From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website, http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf, for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.
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The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs, and their mission is to improve healthcare for the public. As part of this mission, they promote the advance of effective communication, cultural competence, and patient and family centered care. Resources offered on their webpage include a comparison of the Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to The Joint Commission’s 2015 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program: http://bit.ly/1rmKLS5. They also offer patient centered communication standards for hospitals: http://bit.ly/1BD6Ez8, and a roadmap for advancing effective communication: http://bit.ly/XAUFCD.
Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. They may be the first to see a person with or at risk for diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program presents a free webinar to learn about a new toolkit for PPOD practitioners. The toolkit was developed to show how healthcare professionals can work collaboratively in their communities to promote better health outcomes. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: Tools and Strategies for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry will be presented August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET; and September 8, 2014, at noon ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kIIPRe
The First Nations Development Instituie will hold its annual Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) conference in September. For nearly 35 years, First Nations has worked with Native nations and organizations to strengthen American Indian economies, which supports healthy Native communities. As an extension of this mission, the LEAD conference is designed to help emerging leaders in Indian Country network, share ideas, and learn new skills related to asset-building.
Conference Dates and Location: September 24 -26, 2014 in Tulalip, WA
Information and Registration online: http://bit.ly/1AvoJhV
From the American Psychological Association* (APA)
Psychologists Available to Discuss Immigration. Recent press release, July 11, 2014
As U.S. border crisis continues, experts can offer insight on mental health implications. http://bit.ly/1ry19wP
The APA is a good source to find information on understanding the psychological needs of immigrants. This guide may be helpful, Psychology of Immigration 101. http://bit.ly/Uvglhc
Also view the 10 minute video: Undocumented Americans. In this video three undocumented youth who arrived as young children — Jong-Min, Pedro and Silvia — share their stories of how they are fighting hard to achieve their piece of the American dream.
*The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
Coverage to Care (C2C) is a national initiative designed to help answer individual’s questions about their new health insurance and to help them take advantage of their benefits to obtain primary and preventive care. Read more about C2C here: http://1.usa.gov/1uBw89x
C2C will conduct a free webinar on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/1x2PuFV.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has updated their resource: Tips From Former Smokers: http://1.usa.gov/19R30BY. This campaign features stories from former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. Find statistics, videos, podcasts and other resources you or your organization can use to raise awareness.
From the Community Guide:
Can education programs impact students’ health later in life? Yes, says the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), which released recommendations for high school completion programs and out-of-school-time academic programs to improve the health prospects of racial and ethnic minority students and students from low-income families. The Task Force based its findings, on systematic reviews of the scientific literature that are carried out with Task Force oversight, in collaboration with a wide range of government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners.
To see the complete information on findings and recommended programs, visit the Community Guide News page: http://bit.ly/1jY78du
Introducing NIC’s Health Reform and Public Safety Webinar Series . . .
Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals
July 22, 2014
10 -11:30am PT / 11 – 12:30pm MT/AZT/ 12pm – 1:30pm CT / 1pm -2:30pm ET
Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers
Register at this link: http://bit.ly/1rhECpz
As mentioned in the NIC broadcast Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes on June 18, 2014, NIC is pleased to offer the first of several follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings.
First up – Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals.
With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is now possible for millions of low-income justice-involved individuals to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. This far- reaching systems change will impact every component of the criminal justice system from pretrial to reentry, from corrections health to behavioral health. Criminal Justice professional and Health professionals alike have a role in helping these individuals develop the capacity to obtain and understand basic health information to make appropriate health care decisions. In this one and half hour presentation you will hear from national correctional health care and health literacy experts. The content of this webinar will meet the following objectives:
1. Understand the health needs and incidence of chronic disease in the CJ population
2. Understand the importance of maintaining a continuum of care as inmates transition from jails to the community
3. Understand the barriers to access to care for this population, i.e., health literacy
4. Understand the role of criminal justice professionals, (corrections health, transition counselors, and probation/parole) in incorporating linkage to health care into case managements
5. Provide strategies for establishing linkages / maintaining continuum of care
The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of STD Prevention are pleased to announce the publication of the most recent Indian Health Surveillance Report – Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2011. This report presents statistics and trends for STDs among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States and for the 12 IHS Administrative Areas.
View the Indian Health Surveillance Report online: http://1.usa.gov/1p4iD0f