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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Get Covered During Latino Enrollment Week

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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/.

Women and Heart Disease: a patient resource guide

Monday, February 17th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health:

“Association of Black Cardiologists, in partnership with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSource: New resource. Women and Heart Disease: A Patient Resource Guide. This workbook is designed to provide you and your loved ones with educational resources and support as you learn about cardiovascular disease and the impact it has on overall health.”

View the full workbook: http://bit.ly/1fakiPq

Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has released a four-part video series, Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health! The goal of the video series is to educate Somali women refugees about a variety of health issues that can affect – and possibly save – their lives, including reproductive health, diet and exercise, cancer screening, prenatal care and pregnancy, and other health topics. These videos were developed in collaboration with Somali women’s health experts, women’s health advocates, and Somali refugee community organizations.

Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health! http://bit.ly/LEwZqb

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, February 7th, 2014

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment among African Americans in the United States. African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that blacks accounted for nearly half (44 percent) of all new infections in 2010, despite making up only 14 percent of the population. This represents a rate that is eight times higher than whites. Overall, African American gay and bisexual men, especially young men, are the hardest-hit. In addition, African American women are far more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity.

Resources for more information about diagnosis, treatment and prevention include
AIDSinfo’s African American HIV/AIDS Health Topics: http://1.usa.gov/1g2aiHr
CDC’s HIV Among African Americans: http://1.usa.gov/1kkGx8M

Healthy Moments Radio Broadcast

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Got a few moments? Check out episodes of “Healthy Moments,” a weekly radio broadcast from Dr. Griffin Rodgers, the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Each short episode provides a healthy living tip, and transcripts include links to additional resources.

Recent episodes include:

  • Diabetes’ Link to Heart Disease
  • Walking in the Right Direction
  • Eat Healthy When You Don’t Have Time to Cook

Listen to these and other episodes: http://1.usa.gov/1fBeRJh

STEP-UP Summer Research Program for American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students and Mentors

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK). The overall goal of the NIDDK’s STEP-UP program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. The project aims to expose American Indian/Alaska Native current year junior and senior high school students to the science of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition and obesity through an 8-10 week summer research program.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

More information is available online: http://1.usa.gov/1ng3IB7

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The National Health Service Corps opened their 2013 Loan Repayment Program application cycle. The program offers primary care medical, dental, mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care. Urban Indian Health programs are noted as approved sites.
 
Application Deadline: March 20, 2014

More information is available online: http://1.usa.gov/1fuzYLu

Native Creation Story Webinar Series

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is offering a webinar series on stories from various tribal cultures that speak to the sacredness of women. Women are sacred is a belief that is central to most Native cultures; restoring and strengthening this belief will not only strengthen Indian women, but will strengthen our families, our communities, and our Nations.

The next webinar in the series:
White Buffalo Calf Woman
January 29, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)

For more information and to register, go to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center website: http://bit.ly/1lkSIUJ

Community Health Workers Toolkit

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a Community Health Workers Toolkit to reach underserved populations. The kit, using evidence-based approaches from rural communities, is designed to help evaluate opportunities for developing a community health workers program and includes resources and best practices: http://bit.ly/1ebLvNs

Advancing Native Health Reform

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Tribalhealthcare.org, is a website produced by the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative, which is a partnership between the Indian Health Service, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board. The partnership aims to develop effective, streamlined, consumer-oriented materials to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). Together, the partners plan to provide local trainings, national marketing tools, and e-resources that clearly explain health reform changes and their impact on tribal communities. The primary purpose of the website is to educate consumers: http://bit.ly/18UUF2j