Internet Connect

One small step for HEM, one grand step for readers

Perhaps you need a little more practice before you call yourself the John Glenn or Sally Ride of cyberspace. Well, Homecare Education Management has just the solution. As a new feature for 1999, HEM will provide you with Internet addresses where you may find additional information about some of the topics covered in each issue.

Web sites sometimes change quickly, so we’ll do our best to make sure the addresses listed are current — at least for the month in which they’re published. Each listing will begin with the Web site in boldface, excluding the typical introductory characters of http://. The address will be followed by a description of what you will find on the site and the name, address, and phone number of the sponsoring organization, when available.

Here are some Web sites that correspond to articles published in this issue of HEM:

• www.fightbac.org/media/index.html: Sponsored by the Partnerships for Food Safety Education, this Web site includes a fact sheet about the organization, which is a public/private partnership created to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness by educating Americans about safe food-handling practices. All of the information on the site is subject to copyright laws. The site has links to the partnership’s 20 member organizations, including the American Meat Institute and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Best feature: The site’s media center link includes a description of foodborne illness and a list of seven foodborne pathogens.

• family.com: Disney Online created this site, which is filled with games, crafts, hobbies, and other wholesome activities. It also has recipes from FamilyFun Magazine for play clay and cornstarch clay. All you have to do is go to the main page’s search engine and type in "play dough," and it will offer you some choices of where to find it.

• www.premier.net/~gero/geropsyc.html: Geropsychology Central of the department of psychology at Louisiana State University created this site. It has little psychological information, but it does have links to other psychology sites.

• ad.bio.uci.edu/: This educational site was created by the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California in Irvine. Again, this site may be most useful for its links to additional information.

• www.cmhc.com/prof.htm: You’ll find some clear-cut descriptions of many different psychiatric disorders, a complete list of all ICD-9-CM mental disorder codes, and a complete list of DSM-IV codes. This informative site also has links to other psychiatric information and resources. Its copyrighted material is sponsored by Mental Health Net & CMHC Systems.


` Special Days to Remember `

December

1-31: Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis. Communities across the nation will feature events with a variety of running and walking competitions. Participants will dress in costumes and wear bells on their shoes. Contact: Arthritis Foundation, 1330 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309. Telephone: (404) 872-7100, ext. 6228.

1: World AIDS Day. Designated by the World Health Organization, the day is part of continuing efforts to increase awareness about AIDS. Contact: American Association for World Health, 1825 K St. NW, Suite 1208, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 466-5883. Fax: (202) 466-5896. E-mail: AAWHstaff@aol.com.

25: Clara Barton’s Birthday (1821-1912). Clara Barton was the founder of the American Red Cross.

January

1-31: National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Sponsored by Prevent Blindness America, the month raises awareness of the eye disease, which affects 2-3 million people. Contact: Nancy Antol, special projects manager, Prevent Blindness America, 500 E. Remington Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Telephone: (800) 331-2020. Fax: (847) 843-8458. E-mail: info@preventblindness.org. Web site: http://www.preventblindness.org.

17-23: Healthy Weight Week. The week celebrates healthy lifestyle habits and is observed with displays, health fairs, and media programs. Contact: Frances Berg, Healthy Weight Journal, 402 S. 14th St., Hettinger, ND 58639. Telephone: (701) 567-2646. Fax: (701) 567-2602. E-mail: fmberg@ healthyweightnetwork.com. Web site: http://www.healthyweightnetwork.com.

25: National Intravenous Nurse Day. The day honors intravenous nurse professionals with special events and educational material. Contact: Publications Department, Intravenous Nurses Society, Fresh Pond Square, 10 Fawcett St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Telephone: (800) 694-0298. Fax: (617) 441-3009. World Wide Web site: http:// www.ins1.org.

This calendar listing is provided courtesy of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Develop ment of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The organization, located at One N. Franklin, 31st Floor, Chicago, IL 60606, sells a 73-page "Health Observances & Recognition Days" 1999 calendar (Catalog No. HD-166858) for $15 for AHA members and $20 for nonmembers. Call (800) 242-2626 for more information.