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Archive for the ‘Minority Health Concerns’ Category

Immigrant Child Health Toolkit 

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Immigrant Child Health Toolkit” was recently updated and reformatted. The free toolkit addresses matters related to immigrant child health, such as clinical care, immigration status related concerns, access to care and mental health. It can be viewed on the web or downloaded as a PDF:

Fighting Hepatitis and HIV Co-infection in Minority Communities Webinar Series

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Innovative Strategies for Addressing Hep C in Indian Country (first of five webinars)
June 24, 2016 at 2 pm EDT
Information and registration:

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center kicks off a new webinar series designed to help health professionals, agencies and clinics get past challenges and address the rising rates of hepatitis and HIV co-infection in their communities.

The five-part webinar series examines the current state of hepatitis and HIV among minority groups, as well as best practices for culturally and linguistically appropriate testing and outreach efforts.

Grant Writing Workshops

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

University Vision, Design and Capacity (U-VDC) Technical Grant Writing Workshops from the Higher Education – Technical Assistance Project (HETAP)

  • June 28-29: Alabama State University, Montgomery AL (full)
  • July 13-14: University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

For more information, visit

This hands-on, two-day workshop is for junior faculty, staff and college/university health professionals who are interested in community-based participatory research; who are committed to working with underserved populations; and who want to build their institution’s capacity to compete and receive competitive grant awards.

Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The National Council on Disability has created a new resource for parents with disabilities: Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit. The toolkit covers issues parents and prospective parents with disabilities face every day, including adoption and foster care, reproductive health, child welfare, family law, and what is required by law from government services. Download the toolkit at:

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

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: and read more in this article from WebJunction:

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:

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,

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. provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

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Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act,

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.

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