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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Indian Health Service Toolkits

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

New Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Heart Toolkits are available from the Indian Health Service. The toolkits will help American Indian and Alaska Native communities implement local programs to prevent diabetes and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. The diabetes prevention toolkit, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/f6bj, is based on the NIH Diabetes Prevention Program research, showing that even losing a small amount of weight can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in diverse populations.

The Healthy Heart Toolkit, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/t7de, was created to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in  American Indian and Alaska Native people, especially those with diabetes.

New Look for Think Cultural Health Site

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the launch of Think Cultural Health’s newly redesigned website.  The Think Cultural Health website now includes designs that feature a simpler layout and brighter colors.  It’s also mobile ready and can be accessed anytime from your cell phone, tablet and lap top and desk top computers. The new Think Cultural Health website design makes it easier for anyone to browse the latest resources and find information that will help individuals and organizations deliver respectful, understandable, and effective services to all in a respectful in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way. Explore this resource more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qp2a

 

Turn the Tide on the Prescription Drug Epidemic

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

While an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse has swept across the United States, African-Americans and Hispanics have been affected at much lower rates than whites, according to the New York Times. According to research, minority patients use fewer opioids, for various reasons ancluding a lack of insurance coverage. But the researchers have also found evidence of racial bias and stereotyping in recognizing and treating pain among minorities, particularly blackp atients. Minorities tend to receive less treatment for pain than whites, and suffer more disability as a result.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is making efforts to reverse the trends of the nation’s prescription opioid epidemic. In a letter to health professionals, Murthy expressed understanding of the challenge in balancing a patient’s pain with the increasing risk of addiction, but explained that health professionals were uniquely positioned to have a positive impact. He urged them to visit the Turn the Tide Rx website: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/2bsc for information including fact sheets, dosing calculators and treatment guidelines.

Updated Resource, Birth Control Guide

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Office of Women’s Health and the FDA have an updated resource, Birth Control Guide/Guía de Métodos Anticonceptivos. This easy-to-read chart provides information on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Learn more https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0skc

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1gpv

1,000 Grandmothers Project

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Every year, some 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs), or deaths among infants under 1 year of age that happen suddenly, occur in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Indian/Alaska Native population has the highest rate of SUIDs of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. The International Association for Indigenous Aging, a nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of AI/AN populations, implemented the 1,000 Grandmothers Project to engage Native elders (specifically grandmothers) in reducing the rate of SUIDs by educating and mentoring young Native parents and future parents about safe sleep practices for infants during traditional activities. Learn more and access the project resources at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/o4yh

 

NBCC Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation has several scholarships and fellowships available for students enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s program. The application deadline for these opportunities is October 31, 2016.

2017 NBCCF Rural Scholarship

2017 NBCCF Military Scholarship

2017 NBCCF Minority Fellowship Program (Master’s Addictions) 

2017 NBCCF Minority Fellowship Program (Master’s Mental Health)

Achieving Health Equity – One Policy at a Time Webinar

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

September 22, 2016
2 to 3 PM CT / 3 to 4 PM ET

In 2015, the Washington State Department of Health successfully added health equity review requirements to its analysis of proposed legislation: (1) describe any positive or negative impact the bill may have on tribal health concerns and (2) describe any positive or negative impact the bill may have on health equity or health disparities. This webinar will discuss how the department used policy and administrative levers to make this change.

Presenters will: 1) Describe components of a “health equity lens” used to analyze proposed state legislation; 2) Articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a “health equity lens”; and 3) Share examples of training and resource materials.

For registration and more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/8t5k.

This webinar series was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET). Text for this post was adapted from National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities.

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

This National Library of Medicine grant program seeks projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Detailed application information and example topics: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia
Open (Earliest Submission) and Letter of Intent Due Date: November 16, 2016
Application Due Date: December 16, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization
Award Budget: $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs

Text for this post was adapted from https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia.

Violence Related Trauma Resources

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

These Office of Minority Health’s resources for individuals, families and communities are meant to help communities support emotional well-being and recovery as a result of trauma. For minority communities when conditions are often compounded by social determinants of health, the effects of trauma can be amplified and suffered by the entire community. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hukz

Brother, You’re on My Mind Toolkit

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) have launched Brother, You’re on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men. This initiative has two major goals:

  • Goal 1: To collaborate on efforts to educate Omega members, their families, and related communities on the effects of depression and stress.
  • Goal 2: To communicate the importance of seeking help for mental health problems and to encourage affected individuals to get information from their health care providers and others in order to obtain appropriate treatment.

To aid in starting conversations, the Brother, You’re on My Mind toolkit provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters and other community organizations with the materials needed to educate community members on depression and stress in African American men. The toolkit includes educational, outreach, event planning, and promotional materials.

Text adapted from NIMHD’s Brother, You’re on My Mind page