Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Save the Date for Nuestra Salud

Bringing Best Practices to Latino Communities livestream In Spanish/En Español

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in partnership with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) is proud to announce an upcoming FREE 4-part Live Webcast Series in Spanish - Nuestra Salud: Bringing Behavioral Health Best Practices to Latino Communities. Each one-hour Webcast will be moderated and broadcast in Spanish bringing together a panel of experts from across the U.S. to discuss important and relevant Latino behavioral health topics. 

La Administración de Servicios de Abuso de Sustancias y Salud Mental (SAMHSA, por sus siglas en inglés), el Centro para el Tratamiento del Abuso de Sustancias (CSAT, por sus siglas en inglés) y en colaboración con National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) se enorgullece en anunciar una serie de 4 webcasts proximamente en vivo y en español GRATUITAS - Nuestra Salud: Trayendo Las Buenas Prácticas de la Salud del Comportamiento a Las Comunidades Latinas. Cada webcast tiene una hora de duracion, será moderado y transmitido en español y reunirá un panel de expertos de todos los EE. UU. para debatir temas importantes y relevantes sobre la salud del comportamiento de los Latinos. 

Please join us for the following livestreams/
Únase a nosotros para las siguientes transmisiones en vivo:

Livestream #1
Trauma Informed Practices and Latino Populations: Getting to the Core
The webcast will focus on the incidence of trauma and its impact on the Latino family. This show will discuss how trauma promulgates mental and substance use disorders, and its impact on the family and the community.

Las Prácticas Para la Atención Informada en Traumas y la Población Latina: Llegando al Fondo 
El webcast se enfocará en la incidencia del trauma y su impacto en la familia Latina. Este programa tratara de como el trauma promulga trastornos mentales y el uso de sustancias, y su impacto en la familia y en la comunidad.

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Por favor, haga clic en el siguiente enlace para registrarse hoy..
Get more information/Para mas información
Register Now!/Registrate!
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Livestream #1
Monday, April 16, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM MDT/Lunes, Abril 16, 2018 desde la 1:00 PM hasta la 2:00 PM MDT
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Livestream #2
Monday, April 16, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM MDT/Lunes, Abril 16, 2018 desde la 4:00 PM hasta la 5:00 PM MDT
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Livestream #3
Monday, May 7, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM MDT/Lunes, Mayo 7, 2018 desda la 1:00 PM hasta la 2:00 PM MDT
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Livestream #4
Monday, May 7, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM MDT/Lunes, May 7, 2018 desda la 4:00 PM hasta la 5:00 PM MDT
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This is an online event that will be livestreamed on Facebook Live with a live twitter chat.
Este evento será transmitido en vivo mediante Facebook Live con un chat en Español en vivo por Twitter.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Webinar: Brain Health and Risk Reduction

Public Health Events
Tumeric? Crossword puzzles? Yoga? Every day, older Americans are hearing about what they can do to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias. But not all claims are backed by science. Helping people understand the best strategies to protect brain health is a critical public health response to Alzheimer’s that changes the future health of our communities. 

Join the Alzheimer's Association during National Public Health Week on Thursday, April 5 from 2:00 to 3:00pm ET for an interactive webinar to learn what works to reduce risk for dementia and how state and local public health agencies can educate the public. Please register in advance.

Controlling hypertension and cutting smoking are among the interventions recommended by The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care based on its evidence review and meta-analysis. Lon Schneider, MD, MS, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, will discuss the Commission’s lifespan-based model of dementia risk and interventions that may maximize cognition. Molly French, Alzheimer's Association, will highlight the Association's 2015 evidence review of modifiable risk factors and a new study of lifestyle interventions.

The webinar will also feature two health departments that have provided important leadership on moving the science of risk reduction into campaigns to educate the public. Speakers will include Michele James, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Rachel Wexler, New Mexico Department of Health; and Gary Giron, Alzheimer's Association New Mexico Chapter. Finally, webinar participants will learn about free communications resources that are available to help public health professionals integrate brain health messaging in health education campaigns.
Be sure to register online, mark your calendars for this National Public Health Week event, and forward this message to any interested colleagues.

