Celebrate Black History Month in Good Health
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the fabric of the United States. Black people have helped shape the nation in various ways, influencing every sector of society. But rates of chronic diseases and conditions on average remain significantly higher for African Americans, resulting in poorer quality of life and lower life expectancy. This February and beyond, the Office of Minority Health encourages you to make smart health decisions that will help you live longer, healthier and happier. Visit our website for Black History Month resources you can use year-round.
More Black History Month Resources:
· View the National African American History Month Presidential Proclamation.
· Read Secretary Sebelius’ Statement on African-American History Month.
· Download the OMH Black History Month Poster. [PDF | 1MB]
· Browse resources from the Knowledge Center’s suggested reading list.
· View “African-American Health Profile”
· See more resources on our website
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Stay Connected to the Latest on the Affordable Care Act on Healthcare.gov
Stay Connected to the Latest on the Affordable Care Act on Healthcare.gov The countdown to coverage has started. In a matter of months, the Affordable Care Act will open the doors for millions of Americans to enroll in affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. To help prepare individuals and families, small businesses and communities, HHS has re-launched healthcare.gov, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has introduced the online Health Insurance Marketplace for community and faith-based organizations. Through these sites, everyone can find a wealth of information about plans, implementation and easily understandable explanations for even the hardest questions.
· Insurance Options and Getting Ready to Enroll
· Timeline: What’s Changing and When
· Advice for Small Businesses
· The Healthcare.gov Blog
· Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
· CMS.gov: Health Insurance Marketplace Check these sites often, and don’t forget to follow HHS.gov and OMH on Twitter for the latest updates.
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Circle of Life: Empowering American Indian/Alaska Native Youth to Lead Healthy Lives
Circle of Life Webinar
March 20, 2013 1 p.m. (EST) Interested in finding out more about this innovative approach to educating young people about HIV and STDs in a culturally competent manner before its official launch in March? Sign up to join our webinar! Register today!
The latest project from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center marries the rich teaching 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 the issues of HIV education and prevention, and promotion of health and wellness among youth. Officially launching in March 2013, the Circle of Life is collaboration between OMHRC and Indian Health Services. Through engaging characters, original artwork and up-to-date 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. Get a sneak peak and sign up for the March 20 Circle of Life webinar .
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Join the OMHRC Resource Persons Network!
We are currently recruiting professional volunteers to provide capacity building and technical assistance to community-based organizations serving minority populations. Areas of expertise include:
· Program and organizational development
· Conference and workshop presentations
· Guidance on report preparations
· Grant proposal review
· Advice to committees and workgroups. Contact the Office of Minority Health Resource Center for more information or apply online.
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CDC Launches New “Show Your Love” Preconception Health Campaign
Show Your Love is a national campaign designed to improve the health of women and babies by promoting preconception health and health care. The campaign’s main goal is to increase the number of women who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. For those women who don’t want to start a family in the near future or at all, the campaign encourages them to choose healthy behaviors so that they can be their best and achieve the goals and dreams they have set for themselves. Visit the CDC’s website for buttons, posters, videos and other Show Your Love campaign resources.
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From the Heart: One Woman’s Journey to Better Heart Health
Heart disease is not just a men’s health issue. According to the National Blood, Heart, and Lung Institute, heart disease is the number one killer of women – but only about one-third of women are aware of that fact. That was true for Orlinda “Orie” Platero, a Navajo woman whose father’s death, due to the damaging effects of heart disease, led her to vow to take better care of her heart. Read the full story.
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Act F.A.S.T to Stop a Stroke
New Campaign Raises Awareness about the Signs of Stroke
Every 40 seconds. That’s how often a stroke occurs in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. To help raise awareness about the warning signs of a stroke, AHA/ASA has partnered with the Ad Council on a campaign to help people spot a stroke F.A.S.T. and save lives. F.A.S.T. educates family, friends, co-workers and others about the body language that often signals the signs of stroke. Visit YouTube to view the campaign’s PSAs. Their free mobile app helps you recognize and respond to a stroke. For more information, visit www.strokeassociation.org .
Feature: Be Smart About Stroke: Read Juaquin “Hawk” Hawkins’ moving story.
