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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

From the CDC. The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. For every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year.  The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many parents and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. Find out what you can do to help prevent this from happening and learn how to keep your infant safe.

New Resources in Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The CDC, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit , an online collection of educational materials related to sickle cell trait (SCT).  This toolkit has information for all audiences. There is helpful information for athletes who may be affected by SCT, as well as their trainers, team doctors, and coaches. New fact sheets have been added related to SCT and sports, diabetes testing and blood and organ donation.

Remember September is National Sickle Cell Month.


Tribal Road Safety: Toolkit and Video

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a toolkit to promote vehicle safety among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The toolkit includes fact sheets, posters and a video.

Roadway to Safer Tribal Communities Toolkit:

Health Newsletter for Native Americans

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The National Institutes of Health’s new online newsletter, Honoring Health: Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives, features a different health topic in each issue. The e-newsletter highlights health-related resources, events, training, and funding opportunities from NIH and other federal agencies. Honoring Health: Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives is produced by NIH in partnership with the Indian Health Service and the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging — all part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more and to subscribe, visit:

Using Policy to Level the Playing Field

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, was recently interviewed about how her office has and will continue to work on equitable access to health as a priority. Her office is promoting programs to address health inequity, writing policy to provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, and implementing strategies about the health inequity of low-income and minority populations exposed to environmental hazards. Read more at:

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors. Learn more about the prevention challenges Latinos face and find resources on the Centers for Disease Control page: HIV Among Latinos:

ACA Outreach and Enrollment in Faith Communities

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships,,  announces a free webinar: Best Practices in ACA Outreach and Enrollment. Learn from faith leaders who have conducted successful outreach and enrollment campaigns before and during open enrollment. September 16, 2015, 2:00 pm ET. Register here:

Resource Guide: Rural Migrant Health

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has released an updated resource guide on Rural Migrant Health. The guide lists unique health challenges faced by migrant agricultural workers and barriers to accessing health care. The guide provides examples of model programs to address those challenges and barriers, lists organizations that provide migrant health care, and includes funding opportunities.

Rural Migrant Health (Rural Assistance Center):

AHRQ’s State Snapshots Measure Health Care Quality, Access State by State

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) State Snapshots allows users to analyze data from their state in various ways, including types and settings of care, select clinical conditions, insurance status, access to care and priority populations. Data are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which is compiled from more than 200 measures and represents the most complete source of data on the use and cost of health care and health insurance coverage in the Nation.

Title VI Chat: Overview of SHIP/SMP Programs: A Valuable National Resource

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8:00am/HDT, 10:00am AKDT, 11:00am PDT and AZ, 12:00pm/ MDT, 1:00/CDT, 2:00pm/EDT

The September Title VI chat webinar will be provide an overview of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program.  The SHIP/SMP programs are important resources that are offered nationwide and can help beneficiaries and their family members understand the complexities of Medicare.  To learn more about the webinar and how to attend go to and scroll down the page.