RHECs can share information on great things that the RHEC or others are doing to eliminate health disparities - projects such as the ACA Outreach, Blog Posts, Newsletters, Links (e.g., https://www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/Content/clas.asp, http://www.healthcare.gov/index.html), as well as other relevant programs and sites.

FREE Live Webcast Series in Spanish: Bringing Behavioral Health Best Practices to Latino Communities

posted Apr 12, 2018, 3:09 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 3:11 PM ]

In April and May, SAMHSA, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the National Latino Behavioral Health Association will present a free, four-part live webcast series in Spanish—Nuestra Salud: Bringing Behavioral Health Best Practices to Latino Communities.
Click here for more information and to register.

Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) and the Stay Connected. Stay Strong! Conference: Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration

posted Apr 12, 2018, 1:49 PM by Tech Support

It is important to understand the ways in which incarceration impacts the health and well-being of prisoners and their children and family members. Everyone can benefit from resources and strategies for staying strong and connected during incarceration. On April 13, 2018, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Region IV Office of the Regional Health Administrator will host a conference titled Stay Connected. Stay Strong! Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

To learn more about the event, we spoke with two of the facilitators: Sharon Ricks, Regional Health Administrator, OASH, Region IV; and Sunny Slaughter, who co-chairs the committee on Violence as a Public Health Issue for the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC/RHEC IV). The SHEC, which historically has addressed public health issues that impact vulnerable and marginalized communities in the Southeast region of the US, is one of the event partners. In addition to Ms. Slaughter, Brian McGregor, who also co-chairs the committee on Violence as a Public Health Issue for the SHEC is another speaker at the conference.

Ms. Ricks explained why leaders in the field are coming together in April 2018—National Minority Health Month that will celebrate the importance of community partnerships for health equity—to share effective strategies, tools, and resources for families impacted by incarceration. “Most of the states with the highest incarceration rates are in the South, and these same states are most impacted by health disparities. This conference will encourage impacted families and their allies to be change agents and to offer strategies that every family in the Southeastern US can use to stay connected and stay strong.”

“Staying connected is always the hardest part,” said Ms. Slaughter, “when it comes to the specific and diverse forms of trauma involved in incarceration.” She noted that the conference also will provide an unprecedented opportunity for families and children to offer testimonials. “Mass incarceration is most often about those behind the bars, but this conference will give those beyond the bars the opportunity to emerge from the shadows to be seen and heard. Their experiences matter!”

The conference also will “enable corrections officers in this region to discover new strategies and programs with proven success in improving outcomes for families and communities impacted by incarceration,” Ms. Ricks explained. She added that speakers from across the country will share their expertise on this topic. Speakers include: Sandra Kay Barnhill, JD, champion for reentry services; Kate Boccia, founder of The National Incarceration Association (NIA); Ernest Drucker, PhD, professor at the College of Global Public Health, New York University and licensed clinical psychologist; Ron and Catherine Dijerina, co-founders of TYRO Dads and The Ridge Project to build strong families; and Dominique Gilliard, pastor and author of Rethinking Incarceration. The conference also will feature graduates of the Morehouse Satcher Health Leadership Institute’s Community Health Leadership Program. Some of the event’s partners are NIA, The Ridge Project, TYRO, and HEUDIA Health.

The conference will provide a forum for collaboration and action among policy leaders, advocates, public health experts, service providers, social workers, and corrections and probation officers to support and empower families and children impacted by the criminal justice system. The emphasis of Stay Connected, Stay Strong will be on justice as “restorative and reconciling, not retributive and isolating,” as Pastor Gilliard has stated in his work dedicated to changing mass incarceration.

To learn more about the event and register, visit: https://www.2018stayconnectedstaystrong.com.

Recording Now Available: State Legislative Approaches to Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities Webinar

posted Apr 11, 2018, 7:55 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 12:39 PM ]

This webinar focused on the results of an OMH-supported National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) analysis of legislation introduced in 2017 related to behavioral health disparities. Presenters described behavioral health issues and challenges, key barriers to care, and factors contributing to behavioral health disparities; highlighted state actions from the 2017 legislative sessions and identified common legislative approaches; and described emerging strategies for improving access to behavioral health providers and services.

You can download it Here.

Webinar Recording_Apr10.18_National Conference of State Legislatures Webinar.wmv

Webinar Recording Now Available: Watch ‘Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements’

posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:57 PM by Tech Support

The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from OMH, hosted this webinar for public health officials. Watch the recording to hear about federal leadership on state and regional health initiatives, get specific examples of incorporating health equity language into funding announcements, and learn about the new ASTHO/OMH tool for health equity.


OMH Blog Post: Working together to support healthy habits

posted Mar 16, 2018, 9:17 AM by Tech Support

OMH Director Dr. Matthew Lin has posted an op-ed to the OMH Blog for Health Equity around enlisting the support of individuals, as well as community and regional partners, throughout the country to help promote healthy lifestyles.

The blog is dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities and sharing the views, stories, and ideas that unite us toward a common goal of improving the health of all Americans.


Save the Date: State Legislative Approaches to Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities Webinar

posted Mar 15, 2018, 5:42 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 9:11 AM ]

NPA partner NCSL will host a webinar highlighting its health disparities brief, The Costs and Consequences of Disparities in Behavioral Health Care (see attached).

This one-hour webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00 pm ET.

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/BHDwebinar

NPA Blog: Part 2, Untangling the Link between Housing and Health: An Interview with Veronica Helms, Social Science Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and FIHET member

posted Mar 7, 2018, 11:12 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 7:02 PM ]

Housing is a key social determinant of health as it represents economic, social, and physical conditions that affect population health and health equity.


NPA Blog: Untangling the Link between Housing and Health: An Interview with HUD Social Science Analyst and FIHET Member Veronica Helms

posted Feb 13, 2018, 2:34 PM by Tech Support

HUD and the National Center for Health Statistics collaborated to match data that can provide a better understanding of the population that HUD assists and their unique health conditions.

Recording Now Available: AI/AN Behavioral Health Webinar: Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation

posted Jan 31, 2018, 3:41 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 3:45 PM ]

This webinar highlighted Define Your Direction, a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding.

Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. Focus was on the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.


ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:03 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:23 AM ]

Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, will host a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process based on its guide for integrating health equity language into funding announcements.

Objectives for this webinar are to:
  • Describe federal leadership on state/regional health equity initiatives; 
  • Provide specific examples of how a state health agency has incorporated health equity language into its funding announcements; and 
  • Describe the new tool for health equity developed by ASTHO and the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
For more information and to register: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ld5wli570ckc&campaign=3214jsngdwuc

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