Monday, April 24, 2017

Webinar Series: Applying A Cultural Competency Lens to Human Trafficking

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Are you interested in learning more about cultural competency and utilizing cultural competency resources?

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with healthcare systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the Council develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit

To follow up with the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host four webinars in various regions of the country.  The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency.  Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:

Identify human trafficking victimization;

  • Describe the intersectionality of social determinants and human trafficking;
  • Explain the importance of trauma-informed care through a cultural competency lens;
  • Discuss best practices for multidisciplinary and collaborative partnerships; and
  • Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools

During this webinar, Sunny Slaughter will share her trademark presentation, "Marginalized. Masked. Missed.™", a discussion on addressing human trafficking victimization through a cultural competency lens.

DATE: April 27, 2017

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Moderators: Lynette M. Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing
Presenter: Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter, CEO and Principal Consultant, Sunny Slaughter Consulting, and Co-Chair of Violence as a Public Health Issue Committee, SHEC (Region IV)

Sunny Slaughter, LLC provides training, subject matter expertise and consulting on business and crime and safety. Ms. Slaughter offers over 30 years of executive leadership as a policy strategist, facilitator, law enforcement instructor, expert, and TEDx speaker. For the past decade, she has focused on the complexity of human trafficking schemes and the intersectionality of social determinants and the importance of responsive and responsible delivery of care through a cultural competency lens.

Register Here: 

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners and stakeholders that are committed to action. SHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. SHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and healthcare, where all people attain the highest level of health. Visit SHEC’s website for more information:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thousands Hit by Phone Scam

Scam targets thousands across the country. U.S. map outlining where fraud calls were made. SOURCE: Call location data provided by the HHS Office of the Inspector General via Verizon Communications.Dept. of Health & Human Services The OIG hotline phone number for reporting fraud —1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) was recently spoofed. Thousands of calls using the spoofed number were made to people across the nation. Read more.

Just as a reminder: The federal government never calls you unsolicited. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mountain States RHEC’s Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Cultural Sensitivity When Collecting Sensitive Data

RHEC VIII CultComp 420 Webinar BannerAre you interested in learning more about tribal communities and how to work with their tribal governments?

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. One of its main priority areas is to provide education and awareness of cultural and linguistic competency within the region. This year, the RHEC is hosting a webinar training series on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of the National Standards of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments. Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to accomplish the following from the specific tribal perspective:

1. List three benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services
2. Identify and understand the holistic healing approach, cultural norms, customs, and protocols of the Great Plains tribes
3. Discuss effective strategies when working with the Native American population that can be shared with co-workers
4. Enhance the relationship between healthcare provider and patient by building a culturally competent workforce

DATEApril 20, 2017
TIME11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time

 Jason Baldes, Director of Wind River Native Advocacy Center


Jennifer Kenyon, Senior Research Associate, CSRA’s Health Determinants and Disparities Practice; and Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS, Behavioral Health & Recovery Administrator, Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board CSRA’s Health Determinants & Disparities Practice

CSRA’s Health Determinants & Disparities Practice (HDDP) has more than 50 years of combined experience in studying, writing about, advocating for, and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), cultural and linguistic competence, and developing strategies to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. HDDP is committed to bringing CLAS and equity solutions to systems impacting health. HDDP provides training, technical assistance, and learning tools on CLAS for an array of health professionals.

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board was established to provide the tribal nations in the Great Plains region with a formal representative board as a means of communicating and participating with the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service and other Health and Human Services entities and organizations on health matters. Its mission is to provide quality public health support and health care advocacy to the tribal nations of the Great Plains by utilizing effective and culturally credible approaches.

Spread the Word About National Women’s Health Week: May 14–20, 2017

National Women’s Health Week is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH). The 18th annual observance kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017. National Women’s Health Week encourages women to make their health a priority and reminds them to take steps for better health at every age. HHS OWH encourages women to:

We hope you’ll join the celebration and help us spread the word using the ideas below. We’ve included some sample social media messages for you to share, but please feel free to create your own. Remember to use #NWHW in any messages you share about the week!


