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HHS Initiative: Improving Hispanic Elders’ Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching an Initiative to Improve the Health of Hispanic Elders. The HHS initiative “Improving Hispanic Elders’ Health: Community Partnerships for Evidence-Based Solutions” is designed to encourage Hispanic elders and their families to take advantage of new Medicare benefits, including prescription drug coverage, flu shots, diabetes screening and self-management, cardiovascular screening, cancer screening services and smoking cessation programs.

AHRQ, AoA, CDC, CMS, and HRSA are teaming up to assist local communities in developing more coordinated strategies for improving the health and well-being of Hispanic elders. HHS will start by convening a workshop where teams from the invited areas will learn about state-of-the-art strategies and tactics they can deploy to address disparities among their Hispanic elder populations.

The communities invited to apply for this pilot project are: Chicago, IL, El Paso, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; McAllen, TX; Miami, FL; New York, NY; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA.

For more, see the HHS press release: http://www.aoa.gov/PRESS/pr/2007/June/6_13_07.asp

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