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Stable Housing Fact Sheet

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) released a fact sheet entitled, “Fostering Health Families Through Stable Housing – The Role of the Health Care System.”  This fact sheet considers how health plans and their foundations can contribute to improving housing and health care for homeless and at-risk children, with examples and resources to guide health plan efforts.

View the full Stable Housing Fact Sheet online (PDF file): http://bit.ly/VQJksc

Health Equality Week of Action

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

American Medical Student Association: January 21-29, 2013 is recognized as Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA). This year’s theme is a focus on the food inequities and disparities faced in the United States.

Resources, toolkits and calendar of events are now available here: http://bit.ly/Y5LpET

Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Food prepared away from home (FAFH)—whether from table-service restaurants, fast-food establishments and other locations, or from a take-out or delivery meal eaten at home—is now a routine part of the diets of most Americans. Previous Economic Research Service (ERS) research found that FAFH tends to be lower in nutritional quality than food prepared at home (FAH), increases caloric intake, and reduces diet quality among adults and children. This study updates previous research by examining dietary guidance and the nutritional quality of FAH versus FAFH in 2005-08, compared with 1977-78. Poor diets contribute to obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other health conditions that impose a substantial economic burden on individuals and society. The increased popularity of FAFH is prompting new health promotion strategies, such as menu labeling, to address this challenge. The full report, “Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008,” is available at http://1.usa.gov/TNtL3G

Children’s Health Insurance State Fact Sheets

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

These Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Fact Sheets provide key information describing each state’s CHIP program at a time when states are both immersed in implementing the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and Affordable Care Act. The Fact Sheets include general program information, data on enrollment and participation rates, eligibility and cost sharing requirements, enrollment and renewal simplifications, and other program highlights. Data presented in the Fact Sheets came from a variety of sources, including state reported data.  http://bit.ly/10PUhPg

Commonwealth Fund Video: Improving Care for Vulnerable Populations

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

In the United States, vulnerable populations, including low-income people, the uninsured, and racial and ethnic minorities, have great difficulty accessing health care, receive worse care overall, and experience poorer health outcomes than other groups.  A new video features Pamela Riley, senior program officer for The Commonwealth Fund’s vulnerable populations program, outlining the need to improve care for these Americans and explaining how the Affordable Care Act will help improve health care access, quality, and outcomes.  The health reform law’s Medicaid expansion, Riley says, will bring coverage to millions who need it and help sustain safety-net facilities.

To view the video, go to the Commonwealth Fund’s web site: http://bit.ly/12jshSt

Pink Ribbon Sunday Program

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) launched the Pink Ribbon Sunday program to educate African American and Hispanic women about early detection of breast cancer through mammography. The program strives to reduce breast cancer health disparities by empowering community leaders to develop mammography awareness programs tailored to the needs of their region. Pink Ribbon Sunday originally targeted churches, but the program has since expanded to all types of organizations serving women from diverse ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. Pink Ribbon Sunday activities have been conducted in urban and rural communities from Oklahoma to Puerto Rico, reaching over 100,000 women. Activities have ranged from mobile mammography events and health fairs to “Pink” luncheons and concerts.

Free copies of the how-to-guide, mammography fact sheets, and cards can be ordered at http://1.usa.gov/YecOSk

Webinar: “Developing a Family Resource Center to Promote Healthy Child Development and School Readiness”

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Early childhood care and education in the first few years of a child’s life have a long-lasting impact on a child’s development. However, low-income immigrant parents and caregivers with low-English proficiency face many barriers when navigating the health care system and are less likely to access early childhood development and education services. Community based, culturally competent approaches are key to promote healthy child development and school readiness. “Steps to a Right Start (STARS): Developing a Family Resource Center to Promote Healthy Child Development and School Readiness” will show how one AAPCHO member community health center worked to improve early identification of parental developmental concerns and provided child development education for Asian American patients’ parents and caregivers. Daisy Tsao and Shao-Chee Sim will highlight strategies and lessons learned from Charles B. Wang Community Health Center’s (CBWCHC) Steps to a Right Start: Developing a Family Resource Center to Promote Healthy Child Development and School Readiness project.

The webinar will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:00-5:00pm EST. Register at http://bit.ly/SBKJlq

Determinants of Substance Abuse

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Several biological, social, environmental, psychological, and genetic factors are associated with substance abuse. These factors can include gender, race and ethnicity, age, income level, educational attainment, and sexual orientation. Substance abuse is also strongly influenced by interpersonal, household, and community dynamics.

Family, social networks, and peer pressure are key influencers of substance abuse among adolescents. For example, research suggests that marijuana exposure through friends and siblings was a primary determinant of adolescents’ current marijuana use. Understanding these factors is key to reducing the number of people who abuse drugs and alcohol and improving the health and safety of all Americans.

See the HealthyPeople.gov for ideas, data, and resources: http://1.usa.gov/Sc6rKv

Community Health Centers: Quality Care, Satisfied Patients

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A new video by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) describes the accomplishments of health centers working to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. This video details personal anecdotes and results from the 2009 Health Center Patient Survey that showcases the impact of the Health Center Program. View it here: http://1.usa.gov/VZ1LOO.

Using Smartphones to Reduce Health Disparities

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Mobile technology has become especially critical for low-income minorities who otherwise can’t afford desktop and laptop computers with web service. According to Pew Internet, African Americans and Hispanics are more likes than whites to own a smartphone. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has made a call to developers to create a mobile application to educate minority womena about cancer screening.

http://bit.ly/QY4v7l