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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:

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

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

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 for ideas, data, and resources:

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:

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.

Funding Opportunity: Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests proposals for the Community Food Projects Grant Program.  Community Food Projects should be designed to meet the food needs of low-income people, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs, and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues and/or meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs.  The goal of the program should focus on infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions, or the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Application Deadline: November 28, 2012

Up to $5,000,000 will be made available for funding.

Access the grant synopsis, full description, and application here:

Learn How to Use Data to Address Health Disparities in your Community

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Funding is available from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) for small, non-profit organizations to attend this conference, which is primarily for members of community-based efforts (coalitions, grassroots organizations, etc.) and nonprofit organizations that use data to advance their health equity or health disparities work and are willing to learn and share their experience with others:

Conducting a thorough assessment of a community’s needs, resources and demographics serves as one of the first and most important steps for anti-drug coalition development. Coalitions can then use this qualitative and quantitative demographic data to guide evidence-based initiatives to address their unique local conditions and target audiences challenged by substance abuse. Community-based organizations can learn to better use this data and other sources of knowledge to promote health equity and address health disparities by attending the National Health Equity Data Conference, entitled “Knowledge for Equity: Using Data to Address Health Disparities,” from Nov. 13-14 in Silver Spring, Md.

“Knowledge for Equity: Using Data to Address Health Disparities” will be designed to support community based efforts to access, analyze, and use existing national, state, or local data. In addition to CADCA, conference partners include Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, The Prevention Institute, PolicyLink, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, and the Community Indicators Consortium. The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) in College Park, Maryland, on Nov. 15-16.


Downloadable Guides for Health/Nutrition Programs

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Nourishing USA is a United States-based nationwide anti-hunger advocacy program that strives to achieve “nutrition for all” in America. Nourishing USA has released two downloadable guides to assist organizations providing food and nutrition programs to their community.

The Junior Chef Teaching Guide ( is a step-by-step guide on how to successfully teach a Junior Chef Class in your neighborhood. This guide includes recipes, child-friendly handouts, and full instructions on running a class and teaching low-income children about eating healthy.

The Soup Kitchen Culinary & Nutritional Guide ( is intended to be used as a culinary and nutritional resource to help create nutritionally balanced menus at your community food program. This guide includes tools for you such as 52 weekly recipes, nutrition label, and a “why is this meal healthy for me” handout for each recipe. These recipes are portioned for fifty and include ingredients most used in soup kitchens across America.

Funding Opportunity: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering funding for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program for fiscal year 2013.  The purpose of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is to increase the number of innovative community initiated programs that promote access to health care for children, youth  and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies.  This program most closely supports HRSA’s goals tho improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities, and the improve health equate.  HTPCP funding supports direct service projects, not research projects.  The intent of this funding is:

  • To support the development of family-centered, comity-based initiatives that plan and implement innovative and cost-effective approaches for vulnerable children and their families, especially those with limited access to quality health services
  • Foster/promote collaboration among community organizations, individuals, agencies, businesses and families
  • Involve pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals in community-based service programs
  • Build community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social services, government, and business to achieve self-sustaining programs.

HTPCP encourages the use of innovative health information technology to increase access to a wide variety of stakeholders in communities.

Application deadline: September 21, 2012

Click here to access the full announcement and eligibility information: