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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Data Brief: Characteristics of Uninsured Adult Males by Race and Ethnicity

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

A new data brief released the the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health during Men’s Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey.  Findings from the survey, which include information on social determinants of health such as poverty and education level, underscore the social and economic factors that should be considered in developing strategies to increase coverage and access to care for minority adult males.  The survey findings provide additional information on the patterns of uninsurance among non-elderly males prior to the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Afffordable Care Act.

Download the Data Brief here:http://1.usa.gov/1kfmWTD

Intimate Partner Violence Community Action Toolkits

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The National Center for Transgender Equality announces two new toolkits which provide resources for communities, survivors and advocates to address intimate partner violence against people of color and transgender people. The kits are produced by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in association with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Black Justice Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and Trans People of Color Coalition:  http://bit.ly/1nDGnXl

Men’s Health Month

Friday, June 20th, 2014

From the Office Of Minority Health:

Throughout June (Men’s Health Month) we focus on the Power of Prevention to raise awareness among providers, policy makers, the media, and men and their loved ones about preventable health problems affecting men and boys, and early detection and treatment of disease.

On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women. Men are less likely to have health insurance and make recommended preventive visits to the doctor. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes take a significant toll on men, especially for men of color. 

For more health resources for men of color, visit the Office of Minority Health’s website: http://1.usa.gov/1rfxpTO

Marquette University Students’ Diabetes Project Raises Awareness of Diabetes in Low- Income Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In conjunction with the O’Brien Fellowship project Marquette University Students produced a special report on diabetes in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. The report can be found on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website. http://bit.ly/1nhnHMJ

Funding Opportunity: Native Strong – Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Notah Begay II (NB3) Foundation’s “Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures” program is a national initiative to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in Native communities.  NB3 has issued a request for proposals for its second round of “Promising Program” grants.  The purpose is to partner with Native communities to strengthen existing youth-focused physical activity and/or healthy nutrition programs and build capacity for program evaluation.

Application deadline: July 14, 2014

More information about this grant opportunity and the complete request for proposals is available online: http://bit.ly/1pGeKTh

Webinar: Latino Language Access and the ACA, Thursday June 26th

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The opportunity to gain coverage for the 32% of Latinos that are uninsured is upon us.  To help with effort on how outreach and enrollment can be done more effectively in working with Latino populations, the Office of Minority Health is pleased to share a three part webinar series this summer to help agencies, organizations and communities learn from recent community dialogues with uninsured Latinos what they said would help them to secure health coverage and what challenges they faced in learning about or getting covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Date: Thursday, June 26th
Time: 2pm Eastern
Information and Registration: http://bit.ly/T5pxZc

Weight gain may be faster during summer break

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A new systematic review in Preventing Chronic Disease suggests that weight gain often accelerates during summer break, especially among children who are already overweight or black or Hispanic.

Read the article: http://1.usa.gov/1lIxm2d

Access resources for preventing childhood obesity at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1jubOBJ

SAMHSA Resources for Pride Month

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has put together an extensive list of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) focused substance abuse and mental health resources. From the SAMHSA page:

SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include encouraging States to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources, promoting a sexual and gender minority focus infunding announcements where it is appropriate, supporting creation of sexual orientation questions for HHS national surveys, and providing ongoing leadership to help stop bullying of LGBT youth that includes significant participation in the development of the LGBT section for StopBullying.gov, a major resource for helping victims, potential victims and their families, and for raising public awareness

For more information and the full list of resources, visit the SAMHSA LGBT page: http://1.usa.gov/1p1EHck

June 8th is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, June 6th, 2014

June 8th, is the eight day of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States and the first day of what will become an annual observance of -National Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day. NCAHAAD is a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Caribbean-American and Caribbean-born individuals, across the United States and its territories, to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved. It is also a time to reflect, memorialize and show compassion for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. It is a day of hope for the future of a Caribbean and Caribbean American community with available preventive health care as a daily part of life and a Caribbean Diaspora free of AIDS.

AIDS.gov: Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: http://1.usa.gov/1rS6yRN
National Caribbean-American Health and AIDS Awareness Day(NCAHAAD): http://bit.ly/1pgVxov

Funding Opportunity: Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arriving refugees. The objectives of this program are to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally appropriate services to refugees within five years of their initial resettlement.

The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee groups who have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years.

ORR places a strong emphasis on projects with a two-fold aim: 1) strengthening of the applicant’s organizational capacity 2) provision of SMART services (Specific Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound) to refugees. Such services may include both direct and referral services.

Ethnic Community Self Help Program Funding Announcement: http://1.usa.gov/1kBkd9f