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 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

Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:44 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 10:32 AM ]

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Conference Committee is encouraging the submission of abstracts for a presentation or poster for the BRFSS Training Workshop, April 9–13 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission deadline is Friday, January 12. Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent by Friday, February 16.

Click on the link below for additional information and abstract guidelines. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of the great work that you are doing.


NPA Blog: Improving Organizational Capacity to Address Health Equity by Tiffany M. Pertillar, Marisa New, and Robyn Taylor

posted Jan 2, 2018, 9:51 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 9:53 AM ]

A recent special issue from the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice (Volume 9, Issue 6 [2016]) featured the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). An article in that issue, “An Assessment of Funding and Other Capacity Needs for Health Equity Programming Within State-Level Chronic Disease Programs,” was written as a result of a partnership between the NACDD-HEC and NPA. The article examines the capacity needs of state-level chronic disease programs in promoting health equity. The following is an interview with three of the authors: Tiffany M. Pertillar, Marisa New, and Robyn Taylor.

NPA Blog: Using Data to Better Serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities

posted Oct 24, 2017, 12:42 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

In the most recent NPA blog post, Dr. Peter Wong, a Research Director with Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California, discusses some of the issues faced by AAPIs – both around employment and within their communities – and ways to use data to better serve them.


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.

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