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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, http://1.usa.gov/1qsto39

If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the preventive services on this site must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

There are sections on the site for Adults, Women, and Children.

Link seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Make health information easy to read and understand #NMHM16

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

From US Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health

@MinorityHealth: 9 out of 10 Americans have difficulties with basic health information.

MedlinePlus How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials http://1.usa.gov/23fceYz

Make health information easy to read and understand

National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

April is National Minority Health Month

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” To learn more about the CDC’s efforts to combat minority health disparities, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1SNwQif

 

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense

Webinar presented by Jay Ostrowki, National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00pm (EDT)

To register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

This webcast is designed to help you begin exploring how telemedicine may help increase access to behavioral health services for your patients. Key issues and growth opportunities in the telemental health industry will be covered.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UUY6yG for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.

Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative Webinar

Monday, March 28th, 2016

March 30, 2016 | 2:00 pm –3:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Registration and webinar information: http://bit.ly/1SrmjJD

New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:

  • Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
  • Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
  • Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that works best for communities across the state.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Shpelk to learn more about the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) and the Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies webinar series.

 

 

Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Adapted from Aetna Foundation, http://bit.ly/1PAUIRC

Due date: April 15, 2016 at 3 PM ET

The Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program seeks to support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. The program will support projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. This year’s program aims to have broader impact and reach more spaces in the community. That’s why they are now focusing on the following five domains:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

For more information and application instructions, read the Request for Proposal (RFP), http://bit.ly/1ZGzf15 

CMS Releases Interactive Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released a new interactive map to increase understanding of geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare beneficiaries. The Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool identifies disparities in health outcomes, utilization, and spending by race and ethnicity and geographic location. Understanding geographic differences in disparities is important to informing policy decisions and efficiently targeting populations and geographies for interventions. See more at: go.cms.gov/1MpD2NY

Lung Cancer Screening Tools for Patients and Clinicians

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

New tools from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) can help longtime smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 make informed decisions with their health care provider on whether to get screened for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The online tools are designed to support discussions between patients and providers about whether lung cancer screening is appropriate, as well as about the possible benefits and harms of screening using this method. LDCT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. The tools are designed for diverse users: http://1.usa.gov/1o76Za7, and printed versions are also available. Register here http://bit.ly/1q2FLTA for a webinar on April 7 to discuss how the resources can be used to meet requirements of Medicare and Medicaid services for hared decision-making and patient counseling.