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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Quick Health Data Online

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Quick Health Data Online is an interactive system maintained by the U.S. Office on Women’s Health (http://1.usa.gov/1nfHWOV). It provides reliable and easily accessible health data to help assess needs, develop programs, and inform policies. The system is for anyone looking for U.S. health data and is used by the public health community, policymakers, grant writers, researchers, and students.

New training is being offered in July, August and September to learn about the data available in this system, and easy ways to extract and present the data.  The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories. Register for training here: http://svy.mk/1oIDk3s

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes

Monday, July 7th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control:

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes is an on-line resource that uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help group leaders lead discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes, and help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.”

Access the guide, worksheets, handouts and promotional materials: http://1.usa.gov/1jYW6z3

Second Chances Act Solicitation: Reentry Mentoring for Young Fathers

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released a solicitation for a new Second Chance Act grant program supporting the successful and safe transition of young fathers returning to families and communities after secure confinement.  The Reentry Mentoring Project will assist nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes in providing mentoring and comprehensive transitional services to young fathers – those no more than 24 years old at the start of services – with an emphasis on developing parenting skills.  Applicants should demonstrate a strong partnership between the mentoring organization and the department/entity responsible for the secure confinement facility.

Deadline: July 17, 2014

View the solicitation online (PDF file): http://1.usa.gov/1iYIoB3

Data Brief: Characteristics of Uninsured Adult Males by Race and Ethnicity

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

A new data brief released the the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health during Men’s Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey.  Findings from the survey, which include information on social determinants of health such as poverty and education level, underscore the social and economic factors that should be considered in developing strategies to increase coverage and access to care for minority adult males.  The survey findings provide additional information on the patterns of uninsurance among non-elderly males prior to the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Afffordable Care Act.

Download the Data Brief here:http://1.usa.gov/1kfmWTD

Intimate Partner Violence Community Action Toolkits

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The National Center for Transgender Equality announces two new toolkits which provide resources for communities, survivors and advocates to address intimate partner violence against people of color and transgender people. The kits are produced by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in association with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Black Justice Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and Trans People of Color Coalition:  http://bit.ly/1nDGnXl

Men’s Health Month

Friday, June 20th, 2014

From the Office Of Minority Health:

Throughout June (Men’s Health Month) we focus on the Power of Prevention to raise awareness among providers, policy makers, the media, and men and their loved ones about preventable health problems affecting men and boys, and early detection and treatment of disease.

On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women. Men are less likely to have health insurance and make recommended preventive visits to the doctor. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes take a significant toll on men, especially for men of color. 

For more health resources for men of color, visit the Office of Minority Health’s website: http://1.usa.gov/1rfxpTO

Marquette University Students’ Diabetes Project Raises Awareness of Diabetes in Low- Income Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In conjunction with the O’Brien Fellowship project Marquette University Students produced a special report on diabetes in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. The report can be found on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website. http://bit.ly/1nhnHMJ

Funding Opportunity: Native Strong – Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Notah Begay II (NB3) Foundation’s “Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures” program is a national initiative to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in Native communities.  NB3 has issued a request for proposals for its second round of “Promising Program” grants.  The purpose is to partner with Native communities to strengthen existing youth-focused physical activity and/or healthy nutrition programs and build capacity for program evaluation.

Application deadline: July 14, 2014

More information about this grant opportunity and the complete request for proposals is available online: http://bit.ly/1pGeKTh

Webinar: Latino Language Access and the ACA, Thursday June 26th

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The opportunity to gain coverage for the 32% of Latinos that are uninsured is upon us.  To help with effort on how outreach and enrollment can be done more effectively in working with Latino populations, the Office of Minority Health is pleased to share a three part webinar series this summer to help agencies, organizations and communities learn from recent community dialogues with uninsured Latinos what they said would help them to secure health coverage and what challenges they faced in learning about or getting covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Date: Thursday, June 26th
Time: 2pm Eastern
Information and Registration: http://bit.ly/T5pxZc

Weight gain may be faster during summer break

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A new systematic review in Preventing Chronic Disease suggests that weight gain often accelerates during summer break, especially among children who are already overweight or black or Hispanic.

Read the article: http://1.usa.gov/1lIxm2d

Access resources for preventing childhood obesity at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1jubOBJ