In this issue:
Celebrating Black History Month
During February, we honor the past, present and future; and celebrate the many contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our nation. Visit our website and learn more about black history and the heath status of African Americans, and share your story!
5 Weeks Left to #GetCovered; Latino Enrollment Week
Over 3 million Americans have enrolled in affordable health coverage. Many have shared their own stories about what it means to them -- peace of mind, better coverage, security to pursue their dreams, and more. There are five weeks left until open enrollment closes on March 31. Let's keep the momentum going and help more Americans get enrolled.
Here are news and resources for the week of February 25-28, Latino Enrollment Week.
- February 26 at 2 pm ET: Office of Minority Health Associate Director Mayra Alvarez will join Voto Latino for a Google Hangout on immigrant families and the ACA.
- February 26 at 5:45 pm ET: The White House Office of Public Engagement is hosting a call with Vice President Joe Biden. RSVP.
- Check out CuidadoDeSalud.gov, now with a more robust window shopping experience. Consumers can see detailed information about each Marketplace health insurance plan offered in their area before applying.
- The Get Covered America Latino Enrollment Summit series is coming to a city near you. See dates and locations.
- View new infographics on www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov and tweet with us using #Asegurate.
February 27: Webinar on Heart Disease and Black Women
Heart disease is the number one killer of African American women, according to the American Heart Association. Yet only 1 in 5 black women believes she is at risk. During American Heart Month, WomenHeart is hosting its third annual African-American Women and Heart Disease: What You Need to Know webinar on February 27. The webinar will feature J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health, and Jennifer Mieres, MD, Professor of Cardiology & Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Register today for this free webinar.
Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Survey Outreach Tools Now Available
In December, HHS announced a new project aimed at improving health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders that will survey over 4,000 households nationwide. Data collection is underway and results will be published this summer. Download tools to support outreach and awareness about the study, including posters, fact sheets and letters.
EPA Declares February Environmental Justice Month
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy declared February as Environmental Justice Month at EPA, launching a yearlong effort to focus environmental justice leadership and reaffirm commitment to do even more. Learn more about Environmental Justice Month and the 20th anniversary of Executive Order 12898.
NIH Study Seeks to Improve Asthma Therapy for African Americans
Researchers will enroll around 500 African American children and adults who have asthma in a 30-site clinical trial to assess therapies and explore the role of genetics in determining the response to asthma treatment. The study is aimed at understanding the best approach to asthma management in African Americans, who suffer much higher rates of serious asthma attacks, hospitalizations and asthma-related deaths than whites. Learn more about the study and how to enroll.
NACCHO Releases 2013 Profile of Local Health Departments Report
Did you know that the estimated size of the local health department workforce decreased from 190,000 employees in 2010 to 162,000 employees in 2013? Download the NACCHO report and learn more about trends impacting local health departments.
@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading
From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster. This book examines how social justice movements can create lasting change for minorities who often live in areas with environmental hazards and pollution, which compromise minority health outcomes. The term applied to such disparities is "environmental racism." Search our catalog.