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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Free Webinar: Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Please join Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Progress Review webinar featuring the Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topic areas. To be more effective, public health, health care, and prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their unique community and possess the skills and desire to work in those contexts. Cultural competence, the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds to produce positive change, is a key component to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. This Progress Review webinar will highlight the importance of social determinants of health and cultural competence in working with LGBT and diverse populations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. Register here:

New From Diversity Data Kids: Policy Equity Assessment and FMLA

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The Family Medical Leave ACT (FMLA) is designed to address workers’ need to balance work duties with caring for family members with health conditions. According to research the parents’ ability to participate in their child’s care improves health outcomes. But access to FMLA is disproportionate among lower skill, lower wage jobs, racial or ethnic minorities, female and immigrant workers.

Diversity Data Kids, from the Heller School for Social and Policy Management, offers resources to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), its effectiveness, and improvements needed to reduce inequities:

Minority Health Data Widgets

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

For the latest data on health and demographic trends, use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services widgets on your web pages. One click takes users directly to the data they need. Detailed health profiles and free access to the largest repository of minority health and health disparities information in the nation is available:

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

SAMHSA invites you to join a webinar that will provide an in-depth review of SAMHSA’s recently released toolkit for behavioral health providers to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities with Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment.

The toolkit, Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities: A Resource for Behavioral Health Providers, is a three-part guide intended to help behavioral health providers better understand ACA enrollment and the unique concerns facing their LGBT patients.

Experts in LGBT health insurance enrollment and behavioral health care will present the toolkit and give an overview of each of its three parts. The webinar will also provide an overview of LGBT health disparities, and discuss targeted outreach and enrollment strategies.

To register for the webinar:

To view the toolkit:


Resource Guide: Community Health Workers in Rural Settings

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Community Health Workers in Rural Settings. Resources include a Community Health Workers (CHWs) toolkit to assist in developing a CHW program, FAQs about CHWs, and links to relevant publications, organizations and funding opportunities. Access the guide here:


Urban Indian Health Institute Partnership Resources

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) has created guides for those seeking to establish partnerships for research or outreach. Available resource guides include: “Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships”, guides on developing and using memorandum of agreements (MOUs), and guides for developing data use agreements. As UIHI points out, “There are many benefits of developing, nurturing and working in partnerships to achieve a common goal. Partnerships can maximize resources, not only financial, but also knowledge, skills, and ideas, while not duplicating efforts.” The guides were developed as a part of the UIHI’s Health Equity Project funded by the Office of Minority Health. Download here:

New Guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development

Monday, November 24th, 2014

From the Association of American Medical Colleges:

“The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development (DSD). Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients.”

Learn more about the guidelines:

Download the guidelines (free registration required):

New Interactive Tool from the AMA to Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends. The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool:

African Americans and Heart Disease

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, over 40% of African Americans have high blood pressure. Find out what can be done from the American Heart Association:, view this infographic, “What Are My Risks for Getting Heart Disease?”:, and learn about the Power to End Stroke movement:

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

National Native American Month is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. Health and wellness continue to be concerns in many native communities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers examples of action to take to to address health disparities which affect this population: Included are injury prevention interventions, diabetes prevention programs, and data on health disparities. The U.S. Office of Minority Health also provided ideas to raise community awareness about health disparities that exist among Native American communities: