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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Minority Health Data Widgets

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

For the latest data on health and demographic trends, use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services widgets on your web pages. One click takes users directly to the data they need. Detailed health profiles and free access to the largest repository of minority health and health disparities information in the nation is available:  http://1.usa.gov/1ILG7jD

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

SAMHSA invites you to join a webinar that will provide an in-depth review of SAMHSA’s recently released toolkit for behavioral health providers to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities with Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment.

The toolkit, Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities: A Resource for Behavioral Health Providers, is a three-part guide intended to help behavioral health providers better understand ACA enrollment and the unique concerns facing their LGBT patients.

Experts in LGBT health insurance enrollment and behavioral health care will present the toolkit and give an overview of each of its three parts. The webinar will also provide an overview of LGBT health disparities, and discuss targeted outreach and enrollment strategies.

To register for the webinar: http://bit.ly/1xL3b0I

To view the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1HVqI1P

 

Resource Guide: Community Health Workers in Rural Settings

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Community Health Workers in Rural Settings. Resources include a Community Health Workers (CHWs) toolkit to assist in developing a CHW program, FAQs about CHWs, and links to relevant publications, organizations and funding opportunities. Access the guide here: http://bit.ly/1zOnNBO

 

Urban Indian Health Institute Partnership Resources

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) has created guides for those seeking to establish partnerships for research or outreach. Available resource guides include: “Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships”, guides on developing and using memorandum of agreements (MOUs), and guides for developing data use agreements. As UIHI points out, “There are many benefits of developing, nurturing and working in partnerships to achieve a common goal. Partnerships can maximize resources, not only financial, but also knowledge, skills, and ideas, while not duplicating efforts.” The guides were developed as a part of the UIHI’s Health Equity Project funded by the Office of Minority Health. Download here: http://bit.ly/167LfCM

New Guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development

Monday, November 24th, 2014

From the Association of American Medical Colleges:

“The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development (DSD). Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients.”

Learn more about the guidelines: http://bit.ly/1Fjyj9d

Download the guidelines (free registration required): http://bit.ly/1xMBAeS

New Interactive Tool from the AMA to Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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.

African Americans and Heart Disease

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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.

RHIN becomes HealthReach

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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

LGBT Cultural Competence Best Practices Manual

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
The National LGBT Cancer Network has released free, comprehensive manual for creating and delivering LGBT cultural competence trainings to health and human service organizations: http://bit.ly/10zrKAC  The manual provides a clear roadmap for designing LGBT cultural competence trainings based on measurable goals of changing knowledge, attitudes and behavior in human service providers. It includes guidelines for selecting the best training methods and provides a clear evidence-based foundation for developing evaluation tools.