The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made available a collection of papers on the social determinants of health. “Achieving Health Equity: How Academic Medicine Is Addressing the Social Determinants of Health” offers a snapshot of some of the strategies medical schools and teaching hospitals have launched to narrow inequities and address social factors that affect community health: http://bit.ly/248djN8
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More people have health care coverage, have a usual place to go for medical care and can more easily afford medical bills after the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have taken effect, according to a new report by AHRQ. The 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy reflects gains in enrollment in qualified health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace as well as expanded Medicaid coverage that became available in more than half of the states. Hispanics showed the biggest gains in having a usual place to go for medical care. For more information on the report, see the AHRQ’s press release, http://1.usa.gov/1SPHIOq
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, 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
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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