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Towards Health Equity Newsletter, March 29, 2013 edition is available

Towards Health Equity

From the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
March 29, 2013


NPA - National Partnership for Action

  In This Newsletter ...

Get Ready: National Minority Health Month 2013 Kicks Off!

The time is now to advance health equity! This April, the Office of Minority Health and partners across the nation will celebrate National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities, and the health care law's groundbreaking policies to reduce these disparities and achieve health equity. This year's theme, Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All is a call to unite toward a common goal of improving the health of our communities and increasing access to quality, affordable health care for everyone. Visit our website throughout April for Minority Health Month materials, a calendar of local events, and other tools and resources to raise awareness in your community.

Circle of Life: Empowering American Indian/Alaska Native Youth to Lead Healthy Lives

Learn about the new 'Circle of Life' Interactive Educational Tool!The latest project from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) marries the rich teaching and culture of American Indians and Alaska Natives with present-day technology. Circle of Life uses the medicine wheel and a culturally competent approach to focus on issues of HIV education and prevention, and the promotion of health and wellness among youth. Officially launched on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20), Circle of Life is a collaboration between OMHRC and the Indian Health Service. Through engaging characters, original artwork and interesting health facts, children ages 10 to 13 are led on a journey to better health through this online resource that's already getting positive buzz from young users. Learn about the new Circle of Life interactive education tool Exit Disclaimer.

Don't Let Diabetes Knock You Off Your Feet: New Initiative Promotes Amputation Awareness

You probably already know that racial and ethnic minorities suffer from higher rates of diabetes and its complications, including foot ulcers. But what you may not know is that minorities are more likely to face a lower extremity amputation due to complications from the disease. For example, African Americans with diabetes are twice as likely as whites to have their legs and feet amputated. April is Minority Health Month and Limb Loss Awareness Month. Through the Stop Diabetes® campaign, the American Diabetes Association, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Amputee Coalition of America and the Office of Minority Health are teaming up to raise awareness among providers, community health workers and others about foot screening and prevention of lower extremity amputations. Learn how you can help raise awareness Exit Disclaimer.

Report: Underrepresentation of Asian Americans in Health Surveys Stunts Growth, Funding

According to a recent University of Massachusetts Boston report Exit Disclaimer, Asian Americans face significant health disparities, but customary health survey methods are not reaching these populations. This leads to a complex problem where the diverse health needs of Asian Americans of different ethnic groups are often overlooked, and funding for health programs suffers. We spoke with lead author Carolyn Wong of the Institute for Asian American Studies (IAAS) at the University of Massachusetts Boston about the report and what researchers and funders throughout the nation can take from the findings. See the full story.

Calling All Healthy Start Projects: Funding Available for Fall Infant Mortality Awareness Events

In September 2012, Baltimore Healthy Start (BHS), with the support and partnership of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, developed and launched the inaugural Baby Buggy Walk in the Park as one of its Infant Mortality Awareness Month activities for its clients. This year, BHS is looking for Healthy Start projects with significant community support and a track record for organizing fun events to help expand the Baby Buggy Walk in the Park to new locations. Awards of $2,500 are available. Events must have must have a fun, fitness theme and include a family walk with baby buggies. All Healthy Start projects in urban, border, rural and tribal areas are invited to submit a proposal not to exceed three pages, including budget and budget narrative toinfo@nationalhealthystart.org by April 15 at 5 p.m. (EDT).

Public Comment

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has posted its draft research plan on screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia for adolescents and adults, particularly pregnant women. The draft research plan is available for review and public comment until April 3, 2013 at 5 p.m. (EDT). The series of questions focuses on the possible benefits and perceived costs of screening those who show no signs of being infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia. Review the draft Exit Disclaimer.

What's New in the Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the largest repository of health disparities information in the world, with a collection of 10,000 documents, reports, books, journals, media and more than 30,000 articles related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. The library collection also includes sources of consumer health material in more than 35 languages.

Research Corner

This month, Research Corner provides scholarly resources on minorities in research