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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Community Health Status Indicators Tool

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity of their community health workers, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1xhv2Y2

People with Low Incomes Say They Pay a Price in Poor Health

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions. http://n.pr/1xvbyj4  

 

Study Finds No Link Between Limited English Proficiency and Increased Risk of Mortality

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“Patients with limited English proficiency have known limitations accessing health care in the United States, including access to hospital care, but those limitations don’t appear to increase the risk of mortality, according to an AHRQ-funded study.”

Citation:

Hines, A.L.; Andrews, R.M.; Moy, E.; Barrett, M.L.; Coffey, R.M. Disparities in Rates of Inpatient Mortality and Adverse Events: Race/Ethnicity and Language as Independent Contributors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 13017-13034.

The full-text article is available via Open Access: http://bit.ly/1I5o4Gq

Important News About Quick Health Data Online

Friday, March 20th, 2015

After many years of hosting Quick 
Heath Data Online, the Office on 
Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website, www.healthstatus2020.com, will no 
longer be available after March 31, 2015.

In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:

 

If you have questions, please email: womenshealth@hhs.gov

You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online.  http://1.usa.gov/1MR62KG

Access to Healthcare for Migrant Farmworkers

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. – Provides a variety of resources about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare access that can be used by organizations helping migrant farmworkers get health insurance.  Available in both English and Spanish.  http://bit.ly/1C6cgmp

Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Think Cultural Health, a project of the U.S. Office of Minority Health, is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. They provide the “Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” which is a self directed training course offering free CME for physicians and physician assistants, and contact hours for nurse practitioners. The course offers participants the ability to explore engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care: http://1.usa.gov/1Aett92

Conducting a Needs Assessment

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Health Outreach Partners has announced a webinar to teach participants about the community assessment process using their recently released Needs Assessment Toolkit. The toolkit provides information, tools and strategies to support organizations in their efforts to meet the health needs of underserved populations. The webinar, to be held on March 24, 2015, will feature panelists to share lessons learned. Register here: http://bit.ly/1D2sPSc

The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

From Kaiser Health News, here is a helpful analysis of the Affordable Care Act case now before the Supreme Court. Five important points and their potential consequences are detailed here: http://bit.ly/18yX0Th

HHS Health Disparities Action Plan

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions. The Department of Health and Human Services will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The Office of Minority Health is leading the charge to put into practice the HHS Disparities Action Plan, at all levels of the Department and in the communities with which we work.

Learn more about the HHS Action Plan and access the toolkit : http://1.usa.gov/195CR8r