New tools from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) can help longtime smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 make informed decisions with their health care provider on whether to get screened for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The online tools are designed to support discussions between patients and providers about whether lung cancer screening is appropriate, as well as about the possible benefits and harms of screening using this method. LDCT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. The tools are designed for diverse users: http://1.usa.gov/1o76Za7, and printed versions are also available. Register here http://bit.ly/1q2FLTA for a webinar on April 7 to discuss how the resources can be used to meet requirements of Medicare and Medicaid services for hared decision-making and patient counseling.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presents a Health Equity Forum Commemorating National Minority Health Month 2016 and the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the HHS Office of Minority Health: “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation” on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM EDT.
The Heckler Report marked the first convening of health experts by the U.S. government to conduct a comprehensive study of the health status of racial and ethnic minorities, elevated minority health onto a national stage, and led to the establishment of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 1986. For 30 years, OMH has led efforts to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
The Forum will highlight initiatives underway by the Obama Administration and HHS to reduce disparities and further efforts needed to accelerate health equity and expand opportunity for all. More information: http://1.usa.gov/1RzP8q6
Adapted from HRSA
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN, RN to MSN-NP, Direct Entry MSN-NP program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation for at least two years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.
Application and technical assistance information is posted on http://1.usa.gov/1Lt58ry
From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
These two funding opportunities aim to prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The first opportunity is for public or nonprofit organizations that prepare permanent residents for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.
The second funding opportunity supports nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new citizenship instruction programs or to expand the quality and reach of existing citizenship instruction programs. As part of this effort, USCIS will provide targeted training to key grant program staff during the first quarter of the grant, and then follow up with on-site observation and specialized technical assistance during the second quarter of the funding period. Verifiable experience in the provision of English as a Second Language (ESL) programming is required to qualify for this funding opportunity. Applicants are required to use existing expertise in ESL instruction to provide citizenship instruction.
A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and MenWednesday, March 16th, 2016
From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this meeting summary highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) males. This report will provide clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorder within the population. Pub id: SMA16-4959 http://1.usa.gov/1S4hq9c
Participatory Group Prenatal Education Using Photonovels: Evaluation of a Lay Health Educator Model with Low-Income Latinas
By Susan J. Auger, Sarah Verbiest, James V. Spickard, Florence M. Simán, and Mélida Colindres
Published in Journal of Participatory Medicine, December 2015, http://bit.ly/1RhjfCu
“This study demonstrated that 1) a participatory prenatal education program can be an effective way to foster health literacy and empowerment among low-income Latinas; and 2) trained lay educators can be effective group facilitators. The intervention’s tripartite approach offers a vehicle for health professionals to partner with Latino communities to promote active participation and capacity building for health and change. This strategy could be adapted and tested with other topics and communities.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges announces a new resource: Diversity 3.0 Series Clinical Vignettes on aspects of the LGBT and gender nonconforming populations: http://bit.ly/1QFiKA6. These clinical vignettes are a part of a clinical vignette series highlighting various aspects of the health of LGBT and gender nonconforming populations and are designed to give learners the opportunity to analyze clinician-patient communication strategies. The series can be used in a variety of ways from independent learning to small group learning to large group learning. Each clip is generally three-five minutes long with discussion questions and additional resources listed at the end of each scenario. In an ideal setting the learner would be able to practice the communication strategies identified after viewing the vignettes.
The U.S. Justice Department’s new video series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims’ legal needs, and voices of survivors. Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish, Thai, Hindi and Tagalog, as well as discussion guides, fact sheets and posters are available: Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1OZcpdp.
April is National Minority Health Month. The theme for 2016 is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” The U.S. Health and Human Service Office of Minority Health invites all to join with them to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and how we are working together to accelerate health equity: http://1.usa.gov/1p6kO9I
Webinar – Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health CareThursday, February 25th, 2016
Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
March 17, 2016 at 3 pm ET
For registration, visit http://bit.ly/1S41ple
Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).
Culturally and linguistically appropriate services means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs. Implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate services helps individuals and organizations respond to the demographic changes in the U.S.; reduce health disparities; improve the quality of services; meet legislative, regulatory and accreditation mandates; gain a competitive edge in the market place; and decrease the likelihood of liability. The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to best serve our nation’s increasingly diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.