The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends. The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.
Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, over 40% of African Americans have high blood pressure. Find out what can be done from the American Heart Association: http://bit.ly/1sFJYqL, view this infographic, “What Are My Risks for Getting Heart Disease?”: http://bit.ly/1EvW3Ve, and learn about the Power to End Stroke movement: http://bit.ly/1EDusDs
National Native American Month is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. Health and wellness continue to be concerns in many native communities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers examples of action to take to to address health disparities which affect this population: http://1.usa.gov/1u3dTvY. Included are injury prevention interventions, diabetes prevention programs, and data on health disparities. The U.S. Office of Minority Health also provided ideas to raise community awareness about health disparities that exist among Native American communities: http://1.usa.gov/1xiLl5r.
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. In October, 2014, NLM (SIS) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months we will be adding new resources and reaching out to stakeholders. Please use the new Twitter hand @NLM_HealthReach and use the new URL . We will be transferring from the .org to .gov site in the next several months. You will notice there isn’t much change between the old RHIN and the new HealthReach – this was intentional to help with the continuity of service through the transition. We appreciate any feedback you have!
Visit the new site here: http://1.usa.gov/1zNDz5C
In preparation for Affordable Care Act open enrollment , the Office of Minority Health has created a new resource for applying for coverage, finding health care, and getting appropriate health care screenings and preventive services. The site includes special sections for seniors and young adults. Open enrollment begins November 15.
My Coverage, My Care: http://1.usa.gov/1rgqNmU
Raquel, Lourdes and Elisa are friends who work at a dry cleaning store. Their story includes happiness, hard work—and encounters with diabetes. Read about their friendship and how they stay healthy in a fotonovela from the National Diabetes Education Program. A fotonovela tells a story through photos and words. Do It for Them! But for You, Too (¡Hazlo por ellos! Pero por ti también.) presents the three women’s stories in English and Spanish in the same book. Like the families of Raquel, Lourdes and Elisa, many Hispanic/Latino families have been affected by diabetes. During Hispanic Heritage Month, talk to your family about whether there is a history of diabetes. Then check out the fotonovela to learn more about how to prevent type 2 diabetes and how to manage diabetes if you have the condition.
The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has published a manual that provides recommendations and step by step instructions that community health centers can implement to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Tips are included to set up processes in efficient ways and save healthcare providers’ time. To access this new resource, “Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers”, see: http://bit.ly/10l1wBs
Twice monthly, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) posts citations to newly published research articles describing efforts to detect, understand, or reduce health disparities and disparities in care. This resource is an efficient way to stay current and inform your health disparities work: http://bit.ly/1rrz3Fd
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Sickle Cell Disease affects millions around the world, including 1 in 12 African Americans.
The CDC has resources on living well with Sickle Cell Disease, as well as tips for school staff and caregivers, treatment information, data and statistics, and research.
Sickle Cell Disease (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1rnqJpY