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: http://bit.ly/1IhdgHu
Archive for the ‘Low Income’ Category
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 Nutrition.gov registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season! http://1.usa.gov/1f3LBP0
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. http://1.usa.gov/1gC7RR8
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
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: http://bit.ly/1f3CH48
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
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.”
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. http://n.pr/1xvbyj4
“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: https://www.opressrc.org/
Health Topic page: http://bit.ly/1FKkcva
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: http://bit.ly/18yX0Th
Center for American Progress has published a new report, Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth. This report compiles existing research in order to provide an overview of the demographics of transgender homeless youth, their experiences while homeless, and the factors that contribute to homelessness and housing instability among this community.
Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: http://ampr.gs/1MeZCF4