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Free NIH funded Medical Translation App

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Communicate quickly with patients using translated medical phrases in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and more. Show phrases with text, and play with audio.

When needed, call live medical interpreters from Canopy.

Includes 1,500 common medical phrases created by medical professionals, available for 4 specialities:
Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and General Surgery

Phrases cover:
Greeting and Goodbye, History, Physical Exam, Labs, Radiology, Procedures, Labor and Delivery, Gynecology, Reassessment, Plan, and more.

Canopy has been funded by NIH to create various resources to support clinicians in providing care for underserved minorities. They’ve developed a medical translator app and are eager for input.
If you use the code below, you’ll have the app and subsequent upgrades
free of charge, even when they begin to charge for it:
Click or search for “canopy” on the App Store, and use access code
75753  after you download.
If downloading on an iPad, make sure to switch to IPHONE ONLY apps when
you search on the App Store.
This code is only good until Tuesday April 22!  Download the app today to ensure free access.

Health Impacts of Climate Change

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers a free webinar sponsored by its Partnerships for Environmental Health on April 25, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, “Assessing Population Vulnerability to Health Impacts of Climate Change”:

Certain populations are particularly at risk to the health effects of climate change, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and those living in urban or coastal areas. This webinar will describe ongoing research focused on assessing factors that may mediate increased risks among select vulnerable populations.


African American Health Disparities Infographic

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Racial and ethnic health disparities undermine our communities and our health care system. Communities of color are more likely to suffer from certain health conditions, and they are more likely to get sicker, have serious complications, and even die from these conditions. Families USA is an organization working to achieve high quality, comprehensive, affordable health care for all Americans. Key issues for the organization include increasing enrollment in health insurance coverage, achieving equity in access to care, and improving the health care system by emphasizing quality and evidence rather than volume. A new infographic called “African American Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites” is available on their web site:

Promoting New Behavioral Health Insurance Opportunities for AI/ANs

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a new guide for behavioral health organizations serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities, “Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.” This guide offers ten outreach and enrollment strategies organizations can use to introduce American Indian and Alaska Native communities to new health insurance options as a result of the Affordable Care Act:

New Online Catalog for the Office of Minority Health

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The HHS Office of Minority Health Knowledge Center team is pleased to let you know that the online library catalog search engine has just been re-launched in a new format.  The new version offers immediate access to the latest documents added to the database.  It also provides more detailed search options and formats for delivery of results.  During National Minority Health Month, please take a moment to look at the new content.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Knowledge Center team if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this unique resource for minority health information.

Visit  then click on “Search the library catalog”.

Refugee Health Orientation Videos and Handouts From Healthy Roads Media

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Several years ago the Refugee Services Section of the Ohio Department of Job and Family services produced a wonderful DVD called Safe, Smart and Healthy that provides comprehensive information that meets the health education requirements of refugee health orientation.  The content was developed in 33 languages.  The DVD dissemination strategy is not completely useful in reaching all new refugees and Healthy Roads Media (HRM) was contacted to see if there might be a way to reformat the video content for the web.  The DVD content was broken up into 28 short segments, each covering specific topics.  This makes the content useful for information sessions of various lengths and in a variety of settings.  A number of these have been available for awhile.

Two new personal hygiene topics in 16 languages are now available as streaming web videos on the Healthy Roads Media Refugee Health Orientation page –

(Original message from Mary Alice Gillispie, Healthy Roads Media)

Minority Health Month Webinar

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Minority Health will host a webinar in honor of Minority Health Month. Speakers will discuss CMS’ ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities, and their work encouraging newly insured consumers to use preventive services and primary care.

April 9, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

For more information, and to register, visit the CMS web site:

Native Generations Campaign

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Native Generations is a campaign addressing high rates of infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The campaign emphasizes connection to culturally-grounded health care and community services to promote healthy families and prevent infant deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Their website provides a resources list of support, resources and information to new or expecting parents and caregivers. It also provides promotional ideas for outreach and program and educates about challenges to native infant health.

Prevention is Power: National Minority Health Month April 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The U.S. Office of Minority Health offers tools, resources, social media guidelines, talking points and graphics to raise awareness about health disparities, especially during the month of April, which is Minroity Health Month. “Prevention is Power”, this year’s theme, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. Take action for health equity!

From the Urban Institute Health Policy Center

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology.   This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding.