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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>

Report: AHRQ Minority Health: Recent Findings Program Brief

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports extramural and intramural research on a broad range of topics related to health care quality and safety, effectiveness and outcomes, evidence-based medicine, health care delivery, and the costs and financing of health care. AHRQ also supports targeted research on health care for specific priority populations, including minorities. This program brief summarizes findings from AHRQ-supported research on minority health reported in the literature and/or published by AHRQ from 2008 through mid-2012.

Minority Health: Recent Findings: http://1.usa.gov/12fzEOk

Report: Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Communities of color could see significant improvements in their health through strategic use of emerging technologies in health care, according to a new report, Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities. This report by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Consumers Union, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), offers policy recommendations for how advancements can best improve health in all communities and highlights the importance of improving access to new technologies in underserved areas to avoid exacerbating existing disparities.

Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities: http://bit.ly/Y3tvwi