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.

NPA Newsletter Highlight: New Opportunities for Working Toward Health Equity

posted Sep 20, 2017, 12:10 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

This article highlights the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative (Empowered Communities Initiative),a new funding opportunity from the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) intended to advance initiatives to reduce health disparities and promote health equity within the priority areas of childhood obesity, opioid abuse, and mental health.

The Office of Minority Health is Featured in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice

posted Sep 19, 2017, 1:08 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 1:08 PM ]

The latest issue of the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice (Volume 9, Issue 6 (2016)) features the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The supplement focuses on strategies used at the state, federal and tribal level to address health disparities. Topics covered include health equity; funding; health equity mapping; capacity building; cross sector collaborations and much more.

Download the articles below:

Improving Access and Utilization of Data to Support Research and Programs Intended to Eliminate Disparities and Promote Health Equity
Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo

The Guide to Community Preventive Services Review of Interventions to Promote Health Equity in the United States
Robert Hahn; Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., M.B.A; Robert L. Johnson, M.D.; Carles Muntaner, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S.; Benedict I. Truman, M.D., M.P.H.; and Tracy Orleans

Implementation of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities: A Three-Year Retrospective
Oscar Espinosa; Brandon Coffee-Borden, MPP Coffee-Borden, MPP; Alexis Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN, D. Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN; and Onyemaechi Nweke

Mapping the Alignment of Programmatic Mission, Functions and Outcomes with the Attainment of Health Equity: An Overview of the Approach and Initial Outcomes through the Lens of the USDA’s CYFAR SCP Program
Onyemaechi Nweke; Kara Ryan, MPP; and Bonita Williams, PhD

Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zones: Addressing Local Problems with Local Solutions
Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH; Ana P. Novais, MA; Carol Hall-Walker, MPA; Angela B. Ankoma, MPH, MSW; and John P. Fulton, PhD

Achieving Health Equity for Indian Country
Jamie Ishcomer

An Assessment of Funding and Other Capacity Needs for Health Equity Programming Within State-Level Chronic Disease Programs
Tiffany Pertillar; Ann Pobutsky, PhD; Gail Brandt, EdD, MPH; Marisa New, OTR, MPH; JamieLou Delavan, BA; Robyn Taylor, MBA; Amishi Shah, MPA, MA; Folasaya Adunola, DDS, MPH; and Onyemaechi Nweke

A Roundtable on Cross-Sector Collaboration and Resource Alignment for Health Equity: Meeting Summary
Onyemaechi Nweke

NPA Blog: Closing the Gap on Cardiovascular Disease among African Americans

posted Sep 18, 2017, 10:09 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 10:09 AM ]

In the latest NPA Blog, Dr. Andrew K. Sanderson II discusses cardiovascular disease (CVD) among African Americans and the role that social determinants of health — including health behaviors and access to timely health care -- and genetics impact the prevalence of CVD.

When disaster strikes, every little bit helps

posted Sep 8, 2017, 12:36 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

The federal government, including HHS, continues to focus on the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. While the integrated response continues, FEMA, along with its federal, state, local, and tribal partners, is now directing efforts towards the longer-term recovery process.

Beyond federal efforts, faith-based and community groups continue to provide significant support and efforts on the ground. We hear stories and see examples of the amazing power of community and faith to address the challenge and meet the needs of people affected by this disaster.

To find a list of amazing groups working on the ground in the affected area, review the groups listed as members of the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) or National VOAD whichare helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can also connect and encourage others working in Texas to connect to the system on the ground through the OneStar Foundation.

In addition to connecting through the many resources and links in this email, many may choose to honor the Proclamation from President Trump announcing September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer. In his proclamation, the President said, "We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts."

HHS Efforts
Across the entire department, HHS continues to assist affected communities. The HHS Hurricane Harvey page highlights resources that can help communities respond and recover and will help you stay up-to-date with HHS support. HHS opened a Federal Medical Station on August 30 in Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center and at two urgent care sites set up in nearby cities. In addition, HHS has more than 1,000 personnel on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, approximately 500 more on alert and deployed medical equipment and supplies for teams to use in supporting medical and public health needs in the affected areas. On August 26, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price declared a public health emergency in Texas in response to Tropical Storm Harvey to provide greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.

