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April is National Minority Health Month

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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 Care

Thursday, 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

From Office of Minority Health Bulletin

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.

Webinar – Listening Before We Speak: Understanding Our Audience in Times of Disaster #SomosSocial

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Listening Before We Speak: Understanding Our Audience in Times of Disaster #SomosSocial

Adapted from DigitalGov

March 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/20XiZaY

Who is the audience? What is the social conversation? Those are the most common questions that tools like social listening can address to better understand your audience and their needs. In this webinar we will share our experience implementing social listening as a tool directed to our Spanish speaking audience and how to partner with other reliable sources to provide relevant content at every stage of the disaster. In addition, we will share lessons learned and best practices about our engagement.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in social listening for Spanish speaking markets in the United States
  • Digital and social media managers with content responsibilities in Spanish
  • Anyone interested in social media, disasters and communications with limited English proficiency communities

About the Presenters

Daniel Llargues is the FEMA National Spokesperson for the growing Hispanic community in the United States in the office of External Affairs.

Lucia Castro Herrera is the Disaster Spanish Social Content Specialist on the Digital Engagement team in the Office of External Affairs at FEMA.

Addressing Disparities Research Grants

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Addressing Disparities Research Grants from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori)

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2016

To read a summary, visit http://bit.ly/1PHwmH8

From RHI Hub:

Addressing Disparities Research Grants offers funding to research the comparative effectiveness of enhanced interventions that reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Studies should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients or should identify best practices for reducing disparities.

Priority areas of interest include research that:

  • Compares evidence-based interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in patient-centered outcomes (PCOs), including health, healthcare, and patient-reported outcomes
  • Compares benefits and risks of treatment, diagnostic, prevention, or service options with attention to eliminating disparities
  • Compares and identifies best practices for tailoring evidence-based interventions to patient populations at risk for disparities
  • Focuses on one or more of the following target populations:
    • Residents of rural areas
    • Racial/ethnic groups
    • Individuals with low socioeconomic status
    • Individuals with limited English proficiency
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
    • Individuals with disabilities

Healthy Heart this Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 12th, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, here are some facts and resources to celebrate American Heart Month and focus on heart health.

@CDCDiabetes tweeted some healthy Valentine’s Day Coupons. http://bit.ly/1LjL1GJ

For that healthy meal, you can find heart-healthy recipes at Million Hearts®: http://1.usa.gov/1SKSI0L

@Surgeon_General tweeted, “Physical activity like walking an avg of 22 min/day can help reduce risk of chronic illness like heart disease.” http://bit.ly/1Rw1MVx

The HHS Office of Minority Health bloggers shared why a healthy heart is important and how to combat some risk factors:

Healthy Weight for Healthy Women: Disrupting a Lethal Legacy, http://1.usa.gov/1TbsEdu

Healthy is Strong: Help African American Men Be Strong and Put Their Heart Health First, http://1.usa.gov/1WgQvaW

For more information on heart disease in African American men, join the twitter #HeartMonthChat on February 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, hosted by Million Hearts® and Men’s Health Network. http://bit.ly/1SKTUBe

For more information on heart disease, check out these MedlinePlus Health Topics:

Heart Diseases, http://1.usa.gov/1PRd8SO

Heart Diseases–Prevention, http://1.usa.gov/1MBXTqV

OMH Funding Opportunity: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) (MP-CPI-16-002)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program (Announcement Number: MP-CPI-16-002). ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. These innovative approaches (including curricula) should be designed for minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years who have been exposed to childhood trauma, as well as support services to their families. ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.

A technical assistance webinar for interested applicants will be on March 9, 2016 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the OMH Website: http://1.usa.gov/1TING3x

Visit Grants.gov for more information and to submit an application: http://1.usa.gov/1S5ceEy

Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Please join the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and Administration for Children and Families grantee Northwest Network of Bisexual, Transgender, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse as they share innovative approaches to working with LGBTQ youth to build healthy relationships and communities. Attendees will learn about Love+, a domestic and sexual violence prevention project that works with young people to build violence prevention messages and explore what peer educators can do to support LGBTQ youth and envision a world where all people can have access to loving equitable relationships and communities.

Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Register: http://bit.ly/1QhMLBH

Videos from Health Literacy Summit

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Eighteen presentations are available to watch online from the 2015 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit: Better Health Through Better Communication, http://1.usa.gov/20ul6s0.

Video Presentations include:

  • Using Social Media to Communicate Health Literate Messages
  • The 60% Challenge: Seniors and Health Literacy
  • Better Health and Healthcare for ESL Adults through Education
  • From Non-compliance to Exceptionalism: Changing the low health literacy story (aka Improving 30-day Hospital readmissions with an In-home Literacy Curriculum)
  • Health Information Seeking Behaviors of Adults with Low Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving Skills: Results from the 2012 US PIAAC Study

For more information about the summit, visit their web page: http://bit.ly/1mgJAST

Cultural Competency to Address Health Disparities

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The National Partnership for Action and Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) developed information about cultural competency and its importance in addressing bias and achieving health equity.

The Southeastern Health Equity Council published a white paper entitled “Cultural Competency: What is it and Why is it Necessary?” as well as a “Cultural Competency Resource Guide.” Both publications can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1T0Zj6F.

The Mid-Atlantic RHEC hosted a webinar on July 15, 2015 about “The Importance of Equity for All: How Cultural Competency and Unconscious Bias Influences Health and Quality of Life.” The recording is available on this page: http://bit.ly/1THiEJt

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Reports Increase in Birth Defect of Abdominal Wall

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC reports that a problematic birth defect of the abdominal wall called Gastroschsis, is worsening in the United States. In the past 18 years, reports of gastrochisis has doubled. Often, mothers under the age of 20 are affected. More troubling, non-Hispanic mothers saw the largest increase in percentage from 1995 to 2012. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/20GCTcf