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From the Urban Institute Health Policy Center

A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology.   This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding. http://urbn.is/1hY0myc

FDA Consumer Updates: Diabetes Impact on Minority Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is partnering  with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes.  The OMH is working to raise awareness of members of ethnic and minority groups of the need to stay healthy and to get treatment for diabetes if needed.   http://1.usa.gov/1dKTYrI

Racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control and are more likely to experience complications.

What do the numbers show? According to the National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • 17.5% of American Indians/Alaska natives
  • 16.3% of American Indians/Native Americans
  • 13.2% of Hispanics
  • 12.9% of non-Hispanic blacks
  • 9.1% of Asian Americans
  • 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites 18 and older

For more information visit: OMH – Minority Health http://1.usa.gov/1ixux1a

Multilingual Health Information from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers free, downloadable fact sheets, pamphlets and educational materials available in many languages, for example Hepatitis B posters in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.  http://1.usa.gov/Oylnac

Patients With Limited English Proficiency

This training module from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers free handouts, slides, surveys and other tools to be utilized to train medical staff to work with patients who have limited English proficiency. The module is designed to help you develop a customized plan for your environment, and will provide insight into the concepts of teamwork as applied to your work with these patients. http://1.usa.gov/1gIdc5z

New Free Medical Translation App

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Canopy Medical Translator has been created. This free app can be used in situations where an interpreter is not available. It translates medical phrases covering history, physical exam, procedures, and reassessment in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, Filipino, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, and more: http://bit.ly/1gRUd4R

Funding Opportunity: Urban Native Nonprofit Human Service Focus Grants

The First Nations Development Institute and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition are accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that increase the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programming in urban Indian centers and communities. The project also supports new and expanded activities in urban Indian environments with the goal of improving opportunities that can be attained in all Native American urban communities.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Find more information about the Urban Native Nonprofit Human Service Focus Grants online: http://bit.ly/1lM3rnx

Funding Opportunity: Community Food Projects Competitive Grants

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. The program supports the development of Community Food Projects with one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining and encourage long term planning activities.

The First Nations Development Institute has developed a webinar to aid in the application process.  The archived webinar, “I’m Thinking of Applying for the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program,” is available on the First Nations Development Institute website under Previous Webinars in 2014: http://bit.ly/1qR2Ogh

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Find more information about the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program online: http://1.usa.gov/PMOWpA

Webinar Series: Essential Clinical Issues in Migration Health

Migrant Clinicians Network has designed the series *Essential Clinical Issues in Migration Health* for new as well as seasoned clinicians who are interested in understanding more about the migrant population. The series is divided into six webinars which cover a wide breadth of knowledge and skills to help clinicians provide quality care to one of the most difficult to reach populations in the United States.

Each module is accredited for an hour of Continuing Nursing or Continuing Medical Education. If you enroll for the entire series you will receive 6 full hours of free continuing education.

For more information and to register, go to the Migrant Clinicians Network web site: http://bit.ly/1gyfAat

Adult Immunization Webinar: Strategies to Increase Immunization Awareness and Vaccination Rates

Adult vaccination rates in the U.S. are very low. This webinar from the Virtual Immunization Communication Network presents evidence-based strategies and communication resources to support healthcare and public health professionals in educating and encouraging adults to get vaccinated.

March 20, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

For more information and to register, visit the VIC Network web site: http://bit.ly/PMwHR9

Get tested for colorectal cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Healthfinder.gov has information about screening tests, ACA coverage of screening, and calculating your risk.

Get Tested for Colorectal Cancer (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1qLqOkP

Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dfslH0