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Web-based Game Helps Teens Manage HIV (posted 7/10)

Posted: July 10, 2009

A Web-based game could help educate teenagers with HIV infection on how to avoid transmitting the virus, a pilot study suggests.  The Web-based game, dubbed +CLICK (positive Click), allows users to virtually navigate through a shopping mall that features lessons on abstinence, condom use and contraception, as well as video clips of other young people with HIV sharing their advice and experiences. Specifically, the video game targets four behaviors, including choosing to abstain from sex, disclosing HIV status to a potential partner, using condoms correctly and consistently, and using an effective method of birth control in addition to condoms. In the new study, the Texas researchers who developed the game tested it out on 32 HIV-positive 13- to 24-year-olds -- having each patient use the program in the waiting room during a routine doctor visit.  For more information click here .



$40 Million in Grants to Help Insure More Children (posted 7/8)

Posted: July 08, 2009

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the availability of up to $40 million in grants to help reach families whose children qualify but are not yet enrolled in state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP).  The grants will help support President Obama’s work to ensure millions of currently uninsured children across the country get the health care they need. The funds are part of the new Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) that President Obama signed as one of his first acts upon assuming office.  This solicitation is the first cycle of outreach funding under CHIPRA. The new law provides a total of $100 million for outreach campaigns aimed at reducing the number of low-income, uninsured children.  The grants to states and organizations will ultimately total $80 million with the remaining funds going to other outreach efforts specified by the law.  These grants will be administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  For more information click hereClick here to view applications for the first cycle of funding.  Applications submitted electronically are due by Aug. 6, 2009 .



Diversity Preparedness E-Newsletter (posted 7/8)

Posted: July 08, 2009

The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities , developed by the Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equality , with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health , has released their July/August e-newsletter.  This issue provides an update on the H1N1 outbreak and features Undocumented Immigrants, Non-U.S. Citizens, and Disasters as the Topic of the Month, providing links to a variety of resources, promising practices, and lessons learned. Additionally, Audra Rutens of Heartland Human Care Services discusses her organization’s experiences working with culturally diverse populations.  Click here to download the e-newsletter.



Cross-Systems Financing Project for Vulnerable Populations (posted 7/8)

Posted: July 08, 2009

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released a report on their Cross-Systems Financing Project , an initiative focused on individuals with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues with complex, often unmet, needs.  Cross-systems financing plans represent strategic, interagency collaborations. They create efficient and efficacious models of care, utilizing federal, state and community-based financial and human resources, and provide the most vulnerable populations with evidence-based, continuous support.  This report is intended to provide health care leaders, senior program directors, and policy makers with a process framework, pragmatic examples, lessons learned, and a compendium of resources to support unique initiatives in the ?eld of cross-systems ?nance.  Click here to download the report from the RWJF website.



HIV Testing in the Black Community (posted 7/6)

Posted: July 06, 2009

Phill Wilson, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the United States focused exclusively on African-Americans, addressed the annual convention of the National Newspapers Publishers Association where he discussed the reasons blacks have been so slow to address the threat of HIV/AIDS in their communities.  To the news article published by The Seattle Medium click here .  For more information from the Kaiser Family Foundation click here .

Additionally, a recent report from the BAI found that blacks are more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to have been tested for HIV, but need to be tested at much higher rates to curb the spread of the virus.  The report titled, "Passing the Test: The Challenges and Opportunities of HIV Testing in Black America," cites the major reasons HIV continues to spread in the black community and offers recommendations for how to curb the spread of HIV.  To download the report click here .



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