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September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

From the CDC. The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. For every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year.  The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many parents and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. Find out what you can do to help prevent this from happening and learn how to keep your infant safe.

Medicaid Reimbursement Toolkit for Health Education

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Education is an important part of preventing chronic disease and improving health outcomes. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has released a new toolkit, entitled Advocating for Health Education Reimbursement in Medicaid State Plans, which can be used to help prepare a state Medicaid plan amendment to request reimbursement for preventive services provided by health education specialists. The toolkit includes fact sheets, examples, and instructions for how health education specialists can work with local partners for a state plan to obtain reimbursement for prevention services. Access the toolkit here:

How to Find Farmers Markets in Your Area

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Why shop at a farmers market? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of buying fresh, nutritious, delicious and locally grown foods. Hear a registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!

To find a farmers market in your area search the Farmers Markets Directory Search from the USDA. Some markets are able to take SNAP & WIC benefits for payment.

Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores De Salud

Monday, June 15th, 2015

On June 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health will launch a new online training program for promotores de salud (community health workers).

That same day, they will hold a stakeholder call to introduce the program.

June 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Toll Free Number: 888-989-3422; Participant Passcode: 1071091

From the Office of Minority Health:

“This new e-learning program is designed to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote individual- and community-level changes toward better health. It is available in both Spanish and English at no cost to participants. The e-learning program will provide promotores de salud with basic knowledge to: promote healthy choices at the individual and community levels; apply basic principles and strategies to motivate behavioral changes among the community members they serve; and empower those individuals to create change in their communities.”


J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the HHS Office of Minority Health

Ken Johnson, JD, Senior Public Health Advisor, HHS Office of Minority Health

Liliana Rañón, Associate Director, Asian American/Pacific Islander & Latino Affairs, HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

Brendaly Rodríguez, MA, Manager, Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program, University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Co-chair, Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, and Member, HHS Promotores de Salud Initiative Steering Committee

Social Determinants of Health for Rural People

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center offers a new topic guide: Social Determinants of Health for Rural People. Visit this guide to learn how income-level, educational attainment, race, and where you reside impact health. Find statistics and FAQs on the health inequities that rural residents experience. This guide focuses on the health inequities that rural residents experience, discussing the impact of and documenting rural differences:

Webinar: From Homeless to Healthy: How to Effectively Reach People who Experience Homelessness (and keep them engaged)

Friday, May 1st, 2015

What can integrated primary and behavioral health care providers do to connect with individuals who experience homelessness – and keep them engaged in services? Individuals experiencing homelessness face many challenges that can prevent them from engaging in primary and behavioral health care integrated services, such as a trauma history, distrust of the health care system, extended periods of homelessness, or unresolved substance use issues. Join this webinar, a partnership between the SAMSHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the SAMHSA Homeless and Housing Resource Network, to learn considerations for working with the homeless population. Hear how a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grantee provides mobile services and medical outreach to engage clients and how sober housing may be an option for those also seeking substance use treatment.

Richard Cho, MCP, Senior Policy Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, James Withers, MD, Medical Director, Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Jason Howell, MBA, PRSS, Director, Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network, National Alliance on Recovery Residences

From Homeless to Healthy: How to Effectively Reach People who Experience Homelessness (and keep them engaged)
Tue, May 19, 2015 2:00 PM EDT

How to Assess the Effectiveness of ACA Outreach and Education Efforts (webinar)

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From Community Science

“Join Community Science for a Webinar: “How to Assess the Effectiveness of ACA Outreach and Education Efforts” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2:30pm – 4:00pm EDT.  This webinar will provide practical strategies to assess outreach and education efforts used to inform difficult to reach, racially and ethnically diverse populations on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In addition, this webinar will provide organizations that are conducting, funding, or planning, ACA outreach and education to racially and ethnically diverse populations with insights on assessing the reach and effectiveness of those activities. The webinar will focus on lessons learned from an evaluation conducted by Community Science.”


People with Low Incomes Say They Pay a Price in Poor Health

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions.  


Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

“The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) is an initiative of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A strategic part of OPRE’s mission to provide synthesis and dissemination of research and demonstration findings, the SSRC provides researchers, policymakers, and practitioners access to high-quality research focusing on self-sufficiency, employment, and family and child well-being.”

Included in the SSRC is research on access to health care and the relationship between health status and income.

Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse:

Health Topic page:

The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

From Kaiser Health News, here is a helpful analysis of the Affordable Care Act case now before the Supreme Court. Five important points and their potential consequences are detailed here: