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (UAB-SCIMS) (H133N110008) is hosting an online question-and-answer session throughout June on research for a cure in spinal cord injury (SCI). Persons with SCI, family members, and professionals are invited to submit questions all month. Up to two questions will be selected each week to be answered by experts in the field. Answers will be posted to the UAB-SCIMS Information Network, Facebook, and Twitter

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched, a new website dedicated to providing information and resources on mental health. The site includes the basics of mental health, signs of common disorders, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The site also features a treatment locator widget to assist users in finding mental health services by state or zip code search.