Posted by: jlenart | November 9, 2015

Quality Improvement by the Indian Health Service

Triple-Aim-Triangle_withTitle white background v3The Chinle Service Unit of the Indian Health Services in the Navajo Nation provides care to 31 communities. Using the Triple Aim approach multiple strategies were successfully used including implementation of diabetes health coaches, improving patient care in a medical home and community health improvement councils. Details are available in Pursuing the Triple Aim: The First 7 Years.

Posted by: jlenart | October 12, 2015

Nursing & indigenous education integration

Tribes mapIn the Journal of Nursing Education & Practice (peer-reviewed and open-access) is an article by Janet M. Thurston and Angela Mashford-Pringle titled Nursing & Indigenous Education Integration. They offer specific ideas that may result in a greater number of Native American Nurses. Integrating indigenous knowledge and experience in the curriculum is one approach they propose.

Graphic attribution for a map of indigenous languages in North America.

Posted by: jlenart | October 1, 2015

Report on Black and Minority Health 2015

3606632921_855833dfac_nCenter for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care (CLCCHC) explores the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health. The report explores factors that contribute to the “60,000 excess deaths each year among minority populations”. In addition, a timeline identifies legislation and programs that have advanced health equity from 1985 to 2015.

Posted by: jlenart | October 1, 2015

Health Equity webcast from University of North Carolina

11702251703_cd2a666b14_bThe following 2015 webcasts are available:

These are from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina.

childswingReducing Health Insurance Inequities among Latino Families Raising Children with Special Health Care Needs describes how the Affordable Care Act and options available to States can make health insurance available to children with special needs. Latinos are the group most likely to be uninsured in the U.S. This is true for children also; 21% of Latino children are uninsured.

Posted by: jlenart | April 17, 2015

Community Health Worker Toolkit

toolsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit describes evidence of the effectiveness of Community Health Workers, provides training materials and resources for use in the field.

US_life_expectancySee the graphs in the slide show Life Expectancy in the U.S. and How It Compares to Other Countries from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The health disparities in the U.S. account for much of the low ranking seen in the slides.

Presentation1The Minority Health Project to Eliminate Health Disparities of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosts their 2015 conference on February 13. Archived resources and videos from previous conferences are available.

Posted by: jlenart | January 26, 2015

Asthma & the inner city

AsthmaA recent study published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that race, ethnicity and income are important contributors to the incidence of asthma. This differs from previous research that suggested that inner city characteristics were important contributors (including pollution, pest allergens, indoor smoke, and higher rates of premature birth).

Posted by: jlenart | December 22, 2014

Preventable deaths among Black women and men

heart attack deaths

Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Black women and men have a higher rate of preventable deaths by heart attack and stroke when compared to other population groups. The FDA has recently approved a blood test that “helps better predict future coronary heart disease risk…” according to a spokesperson for the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The test is especially sensitive for black women.

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