Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity of their community health workers, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1xhv2Y2
A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions. http://n.pr/1xvbyj4
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
“Patients with limited English proficiency have known limitations accessing health care in the United States, including access to hospital care, but those limitations don’t appear to increase the risk of mortality, according to an AHRQ-funded study.”
Hines, A.L.; Andrews, R.M.; Moy, E.; Barrett, M.L.; Coffey, R.M. Disparities in Rates of Inpatient Mortality and Adverse Events: Race/Ethnicity and Language as Independent Contributors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 13017-13034.
The full-text article is available via Open Access: http://bit.ly/1I5o4Gq
After many years of hosting Quick Heath Data Online, the Office on Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website, www.healthstatus2020.com, will no longer be available after March 31, 2015.
In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:
- The Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook http://bit.ly/1GzPtiL
- Health Disparities Profiles http://bit.ly/1xmCbXe
- State Fact Sheets http://bit.ly/1bk2xiy
If you have questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online. http://1.usa.gov/1MR62KG
Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. – Provides a variety of resources about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare access that can be used by organizations helping migrant farmworkers get health insurance. Available in both English and Spanish. http://bit.ly/1C6cgmp
Think Cultural Health, a project of the U.S. Office of Minority Health, is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. They provide the “Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” which is a self directed training course offering free CME for physicians and physician assistants, and contact hours for nurse practitioners. The course offers participants the ability to explore engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care: http://1.usa.gov/1Aett92
Health Outreach Partners has announced a webinar to teach participants about the community assessment process using their recently released Needs Assessment Toolkit. The toolkit provides information, tools and strategies to support organizations in their efforts to meet the health needs of underserved populations. The webinar, to be held on March 24, 2015, will feature panelists to share lessons learned. Register here: http://bit.ly/1D2sPSc
From Kaiser Health News, here is a helpful analysis of the Affordable Care Act case now before the Supreme Court. Five important points and their potential consequences are detailed here: http://bit.ly/18yX0Th
The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions. The Department of Health and Human Services will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The Office of Minority Health is leading the charge to put into practice the HHS Disparities Action Plan, at all levels of the Department and in the communities with which we work.
Learn more about the HHS Action Plan and access the toolkit : http://1.usa.gov/195CR8r