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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Resources for Developing an Understanding of Health Disparities recording

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved shared the recording of “Resources for Developing an Understanding of Health Disparities,” a presentation given by Susan White, MD on February 28, 2017. “This workshop reviews online tools that offer both general and community specific interactive learning activities to help primary care providers better understand the community and the challenges of their patients. A variety of tools including Spent, bias assessment, medication simulation, Dartmouth Health Atlas, Google Maps, and community food resources will be presented.”

Resources for Addressing Mental Health

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Addressing Mental Health in African Americans Through FAITH

Learn more about a partnership between faith community leaders and researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in this NIMHD Blog post by Dr. Tiffany Haynes and Fay Boozman from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Campaign to Change Direction PSAs

“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) produced four public service announcements (PSAs) as part of a co-sponsorship agreement with Give an Hour for the Campaign to Change Direction.”

  • Military communities, service members, veterans, and their families
  • Adolescent and young adults ages 14 to 20
  • Hispanic/Latino communities (one in English and one in Spanish)

Chronic Care Management Resource

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) introduced Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs. Connected Care is a nationwide effort within fee-for-service Medicare that includes a focus on racial and ethnic minorities as well as rural populations, who tend to have higher rates of chronic disease. To access the resources, please see:

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognize March 28 as American Diabetes Association Alert Day. For further information and resources, please see the ADA, including risk tests, tips, healthy recipes and more. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also offers videos, tools and prevention tips.

Familias en Acción course and guide

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Familias en Acción is a Latino-serving community based-organization that delivers culturally specific training for health professionals and health education for the Latino community. It has multiple professional development opportunities available:

Care of Latinos with Serious Illnesses: A Palliative Approach, a free online course for Nursing Students

This short, four module course gives participants an important grounding in culturally sensitive issues that can arise in interactions with patients and families with low health literacy. The result will help you and your organization better serve your Latino patients and their families with serious illnesses, leading to improved health outcomes.

Implementation Guide for Community Partnership Model: Improving Health Outcomes by Linking Community-based Community Health Workers with Health Systems

This guide discusses the rationale and describes the steps to implement a working partnership between Health Systems and Community Based Organizations – from planning through implementation, using the partnership between Familias en Acción and Kaiser Permanente Northwest as an example.

Text adapted from Familias en Acción website and releases

NIMHD Research Endowment Grants for Higher Education

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The purpose of this program is is to strengthen the research and training capacity/infrastructure at eligible institutions of higher education to facilitate minority health and health disparities research. The NIMHD Endowment Program for Increasing Research and Institutional Resources grants are made to create a permanent institutional endowment fund to support institutional resources and research capacity building…The NIMHD Research Endowment Program does not directly support research projects itself. Specific activities may be designed to include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthen the research infrastructure through the development and enhancement of information systems and technology that support research capacity;
  • Enhance the academic environment by creating challenging courses in such topics as research methodology and health disparities as additions to the curriculum; and
  • Enhance the recruitment and retention of established scientific faculty with exceptional expertise in the clinical, population, behavioral, and social sciences or facilitate the recruitment of new scientists in these disciplines.

Text from FOA RFA-MD-17-004

Artists Help Heal Communities

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

In Louisville, Kentucky, artists collaborated to make a difference. The neighborhood of Smoketown has residents who live on the average 9 years less than other residents of Louisville, due to social determinants of health. Artists and community leaders have worked together to communicate this difference through art. Artists trained in developing a framework with with the community to identify health priorities and enable residents to work with policymakers and healthcare institutions to strive towards equity and measure the impact of their work. Read more about the project and its outcomes:

Chemicals in Cigarettes (in English and Spanish)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a set of videos and interactive tools to lay the foundation for an important public health goal: to publish a list of the harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco in a way that is easy to understand. These videos provide the opportunity to explore the production of cigarettes from plant to product to production to puff. These education tools are also available in Spanish from the FDA website:

Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Chronic Conditions from AHRQ Stats

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Among adults with health care expenses in 2014, those treated for multiple chronic conditions had average out-of-pocket expenses that were more than three times as high as expenses for adults with one or no chronic condition ($13,031 versus $3,579). This is according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #498: Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Adults with Health Care Expenses for Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014.)

Some Highlights:

  • Among those using medical care, mean per person out-of-pocket expenditures for the U.S. civilian adult population who had multiple chronic conditions were more than double for those adults who had no or one chronic condition.
  • White, non-Hispanic adults with multiple chronic conditions had the highest per person out-of-pocket expenditures in comparison to black non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian non-Hispanic, and other non-Hispanic adults with two or more chronic conditions.
  • High income adults with multiple chronic conditions had higher out-of-pocket expenditures than those who had lower family income.
  • Among non-elderly adults who received medical care in 2014, those with multiple chronic conditions who were uninsured had higher mean out-of-pocket expenditures per person than those who had only public insurance.

Entire report is linked here:

The Roundtable on Health Literacy’s Workshop on Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations

Monday, February 27th, 2017

March 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM Pacific
Online at or in-person at East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, CA

This is a one-day public workshop that will feature presentations and discussion on facilitating health communication related to immigrant, refugee, and migrant populations through the use of health literate approaches. Issues related to cultural competence, language access, and understanding the U.S. health care system may be included in the agenda.

Text from the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.