April 14, 2017

Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 CMS Media Inquiries

CMS proposes 2018 payment and policy updates for Medicare hospital admissions, and releases a Request for Information
Proposed rule seeks transparency, flexibility, program simplification and innovation to transform the Medicare program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals. The proposed rule aims to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; supports the patient-doctor relationship in health care; and promotes transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.

“Through this proposed rule we want to reduce burdens for hospitals so they can focus on providing high quality care for patients,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Medicare is better able to support the work of dedicated hospitals and clinicians who provide the care that people need with these more flexible and simplified approaches.”

CMS is committed to transforming the health care delivery system – and the Medicare program – by putting a strong focus on patient-centered care, so providers can direct their time and resources to patients and improve outcomes. In addition to the payment and policy proposals, CMS is releasing a Request for Information to solicit ideas for regulatory, policy, practice and procedural changes to better achieve transparency, flexibility, program simplification and innovation. This will inform the discussion on future regulatory action related to inpatient and long-term hospitals.

In relieving providers of administrative burdens and encouraging patient choice, CMS is proposing a one year regulatory moratorium on the payment policy threshold for patient admissions in long-term care hospitals while CMS continues to evaluate long-term care hospital policies. CMS is also proposing to reduce clinical quality measure reporting requirements for hospitals that have implemented electronic health records.

Due to the combination of proposed payment rate increases and other proposed policies and payment adjustments, CMS projects that hospitals would see a total increase in inpatient operating prospective payments of 2.9 percent in fiscal year 2018. CMS also projects that, based on the changes included in the proposed rule, payments to long-term care hospitals would decrease by approximately 3.75 percent in fiscal year 2018.

For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, please visit:

The proposed rule (CMS-1677-P) and the Request for Information can be downloaded from the Federal Register at:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OHD opens new Internship Position


Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Disparities


Starts: May 15, 2017, Ends: August 2018


15 h/week (including some evenings and weekends) 


$12.00 per hour   


1 (one) 


  • Main Responsibility: Assist in the implementation and of a community health program aimed to improve access to primary care and oral health services among underserved communities.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Assist with other projects and activities as assigned by the Office of Health Disparities Management.  
  • Provide preventive screenings to community members after receiving training
  • Preparation, set up and take down of outreach events as well as transporting supplies and equipment 
  • Collect data at outreach events 
  • Oversee outreach team and operations 
  • Uploading, entering, reviewing data collected at outreach events
  • Managing inventory
  • Other tasks as needed. 
  • Pursuing a bachelor's or master degree in a field related to health care, public health, or health promotion
  • Must be fluent (verbal and written) in English and Spanish 
  • Available to work flexible schedules, including evenings and weekends (Saturdays)
  • Capable of attending outreach events in Salt Lake County
  • Capable of transporting supplies and equipment 
  • Must have own vehicle and current Utah driver's license
  • Must be able to work in this position at least until August 2018 or longer
  • Utah Department of Health, Cannon Building (1460 W, North Temple), Salt Lake City. Some travel required, mostly within Salt Lake County. 
  • Qualified applicants must email resume (no more than 2 pages) and additional information (no more than one page, see below) to Dulce Díez @ Subject: BCC Internship Position
  • Additional information: Briefly explain (in no more than one additional page) your experience with, and knowledge of, Utah’s diverse communities. Provide specific examples as well as references and contact information for those references.  
  • Requested materials (resume and additional information) must be received by April 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Is your research a fit for our latest funding opportunity?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

How can better transportation policies affect school attendance? Will engaging communities through public deliberation and community decision-making improve how systems work together and work for the community? Can the targeted delivery of social services improve health outcomes for families and children confronting poverty?

Too often, delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services operate largely in isolation—even when they have common goals and serve many of the same audiences.
If you or your colleagues are passionate about improving how different systems can better work together to build a Culture of Health, we invite you to apply for Systems for Action, a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.