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Sep

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Engaging Community Health Workers to Enhance Health Equity

Posted by on September 5th, 2018 0 comments

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions that engage community health workers to prevent cardiovascular disease or to prevent and control diabetes. In addition to improving health and saving money, these interventions can be used to improve health and enhance health equity. The Centers for Disease Control has also issued resources and information on… Read More »

Posted in: Chronic Disease, Minority Health Concerns

Sep

05

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Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes

Posted by on September 5th, 2018 0 comments

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has updated guidelines to assist primary care providers and healthcare teams to deliver diabetes care, including for those at risk. Emphasized are the importance of self-management, of providing patient-centered care and of using shared decision making in diabetes prevention and treatment. There is also a… Read More »

Posted in: Chronic Disease, General, Minority Health Concerns

Sep

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Using Federal Funds to Help the Opioid Crisis in Court, Prisons, and Homes

Posted by on September 5th, 2018 0 comments

With federal dollars are directed toward the opioid crisis, three rural communities are using innovative approaches. Finding a specific subpopulation they can help, certain interventions or programs are being put into place. In Ohio, the Portsmouth City Health Department has a patient navigator who meets with individuals to find the best way to access court-ordered… Read More »

Posted in: General, Rural, Substance Addiction and Misuse

Aug

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Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care

Posted by on August 22nd, 2018 0 comments

A collaborative project between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created a new website: Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care. The majority of patients taking opioids for chronic pain are managed by primary care… Read More »

Posted in: Substance Addiction and Misuse

Aug

22

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Posted by on August 22nd, 2018 0 comments

One in 5 children in the United States are obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Higher racial and ethnic disparities persist among communities of color. Black and Latino youths have substantially higher rates of… Read More »

Posted in: Children and Teens, Minority Health Concerns

Aug

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Scopes of Practice for Behavioral Health Professionals

Posted by on August 22nd, 2018 0 comments

Nearly one-fifth of the adult U.S. population is estimated to have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental and emotional well-being is essential to overall health, yet serious challenges exist in providing needed behavioral health care services to the population, and mental health disparities persist among minority and vulnerable populations. The University of Michigan’s Behavioral Health Workforce Research… Read More »

Posted in: Mental Health, Minority Health Concerns

Aug

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Palliative Care Brochure Available in Spanish

Posted by on August 8th, 2018 0 comments

The National Institute of Nursing Research provides an updated brochure. Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You Have a Serious Illness. The brochure, available in English and Spanish, describes a comprehensive treatment that helps reduce or eliminate the pain and other symptoms of illness and medical treatments. Download the PDF or order free print copies by sending… Read More »

Posted in: Minority Health Concerns, Multilingual

Aug

08

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The Importance of Community Health Centers

Posted by on August 8th, 2018 0 comments

The first Community Health Centers (also called Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHCs) were established in the U.S. more than 50 years ago by community residents and health care providers who believed that everyone should have access to quality health care no matter who they are, where they live or their ability to pay.  The… Read More »

Posted in: Low Income, Minority Health Concerns

Aug

08

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National Breastfeeding Month

Posted by on August 8th, 2018 0 comments

August is National Breastfeeding Month. According to the Office on Women’s Health, breastfed babies have lower risks during their childhood of obesity, ear infections, asthma and other conditions. Breast milk is rich in nutrients and easier for babies to digest than formula. Breastfeeding can help a mother’s health and healing following childbirth and leads to a… Read More »

Posted in: Children and Teens, Minority Health Concerns

Jul

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Rural Opioid Educational Resources

Posted by on July 25th, 2018 0 comments

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has developed a compendium of resources for rural opioid education. New resources are added as available. Access the toolkit to find reports, recordings of webinars, best practices, training materials, treatment resources and customizable posters, flyers and brochures.

Posted in: Rural, Substance Addiction and Misuse

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