A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology. This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding. http://urbn.is/1hY0myc
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The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is partnering with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes. The OMH is working to raise awareness of members of ethnic and minority groups of the need to stay healthy and to get treatment for diabetes if needed. http://1.usa.gov/1dKTYrI
Racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control and are more likely to experience complications.
What do the numbers show? According to the National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau:
- 17.5% of American Indians/Alaska natives
- 16.3% of American Indians/Native Americans
- 13.2% of Hispanics
- 12.9% of non-Hispanic blacks
- 9.1% of Asian Americans
- 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites 18 and older
For more information visit: OMH – Minority Health http://1.usa.gov/1ixux1a
The First Nations Development Institute and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition are accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that increase the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programming in urban Indian centers and communities. The project also supports new and expanded activities in urban Indian environments with the goal of improving opportunities that can be attained in all Native American urban communities.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
Find more information about the Urban Native Nonprofit Human Service Focus Grants online: http://bit.ly/1lM3rnx
Migrant Clinicians Network has designed the series *Essential Clinical Issues in Migration Health* for new as well as seasoned clinicians who are interested in understanding more about the migrant population. The series is divided into six webinars which cover a wide breadth of knowledge and skills to help clinicians provide quality care to one of the most difficult to reach populations in the United States.
Each module is accredited for an hour of Continuing Nursing or Continuing Medical Education. If you enroll for the entire series you will receive 6 full hours of free continuing education.
For more information and to register, go to the Migrant Clinicians Network web site: http://bit.ly/1gyfAat
A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits. These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), led by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a landmark study that enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins. These new findings have been compiled and published as the Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities. The full report is available in English and Spanish.
Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities (English and Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1hTbu0J
The The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has launched a new website, offering easier access to current funding and research training opportunities, as well as important information on acute and chronic digestive and kidney diseases and conditions. Visit the site to locate an internship, find tips for seeking funding, and learn more about clinical trials, Resources for families are also available in Spanish. http://1.usa.gov/1g1nzB7
Viral Hepatitis is one of the serious health concerns affecting the African American community. But people with hepatitis often do not have symptoms and don’t feel sick, so they don’t seek treatment: http://1.usa.gov/1q890jz. The Centers for Disease Control have collaborated with several partners to release an action plan for the prevention, care and treatment of viral hepatitis: http://1.usa.gov/1dt4Ai3. They have alsomade available an online risk assessment tool: http://1.usa.gov/1cvu3ct.
Migrant Clinicians Network - Features both a best practices catalog in migrant and community health centers as well as an online database that includes downloadable resources including organizations, patient education tools, clinical guidelines and documents on primary care issues.
Available here: http://bit.ly/1cXjQTP
Beginning in February 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control began a new project to improve health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. A survey is being conducted through the National Health Interview. This is an opportunity to collect accurate information about the health of these groups in all 50 states, and to use this information to understand, plan and make policy to improve health and well-being for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Download tools to support education and outreach efforts about the survey: http://1.usa.gov/1mxWSWw
Over 3 million Americans have enrolled in affordable health coverage. Many have shared their own stories about what it means to them — peace of mind, better coverage, security to pursue their dreams, and more. There are five weeks left until open enrollment closes on March 31. Let’s keep the momentum going and help more Americans get enrolled.
Encourage coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace, http://1.usa.gov/1cKYZ4d, during Latino Enrollment Week, February 24-28. The U.S. Health and Human Services website offers these resources: Starting the Conversation http://1.usa.gov/1k7Tza6; Six reasons to get covered: http://1.usa.gov/N0tOKG; Sharing Stories: http://1.usa.gov/1hQCKQT; and Inscríbase antes del 15 de marzo: https://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/.