Thursday, May 31, 2012

18th National Health Equity Webcast to be held next week!

The 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast (formerly known as the Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health) is next week, with sought-after presenters and a distinguished moderator.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:30-4:00pm EDT

Webcast or Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium

Topic: "
Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice"


·       Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Division of Epidemiologic and Analytic Methods for Population Health(p), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
·       Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D., M.S., Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Co-Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
·       Aida L. Giachello, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
·       Moderator:Cedric M. Bright, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director, Office of Special Programs and Assistant Dean for Admissions, UNC School of Medicine and 112th President, National Medical Association 

This free, interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work and can be viewed over the Internet (webcast). Questions will be taken from broadcast participants by email and toll-free telephone.

For more information:
To register a group viewing site:
To register to view on your personal computer:
To register for the studio audience at the TTK auditorium:
Answers to frequently asked questions:
Comments from last year's participants:

The 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast is presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in association with the UNC American Indian Center and Norfolk State University Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work
, a partner in the Commonwealth Public Health Training Center. Major cosponsors to date include the UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Please consider becoming a cosponsor or providing an endorsement!

Vic Schoenbach (
Director, Minority Health Project
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jordan River Trail Clean-Up on June 23, 2012-Free Lunch Included!

Upcoming Boot Camp Webinars - Performance Improvement in Public Health

Please join us for the following webinars, offered as part of the Utah Performance Improvement in Public Health Boot Camp:
·         Creating a Culture of Quality - May 30 at 9:00 am –To register go to:
·         Understanding the Voice of the Customer - May 31 at 2:00 pm –To register go to:  
·         Programs that Work: How to Find Evidence-based Programs - June 5 at 9:00 am – To register go to:

More details can be found below, along with a link to register.  The cost is free, but registration is required. You will need to register for each webinar separately and will then receive a confirmation email containing information about accessing the webinar.  Look for additional webinars in the future. We hope you and your colleagues will join us.  Feel free to share this webinar information with other public health partners and colleagues.
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Webinar - Creating a Culture of Quality
What does it mean to have a quality culture in public health? How can we cultivate quality? Cindan Gizzi from the Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Health Department will define “quality culture,” outline the steps her department took around performance improvement, and will share the lessons they learned along the way.  Ms. Gizzi is a member of NACCHO’s Quality Improvement Leaders, serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Expert Panel for the Quality Improvement in Public Health Practice Exchange and leads the Public Health Performance Management Center for Excellence at Tacoma-Pierce.

Date:     Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time:     9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MDT

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Webinar - Understanding the Voice of the Customer
One of the key principles in quality improvement is understanding the voice of your customer.  In this session Steve Avery, long-time QI consultant, will cover how to collect customer and stakeholder satisfaction data and how it can be used to improve performance.  Mr. Avery is the Executive Vice-President of Business Process Improvement with Promontory Management Group (PMG).  He is a master black belt in Lean Six Sigma with extensive experience working with state government agencies.

Date:     Thursday, May 31, 2012
Time:     2:00 PM - 3:00 PM MDT

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Webinar - Programs that Work: How to Find Evidence-based Programs and Make Them Work For You
Debbie Pfeiffer from the Cancer Prevention Research Network will present on the importance of using evidence-based strategies and discuss the principles behind identifying appropriate strategies and adapting them to fit the needs of the target population.

Date:     Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Time:     9:00 AM - 10:30 AM MDT

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If you have any questions about these webinars or the Performance Improvement Boot Camp, please contact Laverne Snow at or Anna Dillingham at  We hope you can join us!  Feel free to share this webinar information with other public health partners and colleagues.                                                                                                                 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Volunteers Needed for the ADA's Tour de Cure on June 9, 2012!

  The American Diabetes Association needs your help with the Tour de Cure, our annual Cycling Event, on June 9, 2012.  This one-day event raises funds to support the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to find a cure for this deadly disease, in addition to supporting diabetes education and advocacy for both adults and children. 

We are expecting 1,600 riders this year and will need the support of about 175 volunteers for all aspects of the event, including registration, greeting, parking, rest stops, food service, traffic control and course logistics. The event begins and ends at Rees Pioneer Park in Brigham City located at 800 W. Forest Street, 84302.  Help is needed from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a minimum shift of five hours is requested.  Meals and a volunteer event t-shirt will be provided.  All volunteers must be at least 16 years old (unless accompanied by a volunteering adult). 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me. We are still in need of over 100 volunteers so please spread the word to your friends and family! Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.  Thank you for supporting the American Diabetes Association and the Tour de Cure! 

Best Regards,
Ashlee Brown, Logistics Manager
American Diabetes Association - Nevada and Utah
182 South 600 East, Suite 100 | Salt Lake City, UT 84102
P: 801-363-3024 x 7073 | F: 801-363-3031 
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Advance Care Planning Opportunities for Ethnic and Minority Students

The Utah Commission on Aging is seeking members of ethnic and minority communities with an interest in bringing Advance Health Care Planning to members of their respective communities.

The Commission is offering a training session for Advance Care Planning facilitators on June 11th and 12thClick Here for the conference web site.  The following support will be provided for up to 50 individuals:   

·         a full scholarship to the training session
·         lodging at the Snowbird Cliff Lodge (one night for local students, up to three nights for students who live more than 40 miles from Snowbird)
·         mileage
·         $100 as partial compensation for their time
·         Follow-up support

Please forward this information to any individuals who may have an interest in this opportunity.  Interested individuals should click here to complete the following scholarship application, or call 801-587-9620. 

Maureen Henry, JD
Utah Commission on Aging

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Census data shows minorities now a majority of U.S. births

More than half of all babies born last year were members of minority groups, the first time in U.S. history. It's a sign of how swiftly the USA is becoming a nation of younger minorities and older whites.

Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities in 2011 accounted for 50.4% of births, 49.7% of all children under 5 and slightly more than half of the 4 million kids under 1, the Census Bureau reports today.

In all, minorities had 5.9% fewer babies last year than in 2010, but births among non-Hispanic whites fell even more, down 10.1%, Johnson says. A key reason: A greater share of the minority population is of child-bearing age.

The new report offers a broad picture of where and how the nation is changing. One telling sign: vast differences in the median age — the mid-point of all ages — of racial and ethnic groups. For Hispanics, the USA's largest minority group, the median age is 27.6. For whites who are not Hispanic, it's 42.3. Blacks (30.9) and Asians (33.2) are in between.
Other findings:
The population of kids under 18 shrank by a quarter million last year — the same amount as the over-85 population increased.

•Three more metro areas — Columbus, Ga.; Dallas-Fort Worth; and Vineland-Millville, N.J. — joined a growing list of places where a majority of residents are minorities.

•Nine counties, including Cumberland, N.J., and Quitman, Ga., joined the 11% of the nation's 3,143 counties where at least half the residents are minorities.

•Washington, D.C., when included with the 50 states, was the only place that has gotten younger since 2000, a result of young and educated people moving to the nation's capital.

•Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are the oldest and among the whitest states. Utah and Texas are the youngest states. Maine's median age has increased by 4.6 years since 2000 to an oldest-in-the-country 43.2 years in 2011, Census data show.

The growth of Hispanic children, especially those about to enter kindergarten, poses a big challenge in many states. Nationally, more than three-fourths of the nation's teachers are non-Hispanic white and just 8% are Hispanic, Census data show. The number of school-age Hispanics grew more than 5 million since 2000 while non-Hispanic whites fell 3 million.
USATODAY May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Aprende a Viver: Spanish videos about diabetes management

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has created a telenovela series about diabetes management.  The new videos are included in the multilingual library:

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the launch of a new web-based tool that will make it easier for all Americans to monitor and measure how the nation’s health care system is performing. The Health System Measurement Project, will allow policymakers, providers, and the public to develop consistent data-driven views of changes in critical U.S. health system indicators. Continue Reading →
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