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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) provides a new toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers. Included are a facilitator guide, slides and discussion sheets. This toolkit can be used to explore how clinical, research and education missions can improve community health and help to close gaps in healthcare. Download the kit at: http://bit.ly/1Q1cmUI

New resource for Alaska Natives and American Indians: NativeOneStop.gov

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The White House, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs announce a new resource for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  NativeOneStop.gov was launched in an effort to provide American Indians and Alaska Natives with easy, online access to Federal resources and programs. NativeOneStop.gov is a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations with a shared vision – to provide improved, personalized access to Federal resources and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives. NativeOneStop.gov will make it easier for tribes, Alaska Natives, and American Indians to find services, receive consistent information, and streamline outreach and services by Federal agencies. http://bit.ly/1OeO9UR

Webinar focusing on improving the health of the AA&NHOPI community

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs) are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States and are highly diverse in their language and health needs, representing more than 50 ethnic groups and 100 languages. Nearly one million AA&NHOPIs receive care at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), a 118% increase between 2005-2014. FQHCs provide high quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate comprehensive primary care to these and other medically underserved communities, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Because of their multi-disciplinary approach to care that addresses both clinical and non-clinical health including social risk factors, health centers play a major role in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is providing an interactive session, Increasing Access to Care and Improving Health Outcomes: A Spotlight on AA&NHOPI-serving Community Health Centers. December 17, 2015, 3:00 pm ET. To register for this event http://bit.ly/1SKzoN8 

New HIV awareness and education tools

Monday, December 7th, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Today, CDC debuts two national HIV awareness and education initiatives that provide vital information to help people reduce their risk of infection:

  • Doing It is a new national, bilingual HIV testing campaign that uses humor to spark conversation and encourage people to get tested. Testing is essential to ending the HIV epidemic—recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of new infections are transmitted by people who don’t know they are living with HIV.
  • CDC’s new comprehensive online HIV Risk Reduction Tool is also debuting today, in beta form. The interactive tool provides customized information on the most current HIV prevention strategies, and houses a visual estimator that allows users to compare the risk of different sexual activities and explore how one or a combination of prevention methods changes the risk of infection.

With more options for prevention available than ever before, the new testing campaign and risk reduction tool provide Americans with the information they need to make the best choices for their health.”

Doing It: http://1.usa.gov/1NFMzKR

HIV Risk Reduction Tool: http://1.usa.gov/1XPyA02

Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Explore more than 50 tips to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes! This tip sheet (PDF) from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases helps African Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes find ways to move more, make healthy food choices, and track their progress with making lifestyle changes to lower their risk. This publication has been reviewed by NDEP for plain language principles, and received the 2013 Second Place ReadsEasy Publication Award from Health Literacy Innovations

Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: http://1.usa.gov/1LqxUSp (PDF)

AAPCHO/AHJ Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and Action for Health Justice (AHJ) has updated the Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary. The Glossary contains approximately 100 of the most frequently used (and often confused) terms encountered by in-person assisters and navigators. It is currently available in English and the following Asian and Pacific Islander languages: Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Laotian, Marshallese, Tagalog, Tongan, and Vietnamese, and will soon be available in Burmese, Chuukese, Hindi, Hmong, and Khmer.

AAPCHO/AHJ Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary: http://bit.ly/1QypZui

ACA Guidance for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Friday, November 20th, 2015

As an American Indian or Alaska Native, there are certain steps that you must take in order to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. There are also benefits that may be available to you if you’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholder. This infographic (PDF) from the HHS Office of Minority Health provides important information about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, defines eligibility for the Health Insurance Marketplace and the benefits of enrolling, and identifies where to get more information.

ACA Guidance for American Indians and Alaska Natives: http://1.usa.gov/1OVzTWz (PDF)

Chartbook for Hispanic Health Care

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

This Hispanic Health Care chartbook, 2015, is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129). This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of Hispanic health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of Hispanic health care. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations. http://1.usa.gov/1Q5TDql

Fellowship In Minority Health Policy

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Supported by The Commonwealth Fund, this unique fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged groups. The application deadline is December 15, 2015 for the 2016-2017 Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship In Minority Health Policy: http://bit.ly/1LP4jWp

Health Product Scams

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

If you buy imported products marketed as “dietary supplements” and nonprescription drug products from ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online, watch out. Health fraud scams abound. According to Cariny Nunez, M.P.H., a public health advisory in the Office of Minority Health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), health scammers often target advertising to people who prefer to shop at nontraditional places, especially those who have limited English proficiency and limited access to health care services and information. “These scammers know that ethnic groups who may not speak or read English well, or who hold certain cultural beliefs, can be easy targets,” Nunez says.  The FDA website offer guidance as well as how to report adverse reactions when using products http://1.usa.gov/1HccTQa