RWJF New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Is your team interested in supporting research development, but not able to support it on your own?

RWJF is looking for a team of people to link organizations working in and with communities with strong research partners.

$700,000 in funding is available to support a “matching team" to link organizations working in and with communities with strong research partners to rigorously evaluate the health impacts of program or policy interventions.

Do you qualify? Learn more about eligibility and selection criteria >

2018 County Health Rankings

How Healthy is Your Community?

The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. 
 See how Utah is doing:

Summary of Findings

  • After nearly a decade of improvement, there are early signs that the percentage of babies born at low birthweight may be on the rise (8.2% in 2016, a 2% increase from 2014). Low birthweight is a key measure of health and quality of life. Babies are much more likely to be born at low birthweight in some communities than others. In all 50 states, there is a higher percentage of Black low birthweight babies than for other racial groups. These percentages exceed those for low birthweight babies born in the typical bottom performing county in each state.
  • Some places and groups of people have fewer social and economic opportunities, which also limit their ability to be healthy. More than 1 out of every 5 youth in the bottom performing counties do not graduate from high school in four years. For American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black, and Hispanic youth, it is 1 out of 4. In 2016, the unemployment rate for adults in the bottom performing counties was 7.5 percent, more than twice that of adults in the top performing counties (3.2%). American Indian/Alaskan Native and Black adults experienced the highest unemployment rates (10.5% and 9.9%, respectively), while Whites and Asians experienced lower rates of unemployment (4.2% and 3.5%, respectively).
  • Residential segregation provides a clear example of the link between race and place. For instance, in smaller metro and large urban counties, Black residents face greater barriers to health and opportunity. Black residents have higher rates of child poverty, low birthweight, and infant mortality, and lower high school graduation rates than White residents. Black residents are also more affected by levels of segregation than White residents. Black children and youth in more segregated counties fare worse in rates of child poverty and high school graduation than Black residents in less segregated counties.
  • Child poverty rates remain at levels higher than those of the pre-recession era despite declines in recent years. Patterns of recovery vary by both race and place. Child poverty rates have been slow to rebound in rural counties and in those with a greater share of people of color. This is important because we also know that a healthy beginning is essential to a healthy future for our nation’s children.
  • Teen birth rates have been declining across community types and racial groups for more than a decade. Hispanic teens have seen the most improvement with rates falling from 77.7 to 31.9 per 1,000 females, ages 15-19. Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native teens have also seen notable improvements. Yet gaps by place and race persist. For example, teens in rural counties have seen the least improvement and continue to have the highest birth rates, nearly twice the rate of teens in suburban counties. American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, and Black teens have birth rates twice as high as White or Asian teens.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Four part SPANISH Webcast series on Latino Best Practices hosted by SAMHSA

The National Latino Behavioral Health Association is proud to collaborate on a four-part Spanish Webcast series entitled “Nuestra Salud” on Latino Best Practices hosted by SAMHSA.  These four webcasts will be conducted in Spanish and open to the public.  We encourage you to invite and share this SAVE THE DATE with Spanish Speaking and Limited English Proficient families, consumers, advocates, and other community members and stakeholders.  Please consider hosting a watch party or group viewing to make it easier for your families, clients and staff members to participate! 

Please register today for one or all four webcasts and help your families register online. If you have any questions, please contact Maxine Henry for information at

Thank you for sharing this with your networks and to the Spanish Speaking community.   Visit our website: or Facebook page as well.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Region VIII Health Equity Council is now accepting new membership applications

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VIII) is now accepting applications for new members from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming states.

RHEC VIII is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed to achieve health equity in the US as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The RHECs welcome members from diverse sectors and expertise, such as community-based and faith-based organizations, foundations, health professionals, local and state government, and research and academia.

We currently are seeking committed and dedicated individuals to serve on and actively contribute to the work of RHEC VIII.

The application will remain open through March 18, 2018. If you would like to join a dynamic and committed team that represents citizens in your region, works to eliminate health disparities and create regional, inter-sectoral leadership and partnerships, please consider applying!

For more information and to apply, please visit

Bulletin from CMS: 2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin related to the 2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards. The updated standards are available on at
The informational bulletin can be accessed on at