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Archive for April, 2010

SOPHE Offers Open Access to Select Journal Articles – Month of April

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

During the month of April, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is offering full-text access to 14 select articles in its two peer reviewed journals, “Health Education and Behavior” and “Health Promotion Practice.”

More information about how to access and download the full text of each article is available at http://www.sophe.org/Sophe/PDF/openaccessflier3.pdf.

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training

Monday, April 5th, 2010

To help public health professionals respond to the problem of limited health literacy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched a free “Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training” program. The purpose of this training is to educate public health professionals about limited health literacy and their role in addressing it in a public health context.
This is a web-based course and can be accessed 24/7 by any computer with Internet access. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Trainees can earn a variety of continuing education credits. You can access the training program from: http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/registration/detailpage.asp?res_id=2074.
For a link to CDC’s and other HHS’ agencies’ health literacy sites, check out AHRQ’s Health LIteracy and Cultural Competence Resource Links at: http://www.ahrq.gov/browse/hlitres.htm.

New Knowledge Path – Physical Activity

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents. This electronic guide points to resources that analyze data, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving physical activity levels within families, schools and after-school programs, child care and early childhood education settings, and communities. The knowledge path also presents resources about physical activity for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_phys_activity.html. Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health (MCH) topics are available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.

April is minority health month

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Health disparities affect vulnerable populations as defined by: race/ethnicity; socio-economic status; geography; gender; age; disability status; and risk status related to sex and gender. Minority populations have a higher incidence of chronic disease, higher mortality, and poorer health outcomes.

The U.S. faces serious health disparities:

• While African Americans account for 13% of the U.S. population, they are diagnosed with more than 50% of all new HIV infections.
• Asian Americans have the highest tuberculosis rate of any population in the US.
• American Indians experience higher rates of STDs and injuries.
• Latinos are also less likely to get a flu vaccine and more at risk for HIV/AIDS and diabetes.

The CDC supports 40 grantee partners through REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) . The goal of REACH is to establish community based programs and culturally-appropriate interventions to eliminate health disparities for African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Native and Pacific Islanders. Currently there are REACH projects in New England including: the Boston Public Health Commission, Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition and Boston Elders project; the Center for Community Health, Education and Research Metropolitan Boston Haitian HIV Coalition; the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Latino Health project; and the Lowell Community Health Center Cambodian Health Program. REACH highlights success stories in their booklets: The Power to Reduce Health Disparities: Voices from REACH Communities and REACHing across the Divide: Finding Solutions to Health Disparities.

The National Library of Medicine offers many outstanding resources for minority health:

American Indian Health http://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/
Asian American Health http://asianamericanhealth.nlm.nih.gov/
Arctic Health http://www.arctichealth.org/

The NN/LM New England Region funds SPIRAL (Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages), a website which is very useful for locating multilingual health information. http://spiral.tufts.edu/ Also, the NN/LM highlights tri-folds you may freely reproduce for minority health under our consumer focused resources section on our training page. http://nnlm.gov/ner/training/resources.html

How can you help? The CDC offers great tips:

• join with others to promote community-wide health activities and campaigns;
• form coalitions with civic, professional, religious, and educational organizations, to advocate health policies, programs and services; and
• support policies that promote health-care access for all.

I hope you will take this opportunity to stay up to date on programs and resources to support minority health.

Sources:
Office of Minority and Health Disparities, http://www.cdc.gov/omhd
Health Disparities. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_disparities
CDC. Health Disparities Affecting Minorities, African Americans. http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/brochures/BAA.pdf
CDC. Health Disparities Affecting Minorities, Asian American. http://www.cdc.gov/omhd/Brochures/PDFs/BAA.pdf
CDC. Health Disparities Affecting Minorities, American Indians and Alaska Natives. http://www.cdc.gov/omhd/Brochures/PDFs/AIAN.pdf
CDC. Health Disparities Affecting Minorities, Hispanic/ Latino Americans http://www.cdc.gov/omhd/Brochures/PDFs/HL.pdf
REACH, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, http://cdc.gov/reach
REACH, The Power to Reduce Health Disparities: Voices from REACH Communities and REACHing across the Divide: Finding Solutions to Health Disparities http://www.cdc.gov/reach/reach_2010/story_books.htm

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