The American Public Health Association and the National Center for Healthy Housing have released a draft National Healthy Housing Standard to reflect current understanding of the connections between housing and health. Public Comment from health and housing professionals and other stakeholders is open until July 31, 2013. To read the draft standard and offer comment, go to the National Center for Health Housing website: http://bit.ly/11ohZyF
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Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report: Aggregate Results from Urban Indian Health Organizations, 2008-2012Friday, 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
The Administration on Children and Families has a call for proposals for Street Outreach Program (SOP) Grants.
Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit. In addition, such youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs. Since 1996, SOP has been aiding this population by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave.
The Street Outreach Program grant fund grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, oar are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave. Eligible applicants include public and non-profit private entities that include States, localities, and coordinated networks of such entities. Per RHY Act section 351, for-profit organizations are not eligible. In selecting eligible applicants to receive grants under this FOA, priority will be given to entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, or street youth as required by the RHY Act. Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.
Award amount: Approximately $160,000 per year for up to 3 years
Application Deadline: June 28, 2013
For more information and a link to the entire announcement, visit the grants.gov site: http://goo.gl/H50ZK
Upcoming Healthy People 2020 Webinars: Violence Across the Lifespan and Social Determinants of HealthTuesday, April 9th, 2013
The US Department of Health and Human Services hosts a regular webinar series focused on tracking the progress of Healthy People 2020 objectives. This month, the webinars will discuss Violence Across the Lifespan and Social Determinants of Health.
Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Violence Across the Lifespan
April 18 12:30-2 pm EDT
Details and Registration: http://bit.ly/11OiPqY
Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Social Determinants of Health
April 24 1-2:30 pm EDT
Details and Registration: http://bit.ly/16Mxx17
Attend a free health screening at your local Sam’s Club Saturday, March 9. This month’s screening is “Allergy” and includes Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Allergy Testing for the top 20 allergens, and Vision screenings. All tests are preformed by a licensed professional.
Visit the website to get more information about this screening, as well as upcoming screening events – http://bit.ly/YRnSBq
The National Health Service Corps opened their 2013 Loan Repayment Program application cycle. The program offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care.
Application Deadline: April 16, 2013
More information about the Loan Repayment Program can be found online here: http://1.usa.gov/XeACVx
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
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
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
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