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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.

Human Trafficking Video Series

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department’s new video series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims’ legal needs, and voices of survivors. Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish, Thai, Hindi and Tagalog, as well as discussion guides, fact sheets and posters are available: Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1OZcpdp.

April is National Minority Health Month

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

April is National Minority Health Month. The theme for 2016 is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” The U.S. Health and Human Service Office of Minority Health invites all to join with them to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and how we are working together to accelerate health equity: http://1.usa.gov/1p6kO9I

Webinar – Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

March 17, 2016 at 3 pm ET

From Office of Minority Health Bulletin

For registration, visit http://bit.ly/1S41ple

Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs. Implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate services helps individuals and organizations respond to the demographic changes in the U.S.; reduce health disparities; improve the quality of services; meet legislative, regulatory and accreditation mandates; gain a competitive edge in the market place; and decrease the likelihood of liability. The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to best serve our nation’s increasingly diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Webinar – Listening Before We Speak: Understanding Our Audience in Times of Disaster #SomosSocial

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Listening Before We Speak: Understanding Our Audience in Times of Disaster #SomosSocial

Adapted from DigitalGov

March 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/20XiZaY

Who is the audience? What is the social conversation? Those are the most common questions that tools like social listening can address to better understand your audience and their needs. In this webinar we will share our experience implementing social listening as a tool directed to our Spanish speaking audience and how to partner with other reliable sources to provide relevant content at every stage of the disaster. In addition, we will share lessons learned and best practices about our engagement.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in social listening for Spanish speaking markets in the United States
  • Digital and social media managers with content responsibilities in Spanish
  • Anyone interested in social media, disasters and communications with limited English proficiency communities

About the Presenters

Daniel Llargues is the FEMA National Spokesperson for the growing Hispanic community in the United States in the office of External Affairs.

Lucia Castro Herrera is the Disaster Spanish Social Content Specialist on the Digital Engagement team in the Office of External Affairs at FEMA.

Addressing Disparities Research Grants

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Addressing Disparities Research Grants from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori)

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2016

To read a summary, visit http://bit.ly/1PHwmH8

From RHI Hub:

Addressing Disparities Research Grants offers funding to research the comparative effectiveness of enhanced interventions that reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Studies should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients or should identify best practices for reducing disparities.

Priority areas of interest include research that:

  • Compares evidence-based interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in patient-centered outcomes (PCOs), including health, healthcare, and patient-reported outcomes
  • Compares benefits and risks of treatment, diagnostic, prevention, or service options with attention to eliminating disparities
  • Compares and identifies best practices for tailoring evidence-based interventions to patient populations at risk for disparities
  • Focuses on one or more of the following target populations:
    • Residents of rural areas
    • Racial/ethnic groups
    • Individuals with low socioeconomic status
    • Individuals with limited English proficiency
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
    • Individuals with disabilities

Healthy Heart this Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 12th, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, here are some facts and resources to celebrate American Heart Month and focus on heart health.

@CDCDiabetes tweeted some healthy Valentine’s Day Coupons. http://bit.ly/1LjL1GJ

For that healthy meal, you can find heart-healthy recipes at Million Hearts®: http://1.usa.gov/1SKSI0L

@Surgeon_General tweeted, “Physical activity like walking an avg of 22 min/day can help reduce risk of chronic illness like heart disease.” http://bit.ly/1Rw1MVx

The HHS Office of Minority Health bloggers shared why a healthy heart is important and how to combat some risk factors:

Healthy Weight for Healthy Women: Disrupting a Lethal Legacy, http://1.usa.gov/1TbsEdu

Healthy is Strong: Help African American Men Be Strong and Put Their Heart Health First, http://1.usa.gov/1WgQvaW

For more information on heart disease in African American men, join the twitter #HeartMonthChat on February 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, hosted by Million Hearts® and Men’s Health Network. http://bit.ly/1SKTUBe

For more information on heart disease, check out these MedlinePlus Health Topics:

Heart Diseases, http://1.usa.gov/1PRd8SO

Heart Diseases–Prevention, http://1.usa.gov/1MBXTqV