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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Online Guide: Responding to Trangender Victims of Sexual Assault

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Office for Victims of Crime, U. S. Department of Justice, has created an online guide for those who provide service to transgender victims of sexual assault.

From Director Joye E. Frost:

“The guide presents a wide array of information in a user-friendly electronic format that allows practitioners to pick and choose the information that is most useful to them, from basic information about the transgender experience to specific guidance for sexual assault service providers and advocates, law enforcement officers, medical and mental health care providers, and support group facilitators. It includes practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, such as preferred language terms. Everyone is encouraged to review the guide’s core resource, “Transgender 101,” to gain a basic understanding of this population before accessing the educational provider-specific sections.”

Access the guide: http://1.usa.gov/1nozrfN

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, July 11th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes

 

Providing Appropriate Service for LGBT Individuals

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Integrated primary care and behavioral health providers can create culturally appropriate, highly accessible integrated care to members of the LGBT community with behavioral health conditions. The U.S. Center for Integrated Health Solutions presents “The Foundations of Culturally Appropriate Integrated Services for LGBT Individuals”, a free webinar  on July 16, 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET, to discuss ways to evaluate current organizational barriers to accessing care, strategies for reducing these barriers, and actionable steps for implementing culturally appropriate services. Register here: http://bit.ly/1nfIqEB

Quick Health Data Online

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Quick Health Data Online is an interactive system maintained by the U.S. Office on Women’s Health (http://1.usa.gov/1nfHWOV). It provides reliable and easily accessible health data to help assess needs, develop programs, and inform policies. The system is for anyone looking for U.S. health data and is used by the public health community, policymakers, grant writers, researchers, and students.

New training is being offered in July, August and September to learn about the data available in this system, and easy ways to extract and present the data.  The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories. Register for training here: http://svy.mk/1oIDk3s

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes

Monday, July 7th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control:

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes is an on-line resource that uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help group leaders lead discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes, and help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.”

Access the guide, worksheets, handouts and promotional materials: http://1.usa.gov/1jYW6z3

Second Chances Act Solicitation: Reentry Mentoring for Young Fathers

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released a solicitation for a new Second Chance Act grant program supporting the successful and safe transition of young fathers returning to families and communities after secure confinement.  The Reentry Mentoring Project will assist nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes in providing mentoring and comprehensive transitional services to young fathers – those no more than 24 years old at the start of services – with an emphasis on developing parenting skills.  Applicants should demonstrate a strong partnership between the mentoring organization and the department/entity responsible for the secure confinement facility.

Deadline: July 17, 2014

View the solicitation online (PDF file): http://1.usa.gov/1iYIoB3

Data Brief: Characteristics of Uninsured Adult Males by Race and Ethnicity

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

A new data brief released the the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health during Men’s Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey.  Findings from the survey, which include information on social determinants of health such as poverty and education level, underscore the social and economic factors that should be considered in developing strategies to increase coverage and access to care for minority adult males.  The survey findings provide additional information on the patterns of uninsurance among non-elderly males prior to the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Afffordable Care Act.

Download the Data Brief here:http://1.usa.gov/1kfmWTD

Intimate Partner Violence Community Action Toolkits

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The National Center for Transgender Equality announces two new toolkits which provide resources for communities, survivors and advocates to address intimate partner violence against people of color and transgender people. The kits are produced by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in association with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Black Justice Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and Trans People of Color Coalition:  http://bit.ly/1nDGnXl

Men’s Health Month

Friday, June 20th, 2014

From the Office Of Minority Health:

Throughout June (Men’s Health Month) we focus on the Power of Prevention to raise awareness among providers, policy makers, the media, and men and their loved ones about preventable health problems affecting men and boys, and early detection and treatment of disease.

On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women. Men are less likely to have health insurance and make recommended preventive visits to the doctor. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes take a significant toll on men, especially for men of color. 

For more health resources for men of color, visit the Office of Minority Health’s website: http://1.usa.gov/1rfxpTO

Marquette University Students’ Diabetes Project Raises Awareness of Diabetes in Low- Income Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In conjunction with the O’Brien Fellowship project Marquette University Students produced a special report on diabetes in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. The report can be found on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website. http://bit.ly/1nhnHMJ