Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 21 Webinar: Clearing the Air on Smoking

National Minority Health Month
The Office of Minority Health invites you to join us and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission for a webinar: “Clearing the Air: Reducing Tobacco Use among Racial and Ethnic Minorities.” 
It has been fifty years since the first U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health alerted the nation to the dangers of smoking. But still smoking remains the number one cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, and racial and ethnic minorities bear a significant burden.  This webinar will discuss current education and prevention programs as well as regulatory efforts that aim to curb tobacco use among minorities.
This is the third in a special Minority Health Month webinar series that will be held each Monday throughout April.View past webinars.

Presenters:
  • Introduction by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jonca Bull, MD, Director, Office of Minority Health, Food and Drug Administration
  • Bridgette E. Garrett, PhD, Associate Director for Health Equity, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Andre Stanley, Policy Analyst, Food and Drug Administration
  • Anita W. Gaillard, MSPH, Director of Community Programs, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission

Webinar:  Clearing the Air: Reducing Tobacco Use among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Who Should Attend:  Health care, health promotion and service providers, community organizations, retailers and others interested in tobacco prevention
When:  April 14, 2-3:15 p.m. ET

To join the event (no pre-registration needed):https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/Conference number: RW2029726Passcode: 5780103Dial-in: 1-877-669-4124

5.4 million gained health insurance coverage. Who are they?


New data show strong coverage gains among low- and middle-income adults, as well as young people and minorities during the ACA’s initial open enrollment period, according to data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Learn more about the 5.4 million newly insured Americans >

Consequences for Consumers Who Didn't Get Covered with ACA

We know that assisters and other enrollment stakeholders are getting lots of questions from consumers about the fine for not having health insurance. So we've put together an easy-to-use table that breaks down which individuals without coverage may be subject to the fine, and how they can obtain an exemption if they qualify for one. 
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Sebelius Says Departure Was Her Choice

Politico, Elizabeth Titus
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says her departure after Obamacare’s first, rocky open enrollment period was her own choice and that it was "a logical time to leave."

Utah County Discovery a Reminder: There is Help and Hope for Endangered Newborns

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Staff of the Utah Department of Health Newborn Safe Haven program are reminding women that their babies are wanted, even if their mothers can’t care for them. 

Safe Haven was launched in 2001 to allow mothers to anonymously drop off their babies at any Utah hospital, no questions asked, and without fear of criminal punishment. 

“It’s a sad day for all of us who have worked to educate our community about Safe Haven” said program coordinator Julia Robertson. “But there is hope for the mothers and their babies, so we encourage anyone struggling with a decision to seek help.” 

The Safe Haven hotline number is 866-458-0058 and is available night and day. More information is available at www.utahsafehaven.org, including details on the law, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for hospitals that are open 24/7. 

"Child abuse, neglect, and homicide can be prevented,” said Heidi Valdez, Child Abuse Prevention Program Administrator, Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). “Crisis and respite nurseries, parenting classes, family counseling, and in-home services, are available statewide for all Utahns." 

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REFUGEE DIABETES & CHOLESTROL AWARENESS OPEN HOUSE

April 23, 2014 at Olive Pharmacy, 2290 S Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 2-4pm

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – An open house will take place on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Olive Pharmacy located at 2290 South Redwood Road from 2-4pm to disseminate diabetes and cholesterol care information to the public as part of Utah Department of Health, Center for Multicultural Health Office of Health Disparities outreach and Salt Lake American and Somali Community mini-grant project. 
The open house highlights include:
Information on free diabetes and cholesterol screenings taking place through July 2014 as part of Utah Department of Health, Center for Multicultural Health Office of Health Disparities outreach and Salt Lake American and Somali Community mini-grant project. 

Information on medical services and care providers for low income and uninsured.

Laundry detergent (powder, small boxes) provided to low-income first 20 attendees.

More information is available by contacting Ghulam Hasnain by phone at 801-671-6709 or email saltlakeamerican@yahoo.com.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Office of Minority Health April 14 Webinar: A Workforce for the Future

The Office of Minority Health invites you to join us and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service for a webinar, “A Workforce for the Future: Advancing Diversity and Cultural Competency in Health Professions.” 
Strengthening the nation’s health and human services infrastructure involves addressing the critical shortage of primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, behavioral health providers, long-term care workers and community health workers in the U.S. As the nation grows more diverse, the disparity between the racial and ethnic composition of the health care workforce and that of the U.S. population widens as well. 
This webinar will provide a look at successful efforts to address these gaps and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities by 1) increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the health care workforce, 2) improving the quality of patient-provider interactions in clinical settings and 3) enhancing cultural competency education and training for health care professionals. 
This is the second in a special Minority Health Month webinar series that will be held each Monday throughout April. 

Presenters:
Introduction by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Michelle Allender-Smith, RN, BSN, MS, Director, Office of Health Equity, Health Resources and Services Administration
Roslyn Holliday Moore, Public Health Analyst, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Yoon Joo Han, MSW, Behavioral Health Program Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Webinar:  A Workforce for the Future: Advancing Diversity and Cultural Competency in Health Professions
Who Should Attend:  Health care professionals and administrators, students and community based organizations
When:  April 14, 2-3 p.m. ET
 
To join the event (no pre-registration needed):https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/Conference number: RW2029726Passcode: 5780103Dial-in: 1-877-669-4124