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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Using Health IT To Improve Disparities

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

A recent blog post by two Morehouse School of Medicine faculty members underscores the importance of using health IT to improve health disparities: The authors encourage the use of EHR technology in underserved communities and point out the lower rate of adoption of the technology by providers who serve these populations.

Minority patients are also less likely to use patient portals which can improve their health outcomes, according to FierceHealthIT, and supported by a Kaiser Permanente study:

The Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines ways to improve access to care by adoption of electronic systems for patients and providers:

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Community Paramedicine encourages EMTs and paramedics to serve in expanded roles to connect underutilized resources to underserved populations. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool enables communities to assess current programs and plan for future development. See more tools and resources at:

Substance Abuse Services at Urban Indian Health Organizations

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Urban Indian Health Institute announces a new report, “Supporting Wellness: Substance Abuse Services at Urban Indian Health Organizations”:

The report documents the critical services available at Urban Indian Health Organizations to address substance abuse needs. The report also highlights programmatic achievements and factors contributing to success; presents vignettes of select organizations and provides recommendations to support future efforts to address substance abuse needs in urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

News from the CDC

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The key findings from a series of CDC reports released online today by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) has found that American Indian and Alaska Native death rates are nearly 50 percent greater than those of non-Hispanic whites.

“The authors reviewed trends from 1990 through 2009, and compared death rates between AI/AN people and non-Hispanic whites by geographic regions for a more recent time period (1999-2009).”

“The report concludes that patterns of mortality are strongly influenced by the high incidence of diabetes, smoking prevalence, problem drinking, and health-harming social determinants. Many of the observed excess deaths can be addressed through evidence-based public health interventions.”

For more information, the articles from the report will be in the AJPH “First Lookearly online section at 4:00 pm EST today, 4/23/2014.

Fighting Diabetes’ Deadly Impact on Minorities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

FDA Consumer Update –  You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building relationships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes, and to address the disparity in how severely it affects minority groups in particular. To learn more visit:

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”.