American Heart Month Resources:
· Stroke warning signs and symptoms from the AHA/ASA
· Press release: African Americans in Alabama get help to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke
· Heart disease 101 and data and statistics from the Office of Minority Health
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In Texas, Mobile Dental Clinics Deliver Healthier Smiles to Low-Income Children
“Thank you for helping my son feel better.” Those were the relieved words of the mother of a 7-year-old child treated through a unique mobile clinic that provides free dental care on-site at his school. The St. David’s Foundation Dental Program – a collaboration that brings mobile dental clinics to schools with large concentrations of low-income children and social service agencies in Central Texas – has served thousands of disadvantaged children, 29 percent of whom aren’t currently covered by health insurance. Read the full story.
National Children’s Dental Health Month Resources:
· National Children's Dental Health Month resources from the American Dental Association
· Oral Health Information from the Office of Minority Health
· Promoting and Enhancing the Oral Health of the Public: HHS Oral Health Initiative 2010 [PDF | 935KB]
· Children’s Oral Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking public comment on the new single, streamlined application for health insurance and the SHOP applications, in preparation for the launch of a new Health Insurance Marketplace next fall. Model applications and documentation for individuals and small businesses (SHOP) are now available for public comment via the paperwork reduction act (PRA). The individual application is a single point of entry to purchase private insurance on the Marketplace and assess eligibility for assistance, including Medicaid, CHIP and the Advanced Payment of Tax Credits.
· Watch CMS video demonstrations of the application.
· View all PRA packages on CMS’s website.
· Questions? Email HHSIEA@hhs.gov
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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.
· Browse Black History Month resources from the Knowledge Center’s suggested reading list.
· View the latest Knowledge Center acquisitions list.
· Search the online catalog.
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This month, Research Corner provides scholarly resources on heart disease.
Heart Disease in Minority Communities
· Executive Summary: Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2013 Update. Go, MD, Alan S.; et al. American Heart Association. V127 p. 143-152, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0b013e318282ab8f
· Relationship Between Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge and Race/Ethnicity, Education, and Weight Status.. Giardina MD, Elsa-Grace V; Mull MS, Lorraine; et al. Clinical Cardiology. V.35: 1, p. 43–48, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/clc.20992
· Body mass index and waist circumference predictors of cardiovascular risk in African Americans. Clark, VR; Greenberg, B; et al. Ethnicity & Disease, v.22(2 p. 162-7; 2012 Spring http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22764637
· Increasing Knowledge of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among African Americans by Use of Community Health Workers: the ABCD Community Intervention Pilot Project. Journal of the National Medical Association. V. 104(3-4) p.179-85. 2012 Mar-Apr
· Prevalence of Major Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Diseases Among Hispanic/Latino Individuals of Diverse Backgrounds in the United States. Daviglus, MD, PhD, Martha L.; Talavera, MD, MPH, Gregory A.; et al. Journal of the National Medical Association. V.308(17), p. 1775-1784. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2012.14517;
· A Path Analysis of a Randomized Promotora de Salud Cardiovascular Disease–Prevention Trial Among At-Risk Hispanic Adults. Dirk de Heer, PhD, Hendrik ; Balcazar, PhD, Hector G.; er al. Health Education & Behavior. V. 39 # 1 p.77-86. 2012 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1090198111408720
· Using Photovoice to Understand Cardiovascular Health Awareness in Asian Elders. Fitzpatrick, PhD, Annette L.; Steinman, MSW, MPH, Lesley E.; et al. Health Promotion Practice. vl. 13 # 1 p48-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1524839910364381
· Heterogeneity in Cardiovascular Health among Asian American Subgroups: Risk Factors, Outcomes, Treatment and Prevention, and Future Research Opportunities. Holland, Ariel T.; Palaniappan, Latha P. Handbook of Asian American Health pp 215-230. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-2227-3_16
· A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program for American Indians with Metabolic Syndrome: The Balance Study. Lee, Elisa T.; Jobe, Jared B.; et al. The Journal of Primary Prevention. V 33, Issue 4, p. 187-196, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10935-012-0273-0
· Early Predictors of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Among American Indian Children. Sara M. Lindberg, Alexandra K. Adams, Ronald J. Prince. Maternal and Child Health Journal. V. 16, Issue 9, p. 1879-1886, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-012-1024-9
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