New OMH Toolkit Addresses Diversity, Emergency Preparedness [PDF | 438KB]
This new toolkit offers recommendations, resources and practical strategies for engaging and integrating culturally diverse communities into the emergency planning and response action process.
Attend Screening of Crisis in the Crib at University of Chicago
Join Producer Tonya Lewis Lee for a screening of the documentary Crisis in the Crib. Saving Our Nation's Babies. Discuss the causes of infant mortality disparities, and learn what college students are doing to raise awareness in communities of color. FREE, but registration is required. Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 pm. Learn more and register
Addressing Language Barriers through New Media
Don't miss the blog post
by Dr. Garth Graham regarding OMH's HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual English Spanish Glossary (HPBG)
. This new media tool breaks barriers for patients and providers alike, by facilitating access to common terminology across cultures.
Winning the Future: A Roadmap for AAPI Communities
Asian American and Pacific Islander presidential appointees have presented a report to the White House with suggestions for improving the everyday lives of AAPIs by the 23 federal agencies and offices.
New Mexico BMI Surveillance Report [PDF | 897KB]
The New Mexico Department of Health has released a report entitled New Mexico BMI Surveillance Report [PDF | 897KB]
. This report examines the results of the first year implementation of the New Mexico statewide elementary school body mass index (BMI) surveillance system o better assess the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in New Mexico.
National Kidney Month
Your kidneys are two important organs that help keep your entire body cleansed and fully functioning. Find out how to keep it that way.
National Nutrition Month
During this year's National Nutrition Month
, nutrition and food experts across America are encouraging people everywhere to Eat Right by Color.
Citywide Forum on Health Disparities and Education
The Healthy Schools Campaign will host a special citywide forum on innovative strategies to address health disparities and support student wellness and learning, as the basis of a week-long series of events
hosted by OMH for National Minority Health Month.
OMH mourns the death of Dr. Rubens Pamies
The Office of Minority Health mourns the death of Dr. Rubens Pamies, chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health. Dr. Pamies served as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, dean for Graduate Studies and professor of medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Intestinal screening is a vital way to help beat the third most common cancer among men and women.
AHRQ: Disparities in Care Persist
Reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that although improvements in the quality of care are being made, gaps based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status continue to persist.
Federal Plans for Implementing National Strategy Released [PDF | 1MB]
Lead federal agencies for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy have detailed their operational plans for executing the Strategy within their agencies. Each plan addresses selected approaches, activities and initiatives.
Second Annual Salud America Summit Report Released [PDF | 1.6MB]
This report highlights the work done across the nation throughout 2010 to prevent obesity among Latino children under this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program.
Health Indicators Warehouse Launched
Health Indicators Warehouse site, launched by HHS, provides data for national, state and local health indicators and will serve as the hub for HHS Community Health Data Initiative in an effort to address data transparency.
Healthy Baby Begins with You Toolkit Posted Online
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has posted their three-part instructional toolkit online, to assist anyone to plan a community baby shower, raise awareness and increase knowledge about infant mortality.
Urban Indian Health Board Releases Report [PDF | 4MB]
This 30-page report focuses on different infant mortality campaigns focused on American Indian and Alaska Native communities and how campaigns are designed to increase awareness.
Federal Agencies Create Plan for Inclusion
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Interagency Working Group released the first set of agency plans to increase Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ access to the federal government.
Changes Recommended for Osteoporosis Screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has lowered their recommended screening age for osteoporosis to include younger women with risk factors for the disease.
CDC Releases 2011 Health Disparities and Inequalities Report [PDF | 3MB]
The report highlights health disparities by varying demographic characteristics, the need for more data and how disparities translate to a person's quality of life over the lifespan.
Healthy Eating Research Call for Proposals
Healthy Eating Research focuses on providing evidence to reverse childhood obesity. The call for proposals is for three awards with varying grant amounts and deadlines, but all with the goal of supporting strategic, rigorous, policy-relevant research.
HUD Site Offers to Help Tackle Homelessness
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency is offering its Homelessness Resource Exchange tool to be providers' one-stop shop for information and resources assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Retirement Estimator in Spanish
Social Security's most popular online service - the Retirement Estimator
- is now available in Spanish at http://www.segurosocial.gov/calculador
. The Retirement Estimator
uses a person's own Social Security earnings record to provide immediate and personalized benefit estimates.
HHS Proposes Recommendation on Fluoride
in Drinking Water
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a change to the recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Read the press release
. Learn More
Updated Evaluation Protocols Now Available Online
OMH has made the latest version of its Evaluation Protocol available online to help guide systematic program planning, performance measurement, data collection, and evaluation by OMH grantees, other OMH-funded partners, and other stakeholders.
Faith Communities Help Fight the Flu [PDF | 68KB]
Faith and community leaders and members are critical partners in flu prevention. Use these resources to promote influenza vaccination:Seasonal Influenza (flu) - Guide for Community & Faith-based Organizations & Leaders
[PDF | 718KB]
Border Health Report Released [PDF | 1.16MB]
The Border Health Commission has released study results about the framework and operation of institutional review boards of research programs along the border.
A Safe Sleep For All Babies
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and several child safety partners launch national educational campaign on crib safety for new and expectant parents. Read the release
. Watch crib safety video
Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Development
[PDF | 757KB]
"Movilizandonos Por Nuestro Futuro:
Strategic Development of a Mental Health Workforce for Latinos" contains consensus statements and action items on developing the mental health workforce for Latinos.
The Number to Call: 1-800-444-6472
For health-related concerns, help is just a phone call away. OMHRC is your guide to better health. So what are you waiting for? All you have to do is call: 1-800-444-6472
Other Spotlight Items
OMH Cultural Competency Site Changes Address
First Lady's child obesity recommendations
Spanish Health Care Site Launched
Salud es Vida Addresses Childhood Obesity
Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research (FCHDR)
Indian Health Service Offers New Search Tool
American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC)
Health Resources for Those in Haiti
Employers: How Can Health Disparities Affect Your Bottom Line?