December is National HIV/AIDS Month
December 3, 2015
- HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids such as: blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.
- HIV affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease.
- If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, and not everyone who has HIV advances to this stage.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with AIDS, see our AIDS - Health Promotion Activity Plan (HPAP).Find out more
November is National Diabetes Month
November 3, 2015
Diabetes is also known as Diabetes Mellitus. It is a disease in which a person’s blood sugar is too high. There are two types of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile diabetes and is diagnosed usually in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, therefore blood sugar levels remain high.
Type 2 Diabetes can also be diagnosed in children as well as adults. It is mostly associated with obesity and family history.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with diabetes, see our Diabetes - Health Promotion Activity Plan.Find out more
October is National Down Syndrome Month
October 14, 2015
Down Syndrome is a genetic problem that causes a set of physical and mental traits. People who have Down syndrome tend to have certain features, such as a flat face and a short neck. They also have some degree of intellectual disability. This varies from person to person. But in most cases it is mild to moderate.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with down syndrome, see our Down Syndrome Health Promotion Activity Plan.Find out more
September is National Hydrocephalous Month
September 1, 2015
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the cavities (ventricles) of the brain. CSF is the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It normally cushions the brain to help prevent injury and flows back and forth between the brain cavity and spinal column to maintain the appropriate pressure within the brain. Excessive CSF creates abnormal pressure on brain tissue, causing the ventricles of the brain to widen.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with hydrocephalous, see our Hydrocephalus Health Promotion Activity Plan.
August is National Psoriasis Month
August 3, 2015
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that causes areas of thickened, inflamed, red skin, often covered with silvery scales. This condition alters the life cycle of the skin cells, causing them to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. It often develops between the ages of 15-35, but it can develop at any age. Women and men are equally affected. Psoriasis is not an infection, and it is not contagious.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with psoriasis, see our Psoriasis Health Promotion Activity Plan.
July is National Fragile X Month
July 1, 2015
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability. Most people with FXS have some behavioral challenges.Because many people with FXS have attention disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety, and language – processing problems, they may be more capable than their IQ would suggest.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with FXS, see our Fragile X SYndrome Health Promotion Activity Plan.
2015 Heat Safety Policy
June 25, 2015
The 2015 Heat Safety Policy for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) includes the:
- Heat Safety Policy
- Training materials
June is National Scoliosis Month
June 2, 2015
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spines that occurs most often during a growth spurt in adolescence. Scoliosis can be caused by congenital, developmental or degenerative problems, such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Most cases of scoliosis actually have no known cause.
For an easy way to plan supports for someone with scoliosis, see our Scoliosis, Kyphosis Health Promotion Activity Plan.
Ebola - Frequently Asked Questions
October 14, 2014
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a severe, often fatal, viral hemorrhagic disease caused by the Ebola virus.
Where is Ebola occurring?
The current Ebola outbreak is centered in three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. *Ebola does not pose a significant risk of transmission within the U.S.