How you can Help
To make the most of your contributions, please follow FEMA guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.
  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed can burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.
Beyond these key efforts, please note that FEMA is also currently seeking talented and hard-working people to help support the response and recovery.

To receive the most up to date information, consider subscribing to updates from FEMA and make sure to visit the FEMA Hurricane Harvey page at https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey.

Find the Latest Health Disparities Data with Our New Widget!

posted Aug 31, 2017, 10:30 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

The Healthy People 2020 team is pleased to announce the release of our health disparities data widget. The widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that—if tackled appropriately—will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.

The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data so you have shareable data at your fingertips. Use the widget to browse data by:

  • Disparity type—including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex 
  • Leading Health Indicator


Join us for the September 20 Webinar: Project Venture – Positive Youth Development for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

posted Aug 29, 2017, 10:14 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 29, 2017, 10:17 AM ]

Project Venture, an evidence-based intervention, combines traditional native wisdom with positive youth development, social emotional learning, outdoor adventure, and service learning to create a unique approach that has been successful for more than 25 years. Project Venture has evolved into a model program recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that has been implemented in 25 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and Hungary. The webinar will highlight the project’s core elements and guiding principles of this unique, internationally recognized native youth program and assist participants with exploring their readiness to implement it.

Learn more and register: http://tinyurl.com/ProjectVentureRegistration

Please join the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in welcoming Matthew Y.C. Lin, MD, as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the HHS Office of Minority Health.

posted Aug 21, 2017, 2:10 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 2:10 PM ]

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Y.C. Lin, MD, as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health.

Dr. Lin, an orthopedic surgeon from San Marino, California, brings a wealth of medical and humanitarian experience to the position.

He arrived in the U.S. from Taipei in the early 1970s, doing residencies at Baltimore’s Union Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, specializing in hand and orthopedic surgeries. His medical practice over the years has served a primarily minority population.

Dr. Lin has been active in numerous medical and health policy organizations and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the Los Angeles Medical Association’s Leadership Award for Public Service and the California Hospital Association’s Leadership in Governance Award.

Dr. Lin, who served as mayor of San Marino for three terms, also participated in numerous medical relief efforts over the past two decades, traveling to disaster trouble spots domestically and around the world.

Dr. Lin received his medical degree from Taipei Medical University in 1971.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Lin to OASH.

Don Wright, MD, MPH
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

Unintentional Injuries are a Leading Cause of Death for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations by Dr. Joe Coulter

posted Aug 17, 2017, 2:06 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 10:14 AM ]

In this NPA blog, Dr. Joe Coulter explores the factors that may explain why unintended injuries continue to be a leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and what can be done to prevent the injuries.

Register for the FIHET Webinar: Advancing Health Equity in Tribal Communities through Public Health Accreditation

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:29 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 1:29 PM ]

The webinar will take place on August 24, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT and will highlight the work that has been done at the national level as well as within a tribal community to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for AI/ANs.

Presenters will:
  1. Provide a background on the landscape of public health in Indian Country;
  2. Discuss the findings of an environmental scan on the state of public health accreditation and health equity within tribal communities; and
  3. Share one tribe’s approach to using public health accreditation activities to achieve health equity within its community. 
View the flyer below for registration details.

Cross-RHEC Oral Health Workgroup Shares Stories From The Field

posted Jun 14, 2017, 2:17 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 2:18 PM ]

The NPA Cross-RHEC Oral Health Workgroup was formed to advance oral health equity within minority populations in the United States. In an effort to spread awareness about the importance of access to preventative and restorative oral health care, the group collected accounts from individuals who have experienced challenges in accessing such services.

Here are their stories: http://oralhealth.npa-rhec.org/oral-health-stories

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