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Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative Webinar

March 30, 2016 | 2:00 pm –3:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Registration and webinar information: http://bit.ly/1SrmjJD

New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:

  • Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
  • Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
  • Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that works best for communities across the state.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Shpelk to learn more about the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) and the Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies webinar series.

 

 

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

Adapted from SIS NLM, http://1.usa.gov/1VQ92x7

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, http://1.usa.gov/21PneGd

Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program

Adapted from Aetna Foundation, http://bit.ly/1PAUIRC

Due date: April 15, 2016 at 3 PM ET

The Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program seeks to support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. The program will support projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. This year’s program aims to have broader impact and reach more spaces in the community. That’s why they are now focusing on the following five domains:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

For more information and application instructions, read the Request for Proposal (RFP), http://bit.ly/1ZGzf15 

NIH Syndicated Content

Lunch with the RML Webinar, March 29, 2016 / noon – 1:00 pm ET

Host: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), http://1.usa.gov/1MwbNS7

Description: NIH offers a free and easy way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health directly onto your website.  You do not need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. NIH content will populate on your web page with your website’s existing look and feel. Join us to learn how!

Presenters: Brooke Dine, Head, Web & Information Management Unit Public Services Division National Library of Medicine and Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine

The link to access the live webinar can be found on http://1.usa.gov/1MwbNS7. Recordings of Lunch with the RML sessions can be found on http://1.usa.gov/1pFImCC

For more information about NIH Syndicated Content, check out these resources:

 

 

Support for Consumer Health Interactions at the Public Library

The Health Happens in Libraries team from WebJunction.org has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: bit.ly/1XSxRqJ To see the pathway and guide: bit.ly/1RpYsYh

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. To see how your county ranks and more information, please visit: bit.ly/1XSx88Q

CMS Releases Interactive Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released a new interactive map to increase understanding of geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare beneficiaries. The Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool identifies disparities in health outcomes, utilization, and spending by race and ethnicity and geographic location. Understanding geographic differences in disparities is important to informing policy decisions and efficiently targeting populations and geographies for interventions. See more at: go.cms.gov/1MpD2NY

Lung Cancer Screening Tools for Patients and Clinicians

New tools from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) can help longtime smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 make informed decisions with their health care provider on whether to get screened for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The online tools are designed to support discussions between patients and providers about whether lung cancer screening is appropriate, as well as about the possible benefits and harms of screening using this method. LDCT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. The tools are designed for diverse users: http://1.usa.gov/1o76Za7, and printed versions are also available. Register here http://bit.ly/1q2FLTA for a webinar on April 7 to discuss how the resources can be used to meet requirements of Medicare and Medicaid services for hared decision-making and patient counseling.

Health Equity Forum

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presents a Health Equity Forum Commemorating National Minority Health Month 2016 and the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the HHS Office of Minority Health: “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation” on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM EDT.

The Heckler Report marked the first convening of health experts by the U.S. government to conduct a comprehensive study of the health status of racial and ethnic minorities, elevated minority health onto a national stage, and led to the establishment of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 1986.  For 30 years, OMH has led efforts to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

The Forum will highlight initiatives underway by the Obama Administration and HHS to reduce disparities and further efforts needed to accelerate health equity and expand opportunity for all. More information: http://1.usa.gov/1RzP8q6

Rural Services Integration Toolkit

This new toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub offers strategies for rural communities seeking to integrate health and human services to increase care coordination, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. The toolkit provides information, considerations for implementation, evidence-based models, and resources: http://bit.ly/1pyZdXM