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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Drop Sugary Drinks Grant Opportunity

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) asks for grant applications “from tribes and Native-led organizations across the country that specifically focus on the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and increase the consumption of healthy beverage alternatives (such as water, breastfeeding, indigenous teas, etc.) for young children (0-8).” Amounts can range between $10,000 and $40,000 for either Community Health Assessments or Implementation of Plans. For more information, visit the NB3F Drop Sugary Drinks! Grant Opportunity page.

New Toolkits: Hospital Aligned for Healthy Communities

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Health outcomes are tied not only to the health care they receive but also to the conditions in the communities where patients live. Health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address the social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives, and higher costs in the first place.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Democracy Collaborative is creating these toolkits to accelerate a new model in healthcare that builds community health into core business practices.

Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

This free guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is designed as an aid for those who assist with transitions from correctional facilities. It provides behavioral health, correctional, and community stakeholders with examples of the implementation of successful strategies for transitioning people with mental or substance use disorders from institutional correctional settings into the community. It highlights prevalence of mental and substance use disorders in correctional settings.


Tools for Putting Social Determinants of Health Into Action

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. These conditions are known as social determinants of health. There are ways that limitations can be helped. The Center for Disease Control provides resources for Social Determinants of Health data, tools for action, programs, and policy. Educators, public health professionals, community organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being

AHRQ Stats: Medical Care for Children

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

In 2014, approximately 8 percent of U.S. children younger than 18 (about 5.8 million children) were reported as not having a usual source of care. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #501: Children’s Usual Source of Care: Insurance, Income, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities, 2004-2014.)

Other Highlights

  • Children who were uninsured were more likely to have no usual source of care in each year between 2004 and 2014.
  • Children living in poor families were more likely to lack a usual source of care compared to children living in high-income families in both 2004 and 2014.
  • Children from high-income families were less likely than children in any other income group to lack a usual source of care in 2014.
  • The percentage of Hispanic children without a usual source of care declined by 4 percentage points between 2004 and 2014.

For more details, see

Health Conditions Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

In 2014, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) conducted the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS). The survey involved about 3,000 households containing one or more NHPI residents who were surveyed by NHIS field staff using the 2014 NHIS instrument. The NHPI NHIS was an unprecedented opportunity to collect rich and accurate information from a large NHPI sample about the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in all 50 states. In March 2017, the NCHS released the Data Brief on the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS). Key findings include:

  • The age-sex-adjusted percentages of NHPI adults with fair or poor health (15.5%), serious psychological distress (4.1% in past 30 days), cancer (5.7%), coronary heart disease (6.0%), diabetes (15.6%), lower back pain (28.5% in past 3 months), arthritis (19.7%), migraines (14.1% in past 3 months), and asthma (9.9%) were greater than the corresponding percentages for single-race Asian adults.
  • NHPI adults were more likely than all U.S. adults to be in fair or poor health, to have diabetes, and to have ever had asthma, but they were less likely to have cancer.

Galinsky AM, Zelaya CE, Barnes PM, Simile C. Selected Health Conditions Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults: United States 2014NCHS Data Brief 277 March, 2017.

National Minority Health Month 2017

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), an awareness initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The theme for 2017 is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. The #NMHM17 site lists ways you can get involved:

  • Use one of the sample social media posts to promote health equity
  • Share one (or more) of the ready-made graphics on social media or a website
  • Wednesday, April 12 1pm ET, participate in #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall hosted by @MinorityHealth
  • Tuesday, April 25 2pm ET, chat on Twitter with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Find more information, action steps, and ways to connect on #NMHM17.

Native American Cultural Competency Webinar

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Wednesday, April 20, 2017, 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET
Hosted by the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VIII)

For more information and to register, visit RHEC VIII’s In the Spotlight.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • list three benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services
  • identify and understand the holistic healing approach, cultural norms, customs, and protocols of the Great Plains tribes
  • discuss effective strategies when working with the Native American population that can be shared with co-workers
  • enhance the relationship between healthcare provider and patient by building a culturally competent workforce

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Scholarship

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health provides financial support for American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, and health professionals and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities, who are interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health’s Summer and Winter Institute courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

5-Day Courses for Summer 2017 include:

  • Early Childhood Research in Tribal Communities
  • Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics
  • Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Public Health Data in American Indian Communities

If you’re interested, visit the Center’s Online Scholarship Applications for more information. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Aetna Foundation requests proposals for the Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant. The program is “geared specifically to local nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state/local government agencies that work with underserved, low-income, and minority populations in the continental United States.” They invite applications “that address the social determinants of health and participants’ physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.” To read more about the grant, visit Aetna Foundation 2017 Cultivating Healthy Community Grant Program and the Request for Proposals (RFP).