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Webinar: Lessons Learned from Early Outreach and Enrollment Projects

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

From Families USA:

Open enrollment in the new health care benefits available under the Affordable Care Act begins October 1. Engaging communities and uninsured stakeholders now is key to ensuring the success of enrollment efforts. Community groups, faith communities, health care providers, and advocacy organizations are busy making plans for outreach and education. Families USA next Health Action webinar will feature a discussion with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Health Care Workers about the results of two pilot outreach projects. Both projects tested and evaluated effective methods for reaching, educating, and engaging target communities about health care coverage options.

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Early Outreach and Enrollment ProjectsWednesday, August 21, 20132:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT – 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/14PxN1V

Planned Parenthood will discuss the two canvass pilot projects they conducted in Detroit, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas, from May to June, which tested messaging and enrollment best practices related to the Affordable Care Act. They will present their results and the lessons they learned.

SEIU will discuss the pilot program they ran in south Los Angeles, California, which focused on determining the obstacles that consumers face to getting health coverage and methods to find, screen, and enroll people in health coverage.

There is a lot of work to be done between now and October 1 to make sure we are ready for open enrollment. We hope you can join us for this important conversation that can inform your outreach and enrollment plans and goals.

Community Health Center Uses TeleMedicine to Improve Pain Management

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

A Community Health Center in Middleton, Connecticut is tackling disparities in pain management with a new program utilizing telemedicine. The program provides access to specialty care for minority patients who are underserved by pharmacies and by health care providers: http://bit.ly/17q1c1q

Spotlight On Minority Mental Health

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

From the Health and Human Services Administration’s National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities Blog:

One in four.

That’s how many adults are facing mental health problems in our country – and there is evidence to suggest that the burden of mental health issues may be even greater among minority communities. But too often, the causes and consequences of untreated mental health problems are left out of the conversation when we talk about improving the health of our most vulnerable and underserved. For communities that are already confronting widespread barriers to health and opportunity, the consequences of mental health problems – among them, decreased worker productivity, increased economic costs to the health care system and heightened risk of premature death, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – can have a devastating toll.

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the costly burden of mental health problems for diverse communities, and we shine a light on avenues for prevention, treatment, wellness and recovery. We acknowledge that mental health problems touch all communities, in all parts of our country – but that the struggle for equity persists in mental health as well.

To read the whole story, visit the blog site: http://1.usa.gov/17vRlG5

Health Disparties Facts and Information

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Healthworks Collective, an international healthcare community, provides information and discussion forums about innovative medical technology and the latest healthcare policy ideas. See “Racial Health Disparities Among People with Chronic Conditions in the US: Facts and Statistics” for facts, statistics, and links to resources: http://bit.ly/1b7Bxxm.

Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report: Aggregate Results from Urban Indian Health Organizations, 2008-2012

Friday, June 7th, 2013

To better understand the trends in diabetes services and outcomes among AI/AN patients with diabetes, the Urban Indian Health Institute conducts an annual medical chart audit, also known as the Indian Health Service (IHS) Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit. Information collected by these agencies is submitted to the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP). This information is used for diabetes surveillance and to help provide a clinical overview of AI/ANs who receive diabetes care and services through the Indian health system. 12% of urban AI/ANs in UIHO service areas report being told by a doctor that they have diabetes compared with 8% of the general population. Poverty, limited access to care and high mobility create challenges for diabetes patients trying to access and receive regular care. In all UIHO service areas combined, significantly more AI/ANs (23%) live below the federal poverty level compared with the general population (14%). The full report is available at http://bit.ly/12wrhyI

Improving Patient Safety by Using Checklists

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

An interesting study funded by AHRQ. Here is the AHRQ press release, January 16, 2013; Standard Written Checklists Can Improve Patient Safety During Surgical Crises <http://goo.gl/P5dJ0>.
“It has been found that when doctors, nurses and other hospital operating room staff follow a written safety checklist to respond when a patient experiences cardiac arrest, severe allergic reaction, bleeding followed by an irregular heart beat or other crisis during surgery, they are nearly 75 percent less likely to miss a critical clinical step, according to a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)”.

Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to increase the participation of people in racial, ethnic and other minority groups in the clinical trials that test new medical products.

Why is this important?

Ensuring meaningful representation of minorities in clinical trials for regulated medical products is fundamental to FDA’s regulatory mission and public health, says Jonca Bull, M.D., director of the agency’s Office of Minority Health (OMH). Racial and ethnic minorities include African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.”

Read the rest of the article at: http://1.usa.gov/17vMkzI

National Library Week

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In observance of both National Library Week, and National Minority Health Month, the OMHRC Knowledge Center was invited to post a blog for the Office of Minority Health website!  Read more about the collection:

Free Library Puts Resources About Minority Health Within Arm’s Reach: http://1.usa.gov/13q4vYK

Making Health Care Safer: new report on patient safety

Monday, March 18th, 2013

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“Making Health Care Safer ll, An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, a new report by AHRQ, encourages health care providers to adopt patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective. The new report emphasizes evidence about implementation, adoption and the context in which safety strategies have been used. This helps clinicians understand what works, how to apply it, and under what circumstances it works best so they can adapt it to local needs. It also identifies gaps where more research can propel patient safety efforts further. Widespread adoption of the encouraged strategies has the potential to save hundreds—if not thousands—of lives, the authors estimate.”

See the 22 recommended strategies: http://1.usa.gov/YkSTPc

Read the full-report: http://1.usa.gov/1425TQN

Interesting Article and Issue of Health Affairs

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Health Affairs, Issue title: New Era of Patient Engagement, February 2013; Volume 32, Issue 2.

Health Affairs, Health Policy Brief: Patient Engagement, Feb. 14, 2013 < http://bit.ly/ViCa29>