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Minority Health Issues Discussion at Whitehouse (posted 6/11)

Posted: June 11, 2009

Kaiser Health News reports on a discussion held Wednesday June 10th at the Whitehouse between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House Health Czar Nancy Ann DeParle concerning minority health issues.  According the Associated Press, during the discussion Sebelius "said the Obama administration is committed to addressing the 'alarming disparity in the delivery of quality health care'," which she said was necessary to lower costs.  To read the news article from Kaiser Health News click here .

At this discussion Secretary Sebelius released a new report on health disparities in America.  The report entitled Health Disparities: A Case for Closing the Gap highlights some of the glaring disparities that exist in the current health system.  To view the report at click here .

State-by-State Health Disparities Among Women (posted 6/10)

Posted: June 10, 2009

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on Wednesday June 10th outlining the persistence of disparities on 25 indicators between white women and women of color on a state-by-state basis.  The report entitled Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities on the Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level found that, among different racial and ethnic groups, American Indian and Alaska Native women had among the worst outcomes on many health indicators, often twice as high as white women.  At the same time, the report reveals tremendous variation among states within racial and ethnic groups.  The report moves beyond national figures to quantify where disparities are greatest, providing new information to help determine how best to combat the problem. The analysis also provides new state-level data for women of many racial and ethnic populations that are often difficult to obtain.  For more information click here .

To listen to the NPR interview of Cara James, co-author of the study, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan click here .

Focal Point: Youth Empowerment and Participation in Mental Health Care (posted 6/9)

Posted: June 09, 2009

The new issue of the Research and Training Center (RTC) in Portland's semi-annual publication Focal Point is now available online.  The Summer 2009 issue entitled, Youth Empowerment and Participation in Mental Health Care , highlights a number of successful and innovative efforts to promote youth voice and youth empowerment. Many of the articles are authored by or include contributions from youth who are directly involved in the featured programs.  Click here to download the full publication from the RTC website.

Cultural Competency in Substance Abuse Treatment Newsletter (posted 6/4)

Posted: June 04, 2009

The Institute for Research Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) has the Fall 2008 issue of the Northeast Addiction Training and Technology Center (Northeast ATTC) Resource Links newsletter featured on their homepage.  This issue of Resource Links is focused upon cultural competency in the delivery of Behavioral Health services.  The newsletter makes a case for why cultural competency is so important, lists resources for gaining training in cultural competency and includes shared experiences from cultural competency trainers in the behavioral health field.  To download the newsletter from the IRETA website click here (it is free to download, simply click "add to basket" and fill out the form and you will be able to download it).

RWJF Provides Opportunity for Historically Underrepresented Researchers (posted 6/1)

Posted: June 01, 2009

Through its program, New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working to expand the diversity of perspectives that informs RWJF programming, introduce new researchers and scholars to the Foundation, and help meet staff needs for data analysis that measures progress towards program objectives.  This program seeks early to mid-career scholars who have been underrepresented in research activities. This includes researchers who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, and individuals from low-income communities.  Brief proposals due July 1, 2009 .  To view the call for proposals click here .

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