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Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative Webinar

Monday, March 28th, 2016

March 30, 2016 | 2:00 pm –3:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Registration and webinar information: http://bit.ly/1SrmjJD

New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:

  • Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
  • Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
  • Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that works best for communities across the state.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Shpelk to learn more about the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) and the Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies webinar series.

 

 

Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Adapted from Aetna Foundation, http://bit.ly/1PAUIRC

Due date: April 15, 2016 at 3 PM ET

The Aetna Foundation 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program seeks to support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. The program will support projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. This year’s program aims to have broader impact and reach more spaces in the community. That’s why they are now focusing on the following five domains:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

For more information and application instructions, read the Request for Proposal (RFP), http://bit.ly/1ZGzf15 

CMS Releases Interactive Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released a new interactive map to increase understanding of geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare beneficiaries. The Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool identifies disparities in health outcomes, utilization, and spending by race and ethnicity and geographic location. Understanding geographic differences in disparities is important to informing policy decisions and efficiently targeting populations and geographies for interventions. See more at: go.cms.gov/1MpD2NY

Lung Cancer Screening Tools for Patients and Clinicians

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

New tools from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) can help longtime smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 make informed decisions with their health care provider on whether to get screened for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The online tools are designed to support discussions between patients and providers about whether lung cancer screening is appropriate, as well as about the possible benefits and harms of screening using this method. LDCT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. The tools are designed for diverse users: http://1.usa.gov/1o76Za7, and printed versions are also available. Register here http://bit.ly/1q2FLTA for a webinar on April 7 to discuss how the resources can be used to meet requirements of Medicare and Medicaid services for hared decision-making and patient counseling.

Health Equity Forum

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presents a Health Equity Forum Commemorating National Minority Health Month 2016 and the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the HHS Office of Minority Health: “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation” on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM EDT.

The Heckler Report marked the first convening of health experts by the U.S. government to conduct a comprehensive study of the health status of racial and ethnic minorities, elevated minority health onto a national stage, and led to the establishment of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 1986.  For 30 years, OMH has led efforts to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

The Forum will highlight initiatives underway by the Obama Administration and HHS to reduce disparities and further efforts needed to accelerate health equity and expand opportunity for all. More information: http://1.usa.gov/1RzP8q6

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Adapted from HRSA

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN, RN to MSN-NP, Direct Entry MSN-NP program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation for at least two years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.

Application and technical assistance information is posted on http://1.usa.gov/1Lt58ry 

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

http://1.usa.gov/1WtFXWg

These two funding opportunities aim to prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The first opportunity is for public or nonprofit organizations that prepare permanent residents for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.

The second funding opportunity supports nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new citizenship instruction programs or to expand the quality and reach of existing citizenship instruction programs. As part of this effort, USCIS will provide targeted training to key grant program staff during the first quarter of the grant, and then follow up with on-site observation and specialized technical assistance during the second quarter of the funding period. Verifiable experience in the provision of English as a Second Language (ESL) programming is required to qualify for this funding opportunity. Applicants are required to use existing expertise in ESL instruction to provide citizenship instruction.

A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this meeting summary highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) males. This report will provide clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorder within the population. Pub id: SMA16-4959 http://1.usa.gov/1S4hq9c

Prenatal Education for Low-Income Latinas Using Photonovels

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Participatory Group Prenatal Education Using Photonovels: Evaluation of a Lay Health Educator Model with Low-Income Latinas

By Susan J. Auger, Sarah Verbiest, James V. Spickard, Florence M. Simán, and Mélida Colindres

Published in Journal of Participatory Medicine, December 2015, http://bit.ly/1RhjfCu

“This study demonstrated that 1) a participatory prenatal education program can be an effective way to foster health literacy and empowerment among low-income Latinas; and 2) trained lay educators can be effective group facilitators. The intervention’s tripartite approach offers a vehicle for health professionals to partner with Latino communities to promote active participation and capacity building for health and change. This strategy could be adapted and tested with other topics and communities.”

 

Clinical Vignettes for LGBT Populations

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

The Association of American Medical Colleges announces a new resource: Diversity 3.0 Series Clinical Vignettes on aspects of the LGBT and gender nonconforming populations: http://bit.ly/1QFiKA6. These clinical vignettes are a part of a clinical vignette series highlighting various aspects of the health of LGBT and gender nonconforming populations and are designed to give learners the opportunity to analyze clinician-patient communication strategies. The series can be used in a variety of ways from independent learning to small group learning to large group learning. Each clip is generally three-five minutes long with discussion questions and additional resources listed at the end of each scenario. In an ideal setting the learner would be able to practice the communication strategies identified after viewing the vignettes.