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Disparities within Serious Mental Illness Report from AHRQ

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The primary goal of this Technical Brief is to describe and review the effectiveness of interventions that address disparities among adult patients with serious mental illness (SMI). The report is based on research conducted by the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Adults with SMI often experience gaps in access to needed health care compared with other populations. Such disparities may be even more pronounced between certain groups of patients with SMI, differing by race, ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage (including housing stability) and socioeconomic status, and geographic location (chiefly, rural versus urban); disparities arise as well for individuals identifying as LGBT and those who have difficulty communicating in English.

The study reviewed the published and gray literature and interviewed Key Informants to address several Guiding Questions. Gaps persist both in terms of the diversity of disparity groups included in studies (particularly individuals who identify as LGBT and the elderly) and approaches considered.

For more information and to download the report, visit http://1.usa.gov/1XlFPMV

Free Consumer Health Information from the Office of Minority Health

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use these resources for inspiration or support in answering consumer health questions or in developing community health programming for minority populations. A large resource collection and confidential access to information are great assets your library can tap into for free. Visit the Knowledge Center Library’s page here: http://1.usa.gov/1Uangnt and read more in this article from WebJunction: http://bit.ly/1X0lpso

AAMC Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made available a collection of papers on the social determinants of health. “Achieving Health Equity: How Academic Medicine Is Addressing the Social Determinants of Health” offers a snapshot of some of the strategies medical schools and teaching hospitals have launched to narrow inequities and address social factors that affect community health: http://bit.ly/248djN8

AHRQ Report Shows Gains in Access to and Affordability of Health Insurance

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

More people have health care coverage, have a usual place to go for medical care and can more easily afford medical bills after the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have taken effect, according to a new report by AHRQ. The 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy reflects gains in enrollment in qualified health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace as well as expanded Medicaid coverage that became available in more than half of the states. Hispanics showed the biggest gains in having a usual place to go for medical care. For more information on the report, see the AHRQ’s press release,  http://1.usa.gov/1SPHIOq

AHRQ Health Insurance InfoGraphic

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, http://1.usa.gov/1qsto39

If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the preventive services on this site must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

There are sections on the site for Adults, Women, and Children.

Link seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Make health information easy to read and understand #NMHM16

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

From US Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health

@MinorityHealth: 9 out of 10 Americans have difficulties with basic health information.

MedlinePlus How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials http://1.usa.gov/23fceYz

Make health information easy to read and understand

National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

April is National Minority Health Month

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” To learn more about the CDC’s efforts to combat minority health disparities, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1SNwQif

 

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense

Webinar presented by Jay Ostrowki, National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00pm (EDT)

To register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

This webcast is designed to help you begin exploring how telemedicine may help increase access to behavioral health services for your patients. Key issues and growth opportunities in the telemental health industry will be covered.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UUY6yG for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.