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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

New Fact Sheets on Native Food and Health Issues

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The First Nations Development Institute has just completed a new series of 12 Fact Sheets concerning Native American health and food issues.  You can read them or download them (as PDFs) from their website.  The are free, but you may have to create a free account in their Knowledge Center (their online resource center) in order to access them.  If you already have a free account in their Knowledge Center, you can get right to them after you sign in:

These Fact Sheets were created as part of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI), and were generously underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Resources For African Immigrant Health

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) has sponsored an ongoing outreach program for African immigrant health.  In support of that program, they have searched and cataloged materials on this topic in their online database –  If you go to the database, select “Advanced Search” and enter the phrase: “africans  immigrants” and you will find several resources.

Also, see the OMHRC website for a description of their outreach program for African Immigrants:

Clinical and Health Research Health Disparities Summer Program

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) is accepting applications for its Health Disparities Research Summer Immersion program. This is a paid intensive summer research experience for graduate students in all health sciences fields from across the country. It is a great opportunity for students to gain experience in the process of research as well as gain insight into topics in health disparities research. In addition, students will attend weekly seminars that explore health disparities questions and problems as well as scientific approaches, research methods, and career issues.

Application Deadline: February 4, 2014. The program includes monthly pay and travel to Ann Arbor. Find more information about the Health Disparities Summer Program here:

New Resource: Guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

1 in 3 LGBT individuals in the US doesn’t have health insurance, which means LGBT people are likely to be sicker, wait to get tested or treated for most illnesses and suffer more serious complications when they do get sick. In the past it’s has been hard to find coverage that treats LGBT families fairly, covers the care they need and doesn’t break the bank.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) can increase coverage in our community by making health insurance more affordable, standardizing basic care and eliminating the exclusions that hurt the LGBT community the most.

But where should LGBT people start? How do they evaluate plans? What kind of coverage do they need? How do rules about family coverage apply to LGBT families? See “Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans”, from Strong Families: This guide provides a template for the questions one should ask Navigators, certified application counselors or insurance brokers to get answers about cost and coverage, reproductive healthcare, transgender healthcare, finding insurance if you are HIV+ or living with AIDS, covering LGBT youth and many other LGBT health needs.

We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle eBook Cultural Values Contest for Native Youth

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle announce a joint eBook contest for Native American youth ages 13 to 24.  The eBook contest invites youth to think about their cultural values and express themselves using a medium of their choice – essay, photography, graphics, illustration, video, audio or a combination. Cultural values include respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth and wisdom.

Find more information about the eBook Cultural Values Contest online:

Contest deadline: January 31, 2014

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Materials for American Indian/Alaska Native groups

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative (NIHOE) has developed tailored ACA materials for the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community, including resources for individual consumers and health directors.  The following resources are available on the NIHOE website:

  • A resource page for health directors about clinical systemic changes:
  • A customized implementation timeline for the AI/AN community:
  • A variety of training materials for tribal leaders, health directors, patient benefits coordinators and employers:

A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity is a new resource designed to help public health practitioners advance health equity through community prevention strategies. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. It is designed for those who are new to the concept of health equity, as well as those who are already working to create equitable environments.” [Prevention Institute,]

Download the full guide from the Centers for Disease Control:

Report: CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2013, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the second consolidated assessment that highlights health disparities and inequalities across a wide range of diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics. It provides new data for 19 of the topics published in 2011 and presents 10 new topics.

The latest report looks at disparities in deaths and illness, use of health care, behavioral risk factors for disease, environmental hazards, and social determinants of health at the national level. This year’s report contains 10 new topics including activity limitations due to chronic diseases, asthma attacks, fatal and nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses, health-related quality of life, periodontitis in adults, residential proximity to major highways, tuberculosis, access to healthier foods, and unemployment.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013: (PDF)

Equity of Care Slides Available

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Equity of Care, an organization of leaders from national health care organizations, has made available this slidedeck,, to highlight the business imperative for equity of care. As the health care system moves toward a value-based versus volume-based reimbursement system, eliminating health care disparities will be vital. All interested parties are invited to download the slides and use this presentation in conversations with hospital staff, community meetings or as part of board discussions. Achieving equity in care is imperative to improving the health of the population and the success of the hospital and health care systems. See their website for other resources,

Youth Speaks Against Diabetes

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

San Francisco poets from have teamed up with the University of California San Francisco to train young poets on how living conditions common in poorer neighborhood, such as unsafe streets, few green spaces, and a preponderance of fast food joints are a factor in the development of diabetes. Videos have been created and are part of a package available at:  Dean Schillinger MD, U. of California-San Francisco, California Diabetes Program, and veteran health literacy researcher, helped mentor this project.