Towards Health Equity Newsletter, January 23, 2013 edition is available
Towards Health Equity
Provided by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
January 23, 2013
J. Nadine Gracia Appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health Director
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week. The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. Read the full story.
States Take Next Steps toward Health Insurance Marketplaces
Implementation of state health insurance marketplaces or exchanges – one of the most significant aspects of the Affordable Care Act that will bring insurance coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans – is less than ten months away. Throughout the year, as the state marketplaces take shape, the Office of Minority Health will share important information and resources for consumers and health care professionals.
- Webinar, January 24 at 3 p.m. EST: Health Reform: Implications for Part-Time Work, National Academy for State Health Policy. Register for the webinar .
Unique Library/School Partnership Cultivates Next Generation of Health Advocates
Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment), a partnership between the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library and Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore, trains high school students in the skills they need to serve as health advocates. Learn about what these teens are doing for their community and their future.
CBOs: 5 Tips for Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in the New Year
Make the financial and operational health of your organization your number one resolution this year. To kick off this new series, we're sharing these tips to help you set your organization up for success in 2013 and beyond.
Native LGBT and Two-Spirit Organizations Stand Against Violence
Nearly half of all Native American women have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. The rates of domestic violence are even higher for Native women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or Two-Spirit. Harlan Pruden, co-founder of New York's NorthEast Two-Spirit Society, talked about what his organization and others are doing to end the cycle and speak up for Native women across the country.Read the full story.
Promotores Lead the Charge in Affordable Care Act Education
When the Visión y Compromiso promoters wanted to help their communities navigate the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act, they didn't wait for a national or state initiative. They conducted focus groups and talked to different leaders in the field, and from their efforts, Visíon y Compromiso was able to develop a train-the-trainers curriculum specifically designed for the community. Read the full story.
Birth Defects Prevention Month Resources
One in 33 babies born each year is affected by birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth defects are the leading cause of death in the first year of life.
Cervical Health Awareness Month Resources
Doctors say minority women are not accessing cervical cancer screening services as much as they should, putting them at higher risk of developing the disease. Although incidence of cervical cancer continues to drop in the United States, rates for minority women remain higher than in the rest of the population.
Glaucoma Awareness Month Resources
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Glaucoma is three times more prevalent in African Americans than in whites. The burden of other diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and cataracts disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minority communities as well. Access and utilization of care remain prominent issues as African Americans and Hispanics are significantly less likely to visit an eye care professional than whites.
Innovate for a Healthier Future
There's no mistaking it – health promotion and disease prevention have gone digital. Every day, we learn about new technology innovations that are helping to raise awareness, provide access to information to manage conditions and diseases and improve quality of care. Want to lend your creativity and pioneering spirit? Read more about HHS's app challenges and learn how you can innovate for a healthier future. But don't delay – deadlines are fast approaching!
- healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge: The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is challenging teams of developers and health professionals/health consumers to co-design a mobile app that can be used to access customized decision support for preventive services and wellness information from healthfinder.gov.
Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 pm EST.
- Reducing Cancer among Women of Color App Challenge: The HHS Office of Minority Health and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT invite developers to create an app for mobile devices that can help improve the prevention and treatment of breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer. Up to $100,000 will be awarded for apps that provide high-quality health information to women and community health workers, interface securely with patient health records and strengthen communication across provider care teams.
Submission deadline is Feb. 5, 2013, at 11 pm EST.
Visit challenge.gov to learn about other app challenges and new ideas.
Free CME Opportunity: Help Reduce Early Induction
To alert providers to the impact and effects of late preterm birth and non-medically indicated inductions prior to 39 weeks in the womb, the NICHD National Child and Maternal Health Education program developed this CME program in partnership with Medscape. View the CME or learn more on the NICHD website.
Webinar: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Access to Health Services
Join the Healthy People 2020 initiative on Thursday, January 24, at 3 pm EST, to learn about the success of one statewide partnership in securing coverage for over 500,000 previously uninsured children through advocacy and community outreach. This 45-minute webinar will be led by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, and will include a roundtable discussion on the impact of this critical Leading Health Indicator topic.
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.
This month, Research Corner provides scholarly resources on glaucoma.