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Webinars For American Indian/Alaska Native Youth: Preparing Young Leaders For A Lifetime Of Wellness

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

TODAY! August 6, 2013 at 6pm Eastern

“Wellness in Indian Country”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Native American Center for Excellence (NACE) two-part webinar series is targeted for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth leaders and youth in Indian Country who are committed to community wellness, balance and hope for tribal nations.

More information bout the Wellness in Indian Country webinar and the upcoming Leadership, Personal Balance and a Youth Voice for Our Nation webinar can be found online:

Affordable Care Act and Minority Health Webinar

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

National Conference of State Legislatures: Webinar. Affordable Care Act and Minority Health Webinar.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains many provisions that potentially affect the health of racial and ethnic minorities. The law reorganized the federal infrastructure charged with reducing health disparities, required changes in data collection on minority health status, encouraged increased cultural competency for providers, strengthened community health centers, made numerous changes to the insurance market and bolstered prevention, wellness and home visiting programs.

Given that people of color are disproportionately uninsured, another key goal of the ACA, to reduce the number of uninsured, could potentially reduce health disparities for people of color. Both the insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges) and the optional state Medicaid expansions create new coverage options beginning Jan. 1, 2014. This webinar will examine how the provisions of the ACA will affect health outcomes for people of color in the United States.

July 26, 2013, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm ET

To register:

Webinar on Rural Oral Health Toolkit

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Please join the Rural Assistance Center for a free webinar featuring the newly released Rural Oral Health Toolkit.

Webinar Title: Improving Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Time: 1:00pm Central (11:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Mountain, 2:00pm Eastern)

Description: The Rural Assistance Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis recently released a Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), the toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs by building on best practices of successful oral health program models. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by ORHP, including lessons learned.

Featured Speakers:

  • Alycia Bayne, MPA, Senior Research Scientist from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce the Rural Oral Health Toolkit.
  • Linda Mantessino, RN, MPH, FACHE, Grant Director for the Oral Health Outreach Grant Program awarded to Innis Community Health Center, will present on the Building Tomorrow’s Smiles Program, which focuses on enhancing oral health for toddlers and children through primary care clinics and a school based health center in rural Louisiana.
  • Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin, Executive Director of the Thumb Rural Health Network in Harbor Beach, Michigan, will present on the Partnering for Health Program, which strives to increase the number of low income uninsured individuals that have an ongoing source of care or medical home, including access to free or low cost oral health services.

Registration: Visit to register. Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at or 701.777.0584.

Webinar: DSM-5 Changes, Clinical Overview and Business Implications

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

July 31, 2013
2:00 – 3:30pm Eastern

The American Psychiatric Association released the DSM-5, the latest iteration of the leading diagnostic manual for mental health disorders.  The DSM is the foremost resource for psychiatric diagnoses relied upon by individual practitioners, insurers, researchers and policymakers.  Join the National Council for Behavioral Health for this webinar to review the overall changes, garner resources to help clinicians factor the changes into practice and review the business implications.

More information about the DSM-5 Changes webinar can be found on the National Council for Behavioral Health’s web site:

Webinar: Integration Innovations, A Discussion With Two Federal Agencies (Part I of II)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

July 31, 2013
1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern

Federal investment in healthcare reform efforts continue to demonstrate the importance of behavioral health and primary care, screening for mental illnesses and addictions and access to behavioral health and primary care treatment in communities nationwide.  Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Health and Research Services Administration Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care to learn about two innovative federal investments in programs and technical assistance resources that support the integration of primary care and behavioral health services.

