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SHEC’s Cultural Competency Webinar Series

Mental Health in Ethnically Diverse, LGBTQIA and Youth Groups Webinar

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide last fall 2015. The guide was comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 regional health equity councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with health care systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the SHEC develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit

To follow up on the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host a series of webinars in various regions of the country. The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency. Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:

  1. Describe how mental health affects various ethnic groups;
  2. Describe how mental health affects LGBTQIA and youth communities;
  3. Discuss current programs that are currently addressing mental health in ethnically diverse, LGBTQIA, and youth communities; and
  4. Describe evaluating tool(s) for programs that address mental health in LGBTQIA and youth communities.

DATE: January 18, 2017 TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

For more information and to register, go to

AHRQ Seeks Research Proposals on Using Health IT to Improve Patient-Reported Outcomes

A new funding opportunity announcement from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) seeks grant applications to conduct research that demonstrates how health information technology (IT) can improve patient-centered health outcomes. Applications should focus on the scale and spread of health IT-enabled practice models that use patient-reported outcome measures in primary care and other ambulatory settings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the first due date is Jan. 25. For more information, go to

Financial Literacy through

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created to help people learn about topics related to financial literacy, including credit, how to manage debt, identity theft, avoiding scams, budgeting, opening a bank account, shopping for prepaid cards, and managing money. resources may be very helpful for adult learners. They contain concise and practical consumer information, are appropriate for audiences with varying degrees of English fluency, and are available in Spanish and free to use. Related materials can be ordered for free for use in classrooms and at community events. To read more about this topic, please see:

Two New Models that Will Increase Patient Engagement Care Decision-Making

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two new models from the CMS Innovation Center. The Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives (BEI) Models — the Shared Decision Making Model and the Direct Decision Support Model — which will test different approaches to shared decision making, acknowledging that beneficiaries make decisions regarding treatment options in a variety of ways. One of the agency’s goals to help transform our health care system into one that delivers better care, smarter spending, healthier people, and puts individuals at the center. Read more about it here:

12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips for making your holiday season as healthy as possible. Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. Read more here:

Coping with the Holidays

Sometimes the holidays can be very stressful. Here are some resources from the MedlinePlus Health Topics pages that can help you cope.

Mental Health and Stress

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Health Relaxation Techniques

Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health: Good Mental Health 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Meditation

Million Hearts Campaign from the CDC

Looking for heart-healthy holiday recipes? The Million Hearts campaign from can offer some inspiration!”  You can prepare special recipes that are good for you too. Holiday Infographics

Here is a very colorful and educational infographic on how to choose healthier options during the holidays

Presented as an infographic is how to prepare Pumpkin 5 Ways.

And the last highlighted infographic from is Turkey 5 Ways.

MedlinePlus: Your Source for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

In addition to health topic pages on mental and physical conditions, MedlinePlus has numerous resources for improving one’s overall wellness. The Mental Health page has advice on letting go of grudges, managing your anger and “cultivating contentment.” Are you looking to ways to drink less? Check out the Alcohol and Alcoholism pages. Do you want to be more involved in your healthcare? The Talking With Your Doctor page has tips for asking questions, developing priorities and understanding medical words. Do you want to live better as you age? Is it time to finally quit smoking? Is this the year you lose weight, eat better, or start exercising? MedlinePlus has you covered with high quality, reliable health information.

Prevent travel-related blood clots

Many people have travel plans this week. Sitting for long periods of time, such as on a long distance flight or car ride, can increase one’s risk of developing life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the leg.

Check out MedlinePlus for more information on the prevention of DVT: