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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Task Force Recommends New Education Programs

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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

Webinar: Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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:

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

New Publication: Indian Health Surveillance Report: Sexually Transmitted Disases, 2011

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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

We R Native: Who R You? Summer Photo Contest

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

We R Native is sponsoring a summer photo contest and participants could win a beaded We R Native medallion or up to $75.  The contest is open to all American Indian and Alaska Native youth 13 to 21 years of age.  To enter, you must submit a summertime photo that represents Native pride with you or your friends wearing We R Native gear.  If you don’t have any We R Native gear, visit the online store – http://bit.ly/UbtJY0. Photos must be submitted via the We R Native website – http://bit.ly/Z7vV09 or on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #weRnative.

Contest Deadline: August 20, 2014

For more information, visit the We R Native contest web page: http://bit.ly/1mIhYUe

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