More information about the Integration Innovations webinar can be found on the SAMHSA web site:

Webinar: Clinical-Community Relationships As A Pathway To Improve Health

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

August 7, 2013
1:00 -2:00pm Eastern

Register now for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) webinar on Clinical-Community Relationships as a Pathway to Improve Health.  This webinar will provide an overview of recent efforts on these relationships and the need for measures to evaluate their effectiveness.  The webinar will be led by Janice L. Genervro, Ph.D., of AHRQ’s Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.  Other presenters will be

  • Rebecca Etz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Co-Director, Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network
  • Robert M. Pestronk, M.P.H., Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials

The webinar will feature an in-depth look at two new AHRQ tools that are designed to support research and evaluation in the field: the Clinical-Community Relationship Measures Atlas and the Clinical-Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap.

For more information and to register, go to the event web site:

Free Continuing Education Resources for Safety Net Health Professionals from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013, 2 PM ET

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are hosting a webinar to announce an exciting new HRSA Website  that provides HRSA grantees and safety net providers, such as health center providers, rural health providers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other safety net health professionals with free, clinically relevant modules to support continuing education and workforce training.  These free, accredited continuing education resources are based on the comparative effectiveness research from AHRQ;s Effective Healthcare Program

These modules cover a variety of disease areas including, but are not limited to- diabetes management, heart conditions, mental health, and infectious diseases. Participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from AHRQ staff on how these modules help health care providers access evidence-based research to inform patient treatment decisions and improve care.  Furthermore, HRSA staff will discuss how these clinical training modules align with the work of HRSA grantees and debut the new user-friendly HRSA website for safety net providers to access these AHRQ resources. (Registration below)

Presenters include:

Natalie Brevard Perry, M.N., M.P.H.

Deputy Regional Administrator

Atlanta Regional Office

Health Resources and Services Administration


Jean R. Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H.

Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Michael Banyas, M.P.A.

Lieutenant, United States Public Health Service

Health Resources and Services Administration


Register here:

For more information and to send questions to presenters email

Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

The HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s National African Immigrant Project is providing a webinar targeting clinicians that work with African immigrants with HIV and its co-morbidities. The webinar, Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees, will address HIV stigma as it pertains to African clients, MSM in the African community, FGM, gender issues and medical adherence.   

The webinar will address some of the cultural barriers that prevent African clients from accessing treatment and care and adhering to prescribed medications. 

The course is taught by: a Dr. Ijeoma Otigbuo, a Nigerian/American professor of microbiology and immunology at Montgomery College in Maryland; Mrs. Adeline Assani-Uva, a Ghanaian/American registered dietitian; and Dr. Emmanuel Koku, a Ghanaian-American, is an Associate Professor of Sociology, at Drexel University, and a Co-Director of its African Studies Program 

The presenters have several decades of expertise in their respective fields, have done several presentations on these topics and have authored papers on Africans, nutrition and HIV.

Register here:

Webinar: Strength-Based Tribal Collaboration in Action

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Wednesday, July 10th – 10am – 11am Mountain Time

Identifying children at risk for child abuse and neglect is a key feature of community-based interventions.  Assuring the use of culturally appropriate assessment tools and integrating best practices in child welfare are both critical in protecting this at-risk population.  Through the use of the National Indian Child Welfare Association Relational Worldview, participants will be able to assess areas of strength and opportunity for the optimal collaboration in protecting our greatest resource – our children.  Tools and resource links will be provided that can be used across programs to support mutual values.

More information about the Strength-Based Tribal Collaboration webinar can be found online:

Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an early intervention public education program that teaches the public how to assist someone experiencing a behavioral health crisis.  MHFA teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to individuals who may be experiencing signs of a mental illness or substance use disorder.  First Aid is administered to help individuals connect with appropriate care.  The training is especially useful in rural communities where access to mental health services may be limited.  Rural MHFA is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use concerns early and for rural residents to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that do exist.  MHRA is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about emntal health and substance abuse and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these disorders.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course that teaches participants about:

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health issues
  • Prevalence of various mental health disorders
  • The need to reduce stigma
  • A 5-step action plan to assess a situation, identify appropriate interventions, and help those in need access mental health services
  • Resources available to help people experiencing a mental health issue or problem

More information is available from the Rural Assistance Center online: