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 http://region4.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/resourceguidewhitepaper.

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: http://tinyurl.com/SHECHumanTraf 

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: http://region4.npa-rhec.org/

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

Moderators:
 Jason Baldes, Director of Wind River Native Advocacy Center

Presenters:

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!

CMS NEWS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2017-Fact-Sheet-items/2017-04-14.html

The proposed rule (CMS-1677-P) and the Request for Information can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OHD opens new Internship Position

INTERNSHIP POSITION

Agency:
Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Disparities

Duration:

Starts: May 15, 2017, Ends: August 2018

Hours:

15 h/week (including some evenings and weekends) 

Compensation:

$12.00 per hour   

Openings:

1 (one) 

Responsibilities

  • 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.  
Duties
  • 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. 
Requirements
  • 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
Location                     
  • Utah Department of Health, Cannon Building (1460 W, North Temple), Salt Lake City. Some travel required, mostly within Salt Lake County. 
Application
  • Qualified applicants must email resume (no more than 2 pages) and additional information (no more than one page, see below) to Dulce Díez @ ddiez@utah.gov 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.  
Deadline
  • 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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reminder: Join the OMH #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall Tomorrow

Join Us Tomorrow for OMH Town Hall

HHS Office of Minority Health 
National Minority Health Month

WHAT: HHS Office of Minority Health #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall
WHO: Featured speakers: Health Equity Partners
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
WHERE: Join us live on Twitter via @MinorityHealth

Background:  The theme for National Minority Health Month is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health invites you to join us for our National Minority Health Month #NMHM17 virtual event. The #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall will take place at 1:00 PM EDT on April 12, 2017, and the live broadcast will be viewable through the OMH Twitter handle, @MinorityHealth.
During the #Bridge2Health Town Hall, we will feature stories from around the country of community-based efforts to help address social determinants of health and achieve health equity.
The event will be moderated by Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO, of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, HHS Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Carol Jimenez, JD, Acting Director, HHS Office of Minority Health, will deliver welcoming remarks.
Featured speakers include:
  • Cheryl Boyce, Executive Director (retired), Ohio Commission on Minority Health
  • Lauren Vague, Business Development Manager, UpLift Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr. Sela Panapasa, Principal Investigator, Pacific Islander Health Study, University of Michigan
  • Jeffrey Caballero, MPH, Executive Director, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
  • Brandon Frechette, Coordinator, HHS OMH Youth Empowerment Program Grantee, Menominee Youth Empowerment Program
  • Dr. Paula Papanek, Principal Investigator, HHS OMH Youth Empowerment Program Grantee, Marquette University
We hope that you’ll join us online for the #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall, and utilize OMH resources to promote #NMHM17 throughout April. Social media messages, graphics and other resources can be found at the OMH website.

South Salt Lake Tiny Tots Fair & Easter Egg Hunt


Monday, April 10, 2017

Join OMH’s activities during National Minority Health Month!

April is National Minority Health Month, and the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) invites you to participate in #NMHM17 events as we continue to work toward health equity.  The theme for National Minority Health Month is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, which emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done throughout the nation to help achieve health equity. Below is information about OMH #NMHM17 activities and links to materials that we ask you to use to promote the observance throughout month and share with your networks.

Join Our #NMHM17 Activities
Our main event will be a #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall at 1:00 PM EDT on April 12. OMH will also be hosting a Thunderclap on April 28 and co-sponsoring a couple of Twitter chats on with our partners.
The #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall presented by @MinorityHealth will highlight stories from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities. Please use the image below to help promote the event.

Town Hall Sample promotional message:
  • We’ll join the #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall on 4/12 at 1PM ET to hear about local efforts to address health disparities. #NMHM17
The Health Equity Thunderclap will be on April 28.
Thunderclap Sample promotional message:
  • Spread a health equity message on 4/28 by joining @MinorityHealth Thunderclap! Sign up: http://bit.ly/2p1NIIk #NMHM17 
Sample #NMHM17 Social Media Messages and Graphics
  • Please share, use or adapt the following #NMHM17 social media images and messages (available in English and Spanish) or post your own messages. Visit the OMH website for additional social media messages or to download a wide range of #NMHM17 graphics.

 Twitter
·        Ending health disparities includes addressing the social and economic condition of our communities. https://go.usa.gov/xX56D #NMHM17 
·        By addressing #SDOH, we strengthen the foundation for better health.  https://go.usa.gov/xX56D#NMHM17
·        During National Minority Health Month we salute everyone working to end health disparities in their community! https://go.usa.gov/xX56D] #NMHM17

Spanish
·        Mejoremos las condiciones sociales y económicas de nuestras comunidades para ponerle fin a las disparidades en la salud. https://go.usa.gov/xXNf5 #NMHM17
·        Al abordar los #DeterminantesSocialesDeLaSalud fortalecemos la base sobre la cual se construye una mejor salud. https://go.usa.gov/xXNf5 #NMHM17
·        Durante el Mes de la #SaluddelasMinorías aplaudimos la labor de los que trabajan para poner fin a las disparidades de salud. https://go.usa.gov/xXNf5 #NMHM17

Facebook 
·        April is National Minority Health Month! Join us as we highlight the work being done in communities across the country.  And be sure to lend your voice to this month’s activities. Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health website to download materials, find events and share your story. It’s all about community! #NMHM17https://go.usa.gov/xX56D

Spanish
·        ¡Abril es el Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías! Únete a nosotros para resaltar el trabajo que se hace en las comunidades de todo el país para lograr la equidad en la salud.   Y asegúrate de correr la voz sobre las actividades de este mes. Visita el sitio web de la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías de HHS para descargar materiales, encontrar eventos y compartir tu historia. ¡El enfoque es en la comunidad! #NMHM17 https://go.usa.gov/xXNf5

For additional images and resources, please visit: https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/NMHM17.

New funding opportunities from RWJF


Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe magnitude and complexity of the health issues that Americans face are vast—but so is the potential for the consumer voice to improve health outcomes.

RWJF will support consumer health advocacy organizations in developing projects that ensure consumer voices can become a influential fixture in supporting both state and local health system improvements.
Up to eight selected organizations will receive grants of up to $275,000 for a two-year project.

Learn more about eligibility, key dates, and the upcoming applicant webinar >

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Traumatic experiences have become an almost routine part of everyday existence for boys and young men of color. African American and Latino males are more likely to experience pervasive and chronic discrimination, neglect, racism, violence, and poverty. The cumulative impact of these traumatic experiences can be fundamentally life-altering for individuals as well as entire communities.

RWJF has worked through a broad set of investments, collectively called Forward Promise, to expand the potential for boys and young men of color, ages 12-24. Focusing on opportunity—instead of risk factors—Forward Promise aims to ensure that these young men heal, grow, and thrive in the face of the chronic stress and trauma.

The Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects funding opportunity seeks applications from organizations and/or institutions with existing programs that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported approaches that promote both individual healing and take a structural approach to change policies and practices that are causes of trauma for entire groups of young men of color.

Learn more about eligibility, key dates, and upcoming applicant webinars >

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gov Herbert Reminds Eligible Utah Families to Apply for CHIP

2015 data ranked Utah as worst in the nation for the percentage of uninsured Hispanic children. The data shows that one in six Hispanic children do not have health insurance.
UHPP logo

As a result, Take Care Utah is working with Governor Gary Herbert’s office to bring attention and resources to address this gap. The latest effort occurred this week when the Governor released a special video (English) (Spanish) to address the issue, acknowledging that “too many of our kids are uninsured, even though they qualify for CHIP” and encourages them to “get free and confidential help” by calling Take Care Utah at 2-1-1. We are asking you to help spread the word by sharing this video either through Facebook, email list serve, or otherwise.

CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, was created in 1997 by Sen. Ted Kennedy and Utah’s own Sen. Orrin Hatch. This joint state and federal program provides coverage to eligible children with a household income up to 200% FPL or approximately $48,600 per year for a family of four. 

Take Care Utah (TCU) is the Utah-based enrollment expert for healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), CHIP, and Medicaid. TCU is a network of nonprofit organizations and individuals across the state of Utah focused on helping people access health insurance coverage. 

Take Care Utah’s 100+ trained navigators and application counselors are located all across Utah and offer outreach and enrollment assistance to Utah residents across the state free of charge. Most Utah navigators and applications counselors are based in health clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, and insurance brokerages. Over the last few years TCU’s affiliates have helped over 450,000 Utahns to better understand their new insurance options. You can locate your nearest Take Care Utah assistor by going to  www.takecareutah.org, or by calling 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state.

Randal Serr
Take Care Utah Director

Monday, April 3, 2017

National Public Health Week 2017 is April 3 - 9

National Public Health Week Healthiest Nation 2030

In the six years since the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land, the U.S. uninsured rate has dropped to record lows. Today, millions more Americans have access to timely and affordable medical care, and that’s a monumental step forward in creating the healthiest nation in one generation. But expanding access to health insurance is just one piece of the healthiest nation puzzle.

To ensure everyone has a chance at a long and healthy life, we must also tackle the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk. Those causes are rooted in how and where we live, learn, work and play. It’s the child who goes to school hungry and can’t take full advantage of the education that leads to a healthier, more productive adulthood. It’s the lowwage worker who must choose between losing much-needed income and staying home with a sick child. It’s the family that struggles to find nutritious, affordable food anywhere in their community. It’s the student who can’t walk to school because there are no sidewalks. These are the types of conditions that shape the health and well-being of our people and communities.

Thankfully, we can do something. If we partner across public and private sectors to ensuredecisions are made with people’s health in mind, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there. Join us in observing National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation.

We’ll celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system.

Visit the National Public Health Week website for more information.

National Minority Health Month 2017 highlights community-level efforts to help end health disparities

Office of Minority HealthOn April 1, 2017, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) will launch the annual observance of National Minority Health Month. The theme this year, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity.

During National Minority Health Month 2017, the HHS OMH will highlight partner initiatives in communitiesthat address the indirect conditions that affect health, also known as social determinants of health. The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn, and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families, and their communities.

As part of the 2017 observance, HHS OMH will host a #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall at 1:00 PM EDT on April 12 that will highlight examples from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities. Organizations can also support efforts to help reduce health disparities by participating in the HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap on April 28.

Health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations—or the differences in health, health care and well-being—have a detrimental effect on our nation and our communities. In the United States, it has been estimated that the combined cost of health disparities and subsequent deaths among racial and ethnic minorities due to inadequate and/or inequitable care is $1.24 trillion. Healthier communities mean lower health care costs, which translate into a stronger economy and a more productive, competitive America. 

HHS OMH granteesfederal agencies, and other partners are driving the community-level efforts to close the gap on disparities in health and health care. Innovative programs and initiatives, combined with an understanding of the social determinants of health that impact the health of local communities, are moving our country toward being a nation free from disparities in health and health care.

The HHS OMH is the lead agency for improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities. Achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care requires a focus on equity in all policies as a means of addressing the social determinants of health. Through the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, the HHS OMH helps implement cross-sectoral efforts that are crucial for the health of our increasingly diverse nation.

Collaboration between organizations that make high quality education, safe neighborhoods, quality housing, reliable transportation, clean surroundings, nutritious food, and stable employment available to all Americans is key to helping end health disparities.
The HHS OMH invites partners of all sectors to join efforts in helping communities achieve their full potential for health. Visit the National Minority Health Month website to obtain promotional materials, share information on your activities and events, and sign up for OMH updates.
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 Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías resalta los esfuerzos
en las comunidades para ayudar a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud
El 1ro  de abril de 2017, la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos (HHS OMH, siglas en inglés) pondrá en marcha la celebración anual del Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías. El tema de este año, “Tendamos puentes de equidad en la salud de las comunidades”, destaca el trabajo colaborativo que se ha realizado en comunidades de todo el país para lograr la equidad en la salud.
Durante el Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías 2017, HHS OMH resaltará algunas de las iniciativas de los aliados en las comunidades que trabajan para mejorar las condiciones indirectas que afectan la salud, que también se conocen como los determinantes sociales de la salud. El ambiente en donde las personas nacen, crecen, viven, trabajan, juegan y aprenden, al igual que la edad, tienen un gran impacto en la salud de las personas, familias y sus comunidades.
Como parte de las actividades de este Mes, HHS OMH llevará a cabo el Evento Virtual por Twitter #Bridge2Health el 12 de abril a la 1:00 p.m. hora del este. Durante este evento se brindarán ejemplos de iniciativas comunitarias que trabajan para eliminar las disparidades de la salud en todo el país. Las organizaciones también pueden apoyar los esfuerzos que ayudan a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud participando en el Thunderclap de la Equidad de la Salud el 28 de abril.
Las disparidades de salud entre las minorías raciales y étnicas, o las diferencias en la salud, el cuidado de salud y bienestar, tienen un efecto negativo en nuestra nación y por ende en nuestras comunidades. En Estados Unidos, se estima que el costo combinado de las disparidades de salud, y por consiguiente las muertes entre las minorías raciales y étnicas debido al cuidado inadecuado o desigual es de $ 1,24 billones en un periodo de tres años. Tener comunidades saludables significa menos costos de salud, lo que se traduce en un país más productivo, competitivo y una economía más fuerte. 
Las organizaciones que reciben subvenciones de HHS OMHagencias federales y otros aliados llevan a cabo esfuerzos comunitarios para cerrar la brecha de las disparidades y cuidado de la salud. Programas e iniciativas innovadoras, combinadas con un entendimiento de losdeterminantes sociales que afectan la salud de las comunidades locales, llevan a que nuestro país a ser una nación libre de disparidades en la salud y el cuidado médico.
HHS OMH es la agencia líder para mejorar la salud de las poblaciones minoritarias raciales y étnicas a través del desarrollo de programas y política pública para eliminar las disparidades de salud. Lograr una nación libre de disparidades en la salud y en el cuidado de salud requiere un enfoque en la equidad en todas las políticas públicas como una manera de abordar los determinantes sociales de la salud. A través de la Alianza Nacional de Acción para Eliminar las Disparidades de la Salud (National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities), HHS OMH ayuda a implementar esfuerzos multisectoriales que son claves para la salud de nuestra diversa nación.
La colaboración entre las organizaciones que ayudan a que haya educación de alta calidad, vecindarios seguros, viviendas asequibles, transporte confiable, espacios públicos limpios, alimentos nutritivos y empleos estables para las personas en E.E. U.U. es clave para ayudar a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud.
HHS OMH invita a los aliados de todos los sectores a unirse para ayudar a que las comunidades alcancen su máximo potencial en pro de la salud. Visite la página web del Mes Nacional de Salud de las Minorías para obtener materiales de promoción, compartir información sobre sus actividades y suscribirse para recibir noticias de HHS OMH.

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